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May 11

Academic etiquette advice for this special snowflake.

I graduated last spring with a humanities BA, I moved back to Canada the summer following and got in touch with local uni. faculty, looking to gain a little research experience. This led to me doing a little data-crunching for a faculty member, but fizzled out rather quickly as other commitments got in the way. Would it be inappropriate to contact her again? Not sure exactly how to approach this because I feel I more or less messed up by not being proactive enough the first time around. [more inside]
posted by csjc at 8:02 AM - 1 answers

May 10

Help my Cousin Get Back into a Computer Science Major

My cousin is a bright student and worked so hard to get to where he is, but a recent family emergence ( a death in the family) and his grades started getting really bad towards the end of the semester, he was put in probation but one thing led to another and he was dismissed from school for one full semester, he took the semester off and after much grief he was ready and more focused that before to go back and complete his undergraduate in computer science.The computer science department at his school won't let him continue and asked him to change to another major outside of engineering. [more inside]
posted by dolilmao at 8:49 PM - 12 answers

How can I accept being the slow, stupid student?

Two weeks ago I started college for the first time. My own intellectual deficiencies, impatience, and self-hatred as started to rise to the surface once more. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 7:46 AM - 39 answers

May 8

What did I gain from my internship?

Please help me figure out something that is not quite obvious to me. [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 8:45 AM - 11 answers

May 6

Making sense of multivariable statistics (with infographics?)

I'm working with some multi-variable data (up to 12 factors per event, from a possible 28 factors) so far I've only seen it discussed as a combination of two factors. Is there a way to elegantly (or at least clearly) display inter-relations of more features? I realize 12 factors is a lot, so anything more than 2 factors would be an improvement. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 2:50 PM - 5 answers

What movie to show middle schoolers?

What would be a good movie to show middle school students that would spark dialogue and critical thinking about what it means to be "American"? The audience would be mostly African-American and Hispanic students. Needs to be PG-13 or lower rating.
posted by archimago at 10:52 AM - 18 answers

Writing Groups in NYC?

Looking for a writing group for someone who is about to graduate from college and move back to Manhattan in a few weeks. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 6:40 AM - 2 answers

May 2

What are some one-to-one comparisons of standard and metric units?

I'm looking for a resource or, failing that, some outright suggestions of one-to-one comparisons for standard and metric units. I am tutoring a third grader with some learning disabilities who needs a simple visualization. In other words, I'm looking for a resource that says, "A meter is as long as a dalmatian" or "a foot is as big as your dad's foot." This is less easily googleable than I expected. Things like Scale of the Universe are neat, but I need a simple one-to-one relationship. [more inside]
posted by Alex Haist at 3:42 PM - 12 answers

Diversity training for Acting Teachers

Readings on race and intersectionality in the performing arts? [more inside]
posted by ducky l'orange at 3:04 PM - 3 answers

Anything like the Harvard Extension School in the DC area?

I’m likely relocating to Washington DC this summer and I'm looking for somewhere where I can take Linear Algebra and a few other undergraduate math and statistics classes in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 as a non-degree student. [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler at 12:29 PM - 8 answers

May 1

In search of job interview tips for teaching ESL to adults

I have a job interview for an ESL teaching position with a US government organization in Southeast Asia. What kinds of questions will I be asked? What should I ask them? How should I prepare otherwise? [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf at 3:17 PM - 6 answers

Debt Free Child, Later Retired Dad

I am over 59 1/2 years old. I need to take money out of my IRA for my daughter's last year of college. Help me to find a way to do this with the least tax impact. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:51 AM - 23 answers

Keep that sword sharp!

How do I keep growing while working a boring desk job? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess at 5:17 AM - 6 answers

April 30

Bedtime stories redux: looking for short histories of famous women

My daughter is 8 and she loves her bedtime stories, but she doesn't want to be read to, she would rather we recite a story out loud while sitting in the dark. Well yesterday my imagination ran out so I told her the story of Mata Hari as best I knew it and she loved it! [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 10:59 AM - 16 answers

April 29

Feeling ambivilant about my PhD program. Should I apply for this job?

I'm finishing up the second year of my PhD program. This is a particularly stressful time in the program--I'm finishing my coursework and should be ABD in a couple of months. I am planning on making a decision at the end of next month whether or not I want to keep on. But I just found out about a great job opportunity with a nonprofit organization I like and have a relationship with and I am really really qualified for. So now I'm wondering...would it hurt to apply? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM - 12 answers

April 28

Help me come up with a meaningful - yet dull - alternative assignment.

I am a first-year high school art teacher. I need something for a couple students to do for the next three weeks that is relevant but not as interesting as what other students are working on. I want ideas that aren't just "write an essay on x topic", unless that really is the best option. [more inside]
posted by Donuts at 7:08 PM - 23 answers

Can you recommend some good universities/colleges for me?

I am a 26 year-old Chinese girl who is living in America now holding a permanent resident card. I can speak very good English. I graduated from a university in China and my major was English and literature. I worked for a UN Wetland Project in China for a year as an interpreter and project assistant. Now I am considering to further my study and enjoying college life again. I would prefer to do my Master's Degree. But i am totally fine to just be an undergraduate student again. And the subjects or majors do not really matter too much. Subjects like languages, psychology, medicine, international relations and anything related to culture and the environment are fine with me. [more inside]
posted by denimchair at 2:24 PM - 12 answers

April 27

Imagine a clever, slightly modified Pink Floyd quote in this space

My four year old daughter and I will be moving to Davis, California this summer. She will miss the September 1 birthday cut off to enroll in kindergarten and so I am looking into my options for school or day care for her. I will be attending UC Davis and will need around 40 hours of care for her per week so I can go to class, study, etc. I have a few questions about arranging care for her. [more inside]
posted by sacrifix at 8:52 PM - 5 answers

Language Resources

I am heading to Denmark to live for 6 months this year. I would like to learn the basics of the language before heading over there and I am looking for resources. [more inside]
posted by Lesium at 7:39 PM - 14 answers

Best driving school in Manhattan, NYC?

Looking for a good, reliable driving school in Manhattan. Have checked Yelp and come up with a couple of names, but there are some negative reviews of all of them, including criticisms such as the school taking your money and then not having enough instructor times available. This is for a 22-year-old first-time driver who does not have a car available and will need to hire the school for lessons plus driving him to test at the end.
posted by DMelanogaster at 11:31 AM - 3 answers

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