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September 11

Need help mapping out an education/career path. Please advise.

Hi everyone. Like the title suggests, I need some help figuring out an education/career plan for myself before I return to school next year (details inside). [more inside]
posted by KTN at 8:00 PM - 7 answers

Exercise book for beginning Spanish?

I'm a beginning Spanish learner. I do one in-person class (1.5 hours) and one conversation hour (1.0 hour) per week. I tend to be a book / pen and paper learner. I would like to add an exercise / homework book, ideally something I can fill out while on public transit, to practice conjugations and the like. Suggestions? I will also ask my Spanish teacher.
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 7:08 PM - 4 answers

September 10

"Urban Arabic" Books

Hi everyone, This question is a shot in the dark, but I'm trying to find a way to purchase a hard copy or PDF of the Saifi Institute's Urban Arabic books 4 & 5. This would be easy if I was in Lebanon, but I'm in the US. [more inside]
posted by Penguin48 at 10:45 AM - 8 answers

September 9

How can I improve my university marks for honours and stay motivated?

I'm just finishing up my final third year of university and would like to follow the honours path instead of a third year pass degree. I'm mostly a B student (70-75 marks range). I only have a few marks in the 80s range. My question is: How can I motivate myself to get high marks and stay on top of my class readings? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 5:02 PM - 4 answers

Old french textbook

Help me find this old book please [more inside]
posted by metajim at 1:25 AM - 4 answers

September 8

Choose your own adventure, medical fellowship style

I am finally almost done with residency, yay! I am planning to do a fellowship in a subspecialty of my (nonsurgical) field. For family reasons I will almost certainly be doing it at my current institution. Said institution has had only 1 fellow in the current (newly accredited) version of fellowship and that was a couple years ago, and in the interim there has been faculty turnover and also changes in funding sources, so there is not a good precedent for how my time will be structured. So, academic medicine types: any suggestions on how I should propose to fill my time, so that it is not filled for me in less than optimal ways? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ellebeejay at 1:48 PM - 7 answers

Books of Authority

What are some examples of famously comprehensive, authoritative works in a particular field, on par with Knuth's The Art of Computer Programming or Feynman's Lectures? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 12:37 PM - 32 answers

September 7

I can do this ... right?

Help me get used to a teacher lifestyle! [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 5:42 PM - 8 answers

Srugim television show with Hebrew subtitles

I have access to an Israeli show called Srugim both on Amazon and Hulu, but it has English subtitles. I have not been able to find a version with Hebrew subtitles... any ideas? Would be a fun way to practice my Hebrew.
posted by daniel.poynter at 10:14 AM - 0 answers

Recommend books for a 10 year old girl who doesn't like reading.

What books would you recommend for a 10 year old girl who is not "into" reading? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 6:06 AM - 28 answers

September 6

How to help an ESL student who doesn't want to learn?

I've been tutoring a new student from the beautiful land of Cuba. She is 14 and her parents want me to teach her English. I think she is going through the natural process of culture shock and is overwhelmed by the US in general. To complicate things even more, the high school she just started with has thrown her mercilessly into an advanced Speech & Debate class. The poor kid is so frustrated by everything at this point that she's just giving up on learning English. How can I help inspire her to learn? [more inside]
posted by Mistress of the Bunnies at 11:39 PM - 19 answers

Making the leap from amateur to professional - engineering

I've been looking for some time now for a new career path - beyond just "whatever job I can get right now" and into something secure, with a future and where I've got a genuine interest. I've worked in the non-technical side of radio broadcasting in the past, and radio technology (through ham radio) has been my hobby for many years. I'm wondering about turning RF engineering into a career but I'm unsure where to start. Help! [more inside]
posted by winterhill at 11:09 PM - 3 answers

How did you online degree?

I want to complete a bachelor's degree online and am starting to research my options. I am overwhelmed. Hearing your experiences would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 11:57 AM - 11 answers

September 5

Evidence-based Preschool "Curriculum"

What should my two year old learn and how should he learn it? [more inside]
posted by pbh at 10:32 AM - 17 answers

September 2

What font should be used when teaching Japanese handwriting?

I'm writing an app to teach people how to write Japanese kanji by hand. What font should I use to create examples? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 9:59 PM - 5 answers

September 1

What is a colloquium?

I have been asked to run a 'colloquium' at an Australian university. I have never been to a colloquium at any university. I need to know what usually happens in one. Interested from a student perspective as well as the perspectives of those that have delivered/organized/participated in one. What makes a good one? What makes a bad one?
posted by MT at 5:54 PM - 8 answers

While many people want A, I like B. “Contrast” as presentation criterion

Kid is doing a presentation at school. All his friends are doing “before and after”. He wants to know what other types of contrast there are. Dad is stuck, but turns to Me-Fi for ideas. Apart from “before and after” (DIY shows, TV shopping) what else could work well?
posted by Prof Iterole at 4:45 PM - 31 answers

Math Facts

Beyond multiplication tables, what sort of mathematical knowledge is useful to have memorized? Also, what alternative methods have been of help for you? [more inside]
posted by Trifling at 11:22 AM - 31 answers

August 31

Helping Beginner English Language Learners learn World History

This year I will be co-teaching a class of English Language Learners world history (from roughly 15th century China through the Scientific Revolution, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Imperialism, Industrial Revolution, 20th century etc.) The majority of our class will have some proficiency in English, but we recently learned that a small group will be beginner ELLs with almost no knowledge of English. How can we best help these newcomers learn English and acclimate them to their new home, teach them some world history, and also support the majority of our students with different needs? [more inside]
posted by callistus at 4:03 PM - 2 answers

How to encourage a budding artist

My 7-year-old loves to draw, and I am, of course, slightly biased, but I think she is pretty good at it. What's the best way to encourage her? If you're an artist, how did your parents help you or encourage you? [more inside]
posted by sutel at 5:36 AM - 21 answers

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