With everything going on in 2020 many students may be finding themselves now as an online student when they weren’t before. Eric Tangumonkem has written this book with 7 secrets on how you can excel. He believes that “knowing” is not enough, you also have to be “doing”. There is a discipline needed in order to be an online student. You have to also be flexible because you aren’t meeting at the same time each week in a classroom. Things are fluid. In addition to the 7 secrets, there is also an 8th, spiritual approach included at the end of the book.
I am currently in my last tri-mester of an online masters program. I knew that doing things online only would be different and probably difficult. I wasn’t wrong. The book talks about how Flexibility is not equal to easy and I think that was the most important thing I had to learn. You’re not meeting every M, W in a classroom. The professor may not post assignments when you are expecting them and you can’t try to make any sort of solid schedule in advance. While you can be studying anywhere you can bring your laptop, that might mean airports on work trips or vacation with friends. The other big thing is to avoid distractions. You need time management. Being on the computer for your lessons means social media and the whole internet is at your fingertips. Set time aside to avoid all those distractions and get your lessons done.
With the pandemic making a lot of schools go online, I think that a lot more students will need to know what it takes to excel online and I think that the 7 tips in this book will really help. (There are also a lot of really great quotes in the book as well that may be helpful too!)
I received an e-copy of this book to read and review from Reedsy Discovery!
About the Book
How do you know if you have what it takes to study online and be successful? From what I have observed over many years as a teacher, there is a clear chasm between “knowing” and “doing.” If knowledge were all that was necessary for success, many more people would be hugely successful. But knowledge alone is not enough. Fortunately, the design of this book will support you in moving from just “knowing” into actively “doing”. We will share seven secrets to success with you and, by making a concerted effort to apply this information, you will place yourself in a stronger position to achieve the online success you desire.
Single Again, and Again, and Again tells the story of Louisa Pateman (though this is a pen name to protect her identity) and her quest to find “the one”, get married, have a couple of kids by the time she is 30 and live happily ever after. Seems pretty reasonable, right? I think most of us have a similar plan even if we don’t actually have it written down. Louisa is pretty independent and quite the world traveler. When she isn’t traveling and having jobs in various countries, she is trying to have a relationship. She’s tried living with the guys, she’s tried the long distance thing, for whatever reason none of the relationships seem to work out for her long term. As her 30th birthday approaches and then passes, she finds herself reworking the timeline on her life plan. Eventually at 36 or 37 she ends up taking things into her own hands to try and make sure she can have her happily ever after.
I was looking forward to reading this book because I have also found myself ending up single again, and again, and again. While I didn’t have any plans to be married with a family by 30, this isn’t quite the plan I had for my life either. It was nice to commiserate with someone else and see what strange things the guys she tried to date ended up doing in comparison to some of my horror stories. (I think her “Towel Guy” wins, though. Yikes.) While I commend her for the decision she ended up making (I won’t say what since that is probably going to count as a spoiler) it would not be the decision I would make for myself but I am happy that things worked out for her.
For any other girl out there whose love life isn’t quite going according to how they planned it – you are not alone! Hopefully reading this book will show you that and also help you laugh and think about things a bit differently.
I received this book from Reedsy Discovery in order to write this review!
About the Book
Do you feel like you will never find the one? Are you sick of failed relationships? And are you fed up with friends and family telling you to settle down before it’s too late? Well, you’re not alone. Single, Again, and Again, and Again… tells the story of Louisa Pateman’s quest to find her happily ever after. Diligently, she spent decades trying to fulfil her life plan; the path set by society—find her soulmate, get married and have children—but things didn’t exactly go to plan… Through boyfriends and breakups, she found herself single in her mid-thirties wondering where she went wrong. Feeling disappointed and defeated, she had to reassess her priorities and play the cards she was dealt. Finding inner courage, she discovered ways to create extraordinary life experiences despite her perceived failures.