I had a rough start to medical school academically. People keep telling me that if I "do well" here on out, it "shouldn't matter" in four years when I apply to the next stage in my training (residency). That's easy for them to say, but I need more perspective than that. I'm bothered that it could put a "ceiling" on what I might be able to achieve otherwise. Those who have experience with medical education and academics, please give me your thoughts! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 15, 2013 -
Do any of you know what my options might be as a Geography/GIS undergrad looking for Grad programs? And I guess more specifically, can you all think of any programs/occupations that use GIS to a certain extent as a supplementary tool rather than the sole tool? [more inside]
posted by mr.coffee
on Dec 13, 2013 -
During my studies I've dragged myself into some sort of downward spiral: falling behind multiple times but still managing to pick myself up, only to find myself struggling even more. I've now arrived at a point where I feel completely broken and depressed. I need to find a way to start off again without feeling overwhelmed by everything else that still needs to, or can be done. I seems the only way to regain control is if I could be as carefree as I was as a freshman. [more inside]
posted by csdfa
on Dec 10, 2013 -
I use goodreader to grade papers and am very happy with the interface. However, I would like to be able to insert image files into the PDFs and goodreader doesn't support this. [more inside]
posted by Cuke
on Dec 3, 2013 -
I am going into my last semester of college, and I have signed up to take Calculus III, three years after taking Calc II. This may be a great idea or a terrible one. [more inside]
posted by DRoll
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I'm an iOS developer, and I'm trying to schedule and budget for technical conferences next year. I've been to WWDC a few times, and will likely try to get tickets again in 2014. I'll probably also attend a CocoaConf. Other than that, can anyone recommend iOS-related conferences or classes they've found valuable and fun. In the US or Canada is preferable, but Europe is not out of the question.
posted by pheide
on Dec 2, 2013 -
I work in a University managing the broad based direct mail, email and calling programs. I have zero undergrad or graduate experience with math, business or the social sciences. (Aka, I can write a really nice essay...) I would like to chart a path to being recognized as an expert in predictive analytics. [more inside]
posted by meta x zen
on Nov 26, 2013 -
I already have one bachelor's degree, and now I have all the time in the world, and a desire to learn even more. Which state offers low-cost or free-cost bachelor's degree programs, and can you just get into your car and go? What are my options for getting more education, inexpensively? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Nov 23, 2013 -
I'm at a crossroads, and I want to figure out a few things:
a) What I can do with my interests, in the long run.
b) What I need to do in order to achieve my goals.
c) Whether I should start undergrad next year.
d) What I should do with the next year of my life if I don't start undergrad next year.
Long details inside, but if you have a personal story of how you handled these decisions that has nothing to do with my special-snowflakeyness, I'd love to hear it, too. [more inside]
posted by alona
on Nov 23, 2013 -
I completed my masters in counseling psychology back in December. I have been unable to find a job doing therapy as of yet. It seems like most of the places I've applied to work for want someone with a CADC in addition to their masters degree.
posted by nidora
on Nov 20, 2013 -
I'm curious to know which businesses, organizations, people and projects are at the forefront of helping young people (12-25) to reach their educational and career goals. What kick ass programs do they have that motivate kids and help them figure out and work towards their futures? Are there any ventures/tools that support or replace the career counseling that kids get in school? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Nov 19, 2013 -
I need recommendations for a all in one desktop or study laptop that can run the Adobe Suite (not the newest in the creative cloud) for a new proposed Digital Arts course.
These would purely need to run Photoshop, Illustrator - some sort of video editing program, and potentially a light game design program. (Doesn't need to be Flash)
I know about different specs needed but am lost how to find what would work best and for 32+ students in one classroom.
