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Education > Toto ... We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Toto ... We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Going back to school has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. However, ever the pessimist, things sure aren't like they used to be. One thing that's different is my brain. My concentration has been destroyed by several things, not the least of which is the responsibility of five human beings and a small business enterprise.

Something else that's different is this online format. I really would prefer to attend classes with real professors and real students, but this online option is the only practical option for now. I miss holding books in my hands. The search functions are absolutely amazing, but I cannot seem to navigate these textbooks as efficiently as I can a real "live" book. I'll clarify. It's one textbook in particular, that in my opinion is poorly constructed and certainly NOT designed to teach anything. The American Psychological Association has an entire Publication Manual which stipulates how research is to be shared, including how to format the paper and cite and reference the materials used. THIS book is the one that's eating my lunch. It took me many hours to compose a "make-work" assignment following those dreaded guidelines. I cannot imagine what writing a real paper is going to be like. At least I have my "make-work" assignment to copy some of the formats from.

On a brighter note, I've been able to keep up with my deadlines and I'm enjoying the course material immensely. One thing is certain. I'll not be satisfied to stop at a Bachelor's degree. This is habit forming. I have some great friends who are in their seventies and eighties who continue to study and learn new things. One of htem earned her Master's Degree in her seventies. My HEROES!

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. I'll learn to live in this new academic world. After all, I'm the guy who seems to enjoy reinventing himself every seven or eight years or so.

posted on Mar 1, 2019 8:23 PM ()


That sounds fun. I don't think I'd go back to school simply because I am not currently using the bachelors I have at the moment. Well, maybe I do since I am a mom, it's a BS in Psych.
comment by kristilyn3 on Mar 21, 2019 6:27 AM ()
Yes! You're using it every day. Jennifer watches me study and when I share ideas with her, she says she's glad she didn't sign up, too!
reply by jerms on Mar 27, 2019 4:05 AM ()
Traditionally, hard copy text books cry out for hi-liters and underlining of what seem to be key points, not as easy to do electronically. And little skinny sticky notes to mark certain pages. One time I was on an airplane flying out of Columbus, OH and a lot of the other passengers were associated with Ohio State, and they were all marking up their books like crazy, even what looked like novels they might have been reading for pleasure.
comment by traveltales on Mar 3, 2019 12:20 PM ()
I love me some highlighters! Lol
reply by jerms on Mar 27, 2019 4:04 AM ()
I cannot imagine how hard it is to focus online. There are so many distractions and you have so many responsibilities at home. Power to you Jeremy, I know with your determination that you will succeed.
comment by elderjane on Mar 2, 2019 7:04 AM ()
Thank you! One day at a time, one step at a time. Y'all stay warm this weekend. If you need us, we're just a phone call away!
reply by jerms on Mar 2, 2019 6:27 PM ()
If your texts are ebooks, that is daunting. Reading course texts online or on a tablet seems much harder because you want to remember specific places and revisit them. I wonder if would be a help for that. I wish I had your self-discipline.
comment by drmaus on Mar 1, 2019 11:27 PM ()
I remember hearing once that our brains can remember where certain things are on the page, but the online format renders that useful feature moot. However, in fairness, there are handy tools for marking things and creating electronic bookmarks. I just haven't educated myself on "the how" just yet.
reply by jerms on Mar 2, 2019 6:26 PM ()
It takes energy and focus to do what you are doing. I admire your dedication.
comment by tealstar on Mar 1, 2019 9:50 PM ()
You're kind. Speaking of focus, I should be reading, but MyBloggers caught my eye!
reply by jerms on Mar 2, 2019 6:24 PM ()
"After all, I'm the guy who seems to enjoy reinventing himself every seven or eight years or so." Ah, you found out the secret to my life!!
comment by greatmartin on Mar 1, 2019 8:57 PM ()
It's been my pattern. I'll own up to it!
reply by jerms on Mar 2, 2019 6:23 PM ()

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