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September 26

Help me learn about HBCUs, please!

Can you recommend books, movies, or other media about historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the USA? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 10:27 AM - 10 answers

September 25

How do you learn a foreign language for free, without native speakers?

I have intermittently tried to learn Spanish for years, and now I am taking it more seriously again. My question now is, how can I advance myself to the next level, without any consistent access to native speakers? Ideally I would like to do this for free, but low cost is also okay. [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 9:51 AM - 20 answers

How to encourage a student who isn't improving?

I have a student in a one-on-one situation who takes a while to get new math concepts. We can go for an hour without any real improvement. She appears frustrated, though, when probed, she'll just make a joke and not discuss it directly. How can I balance investing myself in her progress while only displaying encouragement and positive feedback?
posted by Jon44 at 4:05 AM - 4 answers

September 24

Help me find good books for my 12-year-old neighbor.

So the kid next door is curious, restless, and smart as hell. He knows we have a shit ton of books, so he just asked me if he could borrow one for his weekly reading assignment. We have nothing for kids on hand, but I would really love to set him up with a few great things from the library or bookstore. Can you help me hook this kid on reading? He says he likes sports, adventure, and mystery. Bonus points for African-American content/protagonists/heroes. Thanks, everybody!
posted by kelborel at 5:14 PM - 33 answers

Did your kid take a gap year?

I'm looking for advice on gap year experiences (between HS and college) [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 8:26 AM - 26 answers

September 23

I need to flash numbers quickly, for addition training

Is there a free or cheap program which displays sequences of random numbers and then, their sum? Screen-filling numbers, like Sesame Street. One, two, three and even four digits, positive and negative. Repeatable sequences and user-controlled speed a plus.
posted by Rash at 12:19 PM - 4 answers

September 20

How did you (YES, YOU SPECIFICALLY) pay for grad school?

The "how to pay for grad school" articles that pop up in a Google search are WOEFULLY LACKING in specifics. I'm looking for actual, specific tales of how real people out there in the world financed their Masters degrees. Feel free to get brutally honest. [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco at 10:30 AM - 82 answers

How weird was this interaction in my undergrad lab today?

I had an interaction with my lab partner that I thought was weird today, but I'm having trouble parsing exactly how weird it was (if at all!) and if I should do anything about it. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo at 3:00 AM - 36 answers

September 19

First Time Using Post 9/11 GI Bill...Having Problems

Does anyone know or have experience using the GI Bill? Especially regarding payment obligations to the university? Do I ever have to pay up front? [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:19 PM - 5 answers

September 17

Can You Help Me Find Classroom Lectures?

I am in search of recorded classroom lectures available online - preferably high school or middle school level (though college is okay if it's not crazy difficult like Nuclear Physics or Advanced Shakespeare). More details inside, if necessary: [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 12:37 PM - 6 answers

I have an idea for a book...what now?

I have a great idea for a type of reference book. I'd love to make it a reality as I think it could really be useful to a lot of people. I only have the idea though. What do I do now?
posted by Amalie-Suzette at 8:11 AM - 7 answers

September 15

Using circles to present data results—is this called something? What?

At my job, we use a reporting tool that returns quantitative results (from a feedback form) using circles—an empty or “lighter” circle, which is actually a circle with a small black dot in the center indicates a lower value, while a darker circle (partially filled with a large black dot or entirely filled) represents a higher value. What is this graph called? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 5:54 PM - 7 answers

September 14

Where could I buy a Russian language textbook about American history?

I'd like to buy a university-style textbook (or another general survey book) on U.S. history written in the Russian language. Basically, I'm looking for the book that a Russian university would use for it's equivalent to History of the United States 101. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Chuck Barris at 3:53 PM - 3 answers

September 13

Detailed Information on Babies' Development and Games to Play with Them!

I have a relatively new baby (almost ten weeks old) and she is amazing! I didn't think a baby would be this much fun! I'm looking for very detailed (ideally week by week) information on how she is developing and what games I can play with her that we will both find enjoyable ("games" defined very broadly e.g. "watching her eyes track a moving object" and "trying to grasp something with her tiny paw" both count as games for these purposes). [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:21 PM - 17 answers

September 12

Talking to myself won't help my GPA, and all of my friends are imaginary

I'm a lone rhino in an online Communications survey course. The prof wants us to discuss conversations that we have. In short, I converse with no one. Whaddo I do? [more inside]
posted by JulesER at 6:40 PM - 26 answers

Resources for helping young student with idiosyncratic math issue?

I"m tutoring a 12 year old girl in math and she displays an idiosyncratic learning disability / learning style. (Specific issue was in learning to calculate the area of a rectangle, an example was used of a rectangle with area of 48 and she didn't understand why all rectangles don't have areas of 48.) Could someone offer suggestions for this specific student, or, more generally, a resource where I might be likely to find others who might have run across similar students?
posted by Jon44 at 4:28 AM - 16 answers

Can you help me wrap my head around organic chemistry synthesis?

I took the first half of organic chemistry and really struggled through synthesis. I have to take the second half this spring and I am really scared. Do you have any tricks/magical methods to help me beat it into my head? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 12:02 AM - 9 answers

September 11

Need help mapping out an education/career path. Please advise.

Hi everyone. Like the title suggests, I need some help figuring out an education/career plan for myself before I return to school next year (details inside). [more inside]
posted by KTN at 8:00 PM - 7 answers

Exercise book for beginning Spanish?

I'm a beginning Spanish learner. I do one in-person class (1.5 hours) and one conversation hour (1.0 hour) per week. I tend to be a book / pen and paper learner. I would like to add an exercise / homework book, ideally something I can fill out while on public transit, to practice conjugations and the like. Suggestions? I will also ask my Spanish teacher.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 7:08 PM - 4 answers

September 10

"Urban Arabic" Books

Hi everyone, This question is a shot in the dark, but I'm trying to find a way to purchase a hard copy or PDF of the Saifi Institute's Urban Arabic books 4 & 5. This would be easy if I was in Lebanon, but I'm in the US. [more inside]
posted by Penguin48 at 10:45 AM - 8 answers

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