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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

 

Help me decide between becoming an RN or a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Are you, or is someone you know, a Nuclear Medicine Technologist? Can you tell me more about the field, about your day-to-day duties, and your quality of life? [more inside]
posted by Pizzarina Sbarro on Jan 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Three odd negs?

Lecturer's odd behaviour from the semester is still niggling at me, what was it about? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Dec 28, 2013 - 31 answers

What should I do after graduation? Confused MIS major

I'm graduating in the spring and have done well enough in my classes, but I don't feel like I really know how to *do* anything. Give me some direction? [more inside]
posted by revi on Dec 6, 2013 - 10 answers

another college radio song ID request

What's the name of this song that was played on a college radio station? [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Nov 27, 2013 - 2 answers

College student son depressed and unmotivated.

My 19 yr old son has decided to drop out of college after this semester to find himself. The problem is he is without a plan and I believe very depressed. He has been to a therapist in the past and has an appt to see the therapist next week. In the meantime he has called us sometimes crying and saying he doesn’t understand why he is in college. snowflake inside [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Oct 31, 2013 - 55 answers

I'm about to get my degree, now I need a job

I'm about to graduate this December with a BS in Computer Engineering from a smallish (~15,000 students) state school. I'm looking for work, and I want to make sure I'm pursing all the avenues I can. What should I be doing to look for work? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Oct 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Am I doing something wrong if I don't completely love college?

I truly like my school and feel that I have adjusted well. I found a great major, lovely people, and interesting activities. However, I'm looking for the fastest route out of here. [more inside]
posted by metacognition on Sep 10, 2013 - 36 answers

I want a new job. I'm not well qualified. What can I do?

I've been working a data-entry job for almost two years now. I got it as a temp position shortly after finishing college. It became full-time a year later. I graduated from a good school, but late, and with mediocre grades in journalism, my major. I stuck to the temp job because I bombed out of freelance work. This failure aggravated my self-loathing and convinced me to abandon journalism, for which I have shown little talent. I abandoned it for a dead-end job. I would like a job with better chances for promotion and with better pay. How, if at all, do I find such a job, considering my mental health, which sabotages each stage of the hunt, and my poor qualifications, which don't help? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Should I do an undergraduate honors thesis?

I'm entering into my final year of undergraduate studies. As an Honors College student, I have the option to complete a thesis this year. I've already made it through the preparation semester and had my proposal accepted, but I'm not very passionate about the topic I selected, and I'm not sure if the effort of continuing with the project will be worth the reward. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by rensar on Jul 31, 2013 - 22 answers

Californication: A post-college year in the Golden State

Having spent my entire life doing what was expected of me when and where I was supposed to do it and clinging fairly tightly to my parents and home life, I'd like to take the next year or so to inject some vigor and excitement into my young years before I settle for the rat race to the picket fence with my . I'm thinking the most drastic and simultaneously safest way to do this would be to spend time in California. I've been there twice and loved it each time. Trouble is that, given my unique set of circumstances, that's starting to look more like a pipe dream than a feasible reality. Is there any hope of finding a good, well-developed reason to move out there own my own, at least for a year? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 30, 2013 - 8 answers

What do I do with myself during a break from school + beyond?

Because of troubles at school, I have been forced to take some time off to re-evaluate. My question is, what would be beneficial things to do, what should I try and focus on, how can I improve myself within the context of my situation, etc. [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Jul 26, 2013 - 12 answers

This has escalated quickly

Son of 1066 had early acceptance to a university six hours away. And we've been planning for him to go there since early December. Last week he decided he now wants to go to the local university and live with me. Acceptance is a given due to his grades. This is going to save me tons of money. The problem? I have had basically zero social life for the past sixteen years because I only had him on the weekends (no regrets). But I was really looking forward to meeting some friends and possibly even dating. So how do we go about transitioning from part-time mom and kid to full-time, loving, supportive, independent mom and adult son/roommate? Advice on any aspects of having a relative/roommate would be appreciated.
posted by 1066 on Jun 19, 2013 - 31 answers

Don't have a HS Diploma and never been to college... now want a degree.

