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Best method(s) for learning French as an adult?

I'm a Canadian in Western Canada who is interested in French, but I don't know where to begin or what is the best way to go about it. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Apr 19, 2015 - 8 answers

How to learn lists of information?

I started a university course after almost 20 years of not learning. I don't have much trouble with learning simple facts (I use Anki - a spaced repetition flashcard program) but I’m having trouble learning lists of (somewhat) longer statements. For example, one thing I need to learn is 4 characteristics of happy people according to Lyubomirsky. [more inside]
posted by blub on Apr 13, 2015 - 8 answers

What to teach a smart twelve-year-old?

I've been hired to privately tutor a smart 12-year-old who hates learning, not on a specific subject but rather a general educational enrichment. I'm looking for ideas, resources and relevant thoughts on how to spend an hour a week with this kid and make the most of it. [more inside]
posted by alona on Mar 29, 2015 - 29 answers

Playlists of Basic Beats for a Beginning Drummer

I bought a set of Roland V-drums recently and I'd like to put together some playlists that focus on basic beats I should be learning as a beginner. The idea is to have each playlist focus on a specific type of beat, starting easier and building in complexity/tempo. I'm mostly into rock music, and my goal right now is to be able to keep a solid groove - nothing fancy.
posted by InfidelZombie on Mar 26, 2015 - 9 answers

Ukeful things...

I'm learning the ukelele! Mainly because a fellow mefite browbeat me into it. But I'm having fun! Help me find some inspiration, and some info. on how to learn more. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts on Mar 23, 2015 - 21 answers

Learn to code or stop wasting my time?

I am currently learning to code via Codecademy. So far I've only completed one project (in web design), including one page where I couldn't figure out where I went wrong and almost quit, but eventually I got thru it and was glad I didn't. [more inside]
posted by serena15221 on Mar 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me expand my descriptive vocabulary!

I'd like to learn some more vocabulary to describe nature and architecture for my writing. I love elaborate descriptions in 19th century literature, but I have no idea about the names of most flowers and trees, and I have no idea how to describe various types of architectural in anything but the vaguest terms. [more inside]
posted by lightgray on Mar 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Can a non-musical adult learn to play the piano?

I'm 43 years old and have no music training. Is it realistic for someone with my age and musical inexperience to enjoy learning to play piano or is it just an exercise in frustration trying to force a non-plastic brain to do something entirely new? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Mar 11, 2015 - 28 answers

Know any communication hacks to communicate with non-English speakers?

I'm traveling to some countries where I won't know the native language. I'm terrible at learning languages so I wanted to see if y'all know any quick hacks for communicating. e.g. one method is to carry a phrasebook and point to the relevant lines in it, then hand the book to the other person and have them point out their reply. (Hopefully its in the book :). Another: when on a bus and unsure whether it's the right one: Point forwards, say the destination in an interrogative tone, lift eyebrows.
posted by storybored on Feb 23, 2015 - 13 answers

What are your best GO TO resources as a gifted teacher?

I'm blessed to teach the GTD program in a well-resourced and supportive district. I have some budget funds left over for the year, and I'm really at a loss for how to spend it. I have the general materials I need to get through the year and into next year, so I'm looking for great resources, particularly ones based in project-based learning and/or common core instruction. I love teachers pay teachers as both a contributor but mostly a shopper. If it helps, I provide direct pull-out instruction to 3-5 graders in LA and math as well as more informal push-in instruction to K-2 classes, where I like to focus on critical thinking skills rather than a set content area.
posted by shrimpsmalls on Feb 20, 2015 - 7 answers

What app will help me learn rudimentary Japanese?

I am planning to take a trip to Japan sometime this summer and I'd like to brush up on my very rudimentary Japanese before going. Is there a good app I can use? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Learning math online

I want to learn math. I signed up for Khan Academy and I like the format a lot. I really like that there are short lessons that I can complete, and that the software automatically checks the answers and lets me continue when I completed a string of 5 good answers in a row (or something similar). I don't like the video explanations though. I'm just not a video person, I learn much better from text. Is there something like Khan Academy where you can do math exercises online but where the explanation is in text?
posted by blub on Feb 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Suggestions For Good Biology Video and Video Courses?

I have been trying to learn biology from the ground up; using online courses that MIT has. The thing is, I'm just not getting into them. I realized the other day that I've become accustomed to a certain pacing of modern videos. Any suggestions for more engaging content? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Feb 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Adult Language Re-Learning

I'm interested in learning a language, or more accurately re-learning it. Or even more accurately learning it better than I did in the first place. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Jan 21, 2015 - 9 answers

It's my adulthood, and I'll ride horsies if I want to.

I'd like to learn how to ride horses. Difficulty level: I haven't ridden a horse since I was 12, and it didn't go too well then. Oh, and I'm also a bit of a coward. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Jan 21, 2015 - 26 answers

Intermediate/Advanced Java Programming Books?

