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Uncommon advice you would give your college-age self

As school starts up again, we're all reminded of the common advice: Actually go to class. Actually read the material if you're taking Lit. Join clubs. But what uncommon advice would you give your college-age self?
posted by markbao on Sep 4, 2014 - 68 answers

Reputation of Masters Programmes in Europe

I am saving to go to Europe to do a masters degree. I am interested in International Relations, International Law, Human Rights, and European Affairs (history and institutions of the EU, European Law). I'm Australian but I also have UK dual nationality. I am starting to investigate programmes but am finding it hard to narrow down the options and find the best one for me. My question is: how do I work out which master's programmes have the best/ worst reputation?
posted by EatMyHat on Aug 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Quarter life crisis (work or study or travel?)

I've been having what I suspect is a quarterlife crisis for several months and luckily I've pretty narrowed it down to three options/priorities. However, that's the snag. I can't decide between the three (work, study, travel and a bit of play). Any thoughts much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by glache on Aug 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Modern Day Commonplace Notebook

I'm looking for ideas to improve creating and organizing notes efficiently. Including analog and digital devices. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Aug 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Thoughts on CIS major? (Computer Information Systems)

Is CIS a reliable major for future careers in NY? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jul 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking For A Study on Abusers and When They Show Their True Colors

I read a study online somewhere that physically abusive men on average wait three years before escalating to physical violence. Does anyone know the study, and can you give me a link? [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe on Jul 6, 2014 - 1 answer

Quiet location to study in NYC where it's not too cold

Can anyone suggest a relatively quiet place to study(must have power socket and wifi) without loud music and not too cold? In NYC, Brooklyn or Manhattan. Preferrably can stay for long hours. NYU library is too cold due to AC temp too low. I already wear long pant and fleece jacket, just cant sit still without chills. Thanks.
posted by pack2themoon on Jun 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Article about news reflecting/pandering to audience, not owners

I could swear that in the last week or two there was a study that came out (by an economist I think, and it had won a prize - Nobel maybe or Pulitzer or something) about how the news is influenced by its audience more than by its owners. But I cannot find this article anywhere or remember the name of the study's author. Any ideas?
posted by yeahyeahyeah on May 3, 2014 - 9 answers

The China Study - Nutritional and reading recommendations

The China Study and associated diet was recommended by my physician this morning. I am looking for your advice both nutritionally and educationally, as I'm very open to this after the last few weeks. [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Apr 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Who would i hire to research a personal life? Literally.

So I'm trying to figure out who I would hire - theoretically - to do an index or census of a personal life. I want someone who would be able to look at a life (with consent) to study it. The person would follow a subject around to determine core friends/family/contacts on a daily basis and then do research based on relationships. Then they'd objectively drill down into some key data points. - How many of the people in my life up to one relationship away (aka my brother's good friends) are married or single and for how long - How many of my past relationships are single/married and for how long Beyond that maybe some polling on specific questions about the subject from those people. So who am I looking for here? Is it a Private Investigator? A sociologist? A statistician? A life coach? Is there someone in an "I Heart Huckabees" way that you hire to do this sort of thing? Is this already a job or service someone provides and I don't know the name?
posted by rileyray3000 on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

County Government Application Test

I am currently scheduled to take an application test a week from tomorrow. This test is for an entry-level county government job. I REALLY want this job, but I haven't taken a test that meant anything in almost 15 years. I need help knocking off the rust! [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Mar 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Gifts for 18 yr old nephew about to travel then start university

My nephew's birthday is coming up - this summer he will be travelling by rail in Europe with friends then starting university (degree in Chemistry) in September. I want to get him two birthday gifts - one for each. My first thoughts were something like a decent stationery set or laptop bag for college, and maybe a multi-language phrase book (if such a thing exists) for his summer adventure. But these seem obvious and I would appreciate more ideas before I go shopping. If it were you, about to turn 18 and excited about the future, what would you appreciate? [we are in UK and he will be studying here]
posted by Hugobaron on Feb 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Getting back to higher math

I'd like book/course suggestions to do a slow gentle study of higher Math by myself. I did a bachelor's degree in Math (and Economics) several years ago by myself as an external course (from the Univ of London and LSE), on the side of a whole lot of other things. I did reasonably well, enjoyed parts of it very much, but I've forgotten most of it now. I taught high school Math for a couple of years after that but now work in a totally different field (communication design). I love my work, but miss the brainwork Math required. I'd also like to slowly internalise more Math vocabulary and the structure of the subject, which didn't happen during my Bachelors. [more inside]
posted by miaow on Feb 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Effective learning: looking for the best academic skills and techniques

What are some effective academic skills, techniques, and tools for effective learning and succeeding academically? — Looking for uncommon, highly effective techniques that aren't the oft-repeated ones ("don't procrastinate!") but more like "use spaced repetition software to review the major concepts all throughout the semester". — I'll share some of my own. [more inside]
posted by markbao on Feb 20, 2014 - 22 answers

Colour-blind to study aids?