This would be a huge investment for the High School so if I can quote under 30,000 for all the new technology it would be more likely considered. [more inside]
posted by mariecheri
on Nov 16, 2013 -
I am working on compiling a list of interactive activities for my faculty colleagues. Our department is trying to move away from heavy lecture-based teaching, and my goal is to compile a resource guide of ways to involve students in the learning process so that the department can provide support to faculty who have less experience with this approach to teaching. Can MeFi recommend resources to me that I can add to our resource guide? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek
on Nov 14, 2013 -
I'm helping to design a course for college juniors and seniors in the health sciences. What books (textbooks, popular non-fiction, or even novels), articles, essays, and websites would be most helpful for the students as they finish up their degrees? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead
on Nov 12, 2013 -
Is Marketing Communications a good fit for me? Career advice appreciated, especially from people with experience in the industry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Nov 11, 2013 -
I have been thinking about getting my pHD—for a couple of reasons. Though I am a very well-established and published non-fiction author, I have been up for a few teaching positions lately and have been told that my lack of an advanced degree (I have a BA) is holding me back. In addition, I simply am interested in going deeper with my work; the degree I am considering is in geography, though history of science also intrigues me. The question: am I crazy to be thinking of this at my age? I don't want to get a degree strictly as a "broadening my knowledge" proposition—I want to be able to use it and to teach. But we're seriously talking being the oldest guy in the class, most likely. So, my questions: is it worthwhile? will it help me find employment teaching? does my existing experience count for anything? and where do I start? Thoughts, answers, advice...all appreciated. Thanks.
posted by soulbarn
on Nov 11, 2013 -
I enjoy studying Chinese but I seem to be going through a slump at the moment. Any advice on how to increase enjoyment in my studying? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl
on Nov 10, 2013 -
I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93
on Nov 7, 2013 -
I have a master's degree in urban planning but I've been out of the field for a few years and want to come back with really strong skills. I'm not very good at self-guided learning, since I need the discipline of having assignments and deadlines. I struggle with ADHD, so just staring at an iTunes video will not work. I'm also low on cash right now. Please tell me about the online courses and/or certificate programs out there that are easy on the wallet. [more inside]
posted by mirepoix
on Oct 24, 2013 -
I am taking an embryology class online and I don't feel like I get it even after doing the readings and assignments. The textbook is Moore and Persaud's Before We Are Born
. Right now we are learning all of the details of the development of the human embryo from conception to three weeks. What I need are animations, videos, and other multimedia resources since reading alone isn't doing it for me. I haven't been successful with google. Can anybody direct me toward resources? Thanks!
posted by long haired child
on Oct 23, 2013 -
What is the difference between a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology vs. a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering? In job description, duties, salary, etc? [more inside]
posted by PrettyKnitty
on Oct 21, 2013 -
I have never made a powerpoint before. I have to make 6 slides for class. How to I get a nice background and make charts- pie charts, etc? Either explain like your are teaching your mom, or links to a sites that will literally walk me through it!
