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April 27

Recommend me a flashcard app for iPhone

Cramberry was my go-to flashcard app, but it doesn't seem to be supported or available anymore, and I have stuff to learn! [more inside]
posted by FavourableChicken at 2:38 AM - 5 answers

April 26

Children's books that encourage questioning everything

There's a new baby in our family, and I'm building a library so he'll have interesting things to read when he's 5, 10, 15... What children's books pack a powerful intellectual punch for their size? I'm looking for ones that make the reader question everything (e.g. social norms, traditions, their identity, even consensual reality). Kind of like a Philip K Dick book but for children. Also good: anything which encourages precociousness (like Matilda). A few that came to mind: 1) Eat Now, Pay Later. Short story I asked about here years ago: 2) The Sneeches, by Dr. Seuss 3) Matilda, Roald Dahl
posted by daniel.poynter at 8:13 AM - 47 answers

April 25

Por favor

Can you recommend a Spanish language (possibly an immersion course) for attorneys in the city of Chicago? Cost is only a minor consideration. It's unlikely I will travel out of the city for it. Googling turns up the usual suspects, but I am looking for personal recommendations if possible.
posted by crush at 6:01 PM - 1 answers

I want to further my education, but have no idea how.

Now is a good time for me to consider furthering my education, but I haven't the foggiest idea how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 9:51 AM - 4 answers

April 24

Are there simple, non-higher-ed math certificate programs?

Recently as a sort of hobby I have picked up several certificates in areas of interest. I really enjoy learning a new thing and then getting a certificate I can hang on my wall. The cost of these certificates has ranged from $100 to $700, they took from 1-3 months each, and I completed them online with minimal bureaucracy. With that done, I'm wondering if there's anything like this for mathematics. [more inside]
posted by circular at 9:32 PM - 2 answers

April 23

How big are these flags?

How big are these flags? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 6:41 PM - 2 answers

April 21

What are some useful ways to organize historical research materials?

I'm using primary and secondary sources to research a historical event and the people involved. Some of these sources are available online, others are documents that I've photographed myself. I have hundreds of pages of documents to transcribe and extract information from. How can I best organize it all? Shoot, even if you can recommend a book on historical research methods, that would be useful too. [more inside]
posted by shapes that haunt the dusk at 4:15 PM - 7 answers

April 20

Help my 9 year old become an Astronaut?

So I'm the father of a very clever 9 year old who is obsessed with space. When she grows up she'd like to either be an astronaut or an astronomer (ideally both). I thought I'd be fun for us to put together an 'Astronaut Training Program' for her that would combine physical fitness (e.g. cross-country, SCUBA, etc.) and educational opportunities (learning about math, programming, engineering, physics, etc) to prepare her for her future application in 13+ years. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 10:08 AM - 25 answers

April 19

Literary crack for Elementary schoolers?

My third-grade nephew reads below his grade level and just hasn't caught on to reading. His Dad says he will read comic books as long as they're reading it together, but wants him to read things solo. (Tried Harry Potter, proved to be too challenging.) Nephew enjoys video games, Pokemon, and break-dancing. We were considering giving him a magazine subscription focusing one of those topics. Any recc's for books 1st/2nd graders love, or kid-oriented magazines that might prove irresistible to this kid?
posted by egeanin at 5:29 PM - 25 answers

Bringing Science to the Masses

How can I help the general public better understand basic scientific concepts and encourage people to exercise critical thinking? [more inside]
posted by galaxypeachtea at 9:12 AM - 5 answers

April 17

College Course Nicknames

The history department at my alma mater used to have a real softball of a class called "Papal Succession [Year]-[Year]". Those needing a GPA boost were often instructed to take this course. For this reason, it was colloquially known as "Popes for Dopes". Looking for similar examples!
posted by stinkfoot at 10:45 AM - 64 answers

What homeschool program worked best for you and your child?

We are investigating homeschool programs for our 13 year old. We want some help as far as workbooks or textbooks and I definitely need help in quizzes and tests (with the answers). But at the same time, we don't want an online program where the online teacher is giving us deadlines and we also do not want them grading our child, even if it is for 30 percent of the grade. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 10:25 AM - 13 answers

April 15

Very specific question about University tuition in the 1990s

Can anyone tell me what the in-state tuition would have been for University of Michigan in the mid-1990s? Or do you know how I might find out? I went to a public university in the late 80s (UC Berkeley) and it was dirt cheap. Wondering if U of M was similar. This is for a piece of fiction I'm writing.
posted by swheatie at 3:47 PM - 16 answers

April 12

The "ne plus ultra" of student-led learning

I'll be finishing my Master's in math education this semester, which means a lot of lesson plans being written and evaluated by my professor. Some recent comments of his have made me want to find better examples of "student-led instruction". [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 7:12 PM - 6 answers

Coming to the U.S. on a student visa - and showing the funds

How does an international student show $50,000 in bank statements? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 2:37 AM - 15 answers

April 9

Accelerated pre-med courses?

Anybody have information on accelerated pre-med courses? Eg 'a year of chem & bio plus wetlab in 1 quarter or semester, full-time?' Just curious if these exist anywhere.
posted by semaphore at 7:31 AM - 9 answers

April 8

Audio for Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans?

Where can i find audio or video of the book Madeleine by Ludwig Bemelmans in french? [more inside]
posted by river99 at 3:53 PM - 2 answers

April 7

What are the best nonfiction essays about Star Wars?

I'm looking for short Star Wars related non-fiction pieces to use for an English composition course I'm teaching. [more inside]
posted by matkline at 9:42 AM - 13 answers

April 6

How do virtual classes for Google courses compare to physical classes?

I am interested in doing some courses related to the Google Cloud. These courses are typically offered either as virtual classes or as traditional in-classroom courses. How do these compare? Does anybody have direct experience of either of these? [more inside]
posted by oclipa at 9:46 PM - 0 answers

What's the deal with grad school?

I got a degree in CS about 10 years ago, worked in the field for a couple of years and moved on. Now I think I want to go to grad school, but don't really know how it works... [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 10:08 AM - 5 answers

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