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I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School

by Caroline Taggart

Book Reviews

"This book, along with My Grammar and I Or Should It Be Me?: Old School Ways to Improve Your English, and i before e (except after c) are essential books to have on your desk! Since I do a lot of writing (and social networking), I want to make sure I know what I am talking about, and am able to write with grammatical accuracy. All of these books are great for not only repairing those mental gaps caused by being an adult and having responsibilites that leave us forgetful, but it helps me remember things I didn't realize I had forgotten! Reader's Digest really hit the nail on the head with these informative pieces! I can't wait to see what they come up with next!"
--Rachael Towle "Rachael at The Family Reader"

Online Reviews

"I find this book to be extremely useful as a reference book. This cute little book contains all of the information that may or may not have slipped past the impenetrable barrier of our minds from our days in school. Every subject from the dreadful math to the wonderful literature is covered The information within was organized well and it is written in a very engaging manner. Although I would have put math and science towards the beginning because I am in the mindset of saving the best for last. I have to admit that I skipped over the math and science sections. If it didn't take in school, it isn't going to happen now but I will keep this book on my shelves nonetheless because you never know when you are going to need it.
--Grace's Book Blog

"Not that I ever really understood or cared about gerunds when Miss Kennedy, my English teacher, covered them more than 50 years ago. However, Readers Digest has published an interesting trio of books covering just about everything you maybe learned then quickly forgot. It's a walk down memory lane. They are a perfect gift for the perennial student."
--The Three Tomatos

"Contained in this handy little book are the facts that you learned in school, but may not remember completely or accurately.”
--A Book Worm Reads 

“If the questions all ring a bell, but answers don't immediately leap to mind, you might want to browse through I Used to Know That -- you'll probably improve your game play of Trivial Pursuit in the process.”

My Grammar and I is the most thorough yet accessible guide to speaking and writing correctly that I’ve come across; deserving a spot on the shelf next to my battered, dog-eared, highlighted copy of Elements of Style.  One of my favorite sections in this book was the extensive list of what you call certain groups of animals and insects. So while we all may know 'school of fish', 'herd of deer', 'colony of ants' and 'flock of birds', here are a few that might be new to you.”
--Courious Villager 

“Perfect for -- I'm just going to say it -- bathroom reading, this book has joined company with the likes of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers and Campbell's Constant Quiz Companion, and all of us are the brighter for it. Equally delightful were the two companion books bundled with the review copy of Used to Know That, My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be Me?) and i before e except after c: Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff.”
--Mental Multivitamin 

“There’s an impressive list of historical people, including all the U.S. Presidents, and important dates. (For some reason, everyone seems to remember that the Battle of Hastings occurred in 1066. But do you remember who fought over what? Taggart will tell you). 

"We love the cover of the book because it reminds us of the marble-patterned notebooks we used to carry around. Those books were filled with all the fact we have since forgotten. Taggart’s books can help us recapture some of that information, even if we only retain it through the next cocktail party.”
--Woman Around Town 

“Sometimes when my kids bring their homework to me for help, I can't even remember how to perform certain math problems, who was the President of the United States in which order, etc. I'm sure you know what I am talking about! This book is a great help to refresh my memory and it made me laugh!”
--Simple Kind of Life 

“Two thumbs up on this book. It only has 175 pages! I would call it a quick read but I can't! It is so full of facts that had me thinking 'did I ever learn that?' It also made me think about what my daughters are learning. Learning is to be fun and engaging. Do they love to learn? Will they be able to recall more of these facts if they had fun learning them? What do they want to learn? Thanks for putting together all these 'Facts from School You Forgot to Remember!'" 
--Home School Messenger 

“This is a nifty little book to have! I am sure at one time I knew everything in there. I tell my kids I know everything. Most of the things in this book I had forgotten, and some of it I never had. I didn't take Trig. or Geometry . . . I think my Favorite sections were Famous Authors (shock, I know) and Famous Composers. I LOVE music and everything to do with it. I am absolutely in love with Classical music. This book had something in there that I didn't learn until college. It is a nice book to have around the house (esp. if you have kids in school). 2 thumbs up!”
--A Bookish Mom 

“With this book I was also sent i before e (except after c), and My Grammar and I (Or Should That be 'Me'?): Old-School Ways to Sharpen Your English. The first is packed full of mnemonics to help your student (or yourself) remember all kinds of information. The latter of which serves as a handy grammar guide.  I really enjoyed all three of these books. They will find a place on the book shelf, and be referenced frequently.”
--Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood 

I Used to Know That is going to be my 'go to' book for all the homework questions from now on. I have read through the book and I was totally blown away by how much I forgot and how much I must have slept through a lot of my classes because I don't remember learning any of this when I was in school.”
--She Scribes 

“This book is perfect for people like me who do indeed get confused with what word to use. I mean it has been awhile since I was in school and sometimes I need to look things up. But I will tell you that this book will be the most useful to me when I need to teach my kids this stuff. My Grammar and I . . . is very informative and I love the little 'smart aleck'comments, sometimes they even actually make me say, 'Oh, yeah, duh!'. I recommend everyone reading this book, it never hurts to freshen up!”
--Dirty Shirt On My Grammar and I 

