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May 30

"Cold-Calling" A Prior PhD Student Whose Dissertation You Read?

Is it appropriate to email a former grad student of a professor you might like to work with to ask about their PhD experience and the future of the niche field they studied? [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades at 9:24 AM - 17 answers

May 29

Toddler sad about war

Looking for a way to show my toddler Mr. Roger's Neighborhood Episode 1525, or something similar. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 4:18 PM - 15 answers

May 28

Career in IT and Computer Programming with zero knowledge?

I'm fascinated with computers, robotics, and photography. Yet, there's something captivating about IT and Computer Programming. I'm almost finishing up my Social Science bachelor's degree (Sociology), which is pretty worthless from a marketable angle, little job offers. I would like to learn more about IT (Support Services for software) and Computer Programming as well, but I have no background in these two fields. Should I pursue a degree in either of these fields if I have no experience with math and computers? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 3:12 PM - 15 answers

What's an Oxford tutorial (or Cambridge supervision) like?

My nephew (who is American) is applying to Oxford and Cambridge to do (read?) English. I'm excited about the idea, but he's not able to go over to visit before he applies (and presumably does his interview.) Can you tell us more about what a tutorial/supervision is like? [more inside]
posted by heavenknows at 8:16 AM - 8 answers

May 27

Tell academic supervisor about depression?

I want to disclose to my (former) supervisor that I've been struggling with depression this year, but I'm hesitating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:59 PM - 7 answers

May 26

How do I find out if a UK college is reputable?

I'm wanting to go back to studying briefly for the sake of a planned change in career, but my understanding of the UK education system is limited, so I can't figure out if the college I'm looking at is reputable. [more inside]
posted by sailoreagle at 6:29 AM - 12 answers

May 23

How Do I PhD in Physics/Astrophysics?

I have recently gotten rejection letters from all of the PhD programs to which I applied for the coming fall. Now I'm back to square one and I think I need to figure out what's wrong with my approach so far. Basically I want the hive mind to tell me exactly what steps it thinks I should take to find the right school and make my application competitive. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by runcibleshaw at 11:07 PM - 42 answers

May 22

Where do I BUY pdf versions of academic monographs?

*NOT ASKING FOR HOW TO DOWNLOAD ILLEGALLY* Where do I go to buy academic books (monographs in anthropology, comp lit, and so forth) as PDFs? I can't imagine this isn't already a thing-- fill me in on that missed memo! [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 12:37 PM - 8 answers

Should we give daughter special education or let her be who she is?

We are troubled as to whether or not we should put our daughter in a math special education program. The school has said she needs it, but she is adamant that she does not want to be seen as different. [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 8:03 AM - 65 answers

May 20

Choosing a school for 2 year degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography

[Posted on a friend's behalf] I am researching schools for a 2 year degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Though there are limitless wormholes about "top schools" I haven't been able to deduce which ones possess both quality programs and a balance of cost-effective places to live while obtaining this degree. I have a background in the visual arts and am now in my mid-40s, so this is an epic step forward in viewing the Big Picture. [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 2:13 PM - 5 answers

Books on the tendency toward anachronistic approaches to church history?

So I've been listening to this podcast on the History of Christianity from the Reformed Theological Seminary and there is an odd way that events in the early period of the church are presented which seems rather anachronistic or suffers from "hindsight bias". Is there a term for this? I was wondering if there is literature on this tendency in religious thought (i.e. in which present orthodoxy is retrojected into past debates and conflicts over doctrine.) Is it common? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 6:16 AM - 5 answers

May 19

What's up ... ummm ... doc?

Help me understand my daughter's medical school situation. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 11:40 AM - 12 answers

Another brick in the wall

Freelance writer considering education in front- and back-end coding. I've chosen an educational path, but I don't know how to make the best of my new-found skills as I move forward. More inside. [more inside]
posted by mr_bovis at 11:15 AM - 3 answers

How to make my students read or listen to foreign language materials

I teach teenagers ESL. I've been building a small library including graphic novels and books (The Stonekeeper, American born Chinese, Anya's ghost, Frankenstein makes a sandwich, In real life, The cartoon guides, Adrian Mole, Klutz book of inventions etc. - even drawing manuals) but also DVDS (Simpsons, Futurama, Father ted, Flight of the Conchords, Amandla, Secret of Kells...) and Cds (Elizabeth mitchell, They might be giants, Jack Johnson, The rutles...). [more inside]
posted by nicolin at 10:30 AM - 17 answers

May 16

Looking for books to help Prepare for the Praxis II Business Education

Currently, I am a math teacher who is looking to expand his licensure to include teaching business education classes. I will be taking the Praxis II exam to get my teaching certification in Business Education. The contents of the exam include economics, entrepreneurship, marketing and management, along with accounting and finance, international business, and information technology (page 5 in the PDF). There are some ad-hoc books that I’ve seen on Amazon marketplace that I will be checking out as well. [more inside]
posted by caudal at 6:50 AM - 1 answers

May 15

How did you overcome a low gpa and/or no work experience?

I am one class away from graduating with a 2.6 GPA in a Business degree. I do not have any internships and very little work experience. I have mental health issues and I'm very socially awkward. Am I doomed from ever finding a job? How did you overcome this?
posted by sheepishchiffon at 10:06 PM - 16 answers

College Advising for Adults on the 12-Year Plan

How do I choose a degree and a school as an adult? I'm comparing a BA with a BBA at two regional schools. [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 2:04 PM - 5 answers

Simple sample project for PM Certificate study?

Looking for ideas for a relatively simple case project to use as a base for my PM Certificate course. My actual experience is with projects that are far too complex to use to work through the course. [more inside]
posted by mireille at 12:56 PM - 6 answers

Woo-free, jargon-free, steak-knife-free leadership training?

I want to improve my leadership skills. It seems like a lot of the resources out there are kind of...heavy on the vacuous woo and cut-throat corporate bullshit, and light on evidence, kindness and authenticity. Can you recommend better alternatives? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 2:43 AM - 18 answers

May 14

ISO recommendations for NYC massage therapy schools

My college-age daughter, who lives in New York City, is interested in studying to be a massage therapist. I offered to post here to see if any MeFites have recommendations for massage therapy schools in NYC. [more inside]
posted by merejane at 11:59 AM - 3 answers

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