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July 21

What is it like studying at Stanford University?

What is it like to study at Stanford? At the undergrad level and graduate level? I have always wanted to study there, after I complete an MA (Would like to do a second Joint-MA there or doctorate), but it is super competitive it seems. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 1:07 PM - 17 answers

July 17

Differential Equations Example confusion

I'm having a trouble following one step of an example in a differential equations textbook. It's an example demonstrating solving a Cauchy-Euler equation by using a substitution to convert it to an equation with constant coefficients. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 9:04 AM - 3 answers

July 15

PhD Folk: How did you celebrate passing your qualifying exam?

I'm writing a novel about PhD graduate students, which entails trying to write convincingly about an experience I've never had. I'm fishing for anecdotes from people who've lived through the oral qualifying exam. [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 5:46 PM - 51 answers

July 12

Starting at Rutgers University in the Fall - need an insider's guide!

Calling all Rutgers students and alumni! What were your favorite classes, professors, parts of the Rutgers experience? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 4:42 AM - 3 answers

July 11

PMP or MS degree in Project Management?

Question for career development specialists and those with experience in project management: In terms of general return on investment/greatest bang for one's buck, is it better to pursue a PMP certification, a master's degree in project management, or an MBA with a specialization in project management? Which approach did you take, and did it pay off? Related: If you are in the business of recruiting or hiring project managers, what types of professional development and advanced education do you look for when sifting through resumes?
posted by AnnaBegins942 at 6:56 AM - 14 answers

July 10

Experienced 2D graphic designer, is 3D required today?

My question to MF is, what would you recommend for updating qualifications and getting back into the graphic design field? Unfortunately, going back to school full-time isn't an option. Anybody have experience in the field and some advice to share? Thank you, MF! Looking forward to seeing what you all have to say. [more inside]
posted by tellUwut at 6:17 PM - 7 answers

July 8

Exploring Counseling as a Vocation. Where Do I Begin

I am exploring this option and am unsure of where to begin. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 1:31 PM - 6 answers

July 6

Good Chinese (Mandarin) Movies and TV series to study Chinese?

Looking for good Chinese (Mandarin) Movies and TV series to study Chinese. Must be in Chinese (Mandarin) and should be interesting. Furthermore, they should be freely available to watch or download. Suggestions welcome.
posted by yoyo_nyc at 11:55 AM - 8 answers

July 5

Chinese language learning in Los Angeles

My spouse and I want to begin learning Mandarin. Can you recommend places, tutors, or websites that we can use to pursue that in the LA area? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by miltthetank at 7:24 AM - 1 answers

July 2

Did I ever really know any of this stuff? Can I ever really know it?

There are a number of things I learned in school that I never really "understood," like certain aspects of grammar in foreign languages, or theorems, or programming concepts. Maybe I transiently or superficially understood things, or got by with pattern recognition or test-taking skills... I understood things enough to do fine on the test but not enough to be creative with those concepts. Have you ever revisited high school or college topics later in life? How did that experience compare? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit at 7:19 PM - 18 answers

July 1

How have you learned about sleep training babies?

I'm trying to learn all about the various methods of sleep training babies and toddlers. Obviously, there is a ton of information online which is difficult to filter for quality. Plus, it's something people get very emotional about so it's hard to seek unbiased opinions from e.g. parent communities. Can you point me to the blogs and books you've found most useful, comprehensive and research-based?
posted by guessthis at 6:54 AM - 18 answers

June 30

Would you like to play a game?

Please give me resources on designing and conducting business simulation games. [more inside]
posted by bfranklin at 6:15 AM - 3 answers

June 29

In danger of failing

I am in danger of being kicked out of my graduate program because of a couple of mistakes I made when filling out paperwork for my internships. What are my rights? What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 AM - 12 answers

June 27

How do I find cheap/free housing while in a full-time medical program?

The second year of my (pre) med program begins in a few months, and I am unsure if I can afford to return to school due to the expense of rent (not to mention tuition). This summer I'm saving all of my rent money up by being a live-in catsitter and paying nothing in rent, but if I don't find something reasonable soon I likely won't be able to return to school. How do I hack this? Details within. [more inside]
posted by erattacorrige at 10:33 AM - 11 answers

June 26

SF Bay Area community college art classes

What community colleges in the SF bay area (preferably south bay) offer art classes on nights/weekends? I've heard of City College in SF, but there must be more right! I'm particularly interested in drawing/painting focused classes geared towards beginners.
posted by hermanubis at 2:56 PM - 4 answers

Calculating probability of being out of work

I'm trying to work out the probability that someone is either out of work or in a less-than-ideal working situation (i.e. working part time, when they want to work full time, for example) in the future. I need help figuring out if the categories I have are mutually exclusive. [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 11:34 AM - 5 answers

How do I design better active vocabulary recall question cards?

Let's say I want to learn the word "Where?" in Cantonese. I want to design Anki flashcards but I find that multiple choice is too easy and cold recall from the English with no hints is too hard. How do I assist this memory to form? [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 at 5:59 AM - 7 answers

June 23

Flipping out about flipped classrooms

I have been volun-told to "flip" the first-year medical student module pertaining to my specialty. I have an interest in medical education, but no formal education/pedagogy training, so have been googling to try to figure out what this means and how to do it most effectively. Educators of Mefi: what are the best practices around a flipped classroom model that actually get students to do the pre-class reading/video watching and engage in discussion? [more inside]
posted by basalganglia at 5:43 AM - 8 answers

June 22

Literature based Geography class for Kinder/1st Grade - books needed

In the fall, I will be teaching a geography class to kinder and first grade students. I would like to read a story from different countries/cultures as part of this, and potentially do a craft or something after we learn about the area. Please give me some good leads on potential storybooks that we could use. [more inside]
posted by 101cats at 5:06 PM - 2 answers

Is pursuing a MSc in Environmental Sustainability a bad idea?

I originally wanted to do a MA in English Literature/MFA Creative Writing, but the career prospects are grim. (Planning on doing an MA in Political Science next year). I am wondering if pursuing an MSc in Environmental Sustainability would be a good idea career-wise? (For a second Masters?). [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 12:40 PM - 14 answers

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