6/13/12

The Happy Student by Daniel Wong - Review

I believe strongly that an education is important. So strongly that I was willing to continue working on my Bachelor's degree amid an abusive marriage, nasty divorce, and while single parenting two children. I earned that degree! I believe in it so strongly that I earned my Master's degree while working fulltime as an early childhood educator. I did my homework while the children napped. In less than two years, I earned that degree. My own children have learned, through watching me, that it's important to continue learning throughout your entire life. I have a stone plaque on my desk that says "Learn something new, then teach someone." It was given to me by a parent of one of my preschoolers. I think I love teaching preschoolers the most because they have such a DRIVE to learn. It seems that the older children get, the less desire they have to learn. One of my biggest battles with my own children has been over homework. Laziness in learning makes me crazy! I was really excited to read The Happy Student by Daniel Wong.
It's a guidebook that helps students of all ages learn the Five Steps to Academic Fulfillment and Success. Daniel Wong has written a wonderful, motivating book that helps you find happiness in learning. Understanding yourself helps to drive away the frustration that can come with gaining your education. He'll show you ways to conquer fears of failure and practical strategies that will increase your confidence and motivation. This book is a fabulous resource, whether you are the student, the parent of a student, a high school graduate deciding on college, or the teacher! I have to admit, I love learning as much as I love teaching and this book nudged me into considering going back for my Doctorate degree, but I think I better pay off all my student loans first! You can buy The Happy Student at Amazon!
Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.




22 comments:

  1. just think how bad you would hate to fail so always study and listen all you can.

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  2. Become interested in the subject

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  4. best tip: realizing there is a reward at the end of the tunnel!

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  5. To keep your mind active.
    Jennifer Rote
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  6. Use your imagination to immerse yourself in what you're learning.

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  7. I tell myself that it cannot be that bad because as soon as you dive into what ever it is ....it can only gets easier - emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

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  8. My best tip is to open your mind to new things.

    theresa j

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  9. I don't ever want to stop learning new things! Live is so full of subjects and knowledge that we have not even started to look into. My best tip for a learning motivation is that my teens are getting into new fields (like computers & programing). If I don't keep up with today's knowledge, I want even know what they are talking about soon! lol.
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  10. I liked Daniel’s advice that your quality of life as a student can improve. He aims to help students find motivation in their academic pursuits. This sounds like a book that every student should read. My daughter is starting college soon and I would like for her to read this book. Let me win it Please! Thank you for hosting this interesting contest!
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  11. Try at least one new thing a month!

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  12. My tip is to keep trying again if you don't succeed the first time.

    I read the synopsis. I like how the book can show you how to define goals and remind ourselves what the purpose of achieving an education is. thuy vu

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  13. To be motivated you have to be genuinely interested in the subject, not just studying it because someone else things you should

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  14. The author gave a TEDx talk at Duke University entitled Realistic Idealism: Seeing People as People. He seems like a very interesting man.

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  15. I look at the big picture ... see if I will regret it if I don't become motivated

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  16. Make games out of everything and also have the older kids teach the younger one (Corey Olomon)(CoreyOlomon at gmail dot com)

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  17. Traci Lynn Butler6/30/12, 4:51 PM

    Make a personal connection to the subject - think about how it applies to life rather than just using rote memorization

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  18. Traci Lynn Butler6/30/12, 5:04 PM

    The Happy Student teaches you how to enjoy learning

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  19. I learn best when it's something I know I can apply. SO I always try to look at the practical side of what I'm learning.

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  20. I enjoy learning something new. It doesn't matter if you want to learn about a national park before going there. Just emerge yourself in it!

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  21. I love learning, so when I approach something new, I do my best to do it with a positive mindset and keep the final goal in mind

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  22. One thing I learned visiting The Happy Student is that the author was in the military before entering Duke U. His bio was really interesting!

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