Do you study similarly to me? What else works for you? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Feb 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Help me teach myself French

I have some very basic French language skills, and I would like to develop them to the level of working proficiency over the next few months (I am prepared to study hard). I am enrolled in a class and have a tutor. What are some other resources (preferably free ones) that I can work with my own time in order to accelerate my learning as much as possible? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 9, 2014 - 30 answers

Help me find the right Master’s Programme specialising in Oil in Germany

Hi there, I’m in a conundrum - I hold a Bachelors Degree in Physics and I am currently searching for a Master’s Programme at a German University specialising in the management of Oil resources and/or the relation to Oil and Physics that I studied. [more inside]
posted by theTrap on Dec 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Too late to study art?

I'm interested in studying 2D Animation later on in life but is this idea feasible or just a pipe dream? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Dec 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Physics Study Guide

For my pal...What is a good physics study guide for: a) 1st semester algebra-based college physics b) lots of solved problems c) without calculus. I remember liking Schaum's in undergrad, but I seem to recall it being calculus based. Thx Hive!
posted by j_curiouser on Dec 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Where to study in brooklyn, NY

Looking for somewhere quiet and convenient in the prospect heights area to get some schoolwork done on a regular basis. Willing to travel about 20 minutes, so suggestions for places in surrounding neighborhoods are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Nov 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Catalogue and Track My Life!

Is there a (preferably online) tool that will track how much time I spend on learning a language? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Oct 29, 2013 - 2 answers

clinical trial - what questions should I be asking?

I'm considering joining a clinical drug trial. What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Belt that signals which direction you are facing.

A few years ago I read an article about a study where the subjects wore a belt like device that vibrated on the four cardinal directions. If I remember correctly the subjects were able to determine which direction they were facing even after the device was removed. I am trying to find the article again and am having no luck. AskMetafilter powers activate!
posted by Mr_Zero on Sep 30, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me learn graphic / visual design fundamentals.

I’m a fine artist who wants to move into design (for web) and I want to get up to speed on graphic / visual / communication design fundamentals. [more inside]
posted by halcorp on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

What are the rewards of studying Chinese language?

Hello, According to Heisig, there is a high dropout rate for Chinese courses. According to another author, there will be high demand in future for people who have knowledge of Chinese language and business studies. I was wondering if anyone had any more information I could use to boost my motivation when studying Chinese, e.g. the low cost of living in China? Thanks.
posted by Musashi Daryl on Aug 30, 2013 - 20 answers

Where is this recollection of a ‘study’ coming from?

I seem to recollect an eye tracking experiment comparing the female body parts prioritised by men and the male body parts prioritised by women when looking at a stranger. Where is this recollection coming from? What is this study? [more inside]
posted by Martijn on Jul 25, 2013 - 8 answers

I was banned from collegeconfidential just for asking for some help?

Summer vacations are coming up and I am going to use some of my free time to learn physics and math, subjects that I love. In order to do that i asked collegeconfidential.com if anyone had "exclusive study materials" from their university which they could share. I mentioned that I would like to have acess to tests and exams from other universities and I could give some good materials collected by my colleagues of the physics and math course in exchange. [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Jul 12, 2013 - 27 answers

Book recommendations in the field of psychology?

Not looking for pop psychology, but for fundamental texts that are unmissable. Work covering specific topics/subtopics (e.g., "this is the best book about borderline personality disorder") is fine too. I'm not going to be able to pursue another graduate degree for a while, so I'd like to start background and introductory reading for pleasure now (but I'd eventually like to work in the field). I have university library privileges! I've seen this ask, but it's a few years old and answers were rather thin. Go!
posted by sevensnowflakes on Jun 23, 2013 - 13 answers

Sparknotes Blank Study Cards Out of Print / Unavailable?

I've been studying Japanese for several years, and have always used the Sparknotes series of blank study cards - they seem to now be out of print, and I haven't gotten a clear answer from the company if/when they will become available again. I've filled in about 10,000+ of them and really don't want to switch my filing system to another size/style of cards, but manually cutting new ones will take way too long - does anyone know if/when they will become available again, or of an EXACT sized similar set of cards? Thank you.
posted by Jgalt69 on Jun 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Where is this paper on economists being wrong I'm remembering?

Some time ago, I came across a paper analyzing the predictions or theories of a number of economists relating to the recent economic troubles. The paper was very detailed (I didn't finish it) but the gist was that every single theory or prediction analyzed was wrong. Anyone know what I'm talking about and where I might find it? [more inside]
posted by DyRE on May 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Advice on what to do before/during an interview to assess my Spanish?