I want to work full-time, get a 4-year degree, and when I am done still make enough money to support 4 kids. [more inside]
posted by brownrd on May 28, 2013 - 31 answers

Trying to remember a specific college that emphasizes career placement

Once I read about a small college that had excellent career placement rates, and almost solely focused on computer science, software design, and IT. I vaguely remember it being located in Colorado, but I'm not confident about that. Can someone help me remember the name of the school?
posted by edgybelle27 on May 23, 2013 - 9 answers

Where should I travel?

My roommates and I are going abroad for the month of July. We're American college students; we'd like to go somewhere warm and cheap for a month. The thing is, we're not necessarily looking to go backpacking the whole time. I'm searching for a place that's super cheap, warm, and close to the ocean where we can write/relax/make music for a month. Shoestring budget here, and we don't mind dumpster diving. In the past I've sublet an apartment in Paris for two months for really cheap and just lived there to explore the city. Does anything spring to mind that's coastal and doable? [more inside]
posted by Shasta on May 19, 2013 - 13 answers

I don't want these bridges to burn...

I just learned that I have been fired from my resident assistant position. How do I handle my final two weeks and move on? [more inside]
posted by DRoll on Apr 29, 2013 - 24 answers

Are online colleges really that awful?

I'm looking into going back to school...online, but online colleges seem to have a bad reputation. Are there any GOOD ones out there? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Apr 12, 2013 - 25 answers

Wait, you're not a student. Are you trying to crash here?

I now live in an area populated by college students. Everything in this neighborhood revolves around the major university in question. Problem is, as much as I look like one, I'm not a college student. And when asked, I feel awkward saying no I don't go to school here. What should my appropriate response be? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Mar 30, 2013 - 26 answers

Resource to find average class size at colleges.

I'm looking for an established, respected online resource that can give me hard numbers on the average class size at American colleges. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Mar 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Spoiled for Educational Choices

Short Question: Should I a) Pursue a degree in IT with the goal of becoming a database administrator or b) Continue my studies and get my Masters in Social Work? [more inside]
posted by Shadax on Mar 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Italian gift ideas for fashion design grad

Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I rebuild my college social life?

College freshman here. Friend from high school has, for lack of a better word, ruined my college social life. Looking for outside opinions on the situation in general. I'd truly appreciate any insight, advice, anecdotes, etc. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by metacognition on Feb 10, 2013 - 20 answers

Do mental health therapists typically seek therapy

I'm asking for one of my sons. He's looking into the psychology program in college and thinks it would be interesting. He was wondering if therapists/psychologists typically seek therapy for themselves after or before practice. He was wondering if it would cause him to burn out or need help to deal with clients. I'd like to add he's thinking of adolescent kids and young adults. He was tossing that up with another career in the health field and I have no idea how to answer this for him. We've looked online and the answers seem to be all over the place, with mostly yes, they do seek therapy - but is it because of the work or because of other issues?
posted by lasamana on Feb 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Balancing career and adventure.

My friends are all prepping for careers, and I'm wondering how I'll balance mine with the many things I want to do that are (probably) mutually exclusive. Looking for insight. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jan 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Daddy Needs a Full-Ride Scholarship

Talk to me about college scholarships. [more inside]
posted by COD on Jan 4, 2013 - 26 answers

How do I survive on a pittence while returning to school?

Job hunting and money hacks for less-than-shoestring budget while returning to school? Help me not become a fatality of class warfare. Very complicated and snowflakey stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Jan 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Does it matter what your business degree is in?

Business Administration VS Management degree - is there a difference? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Dec 28, 2012 - 11 answers

Winter blues

I get extremely depressed (sometimes to the point of suicidal ideation) on my month long winter break from college. Help me help myself prevent that from happening this year. [more inside]
posted by Hey Judas! on Dec 25, 2012 - 18 answers

Clinical lab paper

I need to write a paper for my clinical laboratory sciences class, but being that the teacher was unclear in her instructions, I'm not sure what qualifies as a separate laboratory and what doesn't. Something like " the hematology lab" is very broad. Can I focus on JUST histology, for example? Is there such a thing as a histology laboratory, even if it's under anatomical sciences? Or does that refer to a technique. What to do here? How would you structure this paper? Any advice is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 12, 2012 - 17 answers

College junior interested in freelance illustrating, has taken absolutely no courses at the college level.

