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Teach me things... awful things...

I need to learn about financial instruments and trading at an intermediate level. I have a basic, 101-type understanding of how CDOs and CDS-es work and what hedging is, but I need to get to the next level, because I'm still getting lost in conversations where people are talking about complex synthetic CDO strategies, delta hedging, correlation trading, ABCP, and similar topics. Is there a book I can read, a course I can take online, anything you can recommend I do to start getting much more comfortable with this securities stuff at a high level? Thanks in advance for your help!
posted by prefpara on Feb 13, 2014 - 8 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

You had me at 'hello world' in n log n operations.

I want to duplicate the experience of taking a college course on algorithms and data structures. I am unlikely to stay in sync with a fast-paced online course with firm deadlines. What are my best options otherwise? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Sep 15, 2013 - 8 answers

=== JavaScript is actually not that ugly. ===

I'd like to learn basic CoffeeScript for a one-off project, but most of the books I've seen come from the perspective of the JS developer making the leap to CS. JS is ubiquitous and will no doubt come in handy in many more situations. What is a good pocket library of 3-4 books for someone new to JS and front-end web dev stuff, but not new to programming concepts? (For example, my C pocket library is K&R, Deep C secrets, and C: A Reference Manual. I know that the front-end web world is a lot richer than C-world, but do what you can to help me.)
posted by Nomyte on Jun 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Taking a class for fun, but actually learning something in the end.

You've taken some classes, academic or not, for fun or out of simple interest. Some of those classes were paid opportunities to socialize. You walked out of them not feeling very different from how you felt coming in. Then you forgot everything you were supposed to have learned, and you never did anything like that again. Other classes taught you (or put you on the road to learning) a fulfilling skill or a body of knowledge. What kinds of classes were they? How did you find out about them? What lasting effects have those classes had on your life? (e.g., took a foreign language class → went abroad without a guide, took a welding class → set up a workshop in the garage, etc.)
posted by Nomyte on May 28, 2013 - 29 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

Wie sind die Roboter.

Basic programming using C++ from the ground up, high school edition. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jul 25, 2012 - 14 answers

The Economics of Post-Graduate Degrees These days...

London UK 2nd career: Should I do a Masters in Economics? Or is self-study with a good reading list a viable alternative? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Jul 17, 2012 - 6 answers

Please rec some good learning materials

Statistics, machine learning, and image analysis/processing. Two months. Self-study. No other obligations. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by puppetsock on May 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Best resources to learn (or relearn) economics and public policy?

I'd like to relearn the fundamentals of economics and public policy. Where should I look for books, videos, and other materials on these topics? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Le souris est sur le table... la chat est sur la chaise... le sange est sur la branche. Et je suis le président du Burundi.

DILF? DELF? DALF? Which French foreign language exam is right for me - and how should I prepare for it? [more inside]
posted by jph on Feb 14, 2012 - 5 answers

This, I think, is the greatest difference between us and the Dutch.

Free online Drupal resources for beginners. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 6, 2011 - 9 answers

How can I maintain and improve my Japanese translation skills?

I am a professional translator, Japanese to English. I work almost entirely in comics and novels, at home, alone. My Japanese language skills are atrophying, and I don't know what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 - 25 answers

After all these implements and texts designed by intellects we're vexed to find evidently there's still so much that hides.

I like math! I took an introductory undergraduate math course on DSP and, well, I want more. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on May 15, 2011 - 2 answers

I Need All the Help Ever: Calculus Edition

Help me arm myself for a future-determining showdown with calculus. [more inside]
posted by geneva uswazi on Feb 10, 2011 - 28 answers

What makes a better wedding officiant?

What key studies should I pursue to improve myself in order to become an effective and dynamic wedding officiant? I was ordained in 2002, but have only recently begun to perform marriages. At first, I officiated without fees for close friends but now the requests for my services are snowballing. [more inside]
posted by _paegan_ on Jan 18, 2010 - 6 answers

I want to really understand the guitar.

How can I advance from being someone who plays the guitar to a real guitarist? I'm tired of the same old open chords and basic barres. How do I become a true musician on the instrument? Kinda long inside thingy. [more inside]
posted by Precision on Jul 28, 2009 - 22 answers

Small projects for a high-school senior on gap year.

Can anyone recommend some projects or self-improvement/self-studying for a high school senior taking a gap year between high school and college? [more inside]
posted by zhang.chuck on Mar 8, 2009 - 5 answers

Level-up, Economics.

I'm looking for a good, intermediate economics textbook. [more inside]
posted by dead_ on Nov 14, 2008 - 3 answers

What are some certifications/qualifications I can study for at home in my free time and get through correspondence, the internet, or a single test in a physical location?

What are some certifications/qualifications I can study for at home in my free time and get through correspondence, the internet, or a single test in a physical location? [more inside]
posted by Great Insect Task Force Comet Ranger on Nov 10, 2008 - 8 answers

How do I set myself apart?

As a computer engineering student about to begin my sophomore year, what can I do on my own to distinguish myself from the scores of other kids in the field when it comes time to find an internship? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Jul 15, 2008 - 21 answers

The Birth of a Film Critic

I'm starting a self-study program in film theory and history. I want to approach it in a systematic way. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Dec 3, 2007 - 10 answers

Seeking reading material before jumping into a master's in applied math...

Starting this fall, I plan on taking some preparatory undergrad coursework with the intention of eventually applying to a master's program in applied mathematics. I am seeking suggestions for reading material concerning the field of mathematics in general, both as a refresher and as insight into current focus areas and work being done. As a working engineer, my situation and background might be a bit different from most considering this route... [more inside]
posted by Bugg on Jul 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Foreign-language music, for fun and learning

Foreign-language music, for fun and learning [more inside]
posted by thumpasor on Mar 1, 2007 - 25 answers

How do I teach my child a foreign language?

How to teach my child a foreign language (English)? [more inside]
posted by davar on Jan 29, 2006 - 21 answers

How should one go about teaching oneself to read a foreign language?

Languages: I would like to teach myself a foreign language with the primary motivation of reading literature written originally in that language. (Italian, in this case.) For now, speaking and pronunciation are not as important as learning grammatical rules, sentence construction, and growing my vocabulary. Ideally, I would like to learn at my own pace, without having to hire a tutor or enrol in language classes, and I would prefer to skip general phrasebook greetings. Apart from a dictionary, what should I arm myself with? Are there any good resources on the web for this? How should one go about teaching oneself to read a foreign language? Thanks!
posted by Lush on Jul 6, 2005 - 18 answers

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