Education

Young author reveals his strategies for academic success

Balbir Singh, 23, is launching his second book ’11 Strategies for Academic Success’ at the University of the South Pacific Aus Aid Lecture Theatre tonight. The 2015 USP Gold Medalist from Balata, Tavua said his goal was to unify the Pacific through his writing. Singh said ’11 Strategies for Academic Success’ took four years to compile, starting ‘observational […]

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March 18, 2016 1:11 pm

Balbir Singh, 23, is launching his second book ’11 Strategies for Academic Success’ at the University of the South Pacific Aus Aid Lecture Theatre tonight.

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Balbir Singh with his new book, ’11 Strategies for Academic Success’. (Allison Penjueli/Newswire).

The 2015 USP Gold Medalist from Balata, Tavua said his goal was to unify the Pacific through his writing.

Singh said ’11 Strategies for Academic Success’ took four years to compile, starting ‘observational research’ in 2012 on strategies that were used by students to achieve academic success.

It is a regional attempt to help aspiring graduates and students, in achieving success and excel in life.  Currently we have 500 pre-orders for the book and it is something I am proud of.

Singh’s first book ‘Battle to Success’ was launched in August 2015 and sold over a thousand copies. The book told his story of suffering from Dyslexia and his journey of overcoming life’s challenges.

I came from a poverty stricken family, so I was financially affected. My parents are both illiterate but they never stopped supporting me to achieve my dream. I had only two pair of clothing at the time and having to come all the way  from Tavua to attend USP where there are thousands of students really brought my morale down.

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(L-R) Editor Goru Arvind, Author Balbir Singh and Photographer Jerry Wala for ’11 Strategies for Academic Success’ (Allison Penjueli/Newswire).

Then I found a family in others at the University, the Vanuatu students were really kind to me and became my family. If I could come from the level of selling mangoes in front of this university (USP) to becoming a Gold medalist then why not write books.

A Masters scholar at the University of the South Pacific, Singh said he was inspired to completing his education at a young age despite suffering from Dyslexia.

I never knew what Dyslexia was growing up and I struggled in school. I only learnt how to write my name at the age of 14. Then from there I created my own ways of learning, I started having the desire to memorize things, from books to the dictionary.

And not a lot of people know about the experience writers go through, there is always going to be objections and comments on what you do. But I appreciate all comments and I will continue to write books.

One of my role model writer like William Shakespeare became famous after their death but here I am living the life and my dream as a writer.

The book is aimed at school students who aspire to complete their studies. Singh said these were eleven strategies he had used to achieve success in his life.

I had to do several jobs when I first started in USP, from selling mangoes to repairing shoes. There was a lot of challengers that could have prevented me from achieving success. Something i have noticed in USP student is that most have a negative mindset when it comes to their education. This needs to be changed.

Through my writing, I want to be a motivation to others to achieve their success.

The book costs $15 and will be launched at the University of the South Pacific AusAid Lecture Theatre, at 7 pm tonight.

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