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April 26

Choosing the right fit for undergraduate ethnomusicology

I'm an older student transferring from community college to a four-year to study ethno/musicology. I've been admitted, and now it's time to make the final decision. Do I go for a pretty attractive program at a good school (UCSB), or for a potentially less attractive program at one of the top schools in the country (Berkeley)? [more inside]
posted by teponaztli at 3:05 AM - 0 answers

April 23

how to deal with deceptive students?

I administer an online learning platform for a university in Massachusetts. Whenever a semester ends, I always get several reports from students claiming to have completed work that the system has no record of. In a recent case, I checked everywhere I could and even contacted the vendor, but I didn't find a shred of evidence to support this student's version of events. Yet he still insists he completed the work and won't back off. What can I say to him, and other students like him, without seeming like an asshole who won't help?
posted by Ain at 12:38 PM - 32 answers

Similar books to Walden by Henry David Thoreau?

I'm curious to know if there are any works of novels, poetry, and non-fiction that parallel with the work of Walden? From an individualist, naturalist, and stream of consciousness point of view. Particularly works similar to Thoreau's eloquent writing style. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 11:45 AM - 15 answers

April 22

Exorcizing the devil from the details

I'm currently studying undergraduate math and though the concepts are clear, I lose a lot of marks through carelessness or small errors. Please help me pick up on/avoid these better. [more inside]
posted by solarion at 7:33 PM - 15 answers

The honors thesis that I never completed

Due to extenuating circumstances, I never finished my honors thesis, and have since graduated and moved on to another institution. I feel bad for disappearing on my PI and for not completing the work. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM - 5 answers

I don't understand how to do my final project! Gimme a good grade please

Hi everybody, I turned in a final project for an online class on its due date, last Sunday. The instructor emailed me that she can’t locate part of the assignment. It becomes obvious to me that I didn’t understand the assignment and did it wrong/incomplete. There seems to be a communication failure and I cannot understand what I was supposed to do. I think it may be best to walk away from the project and take the best grade I can get. How do I tell the teacher this yet prompt her to go easy on me? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 11:32 AM - 18 answers

Business math word problem: calculating salary through "growth tiers"

I'd like some help coming up with a formula for calculating annual salary increases. The idea is that a given job description will have two "growth tiers", through which an employee's salary will increase at different rates, and beyond which their salary cannot increase further (except for cost-of-living adjustment). There's also a "base growth factor", which is determined by individual employee performance--e.g. 10% for a stellar employee, 6% for a good employee, etc. Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Professional at 9:43 AM - 3 answers

April 20

My student lost her battle with bipolar. (triggers ahead)

I'm a high school teacher at a small, therapeutic high school for teens with emotional disabilities. Three days ago, one of my kids suddenly and with no warning committed suicide at her home. Staff found out just as the kids were coming in. We quickly prepared how we would tell the kids, and the next three days were a blur of tears, shock, some hysteria; it was all horrific. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:15 PM - 24 answers

Making up my mind about job search strategy

Trying to find courage to stay in my current city when comfort at home beckons [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 11:22 AM - 4 answers

how should I celebrate being done exams?

I am finishing my exams tomorrow. It is the end of my second year of law school, it's been stressful, I want to celebrate. what to do? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 10:58 AM - 13 answers

April 19

Best method(s) for learning French as an adult?

I'm a Canadian in Western Canada who is interested in French, but I don't know where to begin or what is the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 10:31 AM - 8 answers

April 18

If you could send your children to school anywhere...

If you had no ties to your community, family, or career and your only purpose in life was to make certain that your children had the best public school education possible, where would you live? [more inside]
posted by myselfasme at 9:24 AM - 37 answers

April 17

How do I go about becoming a meditation teacher?

Mindfulness meditation has had a profound impact on my life and I'd like to be able to teach it to other people. I'm not looking for it to become anything like a career path, but I'd like to feel more confident about it when I am introducing it to somebody new. How can I do this? I'm looking for recommendations on courses (either online or located in the LA area) or reading material, ideally on the less expensive end.
posted by tumbleweedjack at 9:59 AM - 4 answers

Books suggestions for graduating college seniors.

I direct an honors program at a SLAC. Next Tuesday, the students who are completing honors theses will be recognized at an awards ceremony. Each is to be presented with a book "chosen by their primary adviser." Unfortunately, two thesis directors haven't sent me suggested titles and I need to make an order this afternoon. What books can you suggest for these two students? (Details relevant to each student inside.) [more inside]
posted by GeorgieYeats at 9:08 AM - 7 answers

April 16

To Take a Year Off or To Go On To Law School?

I want to take a year off start obtaining my bachelor's degree before going on to law school. However, my dad (who is the one paying for my education) wants me to go straight to law school and I am conflicted over what is the right thing for me to do. [more inside]
posted by NowYouKnow at 5:15 PM - 42 answers

Emergency lesson plans for family literacy

It was recently sprung on me that I will be teaching not only my usual group of adult ESL students next week, but also their children. I need some ideas. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 9:15 AM - 6 answers

April 15

Confused and lost about finding a nursing school

I'm a 20 year old living in NYC. I want to be a nurse. I'm in a community college I hate, so I'm leaving after the spring. Problem is I have nowhere set up to transfer to. I want to apply to a bachelor's program for nursing. I also want to go somewhere I have the best chance of getting a job. Should I apply to a school and move to another state? Or stay in NYC? [more inside]
posted by starlybri at 11:58 PM - 12 answers

I got into nursing school! Yay! Now what? Do I go?

I was accepted into a very competitive BSN program for fall admission. Hooray! I've been working so hard for the past year and a half to make this happen, and now that it happened I'm starting to question whether it's the right thing for me after all. [more inside]
posted by adiabat at 10:30 AM - 12 answers

Starting a grad program in the fall. Do I include it in my CV?

I'm updating my CV to submit with a book chapter proposal. I'm entering into a graduate program in the fall (already accepted, paid the deposit, etc.). If I were enrolled in classes at this very moment, I would include this in the education section of my CV with an anticipated date of completion...but right now what I have is an anticipated start date. Do I include it, and if so, what's the appropriate way to represent my situation?
posted by 2or3things at 7:14 AM - 3 answers

April 14

Give me the information. All of it!

For various reasons, I've been considering going back to school for information sciences. To aid me in this I've arranged to volunteer for the Texas Library Association's annual conference happening this week, which also means I get to see the exhibitions and go to networking stuff. Hooray! But now I'm getting overwhelmed. So much vocab I don't know! Out of all of the libraries in all of the places in all of the world, Mefites, what sorts of programs should I be talking to? [more inside]
posted by theweasel at 3:26 PM - 7 answers

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