Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 21, 2000)
Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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I have never been moved to write a review before, but I feel it is my civic duty to warn people away from this book. I am enrolled as an online student already and bought this book because it would supposedly give me tips for developing a good study schedule and, well, be a successful online student. The publisher is misleading customers by putting a big red burst on the cover that says "Learn how to set up an independent study schedule and stick to it" (did they READ this book before designing the cover??!!). This book contains nothing of the sort. The 33 pages (of 266) that are actually dedicated to coursework are almost insulting to read. For example, some of the "helpful tips" include: "you will want to have moderate experience with using a computer" and "you need goals and focus." The author then gives a website to visit for "specific information" on things like study skills and time management. This book will NOT help you be an effective online student. It might help you decide whether or not to become an online student, which is the only reason it gets a star.
it needs to be updated. My copy of this book is helpful but I find that there are websites that no longer work and some of the information is outdated as well. Much has happened in the online world since it was written so I came to .com to see if there was a newer updated version that I could buy. Alas, there seems not to be one.
For someone who is novel to a PC or MAC this book still has value. It is very apparent that it was written ten years ago. Reflecting on this it was interesting to see how many things are still valid but also what has become obsolete. It must be noted though that the underlying message is still valid. The book is well written and reads easy. However, it is also strongly US oriented with all examples and references restricted to one country. I would have appreciated a more international approach. An updated version with a wider geographic spectrum would be a great addition to this topic.
As a new online student seeking ways to improve my gains, I came upon this useful book that helped me maximize not only my efforts, but also my focus. Pinpointing the desired learning that I wanted was crucial and this book guided me towards a process that made my journey easy, rewarding and with meaningful results. Rather than traveling haphazardly through the maze of courses this book gave me the tools to get the program that best fit me, made sense to me and looked great. As a professional Coach who helps people focus and pinpoint their efforts and change their lives at [...] I consider this book a valuable assist because of the specific guidance it brings to those people seeking follow-up, online education.
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