I'm a software developer with several years of experience under my belt. Lately, I've been working with lots of Java code, but have very little formal Java training. Unfortunately, most of the resources that I've found seem to target people with little/no programming experience OR lots of basic Java experience. Can anybody recommend books or other resources that teach Java, from the perspective of a developer who is already experienced with OOP and other C-style languages? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Jan 20, 2015 - 7 answers

I already know how to multiply

I'm re-learning calculus using Khan Academy, and I find it great except for one thing. The "Mastery Challenge" keeps going over things I know perfectly well. How can I make it skip that stuff? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Jan 20, 2015 - 3 answers

How to organize a neural network outside of my brain to help me learn?

I am studying psychology and like to make associations and note similarities between different theories. For example, perhaps I see a relationship between Fromm’s concept of conformity and ideas of enculturation and socialization, from there maybe I can then link to constructs of social interaction in Vygotsy’s work on learning. I believe that I am looking for a non-linear organization system similar to a big mind map, semantic network, or a personal wiki. Any suggestions about how to structure something like this? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jan 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Je parle, tu parles, il parle...

Help me remember how to conjugate French properly when I talk. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jan 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for online games to teach older adults GUI abstraction...

Please offer your suggestions for online games with abstract GUI features which might be helpful to teach Operating System GUIs to older adults. [more inside]
posted by xtian on Jan 10, 2015 - 2 answers

Shiny things! Eh, they're just things.

All my life, I've had a cursory fascination with pretty much everything: from neuroscience and biology, to poetry, history to politics to cooking, writing, architecture, art, aviation and photography. You name it, it's piqued my interest. For all of thirty seconds (exaggerating, but only a little). It's occurred to me that one of the reasons I can't start on a career is because nothing... and I do mean nothing... has ever compelled me to study it beyond a very superficial, Reader's Digest-y type level It's especially apparent when I'm around my very intellectual, very well-read, well-rounded friends. They can talk for hours about most anything, and I can only put on airs using the little I know to only just pass for competent. They read and wonder about things. I might watch half an hour of a basic cable documentary on something and then flip channels. I'm 25. This doesn't seem to be going anywhere? What do I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jan 8, 2015 - 33 answers

Help me dress like a grown up lady - 30s edition

I would like to figure out what the hell well dressed women of my age wear to look stylish, classy, and even if possible sexy! Please help me find what to wear, from inside out, like I am your own personal midthirties professional, casual, and formal doll. [more inside]
posted by corb on Jan 7, 2015 - 23 answers

Recommendation for (online) photoshop class

I'd like to improve my photoshop skills and was hoping to find a good online course to take. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Jan 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Can't scribe, want to do math

Entering old age I want to revisit undergraduate mathematics from decades ago. In this plan (fantasy?) I will go through text books & web sources to replicate and extend what I once knew (or what I think I knew!). The problem: a slight finger tremor (nothing lethal or degenerate) makes writing difficult and borderline illegible, even to me. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on Jan 5, 2015 - 14 answers

What should I learn next about computer networking?

I really enjoy the parts of my job involving networking, and I want to plan out a learning path for myself. I've studied the basics, but what would you recommend next? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Dec 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Fun coding projects for (re)learning programming?

I'm looking for interesting coding-project suggestions, preferably, but not necessarily, for execution in Python, ObjectiveC, or Unity. [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird on Oct 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me spend someone else's money!

I have the opportunity to request materials related to my discipline for my community college library. What should a language teacher ask for? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Oct 20, 2014 - 2 answers

ESL resources for non-native ASL Speaker

I'm working with a woman who is in an interesting situation. She is deaf and was born and raised in Somalia. She learned ASL when she moved to the US a few years ago. She is now trying to learn to read and write English to improve her communication skills. Are there any good English learning resources for individuals who use ASL as their primary language?
posted by chara on Oct 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Java needs to make me go OO

After getting laid off due to restructuring (boo!), a contact helped me get a phone interview for a really cool position (yay!). However, it's a Java web developer role, whereas my experience is PHP/perl; I'd have to reach back 15+ years to school for the last time I did object-oriented coding myself, although I've done a lot of C# code reviewing recently. There's going to be coding/design questions, so I'm studying like crazy. Most of the Java stuff I'm finding is either targeted towards experienced C++/C# programmers, OR total beginners ("this is an IDE, drp"). Pointers on best resources for someone who's got a coding background that's just not OO?
posted by laeren on Oct 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Good books about computer science fundamentals for newcomers?

My friend and I are interested in recommendations for books that explain fundamentals of computer science for readers without any prior knowledge - preferably not just about how to write code, but about computer science in a larger sense, and illustrated is especially helpful. For example, around 2003 I read a slim library book with explanations of fundamental computer science topics (including binary, machine code, and how compilers work) with cheesy 90s graphics, but I don't remember the title. What was that book, and what are others like it? [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade on Sep 30, 2014 - 10 answers

Language for the purpose of study, travel and maybe work in Europe.