posted by TRUELOTUS
on Oct 20, 2013 -
I'm making it my goal this year to pick a major for Spring 2014 and actually see it through the end. The problem is I can't seem to stick with anything. I'm interested in almost everything. What do/have you done in this situation? [more inside]
posted by Autumn
on Oct 17, 2013 -
I'm considering applying to an MS program in statistics at a competitive school. A guy I've worked with holds a PhD from the statistics department at that school, and I think he'd give me a pretty good recommendation if I asked him for one. But I'm unsure whether or not that's a good thing to do, as this fellow isn't a professor. [more inside]
posted by mf_ss
on Oct 14, 2013 -
I am a moderately skilled cook, I rarely make mistakes or destroy meals and there are few dishes I do really well ( mostly roast related). I know my around around knives, understand the basic chemistry and flavor profiles going on, and can keep a large amount of things going at different speeds and heat until everything is ready. Since I've come into some free time, I'd like to up my game, go from moderate to skilled home-cooking of weekday staples to more difficult, labor intense, fussy, and visually appealing cooking. How do I go from " Beef daub served with fresh bread" to "slices of brandy soaked pears and quince elegantly arranged around applewood smoked tenderloin in a lavender sauce."? What should I be looking at, reading, listening to, and practicing? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk
on Oct 11, 2013 -
How do you describe the basic concepts of a difficult subject you know a lot about that makes it "click" for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Oct 11, 2013 -
I'd like to know what options I have for finishing a MAT (or MIT) graduate degree in and around Boston when basically I'm missing the practicum and student teaching but have acquired almost all required academic courses aside from that. I'd want to transfer something like 70-90% of my credits. I can no longer stay in my program (thanks to my advisor's say-so: it's not that I'm failing), and transferring 2 classes within the institution (to another Education degree) is possible, but I'd have to reapply, and basically take 70% of the new (general M.Ed) degree. I do like this degree. However, at this point, I've been in school so long I can't take it anymore, but I do want to teach (in an alternative school, granted). Yes, I know I can teach without a degree; at this point I would really rather not simply quit, though. [more inside]
posted by reenka
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I am currently in the process of applying to grad school. I was counting on my former advisor (who wrote a glowing letter of support for me when applying for my previous job) to write me one, but am not getting a response. I would like suggestions on what to do/what other types of people qualify to write a graduate school recommendation. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I was watching the excellent Ken Burns documentary about the Civil War last night, and found myself wondering how this particular conflict is taught in schools outside the US. If you were raised outside the United States and remember learning about the US Civil War in school, what do you remember? I would love to hear about your experience.
posted by juniperesque
on Oct 7, 2013 -
I'm an engineer with a career in software and I recently finished an MBA from a good school. I'd like to keep the learning going, preferably in something that complements my background, but I don't have any specific direction in mind. I guess I'm hoping that someone might suggest something that's entirely off my radar. What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by mf_ss
on Oct 5, 2013 -
My son will turn five next year at the end of August. Our plan is that he'd start elementary school next year as well. The question of whether we should wait a year or not for him to start has come up. I'm looking for advice on how to answer that question. [more inside]
posted by vega
on Oct 2, 2013 -
Goes by several names: Master of Studies in Law, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Science in Law. Wikipedia says
: "a master's degree offered by some law schools to students who wish to study the law but do not want to become attorneys."
I'd never heard of such a degree until recently -- is it present in the public consciousness? I read MBA or MFA and I have intuition for what those involve, but not so much MSL. [more inside]
posted by mf_ss
on Sep 27, 2013 -
I'm thinking of returning to school (I have a BA) to become a teacher. What are your experiences, stories, insights, and words of caution? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos
on Sep 23, 2013 -
Is there a French equivalent of Coursera.org or other websites hosting free online courses? The French language offerings on Coursera itself are limited to technical classes and one history of religion class.
posted by lirael2008
on Sep 22, 2013 -
I've been assigned a project with a coworker who has, historically, done as little work as humanly possible. I don't know how to manage this. [more inside]
posted by toerinishuman
on Sep 22, 2013 -
I have previous tutoring experience (as well as being an Ontario Certified Teacher). I'd like to get back into some tutoring/editing work on the side, but I'm not sure how to charge for what I'm hoping to do.
I don't really have the time or the flexibility to offer one-on-one tutoring, so I was hoping to offer "editing online" types of services where someone would email me their work and I'd send it back in x
amount of time with corrections, editing suggestions, etc. I've done this in the past for journalists, law students, etc. and it seemed to work well. Here's the problem: how do I set up a reasonable and attractive fee structure for this? [more inside]
posted by The Hyacinth Girl
on Sep 22, 2013 -
I would like to become a professor but I'm a little worried about picking a spot in the U.S. to live for the rest of my life... [more inside]
posted by myitkyina
on Sep 20, 2013 -
As a sort of follow up to this question
I posted last school year, I am now four weeks into the Sci-Fi elective and am worried about the lack of structure I have in my class. I'm looking for ideas/activities to do with my students in class. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith
on Sep 17, 2013 -
I'm teaching a university class and I've assigned the book Representations of the Intellectual
by Edward Said. I'm worried some of what Said says might be slightly over their heads and from past experience I know a handful of the students have learning disabilities and struggle with theoretical works. Does anyone know of an online source or short book/article that provides chapter summaries or at least breaks down his theories from these Reith Lectures? I wanted to provide a supplemental source to the students in case they don't quite get the points Said is trying to make.
