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November 14

Applying to just write a thesis?

Can you tell me the most useful, direct approaches to applying to schools to only write up my PhD thesis? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 3:23 PM - 6 answers

November 13

Chemistry/general studying resources?

My niece isn't doing so well in chemistry (read, a point away from an F) and I need to help her. However, it's been a long time since I've done chemistry, and I can't exactly hop back in. Does anyone have any resources for chemistry that would help me learn and help me explain things to her? Also, general studying resources appreciated as well. She has no skills, and it's now or never! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 6:23 AM - 15 answers

November 12

Do I need to crash a high school stats class?

Where do English majors go to learn key principles behind deriving mathematically sound meaning from data? I worked for years as a digital editor. Now I'm a "content strategist," which means I'm responsible for proving my new strategy increases reader engagement via different metrics like UVs, shares, attention time, average story finish rate, etc. I'm very familiar with platforms like Google Analytics and Chartbeat. But I want to learn how to see patterns in them there numbers, and I NEED to make sure my insights are mathematically accurate. How can I most efficiently do that without getting a brain transplant? (Example below.) [more inside]
posted by jessca84 at 11:14 AM - 13 answers

November 10

Will I be throwing my life away to major in music or writing?

I have been to around 6 different colleges and had at least 10 majors, been in school for 5 years now. I was thinking of giving up on trying to do a practical major and going for something I'm passionate for. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 2:48 PM - 36 answers

How personal should a grad school personal statement be?

Applying to grad schools -- I've accomplished a lot, but I've also been through a lot. How do I talk about the latter in the personal statement, if at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 AM - 13 answers

November 9

Science and sex info and more science books for kids

Looking for a friendly, positive book explaining developmentally appropriate details about sex and reproductive organs etc for my seven-year-old, who is an advanced reader. Also: good science books for a smart seven-year-old in general. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 7:39 AM - 10 answers

November 8

Reliable demographic information on tertiary students globally

I need to find out accurate information showing the quantity of university/tertiary/higher education students and lecturers, by age, for Australia and internationally. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 5:52 PM - 2 answers

November 6

Can I refuse to meet with this professor?

I been told to setup a meeting with one of my professors, but faculty will only vaguely say it is about my "level of participation" and "demeanor," and have refused to give any further details. What are my options for declining to meet with this professor or arranging some alternative to a one-on-one private meeting? This is at the university level. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum at 11:29 AM - 59 answers

How many K-12 schools have adopted 1:1 iPads?

I am working on a paper for graduate school and I'm having no luck finding a key piece of information: how many K-12 schools in NJ (or, failing that, the entire US) use iPads/tablets in 1:1 classrooms? [more inside]
posted by katie at 7:42 AM - 9 answers

November 5

Easy novels for vocabulary building?

My husband needs to take both the OAR and GRE in the next handful of months. He has never taken the GRE and did a good job on the OAR, but needs to do a GREAT job. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 11:40 AM - 10 answers

November 3

Summary text of the Linguistic/Philosophical problem of Concepts?

So I'm looking for a text that provides a good summary / overview of the Linguistics and Philosophical (and Psychological?) debates, conflicts, theoretical models of the relations between words, concepts, and things. A good overview that covers the range from Abelard, Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein, Chomsky, Fodor, etc.. Does such a book exist? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 12:58 AM - 7 answers

October 30

Eastern MA middle schools and high schools that offer classes digitally?

I'm looking for regular middle schools or high schools in eastern Massachusetts (i.e., the kinds with bricks-and-mortar buildings and classrooms with teachers and students there in person) but that also offer some courses completely digitally. E.g., students might go online to take an AP class or a foreign language not otherwise offered by the school. They might do so from home or from a computer lab at school or similar. [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 4:52 AM - 3 answers

October 28

Is this usual library practice?

I'm mentoring an 18 year old. When he was 11 he checked some books out of the library and lost them. [more inside]
posted by SyraCarol at 8:10 PM - 27 answers

Help, I want to quit my IT job and restore relics!

With almost no credentials and almost no safety net, I'm desperate to quit my lousy IT job and go back to school to learn how to restore relics and reliquaries. There are a few problems with this which I've had a hard time using Google to solve: [more inside]
posted by Mooseli at 3:31 PM - 12 answers

October 26

Indian pedagogical approaches to mastering the LSAT logic games section

I have come across books written for an Indian audience that help prepare them to pass the Common Admission Test. I’ve used such books to help me with American exams like the GRE and the SAT. I am looking for a book written with the same level of rigor and lucidity to help me conquer the dreaded LSAT logic games section. [more inside]
posted by caudal at 11:21 AM - 7 answers

Recommend a basic book comparative "politics" of traditional societies

Looking for a basic intro anthropology text that discusses the breadth of social and political structures in 'traditional' societies across the continents - or just across say Africa, or ... Some comments about the mistaken belief of widespread "communal" cultures across Africa has prompted an interest in the breadth of such variances in cultural organisations in 'earlier' or 'traditional' societies. Thus, an introductory text for the layperson would be good, nothing too massive or encyclopaedic.
posted by mary8nne at 10:29 AM - 4 answers

October 24

How to improve memory?

I'm wanting to improve my rote memory and not sure exactly how or where to start. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 2:01 PM - 4 answers

October 23

Mathematical permutations

I've gotten multiple answers to this question, so I'm coming to the good folks here for consensus! Given an 8 character string, where each character can be one of 31 different potential values, how many different unique combinations can you create (with the supporting mathematical explanation and reasoning)? [more inside]
posted by rich at 12:31 PM - 6 answers

October 22

3rd Grade Mathematical Large Structure-type thing

I have been given responsibility for the 3rd Grade Math club at the kid's school. I want to spend a part of the time on a large, long-term construction of some type that requires measuring, building, reinforcement, looking at angles, etc that can shown as the group project at the end of the year. I want it to be kid decided what we do, but was trying to think of ideas of what it could be, and I need help coming up with them! [more inside]
posted by lil' ears at 10:46 AM - 11 answers

October 20

If you want to be a digital animator, to which school would you go?

My 17 year old son wants to be an animation artist. Awesome! He definitely has the ability (both artistically and digitally as he is fluent in more programming languages than I, a computer scientist, am) but we are now arguing about the school. I'm pushing for Cal Arts. He is resistant because my ex-husband, whom he hates, went there. So, I'm looking for schools that are great at digital art and animation. This is not an easy thing to Google, I keep getting Devry. More below... [more inside]
posted by blessedlyndie at 8:11 PM - 32 answers

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