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July 17

Parent Plus Loans for a student in the USA?

So our son was surprised at registration time with notice that he needs 12K for school this year. The ever so helpful financial aid office recommends we take a ParentPlus loan to pay for the cost. Anyone ever done this, is it a decent loan for parents to take on? We've literally just learned bout this hours ago after thinking we were all set for his bachelors. [more inside]
posted by sock, the puppet at 11:35 AM - 10 answers

July 16

Where do Grad Students Hang Out Online?

Where do graduate students (especially in STEM disciplines) hang out online for the purpose of complaining about grad school and/or getting support for common grad school challenges?
posted by songs_about_rainbows at 12:27 PM - 6 answers

July 15

How to self-study science from textbooks like a boss?

I'm an (older) grad student doing research in applied physics. I've ticked all my class requirements but have a shortlist of subjects I feel would be useful to my research and my career. I've translated these into a list of reputable, recommended textbooks to read. I've started reading those, usually in the evenings after all daily tasks are complete, and I enjoy it very much - but does anyone have tips to maximize the payoff of those reading hours? [more inside]
posted by Riton at 1:55 PM - 10 answers

July 12

Graduate Student Needs Statistics Software Help

Choosing a BUGS software package...one with a comprehensible manual or understandable tutorial to allow progress to continue on thesis. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 6:49 PM - 6 answers

Citation trails for journal articles

What is the best tool out there for efficiently examining and searching for all of the journal articles/publications that cite a particular article? [more inside]
posted by incolorinred at 3:29 PM - 5 answers

July 9

How would you do a 'deep dive' into a particular subject or field?

I'm planning on doing a few week-long 'deep dives' into AI, health/biotech, energy, and other fields to understand them better and see if I want to make them into a career path. How would you structure such a deep dive? What strategies for finding information would you use? (Some ideas inside.) [more inside]
posted by markbao at 1:01 PM - 15 answers

July 7

STEM Mentoring/Educational Resources for a 12-year-old girl?

Hi everyone, My younger sister is 12, very smart, and has expressed interest in becoming a scientist. She loves physics and astronomy, especially, but she may have some untapped interest in other scientific fields as well. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 8:17 PM - 8 answers

July 6

Spanish kids' shows for 6-year-old, first-year student?

Our daughter just finished her first year of Spanish in a full-immersion kindergarten. We're looking for good all-Spanish TV shows we can show her (and my wife, who wants to learn) over the summer so she doesn't forget it all. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:19 PM - 12 answers

Help! My grass hath been trampled

What was I taught in grades K-12 that's now known to be complete horse-pucky? [more inside]
posted by DigDoug at 9:56 AM - 55 answers

July 4

What is the best Portuguese-English dictionary?

I am reading novels in Portuguese and my concise Collins just doesn't have enough words in it. What's the gold standard here for study and serious reading?
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 6:06 PM - 4 answers

college transfer regrets

I attend Tiny Liberal Arts College. I applied to transfer to Awesome State University and was accepted and ended up deciding to stay at TLAC and now I feel fucking sick about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 AM - 21 answers

July 3

Being a better online studies student.

Hello! I'm enrolled in this particular library science/tech program, aiming towards a degree. Difficulty: moderately disorganized, easily distracted, feeling sort of dumb. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 6:53 AM - 4 answers

July 2

More self-confidence for approaching games and puzzles

I've reached the proverbial straw moment where I'm realizing that, approaching any sort of numbers/critical thinking game or challenge that is meant to be fun, is instead filling me with absolute dread. I find myself becoming incredibly tense and anxious, and very often preemptively angry at myself for OF COURSE being too stupid to pick it up, which means that often I don't even try to pick it up, which then becomes an inescapable feedback loop. I need to change this, please tell me how! [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack at 4:01 PM - 8 answers

What are some good books on how to learn better?

There's a number of books around how to generally learn things better, like The Art of Learning and Make it Stick. Which books about learning better do you recommend?
posted by markbao at 12:07 PM - 6 answers

Best college practices re: transgender students

What are the best practices right now, as far as official college policies dealing with transgender students' needs? For example, making it easy to change your name on campus records. Are there any good examples of colleges doing things right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:21 AM - 12 answers

July 1

Need advice on paying for college, finding non-volunteer scholarships.

A friend is trying to find programs and/or scholarships that she qualifies for which don't require volunteer work. She's a 23 year old working college student in the S.F. Bay Area who found out, after graduating from community college, that her waiver fee doesn't apply for her college. (Her mother makes too much money, but is also retired on a fixed income, with substantial debts.) [more inside]
posted by markkraft at 10:25 AM - 4 answers

An online quiz tool that gives test-taker detailed feedback & results?

I'm looking for an online quizzing tool/website/etc. that is: 1) free 2) gives the test-taker detailed results & feedback on questions missed - possibly a graphical depiction 3) would be easy to use in a 7th grade classroom where all the students have access to a chromebook. Thanks for any and all suggestions! (My overall goal is to have students screencap their results to store in a digital portfolio as a pre-assessment and artifact of their initial knowledge of a topic.)
posted by chr1sb0y at 6:53 AM - 3 answers

June 28

Esperanza me

I'm an amateur musician trying to learn Spanish. I'd like to kill two birds with one stone by learning some Spanish-language songs. I've been listening to a lot of Spanish-language music but it's been hard for me to find the kind of music that is about right for my language level and my taste in music. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 2:58 PM - 16 answers

June 27

How to finish Nursing Pre-Reqs in Los Angeles in the next year

I'm looking to enter a nursing program like a BSN or MSN in the next few years but was wondering about the best way to get all my pre-reqs out of the way this year. I'm 22 years old and I have a BA in Linguistics and Creative Writing. I haven't taken a math or science course since high school. Looking for information in Los Angeles (North Hollywood). [more inside]
posted by makethemost at 8:36 PM - 5 answers

June 26

Bookworm meets ADD

I hate everything on my Nook/Kindle/iBook shelves. I have the newest Judy Blume and Stephen King and gave up after a few pages of each. Same for three other books in half hour span. I have a feeling the solution is to do something besides read for a day or two and come back, but I love reading. If you've read something good recently, let me know? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 7:45 PM - 39 answers

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