posted by DorothySmith
on Sep 9, 2013 -
I would like to find a way to try out camping, without buying a lot of gear. Can I rent gear somewhere? Maybe from an outfitter or outdoor education sort of place? My ideal would be to fly or drive to a U.S. National Park, put myself in the hands of an expert who will rent me gear and take me to a camp site, help me set up the gear and give me basic instructions about how to use it and cook stuff, then have the expert leave while I try things out for a long weekend. Does such a service exist? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk
on Sep 9, 2013 -
I've just started medical school and the emphasis on group work is overwhelming me. I know that medicine is generally a team-oriented profession. I have certainly worked well in teams before, and found it enjoyable. I am affable and pulling my own weight is never an issue. Still, the fact that I have to work in a group for four hours a day, five days a week, is draining me like no other. I am angsty and tired. Please, fellow introverts and independent workers, especially those who are familiar with medical education -- how might you approach working in a heavily team-oriented environment? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit
on Sep 8, 2013 -
It's a huge hassle for anyone who has a 9-5 job and no savings to pursue a masters or a pHD in a reputable/respectable college or university, no matter what country s/he's in. If that's my case, how can I make it work if I live in Toronto, Canada? (I'm interested in reading your thoughts and experiences even if they're not about Toronto per se).
posted by omar.a
on Sep 7, 2013 -
I am teaching Plato's allegory next week, and I would like to use some relatable examples of his ideas represented in recent popular culture. The Matrix is fine but getting well-worn. I am looking for something "newer" to illustrate the restraints of the cave, enlightenment, etc. Most of my students are 19-25 years old. Not owning a TV myself, I am out of touch with what the kids are into these days. Can anyone suggest some other, more contemporary examples -- clips from film or TV that I can show in class?
posted by quixotictic
on Sep 1, 2013 -
My husband would like to improve his (very limited) French comprehension by watching cartoons or other children's shows in French with our four-year-old daughter. We have access to Netflix streaming, Amazon prime, Roku, a DVD player etc., and are willing to spend a little $ for something charming that will appeal to adults and children both. [more inside]
posted by nkknkk
on Aug 28, 2013 -
I am looking for resources for figuring out the best pre-schools and schools on the East Coast (public and private both are fair game). Is there a national database ranking the schools? I am particularly interested in the Boston/Cambridge area, but am curious for my own personal reasons about schools in NYC as well as Chicago, and maybe the East Coast in general.
My kid is 7 months old and definitely not ready to go to school just yet. But as I am originally not from this country, I'd like to familiarize myself with the system fully before I have to enroll her in school. In my humble opinion, schooling is very important - if it wasn't for a good school, I won't have the necessary life skills myself (irrespective of the professional and grad training), so I am hoping to be aware of the US school landscape before my little one starts going to preschool.
Many thanks for your kind help. Have a nice day!
posted by Spice_and_Ice
on Aug 27, 2013 -
I have been very slow when it comes to getting my career off of the ground. I've decided that I need to focus on what I can do right away to begin working in the field that I love. I want to help teenagers or adults with low literacy learn how to read. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly
on Aug 26, 2013 -
I recently discovered CASEL
, which supports social and emotional learning in schools. This is something I think I really want to support, but I'm more interested in social and emotional learning for a general
audience (voters, other Metafilter members, etc.), rather than the young students that are CASEL's focus. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Aug 24, 2013 -
What are the absolute best books for teaching yourself a new and interesting skill starting from scratch? [more inside]
posted by pracowity
on Aug 23, 2013 -