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July 22


Help me feel good about sending my kid to a Montessori school next month. [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg at 1:11 PM - 28 answers

July 20

How do I repair a bungled incomplete undergrad degree 20 years later?

In the 90s, I attended a state university in Texas. Well, kind of attended. Mostly I traveled, forgot to drop classes by the drop date, and left a trail of GPA destruction behind me. There are maybe 45 good credit hours in core classes sprinkled among the ruins. 25 years and many relocations later I'd like to go back and finish my degree, but how? [more inside]
posted by sixtyten at 10:59 AM - 18 answers

July 16

Trying to decide whether to become a school governor

I'm in the process of becoming a school governor for a primary school in the UK. School has some problems. I've attended some meetings and had discussions but have not submitted my application yet. I'm concerned about the amount of time and stress being a governor could involve. Talking to governors at other schools, I've had different views of what they do (eg whether they carry out monitoring visits). If you have experience of being a school governor in the UK, what has it involved for you? What has gone well and what less well? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 1:16 AM - 2 answers

July 12

Social Media Marketing Courses

Even though I have a variety of social media accounts, I have only a basic understanding of How Things Work marketing wise. After some god-awful marketing disasters at work (see my previous question about how things went) I feel I should probably have a better grasp of what's involved. To that end, I'd like to learn more about Social Media Marketing. There's a lot of stuff out there. Too much. I have no idea where to start so hope the Hive Mind can point the way. More requirements are inside. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 5:34 PM - 6 answers

July 11

A fellowship for anthropologists from developing countries?

I remember hearing one time of a fellowship for anthropologists from Africa, Asia, and Central/South America to study the culture and people of the US and Europe - a sort of anti-colonial anthropology. But alas, I cannot find any evidence for such a thing. Did this fellowship ever exist? What was it called? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 7:18 AM - 5 answers

July 8

User Friendly Statistics Textbook Required

I'm currently completing a beginner level Statistics course and in the near future will have to enrol in a first year university Statistics course. I am not finding my current textbook (Use Financial Statistics - Peter Lynch) helpful. I find that it lacks useful explanations and examples. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague at 10:23 PM - 7 answers

Learning a language... when I already know it

I'm bilingual, but my English has always been lightyears stronger than my Arabic, particularly because I was never formally taught Arabic - I picked it up around the house and during yearly trips to Sudan. What's the best way to improve my weak spots, like spelling and grammar, without having to deal with the other stuff that beginners would learn? [more inside]
posted by amohield at 6:29 AM - 12 answers

July 7

How do I approach studying what I don't really understand?

For better or worse, I've been one of those people who either intuitively gets something or doesn't persist with it. Usually I've been bright enough to get by. But I am faced with exams now where there are clear gaps in my knowledge, and I can find them hard to identify or fill in. What's a good method to identify what I -don't- know in a question? [more inside]
posted by solarion at 6:25 PM - 5 answers

July 5

Help me syllabize these American lives

I am looking for nonfiction, long form journalism articles, accessible academic ethnography, and documentary films about contemporary U.S. cultures. [more inside]
posted by flourpot at 1:36 PM - 2 answers

Before I teach math to middle schoolers, what should I do?

Unless I've done badly on my final certification exam, I'll be certified to teach Math to middle schoolers in NYC by September 1st. What should I do between now and then to prepare? [more inside]
posted by The Pluto Gangsta at 12:54 PM - 6 answers

July 2

Fun videos to teach Mandarin to a toddler?

I want my 18 month old baby to speak Mandarin. I myself speak a grand total of two words of Mandarin, and that's the end of my personal contribution to his language lessons. I'm happy to find classes for him (and happy to hear suggestions - I'm on the north side of Chicago...) but what I want is fun language videos we can have on in the background so he can start hearing the language. The challenge is that I need to be able to watch them too. [more inside]
posted by Vatnesine at 11:35 AM - 3 answers

June 30

ISO online Italian lessons

I am looking for recommendations of online Italian lessons at the beginner (absolute beginner, really) level. [more inside]
posted by merejane at 8:51 AM - 6 answers

I'm afraid of finishing grad school, before I start it!

In the fall I'll be entering a professional graduate program. I'm excited about it and I think that it makes sense for me. I'll be entering a relatively competitive field but I already have pretty good experience from my past education, current experience, some decent connections. Despite this, I am *already* getting anxiety about the job search that is bound to follow finishing this degree. How can I best deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 AM - 5 answers

June 29

Timed test anxiety-- tips, advice, and should I explain?

I have a test coming up for a job position; part of it will involve a brief period to memorize a sorting chart, and then using that memory only to sort information according to the chart, in a very short amount of time. The problem-- ever since grade school, timed tests have been my bane, causing such extreme anxiety that I mentally freeze. Help. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 4:32 PM - 4 answers

Help me understand how American Community College works

I'm a US citizen, but my education took place almost entirely in Ireland. I got my Fine Arts degree from an Irish college (actually an IT, if it makes a difference) about ten years ago. I'm interested in taking classes in several subjects for my own personal information - I am not interested in pursuing any further qualifications, but rather in learning for the sake of learning. [more inside]
posted by DSime at 2:17 PM - 14 answers

Urgently need rocket alternative

I urgently need an alternative to this which doesn't require access to the outdoors, or a hose and which is interesting but not so dramatic or messy. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 6:20 AM - 9 answers

June 27

Help me conduct research and write at the graduate level

In the next couple of years (there is no official timeline), I would like to go back to school and pursue a PhD in history or a related discipline. Before I do that, though, I want to spend time developing my research and writing skills. [more inside]
posted by delight at 10:34 AM - 5 answers

June 25

Seek ways to drop a class for a mental illness student

Is there any way to drop an “F” if my kid with mental illness missed the deadline for Withdraw? The college she is attending is University of Chicago. She took 4 courses last quarter, got 3 As. The 4th course needed to be withdraw. She was diagnosed as depression and had been on medication. She was really sick in April (the beginning of the spring quarter). She missed classes as well as exams. She was managed to catch up for the other 3 classes. For the 4th course (the hardest for her), she never showed up in the class again after her sickness. She didn’t drop the course until we found she got an “F”. This could be really related to her social anxiety and panic disorder. She automatically put a “Wall” if she feels not comfortable of answering these emails. She never replied to emails, text messages and calls from her family for several weeks when she was “sick”. The class instructor agrees to change “F” (fail) to “W”(withdraw) if the associate dean agrees. However, the associate dean believes that my kid couldn’t possibly forget the deadline because my kid withdrew courses in previous years. Also the dean think she is too “rude” to not answering emails to the professors and the staff. [more inside]
posted by mysunshine at 7:01 PM - 27 answers

June 23

Becoming a Drama Teacher

I am seeking advice and possible support on how to become a great teacher of drama, (for bi-lingual youngsters aged between 11 and 17.) I would appreciate book recommendations, internet forum recommendations, web sites, anything really that is sincere and aimed at excellence. [more inside]
posted by Atom Collection at 5:48 PM - 5 answers

June 20

How to extinguish an unwanted behavior?

My 5 year old has taken up a very annoying new behavior with movement and sounds and it's become a part of every hour every day. How do we even start to make it go away? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 9:29 AM - 17 answers

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