How to Succeed in School
About the Author
Dr. Michael Petty PhD is The Senior Scientist at
He has a BA from Durham University, UK
An MA from the University of Calgary and
A PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison
After National Service in the British Army where he was a
marksman, and a stint as a pilot in the RAF, Michael was a professor and senior lecturer.
He taught and carried out research at the Centre for Educational Research at the
University of New South Wales, the University of Calgary and the University of
Michael was a Canada Council Doctoral Fellow and held other fellowships including a
Shaw Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also achieved a 4.0 grade
point average. He is the author of over thirty papers and books and numerous articles in
Michael is the CEO of TASK Research in Australia and chairman of Lanka Statistics and
IT Research (Pvt.) Ltd, an international company based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was
principal of S.M.A.R.T Research in Australia.
Michael is a social psychologist and applied statistician.
* The cover photo shows Diluni, a statistician who developed a conjoint analysis package which
is available on-line. That is a huge international achievement. Diluni comes from a rural area of
Sri Lanka and she studied at rural schools and a rural university. Diluni is studying for an MsC.
She uses brainwave entrainment.