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u/RocketMan63 · 5 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

Alright I think I can help you. I'll give my answer in two parts as it sort of depends on what you mean by science.

If you're talking about the scientific method, infrastructure, and general processes. Then I'd recommend looking into the skeptical community. Which primarily focuses on evaluating claims and avoiding logical fallacies. An essential skill for that being a firm understanding of the scientific process. For this I'd just recommend listening to "The sketpics guide to the universe" podcast. They'll eventually cover things, and then cover them again. So you'll just pick it all up by listening weekly.

If on the other hand you're more interested in just learning about the world there's more options out there. I'd recommend starting with a conceptual physics bookd like this which should give you an overview of the scientific method as well as our general understanding of how the world works. From there you can look for fields you might be interested in such as biology, geology, psychology, chemistry, and so forth. Reading introductory textbooks, or watching online courses such as coursera.

Some other thoughts.

  • Initially I'd avoid most science based youtube channels. Their information is interesting but also fragmentary and not very useful without a solid foundational understanding of the topics.

  • The best way to increase your recall is to re-learn or study the material over longer periods of time. Like once or twice a month. As well as testing yourself on the material. Also try and connect what you've learned to your everyday life. This is especially relevant when learning physics.

  • I'd also recommend the Cosmos series, both new and old. They sometimes get their history wrong, but good sources of "science inspiration"

  • Feel free to PM anytime as you're learning if you'd like more resources or something's not working for you. I'd love to be able to help.
u/azirafale · 6 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

I just stumbled onto this subreddit for the first time now, so apologies if I'm not replying to the request as desired.

Investing isn't really something that you can learn, in the sense that it's not like riding a bike where you practice and then after a little bit you know how to ride a bike and that's it. Think of learning to invest more as a constant journey, where you're always growing and gaining understanding but you can't really ever know enough. Most successful investors, including Warren Buffett and Charles Munger, are voracious readers simply because there is so much out there to absorb.

Here's the start of a reading list to take a look at, listed in order of how I would tackle them in your place (though obviously skip some or jump ahead if one description catches your eye specifically):

  • Millionaire Next Door--not an investing book, but you mentioned saving for the future and so I think this is a good place to start. This book, which covers the results of a study of many first generation millionaires, will teach you how you should be thinking about money, saving, and consumption. Dry, but not a difficult read.


  • Random Walk Down Wall Street

  • Four Pillars of Investing

  • Unconventional Success--These three I would consider as one big package, because they all address kind of the same philosophy and investing strategy (though in slightly different ways). There's no preferred order for this group, so I've listed them in what I think is from most accessible to least accessible (they all get into some technical details that may be difficult for someone not familiar with the topics, but they are all written for the layman so while it may take some work, you should be able to get through all three).

  • Bogle on Mutual Funds--This is the only book I'm recommending here that I haven't actually read. I'm including it only because I realize that you asked for a crash course so to speak, and none of the three books above are 100% easily accessible (though they do cover everything). I've read other books by John Bogle and I know enough about him and his investment philosophy to be able to recommend this confidently enough and to have a good idea what he talks about here. I suggest trying as much of the above three as possible, but if you do find them too difficult try this one out first as it'll undoubtedly be an easier read all the while covering most of the basic points outlined in the above.

    Value Investing:

  • The Little Book That Beats the Market--Very short, very accessible (all technical details are hidden away in the appendix. I don't recommend following his strategy outlined in the book verbatim, but as an intro to value investing concepts it's not a bad start.

  • The Intelligent Investor--This is basically a summation of Warren Buffett's investing philosophy. It is quite old, and definitely difficult at times, but well worth reading.

    Those are what I would start with. I recommend reading the books on indexing first not because I think the efficient market hypothesis (one of the topics covered in all three books) is 100% correct (it isn't), but because you need to have a filter in place that makes you skeptical and able to dismiss all the garbage investing advice that's out there (technical strategies promising 10%+ yearly returns guaranteed, etc). The value investing books I include because it is the only chance you have of beating the market over the long run, though I would only recommend the active management route if you have the time and energy to dedicate to it.

    Most of what's in these books does boil down to a few basic tenets that could probably be summarized in a few pages, but I would discourage you from looking for quick investing summary information because it won't be of any use to you. It's not enough to understand/know the concepts. You have to believe in them, and live them every day. If you aren't absolutely convinced of the investing strategy you're using you'll wind up capitulating at the worst possible time and losing a lot of money, or at the very least being one of the many people who 'chase winners' only to suffer from consistently mediocre performance. That's why you need to be reading regularly--to keep your conviction and refresh yourself on the fundamentals.

    Best of luck.
u/KarnickelEater · 1 pointr/UniversityofReddit

What level?

  • Pre-university:

  • University (if you already feel overwhelmed this is probably too much): (very good! - and it does not matter whether the course is "running" or not, videos and quiz questions are available, that "certificate" such sites offer is rubbish, and if you can only learn with time pressure... well, you should change that first and learn to be able to work well also when nobody is sitting there with a clock pressuring you)

  • You can also check out, and similar sites - they have various biology courses too

  • Search Youtube and Google. Great resources for centuries of learning. For example, the 1st link I found was this.

    GREAT books, teach you university level insights but in a leisurely way. Maker no mistake, don't look down on such books just because they are written to be understood by lots of average people! Because in reality this stuff IS easy, only the teaching at universities really sucks very often. They can afford to not be nearly as good at explaining as those authors because you as a student are expected to do much more work on your own.