“This book is full of information that, quite honestly I did forget about, minus a few things like the Iliad and the Odyssey, two of my favorite stories in literature. The book is broken down by subject and below are just a few of my 'Oh yeah' moments I had reading through I Used To Know That.” 
--Dirty Shirt on I Used to Know That 

“How often do your teen and tween students ask you a question while doing homework and you can't remember the answer. You are sure that learned it in school, so you say "I used to know that". Author Caroline Taggart has written a book, I Used to Know That: stuff you forgot from school that addresses this exact issue. Along with 2 other books from the same publisher on this topic, i before e (except after c): old school ways to remember stuff and My Grammar and I . . . Or Should That Be Me?: How to Speak and Write It Right, should help you appear like well-learned scholar to your teens.” 
--Connect with your Teens 

“Trust me, some of us really care of about this stuff. And, sure, it’s easy enough to Google probably all of it, but wouldn’t it be lovely for the seven wonders of the ancient world to spring off my tongue as if I’d never forgotten them? I’ll keep this reference collection around. You know what they say: It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”
--Single Woman Rule 

“I got the chance to read three very interesting little books recently. Each of them having to do with things that we used to know, the things that we learned (or should have learned in some cases) while we were in school. I have a feeling that I will be referencing each of the titles often, as there have been many times when I couldn’t remember certain rules. Each are packed with great information. You can find I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School, My Grammar and I Or Should It Be Me?: Old School Ways to Improve Your English, and i before e (except after c): Old-School Ways to Remember Stuff on Amazon . . . I really enjoyed each of them!” 

“For those of us addicted to proper grammar, and for those of you interested in being able to improve your writing, My Grammar and I . . . Or Should That Be Me? provides the answers to questions you have with a relaxed and sometimes comedic approach. Even through my fogged mommy-brain, I am able to sit and read through My Grammar and I . . . Or Should That Be Me? quite easily, which is more than I can say for some of my college level English textbooks!”
--The Family Reader 

“But I sat back and flipped through the literature portion of I Used to Know That and it was amazing to see what memories were being triggered! From Shakespeare to J.R.R. Tolkien, each literary great has at least a small spotlight in I Used to Know That.”
--The Family Reader 

“I came across a book by Caroline Taggart, aptly named I Used to Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School. This Reader's Digest edition is a fun cheat sheet that will remind you hundreds of facts you knew in school. The book covers a variety of subjects: English, literature, math, science, history, geography, and general studies. Here is a sampling of some of my faves” 
--Just Another Review Blog 

"It's the kind of book you want to have sitting around in a waiting area or a bathroom - it's clearly written, never wordy and full of interesting fact that maybe won't change your life, but might make you feel a little more intelligent next time you're in a conversation with someone who really knows their stuff.”
--The Book Nook 

“If, like me, you go ga-ga over anything trivia-related, I Used To Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School is a sure-fire winner. As the title suggests, the book covers basic information that we all learned in school, from the names of Greek gods to the Pythagorean theorem. Yes, the information is all readily found via a Google search, but it is the arrangement of the information and the conciseness of presentation that are at the heart of the book's usefulness.”
--Falling into Words 

I Used to Know That is a fun little piece of review material but it isn’t much more than that. A nice desktop companion for those in need of a little educational refreshment, Taggart’s book quickly and somewhat painlessly cruises through the bulk of the subjects that caused many of us great pain and heartbreak in our formative years.” 
--Blog Critics, Jordan Richardson 

“While the students are cracking open those text books, there are 3 fun books for us to crack open in celebration of the season! Books that will have you say, 'Hey, I remember that!'" 
--Chick with Books

"My first impression before even opening the book was -- Cool! It looks like an old school book! The coolness didn't end there. Inside are a whole bunch of things you probably didn't even remember you used to know. Mix a little bit of funny to those facts and you have a really interesting and unique book. It's hard to put down and even harder not to say (out loud) 'Now I remember that!' Get the book -- you'll love it and it will definitely be a keeper for the shelf."
--Virginia Says 

"The information-presented in easy-to-retain, bite-sized chunks-is accurate and up-to-date. It will touch a chord with anyone old enough to have forgotten half of what they learned at school. Here is a perfect gift for every perennial student. This is a very informative fun book that brought back to mind things I'd long forgotten. It is a great book to have sitting on your desk for reference. I plan to frequently read random chapters of this book just to give my brain a workout."
--Reading at the Beach 

"This is an entertaining book for those interested in trivia. It would also be good for quizzing school-aged children or to just remember facts that haven’t been needed for a few years."
--Book Visions 

"It was fun rediscovering the knowledge that I had forgotten; reading this book was a practical and effective way of learning. I realized that much of what was covered (at least in the English and Literature sections) are covered on standardized tests. Because of this, I will for sure be keeping this book in my classroom next fall. Students will pick it up and 'test their knowledge' -- they won't even know they are learning anything! I'm even planning on ordering similar books: 'i before e (except after c)' 'Thirty Days has September' 'My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be Me?)'"
--Reagan Review 

"Caroline Taggart's book is certain to please the hardest to shop for and will provide hours of fun and educational information as well as fun trivia for all ages."