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August 17

Teach me to teach an adult to tie his shoelaces!
My SO is in his thirties and has never really learnt to tie his shoelaces properly. How do I teach him? [more inside]
posted by Sarah Lund's Jumper at 12:53 AM - 38 answers

August 14

Late Life Career Change
Is it totally absurd to consider starting on the path to a degree in physical therapy/kinesiology at the age of 44? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 12:01 PM - 10 answers

August 13

How to compose transfer essay for college admissions?
I just began my application for certain UCs and CSUs (hoping to matriculate Fall 2015). In particular I'm concerned about my essays. What resources do I have to help me revise the essays before I submit them? Are there any topics I should be sure to cover/avoid? [more inside]
posted by miltthetank at 11:47 AM - 5 answers

August 12

Why can't I remember how to use my camera?
Photography has been a lifelong, though not consistent, interest of mine. I have always had an SLR or DSLR camera for about 30 years. Yet I still can't remember how to operate the damn thing without using automatic settings! What is my problem and can you suggest ways to improve my 'technical memory'? [more inside]
posted by KateViolet at 11:30 PM - 13 answers

Math-related field trip destinations for Bay Area HS students?
I teach math to high schoolers in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'd like to get them out of the classroom on a field trip to a local math-themed destination. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 at 6:36 PM - 11 answers

Online education: turning graduates into a community of mentors?
I am part of an online philosophical community with an optional mentoring scheme. Those who complete enough lessons from a bank of hundreds graduate and can then become mentors to others, but few stay; how can I foster a sense of community amongst these graduates and encourage them to stick around to become valuable mentors to the waiting students? [more inside]
posted by tzb at 10:56 AM - 8 answers

Methods of approximation?
I've never been very good at either math or at eyeballing things like weight or dimension, but was thinking recently about how to more or less accurately weigh things without using a scale. What good methods are out there to approximate other kinds of measurements? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:34 AM - 11 answers

August 11

$250 worth of classroom awesomeness.
I have been given a $250 stipend to spend on classroom materials. I have no idea what to buy. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 4:56 PM - 21 answers

Keep Going, Please
What restores your confidence after a significant setback? I need to remind myself why pursuing your passion is worth it when it can be so unpredictable. I'll take anything from deep, meaningful advice to funny motivators. [more inside]
posted by sapien at 10:24 AM - 14 answers

August 10

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Masters Students?
I'll be taking up a place on a taught (distance) masters degree in Inclusion and special educational needs this September at a UK university. I'm keen to try and hit the ground running as well as make the most of the new personal, academic and professional opportunities over the next 36 months and wondered what advice the hive mind has about maximizing the experience both personally, professionally and academically.
posted by Middlemarch at 1:16 PM - 9 answers

Math Camp for Economist help!
I'm basically teaching myself how to do pass an PhD economics placement test, and I'm looking for resources to learn these things that aren't books. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 7:56 AM - 5 answers

August 9

Road scholar
Let's say you have a kid - 10-15 years old, so maybe grades 5-10 - and you decide to pull them out of school for a year. During that time, you are going to drive around the United States with the goal of learning, in an authentic way, as much as possible about American history, culture, and geography. Where do you go, and what do you read? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles at 11:07 AM - 15 answers

LSAT Review Materials: how to access legally in the middle of nowhere
What is the most economical and effective way to prepare for the LSAT in the circumstances described within. I am not looking for torrents or download sites. I'm looking for ways to tap into libraries. [more inside]
posted by CtrlAltD at 8:18 AM - 9 answers

History scholars/buffs: please tell me...
...your favourite books about the Normandy Invasion. This is purely for my own interest. If you can recommend something with a Canadian perspective, all the better, but not absolutely necessary. Thanks so much.
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl at 3:07 AM - 3 answers

August 8

French immersion school with Anglophone parents - terrible idea?
We live near an excellent French immersion school. It doesn't cost much money. Should we consider it for our very bright daughter for at least the first couple of years of primary school, even though neither of us speak much French? She starts prep next year. [more inside]
posted by goo at 8:51 PM - 19 answers

Action & Procrastination
Not sure how to say this, but I think that I am procrastinating on things even when I seem to be busy doing other things. I need to get to a point in my life where I am taking consistent action rather than thinking about doing things. [more inside]
posted by nidora at 2:25 PM - 6 answers

What are some good ways to learn languages at home with a toddler?
How can I help my toddler learn a new language? Is there something that we'd also enjoy and learn from, as a family? There was a previous post, without any leads, beyond Pocoyo. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:18 AM - 8 answers

August 7

Young child maybe gifted, maybe delayed. What now?
My nephew at 20 months does not talk and has some social delays, and his pediatrician is urging my sister to pursue early intervention. The problem is, he also shows early signs of giftedness. Giftedness runs in our family and our mother (who is versed in gifted education) is strongly against introducing him to the early intervention "system" because it could result in a misdiagnosis that hurts him for years to come. I've heard similar warnings from other parents of gifted youngsters. We want to do the right thing for him but aren't sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:09 PM - 33 answers

Is it illegal in Canada to base grades off purchased online quizzing?
I tried to find a source from the claim made on Reddit below. Is it currently illegal, or at least being discussed, that it is illegal to charge university students for online quizzing that factors into their final grade? [more inside]
posted by MikeyObviously at 2:26 PM - 3 answers

August 6

Now get this work-work-work-work, working on my sheets
What is the best site, app, or program for kids' worksheets? Math, science, handwriting, grammar, etc. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 4:43 PM - 7 answers

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