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Effective Learning Techniques & Allied Support in Georgia

Effective Learning Company is a holding company for Stapleton Learning Company and Effective Learning Publications at 32 East Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, United States,, which can be accessed by clicking on the tabs above.

We produce learning of mathematical, transactional analysis, organizational development, and business policy knowledge and skills through one-on-one tutoring and mentoring, group instruction and discussion, and Internet and print publishing.



Mathematics tutoring for all levels, from grade school through graduate school, and mentoring for individuals, groups, and organizations. Debbye has twice been voted the best math tutor in Statesboro.



Debbye and I retired as emeritus professors from Georgia Southern University in 2005 and started that year Effective Learning Company and Stapleton Learning Company, where they are now, starting the Effective Learning Report blog in 2016. I (Richard) founded Effective Learning Publications in 1979.


Price Lists

Mathematics Tutoring: $30 per hour;

Transactional Analysis Mentoring and Organizational Development: pro bono to $100 per hour for individuals, groups, and organizations


About the Founders

Deborah Coleman Stapleton, BSED, MED, EDS, MSOR, is an emeritus assistant professor of mathematics at Georgia Southern University.

Richard John Stapleton, BS, MBA, Ph.D., CTA is emeritus professor of entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, business ethics, and business policy at Georgia Southern University, certified transactional analyst.

    Parker Realty Building
    Located directly across Main Street from the Emma Kelly Theater
    Stapleton Learning Company
    Downtown Statesboro near the Bulloch County Courthouse, City Hall, and the Sea Island Bank
    Parking Street and nearby parking lots
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Simple & Convenient

The UniDesk™
US Patent Reg. No. 3,826,031, July 27, 2010
Back to the UniDesk™

A UniDesk™ will enable a reader to position the height and angle of the desktop to hold books, magazines, newspapers, iPads, Kendals, and laptop computers in the most comfortable position.


You might think anyone could invent, design, trademark, and patent such an invention, and you would be right. It’s so simple one might wonder why someone had not thought of it before.


Most likely, no one thought of it because few people have strong desires or need to read heavy books for any length of time. No one may have patented such an idea because everyone thinking about it thought the idea was too simple to patent.


I made a wooden model of the UniDesk when I was an undergraduate student pledging Phi Gamma Delta at Texas Tech in 1960, back in the days when fraternities still had serious hazing and pledges were not allowed to sleep much by the active members.


As you can imagine from the picture below on this webpage, you can read upside-down lying flat on your back with a UniDesk by adjusting the desk’s legs to extend the desktop over whatever it is you want to lie on, a bed or sofa, after strapping a heavy book to the desktop with belts and running a rubber band around the outside margins of the pages of the strapped-in book. After loosening the pegs and screws on the legs and adjusting the desktop to the right height and angle, all you have to do is lie down, get under the book, and read. Unfortunately, you still have to reach up with your arms and hands to take the page on the right side of the book from under its rubber band and turn it over to position it under the rubber band on the left side of the book after you finish two pages of reading, to keep on reading.


To see more graphically how the UniDesk works, read my case “Tesk: The Upside-Down Desk” in Business Voyages.


Getting about four hours of sleep per day pledging, I affixed the deck (what I called a Tesk in those days) over my dorm room bed, and most nights, I would set my alarm clock for two or so hours later after going to bed. I would then read until I fell asleep. When the alarm woke me up, I would immediately reset the alarm for two or so hours later and read until I fell asleep again. After the alarm woke me up the second time, I would then immediately set the alarm again for thirty or so minutes later, hopefully leaving me enough time to make it to an eight o’clock class after the alarm woke me up again if I went to sleep again.

I made my grades the first time as a pledge, whereas about half my pledge class did not, which was not a trivial thing in those days since you had to go through another whole semester of pledging or drop out if you did not have passing grades the first time around. One determined brother went through pledgeship three times before he finally became an active member.


I developed a desire for something to hold up heavy books the summer between my sophomore and junior years in high school, during which I laid in bed in a body cast for three months recuperating from a spinal fusion operation. Unfortunately, I had not had this upside-down desk reading idea before the summer in the body cast happened.


For whatever it's worth, you can strap a laptop computer to a UniDesk today and read and type upside-down.


To read in a serious way, you have to structure your time in such a way as to set aside time to read for some length of time per sitting or lying, certainly for more than a few seconds or minutes at a stretch like most people do reading stuff on the Internet.


I am convinced most people would read more frequently and longer at a stretch if they did not have to hold, support, and position their reading materials with their hands and arms, including escapist reading such as romance novels, murder mysteries, westerns, sports pages, and most religious material, as well as heavy books, using a UniDesk, as if watching TV.


Unfortunately, to my knowledge, there is no desk on the market today that will perform all the functions of a UniDesk. I have had five UniDesks made of oak wood by Harold Warstler, a master woodworker, and craftsman, who lives near Franklin, North Carolina, for about $350 each. Debbye and I use three of them in our Stapleton Learning Company offices, one in our home near Statesboro, and the other one in our log cabin near Franklin, North Carolina, which has no Internet or TV distractions.