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Calling all chem- physics- and math-philes!

For the grad-level education I want, I need an understanding of chemistry, physics, and calculus at a minimum. I have a BA in a tangentially related field (or will in a couple months). What are the best resources for learning these subjects without spending even more time/money on tuition? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Apr 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Is this science or a sort of engineering? How do I learn more about it?

My ignorance of science and engineering concepts, procedures, and methods of calculation is holding me back from tackling a whole mess of fun stuff. But what fields am I even interested in, and how can I learn more? Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by rue72 on Mar 4, 2014 - 11 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

Where to learn about cars?

So, assume I don't know an awful lot about cars but would like to learn. What books and/or websites do I turn to? [more inside]
posted by Steely-eyed Missile Man on Dec 31, 2013 - 8 answers

Downtime Learning?

To what productive use can I put the (soon to increase) downtime hours at my job? Learning something would be great, other suggestions welcome. Complications: no internet, limited space, no phone access and more inside. [more inside]
posted by Hobo on Jul 25, 2013 - 19 answers

Show me the quick and dirty road to jquery/javascript proficiency

I am hoping to become a fairly nimble noob with jQuery (and understand the javascript logic that goes with it) in about 3 weeks. What is the smartest way forward? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on May 7, 2013 - 5 answers

I can FizzBuzz! Where do I go from here?

I am teaching myself how to program. But there seems to be a big gap between intro courses/resources (CodeCademy, O'Reilly books, Learn X the Hard Way) and Actually Doing Things. Help me figure out a road plan? [more inside]
posted by Phire on May 6, 2013 - 16 answers

R Statistical Computing for Semi-Dummies?

StatFilter: Would anybody be able to recommend a good introduction to the statistical computing language "R" that a reasonably quantitatively-adept psychologist might be able to work through on his own? Something like a step-by-step book or textbook with exercises would be great to help me become more fluent in R. (My colleagues at work who use R are primarily computer scientists who either first learned MatLab or are brilliant autodidacts when it comes to learning different scripting languages, and thus don't have any suggestions; Googling has mostly proferred a somewhat obscurely structured guide from the R authors and lots of invocations to just learn on my own, somehow...). I've become familiar with how to do many individually useful tasks in data structuring and analysis, but I feel a bit like a very high-functioning tourist who has learned a lot of phrases to get around but who would be lost and mugged in an alleyway if I strayed off the beaten path.
posted by Keter on Feb 7, 2013 - 16 answers

How to teach myself Latin?

I want to teach myself Latin. Where should I start? What are some good resources? Is it feasible? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

What do I need to know to fill in the gaps?

Looking for books and articles on programming, design patterns, information architecture, and whatever else. Clear information on Things To Do and Things To Avoid, with a smattering of theory and opinion, would be great. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Aug 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Learn me some French.

What is the most reasonable way to try and autodidact your way into reading French well and speaking it passably? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jul 9, 2011 - 5 answers

If X = I'm dumb, and Y = I want to be smart, how do I get from X to Y?

Recommendations for good books to learn Symbolic Logic? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane on Jun 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Learning how to read: a primer

Recommend to me materials to help a 5 year old learn to read. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley on Dec 27, 2010 - 25 answers

An Educated Mind

I want a liberal arts education without going back to school. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Dec 18, 2010 - 37 answers

How to be an (art) autodidact

Looking for general advice, tips, personal anecdotes, etc from autodidacts (or anyone else) about learning a complex craft/set of skills on your own. (details on the particular discipline inside) [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on Dec 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Productive things to do for 3-6 months of surgery recovery?

What to do for three months, at home, recovering from surgery? [more inside]
posted by czytm on Sep 28, 2010 - 21 answers

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact?

Useful tips for self-learning/becoming an autodidact? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark on Aug 17, 2010 - 10 answers

I'm not Jarod, but I wanna live like him.

My superpower is the ability to rapidly attain competency in skills and processes with an absolute minimum of instruction or oversight, with an additional secondary power of optimizing processes. My kryptonite is doing the same thing twice. For what careers might I be perfect? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Jul 17, 2009 - 22 answers

Help me live in the Tower of Babel

LanguageFilter: Having a little bit of a few languages under my belt, I'd like to add more/get better at the ones I know. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Sep 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Best way for a non-student to learn basics of electrical and mechanical engineering?

What is the best way one could learn the basics of electrical and mechanical engineering? [more inside]
posted by saraswati on May 11, 2007 - 21 answers

Whatever became of Kendall Hailey?

Kendall Hailey wrote a delightful book and was a talented stage actor in Pasadena a few years later. It surprises me immensely that she seems to have done no writing or acting since then (or at least none that I can find out about). Anybody know what she's been up to?
posted by bac on Apr 28, 2005 - 1 answer

What's a good way to relearn college math on my own?

Help set my feet on the road to math geekery [+]. [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Jan 17, 2005 - 22 answers

Give me the good books from the upper level courses' reading lists.

I want to learn (nothing's that simple, keep reading) [more inside]
posted by evilbeck on May 16, 2004 - 31 answers

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