  • Everything from biochemist Nick Lane

  • The Spark of Life - probably the best book to understand electricity in our bodies

  • Free textbook:
u/vandebar · 2 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

Experienced designer here. The best way to learn to sketch by yourself is to watch tutorials and to practice a lot. The Gnomon Workshiop is an amazing ressource for basic sketching in industrial design. I strongly suggest that you check out the "Basic Perspective Form Drawing" DVD. A lot of student try to make awesome photoshop rendering before they know the basics of perspective, dont fall in this trap.

There is also ID Sketching which is a cool website with tutorials

A good book on the subject
Drawing Techniques for Product Designers

As for design theory, one of the most common reads in university is the The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman
The Design of Everyday Things

I remember a teacher saying that to be an expert at something you have to put 10 000 hours in it, so you better sharpen those pencils ! Tell me if you need more information.

u/Rubix1988 · 5 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

Francis Ching has some good reference books for a starter: Building construction illustrated and Architecture: Form Space and Order. It might be a good idea to regularly visit sites like ArchDaily to see what contemporary architects are doing. If you want to start learning design programs, try downloading SketchUp or Rhino (both have free versions). Good luck!

u/SoBoredAtWork · 3 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

The Classroom in a Book series is AMAZING. It includes a CD/DVD and the lessons go like this...

They give you an image of, say, an old man and the lesson is to remove his wrinkles. Then the book walks you through each step and tool (explaining what they do along the way) and at the end of each lesson you learn a new KEY Photoshop skill.

Learning by example is amazing.

u/cito-cy · 1 pointr/UniversityofReddit

My school has a library for the faculties of planning, architecture, and engineering, but even if Sydney hasn't got a dedicated library I'm sure they have a sizable collection if they have do urban planning there.

I'd love to work in places like Japan, Hong Kong, or Singapore -- although the latter for different reasons. Singapore seems so structured in comparison to the fun chaos of Tokyo. On that note, another book recommendation!

u/castillar · 1 pointr/UniversityofReddit

A lot of professors will upload their slides, which will help—although I know when I teach, the slides are more of an outline so I’m not just reading them, which means people still have to take notes. You might take a look at something like the [LiveScribe pens](Livescribe 3 smartpen Black Edition (APX-00020) they record audio and key it to your writing. When you import your notes from the pen later, you can tap a keyword in the notes and hear what the Professor was saying at that moment. There are apps for iPad or Surface that will do the same thing, too. That kind of linked audio and handwriting really helps, so you don’t have to spend time scrubbing through the lecture audio later to find that one point you didn’t write down clearly.

u/TehNoff · 3 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

I just like the stories of things. From what I can tell this is a fantastic book of them.

u/lecadavredemort · 1 pointr/UniversityofReddit

I'd like to recommend another book, with a more psychologically oriented approach to urban and architectural design: A Pattern Language

u/Ducky9202 · 2 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

Strongly suggest this study guide Honestly this really helped me get through my year of O Chem, especially the last quarter when I was starting to get rusty and needed a review for a comprehensive test.

u/AgentKittenMittens · 2 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

There are a few books, such as The Organic Chemistry of Drug Design and Drug Action by Silverman (a medicinal chemistry textbook) and Classics in Total Synthesis by Nikolaou and Sorenson that would be very specific things. Silverman is very what are inhibitors, what does LD50/ED50 actually mean, SAR analysis, combi-chem, etc. Nikolaou and Sorsenson cover the classic synthesis of things such as erythronolide B, progesterone, strychnine and cocaine (the inactive enantiomer, of course).

There are obviously other resources, but I do really appreciate these texts as they are a part of my personal library.

Source: I have a BS in medicinal chemistry and am a PhD candidate in chemistry (focus in bio-organic for drug design)

u/ruforealz · 1 pointr/UniversityofReddit

I'm reading this book right now by Leslie Kean. It has commentary from high ranking military officials from around the world and delves into well documented cases.

Here's the ones I can remember off the top of my head:

-Belgium 1989

-Iran 1976

-Peru 1980

-Chicago O'Hare (2005?)

Not sure how much video there are of these ones...

u/martialalex · 1 pointr/UniversityofReddit

As a sidenote until the course gets filled, I figure I'll buy a used copy of the textbook for another school's class and read through that: UNC's Textbook

u/pat_trick · 9 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

The Code Book should be required reading for this course.

u/Blacksburg · 1 pointr/UniversityofReddit

You might want to post this to the /statistics sub-reddit. I have taken graduate level statistics classes, but they have all been in engineering, so my background is in design of experiments, ANOVA, sampling, forecasting, control charting, .... That being said, I rarely have a clue what they are talking about. If you can get one of the teacher-types, they could recommend you some websites or resources that will get you up to speed. Just for practice problems, I got a couple of the Shaum's outline

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/UniversityofReddit

I've got to go for a while and I'll say more later, but one thing to do is just google "critical thinking syllabus" and you'll come across a few syllabi. Take a look at those and I'll give you some more advice later.

Here's a couple I found that were good:

Also if you go to Amazon and look for critical think textbooks Amazon will sometimes let you peek inside and look at the table of contents for the book. That will give you some idea of the things covered in a typical critical thinking class.