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Staying the Course: Navigating the Challenges of Part-time Study is a practical companion that helps and guides you to chart your academic success while progressing in your career.
The book is based on the author’s experience in balancing family, work, and study as a part-time student across two master’s programmes and one doctoral programme over the past ten years...and counting.
Across 13 chapters, you will be provided with effective strategies and real insights on:

  • Identifying the right programme for you
  • Preparing for a successful application process
  • Managing time between coursework and assignments
  • Sustaining motivation throughout your study
  • Building meaningful relationships across your network

While going back to university is a daunting task, it doesn’t have to be a lonely journey. This book will provide the support you need towards a wholesome and enriching experience as a parttime student.

“This book will help you on your lifelong journey of learning and adventure. It is jam-packed with brilliant hands-on advice. It is like a good friend and compass when things may get rough. Eye-opening!”
Dr. Andreas Eisingerich
Professor of Marketing
Imperial College London

“This practical guide is a welcome, authentic, and good-humoured companion for any adult considering how to access new opportunities at all life stages, strive for intellectual growth, and successfully renew their personal and professional identities through part-time higher education.”
Dr. James Gazzard
Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge

“To those who want to continue studying, this is indeed an excellent book. It is readable and loaded with lifelong learning concepts, told as real-life stories. This book would also improve your motivation to study regardless
of age. I highly recommend it.”
Dr. Amirrudin Kamsin
Acting Director
Leadership & Professional Development Centre
Universiti Malaya

ASRIF YUSOFF is a learning and development practitioner and researcher with over 15 years of experience in the energy sector. While building his career, he has been a part-time student across three postgraduate programmes over the past 10 years.
Asrif is also currently a doctoral candidate at Durham University. He holds a Master’s in Social Innovation degree from Cambridge University, an MBA from Imperial College London, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
Asrif is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Innovation & Change at Taylor’s University and an Adjunct Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS.
He lives in Kuala Lumpur with his wife and two kids.
Asrif can be reached at

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