What European language should I learn for the purpose of higher studies, work, and extensive travelling in Europe? I am a bibliophile, cinephile, and love songs with good and meaningful lyrics. Till now I've been enjoying all these, I mean the ones from Europe, in the form of translations and with the help of subtitles. (I write too; not to publish but it's very important to me). [more inside]
posted by amar on Sep 27, 2014 - 21 answers

Too much free time - should I get a second job or learn some skills?

So, I recently moved to a new (small) city and started a job with a government agency. I am finding myself with more free time than I need, so I was considering trying to get a second job to pay off some debt. My other thought is to use this free time to build some useful skills, possibly something like programming or web development. So what do you thing? Am I better off working for money to help pay off debt or investing my time in learning skills that could earn me far more money in the future? [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Active toys for my two year-old

What toys can you recommend for a two and half year-old kid that needs to develop a bunch of skills? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Sep 23, 2014 - 27 answers

C++ for Snowflakes

I'm looking to get good at C++ fast. I have a math phd and many years of experience with collaborative python development (including just a small touch of cython), but now need to start coding in C++. What are some good resources to get me where I'm going?
posted by kaibutsu on Sep 23, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me learn to play the piano using modern technology

I've got a Macbook Air, an iPad, an iPhone, and a USB-controlled MIDI keyboard. What's the best way to use this technology to help me learn how to play the piano? I know absolutely nothing about playing the piano apart from chopsticks.
posted by wordsmith on Sep 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Teaching on the sly

Music teaching n00b filter. I now have a tablet with ear training software I use in lessons and discovered the kids quite automatically pick up terms like "minor second" which I hadn't dreamt about teaching them yet. Just as they're in the app. Then when they're stuck on a melody on their instrument I say "go up a minor second here" and it works. Holy interval, batman! What are similar ways you use to teach musical concepts without being all obvious about it? Would it be correct to classify this as active/experiental learning and what are your favourite resources? [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Sep 11, 2014 - 2 answers

I'm just a caveman. Your modern guitar tech frightens and confuses me.

The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 6, 2014 - 6 answers

How to fit in with your classmates when you'd rather be independent

My program seems really social. I'm not really a bubbly social person, and I enjoy solitude. How can I still fit in with the group while preserving my precious, precious alone time? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Sep 1, 2014 - 13 answers

Learning to use classes in C#

Mr. Killian is struggling in an intro to C# programming class, specifically learning to use classes. Are there online resources out there that would supplement his classroom work? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Aug 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Learning to throw pots in the digital age

I lucked into a professional level potter's wheel for a great price this past weekend. While pottery is something I've been interested doing in my whole life, I've never actually used a wheel before. There are plenty of beginner classes and workshops around... but there are also a lot of videos on YouTube. Any reason I shouldn't have a go at it myself and put money towards tools/supplies/a kiln instead of spending it on a class? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Aug 26, 2014 - 16 answers

What are some good pieces of new technology for a preschool classroom?

I'm looking to bring the preschool my children attend up to date on the technology side of things. Does anyone have any suggestions, mostly hardware-wise, on what to go with? Does the preschool your child attends make use of any technology? Or their Kindergarten class for that matter? What works? What doesn't? I'm willing to hear software suggestions too, but again, mostly looking for hardware ideas. [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Aug 18, 2014 - 17 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 on Aug 10, 2014 - 5 answers

Aujourd’hui, maman est morte

I really like learning French through comparisons, translations, and idioms. I also want to understand the idiosyncrasies of the language. What resources can I find for this? [more inside]
posted by glass origami robot on Aug 5, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I create a training program?

So it turns out I'm pretty good at my job and I like to teach people. I'm at a place with my job where my department supervisor is comfortable letting me train to new hires and cross-train current employees at my job. I want to create a training program so that I can make sure my trainees are getting the most out of there time with me, but I don't even know where to start. [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty on Aug 4, 2014 - 6 answers

Wanted: software to tag words and phrases when studying a language

I'm studying Japanese. I want to tag and track individual words and grammatical structures that I'm learning. What software will help me do this? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Visual Memory & Auditory Memory

I was curious as to how many visual thinkers there out there? If there are any who are willing to share their information on this post, I am curious as to whether you have always been a visual thinker or whether this was something you developed? Visual thinking seems to be one of the better ways to process information. [more inside]
posted by nidora on Jul 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Learn Chemistry the fun way...via audio?

Is there a way to learn chemistry that is 1) fun/funny/in some way entertaining 2) via audio? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jul 1, 2014 - 5 answers

What can we learn/do on multiple long plane rides?

We're about to take a trip with five, 5+ hour plane journeys, none of which will have decent in flight entertainment, and are looking for inspiration of things we might do/learn in that time for entertainment? We're looking for ideas beyond general reading/podcasts/movies/sleeping, particularly since we love learning new things. [more inside]
posted by latentflip on Jun 29, 2014 - 12 answers

Learning about artificial intelligence

I'm currently exploring artificial intelligence as a potential field to go into. What books (fiction or nonfiction), films, or resources would you recommend for learning about artificial intelligence, the possibilities of AI, and its future? What should I know? [more inside]
posted by markbao on Jun 26, 2014 - 12 answers

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