I might want to do some freelance illustration, but is it possible to do so without any type of degree? [more inside]
posted by grifninetoo on Nov 29, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you stop a self-sabotage spiral?

My life is spiraling out of control due to constant self-sabotage. How do I start battling this problem? [more inside]
posted by tammi209 on Nov 18, 2012 - 26 answers

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Questioning life decisions about college and the future. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 17, 2012 - 6 answers

How to help an aimless high school graduate

My Little Brother is directionless after dropping out of college. He spends every day sleeping until 2, waking to smoke up, and then watching TV. I'm worried that weeks of complacency will lead to months of inactivity and eventually years of a pattern of self-defeating behavior. But I don't know what else I can tell him. [more inside]
posted by ChipT on Oct 22, 2012 - 25 answers

How do you recognize a gifted chemist?

How would a graduate chemistry student distinguish themselves as more gifted than their classmates? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Oct 19, 2012 - 16 answers

How to get ready to return to college

25 years old and going back to engineering school next year. What can I do to get back up to shape in the meantime? I'm in the army so online coursework is out of the question, but I can get textbooks. What should I be learning and how? [more inside]
posted by jrsnr on Sep 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Good short reading on the Occupy Movement and free speech for college freshmen.

Good short reading on the Occupy Movement and free speech for college freshmen. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Sep 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Worth Teaching Old Dog New Tricks...?

Is it worth it for me to pursue higher education? Middle-aged, single parent, seasoned corporate employee and.... [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Aug 31, 2012 - 16 answers

getting the real deal about colleges

As an international student (equivalent 'rising senior') in high school, how can I discern what a college or university is really like, past all the glossy paper? More questions, and details, within. [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Aug 20, 2012 - 14 answers

Help Me Feel Better About My Choice of Major

Should I be studying what interests me (philosophy) or what is marketable/employable (computer science)? [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades on Aug 8, 2012 - 59 answers

What Advice Do You Wish You Had Been Given Before Going to College That Would Have Helped?

What advice do you wish you had been given before leaving home and going off to college for the first time? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jul 15, 2012 - 78 answers

Invest in my education or in some other investment?

Windfall of $50k! Invest in myself and get a biz degree or save it all for a rainy day? [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Jun 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Drowning in books!

Detroit Filter: Where can I sell my old novels, textbooks, children's books, and test prep books for cash? [more inside]
posted by lotusmish on May 24, 2012 - 8 answers

How to petition a college course prerequisite?

My community college requires a basic, high school level Physics course as a prerequisite to any other course in the subject. While I took such classes in high school, I have no proof of this on my transcript. My only option at this point is to appeal to the head of the department of Science and Mathematics. While I do plan on making as compelling of a case as possible, I've been told that they want to see some kind of proof that a student would succeed in such a class before granting the petition. Does anyone have any idea what kind of things they might be looking for? What might I be able to do to prove that I know the material and would be able to handle the coursework?
posted by zazzles on May 22, 2012 - 18 answers

Getting a master's degree when disillusioned with academia?

I've always been drawn to science and research and I'm strongly considering going to graduate school to get a master's degree in computer science (location: Sweden) and maybe even aim for an academic career. But my recent experiences with academia has left my disillusioned, sad and angry. Can I get my degree without GRARing all the time? How? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on May 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Calculus final? OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD

Please help me prepare for my Calculus I final. Difficulty: no trig. [more inside]
posted by cobain_angel on May 5, 2012 - 9 answers

prayer?

Official prayer at a publicly-funded college? Whom do you complain to? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on May 4, 2012 - 21 answers

Affordable student health insurance in New York?

I have recently lost my health insurance. While it is possible I will be reinstated to the plan I lost, which is provided in conjunction with my school, I need to be insured again ASAP, and I don't mind the possibility of doubling up on insurance for a short period of time. New Yorkers, do you know of any affordable (<$500 or so per month) plans I might be eligible for? I am a full time college student. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Where should she apply?

My cousin is having a hell of a time figuring out where to apply to college. She likes film, design, and writing. Please help. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Apr 16, 2012 - 17 answers

Me + Math Major = Success?

Do you have to be "inherently" good at math to successfully major in math as an undergrad? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist on Apr 14, 2012 - 27 answers

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