What is a college financial aid office likely to ask me to contribute, if I am living with one of the student’s parents and have income and assets greater than either parent? [more inside] posted by anonymous at 1:43 PM - 10 answers
I'm graduating in the spring and have done well enough in my classes, but I don't feel like I really know how to *do* anything. Give me some direction? [more inside] posted by revi at 1:42 AM - 10 answers
I'll be in Mazatlan for five days in January. If there is a local group interested in autism, I would like to offer to speak to them.
I searched the web for autism "groups" but couldn't find anything for a local autism group/parent group like I could find in the United States.
Do you know an autism group or a contact with the education department that you can suggest to me?
My fee for talking would be no money, just a suggestion for a good restaurant.
I'm not trying to build my ego, just offering a chance to talk to people about autism. I do that regularly in my day job and it doesn't matter where I go, when I say that I'm an autism specialist everyone has questions. If I can offer some answers, that's good. I make my living as a specialist in autism and have for 25 years.
I don't speak Spanish but am used to working with interpreters. posted by ITravelMontana at 10:37 PM - 1 answers
I'm looking for recommendations for software that I can use to manage my schoolwork (college) that runs on Mac OS X and preferably syncs to my iPhone and iPad as well. [more inside] posted by ralan at 7:39 AM - 1 answers
I would love any tips or tricks with memorization that you could share. My son, who is nine years old, is a sweet, smart little kid who just can't seem to memorize. He does, indeed, seem to have a poor memory, and often appears to forget trips we go on, or movies we have seen, etcetera. I always attributed this to the dreaminess of a gifted child.
But now that he is in fourth grade, he is struggling to learn. Multiplication facts, State Capitals, you name it -- he just can't seem to get the hang of it. We have tried flash cards, songs, writing things down repeatedly, simple mnemonics. I'm out of ideas, especially since memorization was always super simple for me, and the key to whatever academic success I had as a kid.
His standardized test scores are super high, and I do think he is trying. I'm not a tiger mom by any means, I just hate to see him so frustrated. What memorization tools am I overlooking? posted by Malla at 6:29 PM - 19 answers
I am going into my last semester of college, and I have signed up to take Calculus III, three years after taking Calc II. This may be a great idea or a terrible one. [more inside] posted by DRoll at 11:11 AM - 17 answers
I'm an iOS developer, and I'm trying to schedule and budget for technical conferences next year. I've been to WWDC a few times, and will likely try to get tickets again in 2014. I'll probably also attend a CocoaConf. Other than that, can anyone recommend iOS-related conferences or classes they've found valuable and fun. In the US or Canada is preferable, but Europe is not out of the question. posted by pheide at 10:01 AM - 2 answers
My local news can barely report stories accurately when they happen on the same day, in the same town. How can I trust the validity of information that's been whispered-down-the-lane for decades, centuries or millenia? And if history isn't intended to be entirely factual, then what are we supposed to be gaining by studying it? [more inside] posted by jumelle at 10:41 AM - 15 answers
My son is a junior physics/math major at a small midwestern state university. He needs to start looking at graduate programs. He would prefer to stay in research or academia. How can I help him start this process? (B.S. for me) Location is not an issue. It's more a question of what programs offer the best opportunities and fields of study. How can we find out that kind of information? How can I help him start with a reasonable number of candidates? posted by DaddyNewt at 5:54 PM - 16 answers
An academic mentor says I should wait a year and submit The Strongest Application Ever to guarantee my acceptance. I said if I get rejected this year, I'll spend a year developing more research experience and reapply next year - no problem! What do I have to lose, right? Everything, according to him: he says he's concerned that they automatically look unfavorably upon re-applicants. Is that true? posted by sarling at 6:10 AM - 14 answers
I have to take a math placement test in the next two weeks that will determine which college class I will place into next semester (January). I have already taken Math 1010 (Intermediate Algebra) and 1030 (Quantitative Reasoning) long ago but those credits do not count any longer towards this current placement. I need to test to see where I fall now. I'm hoping to get into Math 1050 (College Algebra) ideally. My skills are rusty though. [more inside] posted by rabu at 10:39 AM - 9 answers
I work in a University managing the broad based direct mail, email and calling programs. I have zero undergrad or graduate experience with math, business or the social sciences. (Aka, I can write a really nice essay...) I would like to chart a path to being recognized as an expert in predictive analytics. [more inside] posted by meta x zen at 7:34 AM - 3 answers
My son is interested in Simpson College, in Indianola Iowa. It seems to be a reasonable choice for him, but we can't find any seemingly independent first hand accounts of the School. Can somebody help? [more inside] posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 11:08 AM - 41 answers
The primary school (age 4-11) I teach in is in a socially disadvantaged area: about half of our pupils are on free school meals compared with around 18% nationally (England). Educational attainment is low. With the aim of improving student outcomes, the Local Educational Authority is awarding an innovation prize of £5000 to execute the project. One of the biggest problems that we face is low attendance - about 92% (of which only approximately 1-2% are absent owing to illness). Currently, actions to improve attendance such as weekly assemblies to celebrate good attendance, class awards and a rigorous follow-up of attendance issues, have only had mixed results. What do schools in the US do to ensure their children attend school regularly and come in on time? Rewards? Phone calls to parents? We are at our wits' end at our school, so I am calling upon you all for suggestions and advice. Thank you so much! posted by ashawill at 10:16 AM - 27 answers
I'm trying to turn my masters report into a conference paper. This mainly involves shortening it by many, many pages. Masters reports in my department are not published or even listed online or at the library. The only way anyone could ever read it or even know about it is to ask me or my advisor for a copy. Instead, the way I am sharing the work is to write a conference paper on the same subject. Do I need to cite my own unpublished report? [more inside] posted by Gravel at 8:27 AM - 9 answers
On the weekend I discovered a great series of German magazines/publications: Karfunkel, especially the Karfunkel Combat series. I know my son would love this stuff, but his German is super basic. So is there an English magazine series anything like these? [more inside] posted by Megami at 4:16 AM - 2 answers
I already have one bachelor's degree, and now I have all the time in the world, and a desire to learn even more. Which state offers low-cost or free-cost bachelor's degree programs, and can you just get into your car and go? What are my options for getting more education, inexpensively? [more inside] posted by shipbreaker at 7:32 PM - 15 answers