I'm an intermediate Spanish speaker, and I have an interview in a couple days to assess my Spanish level. How can I be as successful as possible, both as far as brushing up/practicing, as well as keeping my nerves under control? [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Apr 25, 2013 - 12 answers

I have some questions about studying abroad

Has anyone ever studied abroad before? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Apr 24, 2013 - 26 answers

Bar Exam Playlist

I am putting together a playlist for bar exam preparations. I am looking for songs that will help ease the pain of studying and have compiled a few from a range of genres. What else can I add to this to make it the ultimate inspirational list of songs? Here are some that I have already chosen: Isley Brothers - Work to Do Jay Z - 99 Problems LL Cool J - Mama said knock you out Beyonce - Run the World (girls) David Bowie - Under Pressure ODB - Got your money Fugees - Killing me softly
posted by allthingsconsidered on Apr 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Tell me about teacher stereotypes

I want to know what typical ideas of typical teachers the public has. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 9, 2013 - 30 answers

A study which shows that people unite against a common enemy?

Over on reddit, a commenter said that they once read a "social science study" which showed that people are more likely to rally in support of a cause when there's a common enemy to hate. It supposedly showed how when people were given the opportunity to unite and campaign for a positive cause, they showed little interest; but that the presence of a hostil opponent motivated the group to unite and rally against it. Can anyone think of a study along those lines?
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 10, 2013 - 4 answers

How to study math

What is the best way to manage time while studying for upper-division undergraduate math classes that are proof-based/STEM classes in general? [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! on Mar 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Help my wife choose a Patisserie School

My wife has recently been given the chance to follow one of her dreams and go to school to learn how to make pastries and cakes via a generous financial situation, so we are seeking the hive minds help to find a good patisserie course that she could take. The only limitations are that I want to go with her and due to my job, she can probably only do a maximum of 2 - 3 months, so a course that's longer than that would be a no-go. However, she is willing to travel (and relishes the idea), so please suggest any school you like, regardless of the location. Related to this, she is currently considering going to Paris (obviously), but is worried about the language barrier, so any comments on that side would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks all!
posted by ranglin on Feb 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Name my university learning blog

Looking for a descriptive and short name for a blog about university study. Save me from bad puns and opaque acronyms! [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Music to sooth a weary mind

Help me find good study music -- aka bands that sound like the Lumineers. [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Jan 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Using ten days to prepare for an online course, then acing it?

I’m about to start a six-month-long online course that I'd like to do really well on. The next ten days are very quiet at work. How can I use this time to help myself prepare, given that I’ll need to be in the office for part of each of the ten days...and then keep up with the course while going back to full-time teaching? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Community bike shop impact studies?

Are there any studies on community bike shop impact studies on adult personal & economic self-sufficiency? [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jan 7, 2013 - 11 answers

PhD students: Where, when and how do you study?

PhD students: Where, when and how do you study? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jan 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Advice sought for Classical music to listen to when studying

Advice sought for upbeat Classical music to listen to when studying. I seem to really enjoy the violin and the cello. I like some of Yo-Yo Ma and the Red Violin soundtrack. But, I do not like the classical music that is depressing and too slow -like some of the baroque. I am looking for the type of classical music one would hear in ballet. The kind that inspires and lifts you up, and makes you happy...that is simply beautiful. Do you know what I mean Hive Mind? Thanks!! So please give me a playlist
posted by TRUELOTUS on Jan 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Safety issues in Quito, Ecuador

My son is applying to a Junior Semester Abroad program in Ecuador for next fall semester. I am reading that Quito has become more dangerous than it was when we went there on a family vacation 6 years ago, and I am nervous for his safety. I'm looking for first-hand information and advice about how to stay as safe as possible. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Dec 26, 2012 - 4 answers

Parlez vous éducation?

I am in Seattle. I'd like to learn French, to the point where I could (in 6 months, say) carry on a rough conversation with someone in Québec or France. I have knowledge of a few words but would essentially be starting from scratch. With which group/center/school should I take classes, but most importantly: why? (In other words, what would make that class better than those offered through alternatives?)
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Dec 25, 2012 - 9 answers

A pair of grad school admission questions. Recomendation request, now? How are my psyc GRE scores?

Two parter to grad school admission. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Dec 18, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I make a living as a student, but not in school?

When I was in college, I really loved writing papers and now I find that I miss the chance to study small topics in depth. How could I make that into a career? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Dec 10, 2012 - 23 answers

I can't get my brain working to prepare for the GRE quantitative! AARRGGGHHHHH!

How best to reabsorb all the math and tricks of the quantitative section of the GRE? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Dec 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Statistical analysis for a prospective cohort study with quantifiable outcomes?

What kind of statistical analysis would I use to compare the outcomes of a prospective cohort study, one with an intervention and one as the control? [more inside]
posted by legospaceman on Nov 15, 2012 - 9 answers

College senior still trying to figure out what I should work towards.

Still feeling like a failure, despite all the help I get - what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

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