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This wiki maintains background information for Cognito Mentoring, a service with advice and resources for students seeking intellectual stimulation and enrichment. The wiki is not open to public editing, and everything you find here has been written or approved of by people at Cognito Mentoring. Cognito Mentoring is run by Jonah Sinick and Vipul Naik.

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Learning

Recommendations for building general analytical skills

Benefits of learning particular subjects

Learning a new language: benefits

Learning programming: benefits & Learn programming

Learning mathematics: benefits & Learn mathematics well

Verbal skills: benefits

Physics learning benefits

Resource recommendations

Core reading recommendations

Reading recommendations for books with a contested thesis

Learning mathematics: resources

Development economics reading recommendations

Economics learning recommendations

Effective altruism learning resources

Entrepreneurship learning recommendations

Statistics learning recommendations

Programming learning resources

For Elementary and Middle School Students

Elementary and middle school mathematics recommendations

Recommendation use for accelerated students

Online communities for gifted children

For High School Students

High school: opening message

Course selection

High school coursework

High school mathematics recommendations

High school extracurricular activities

Preparing for your career during high school

Extracurricular activities

High school extracurricular activities

High school extracurricular activities: factors to consider

High school extracurricular activities: signaling quality to colleges

High school extracurricular activities: suggestions

College admissions

Standardized tests

College admissions for home-schooled students

College selection

College selection

College selection: factors to consider

College selection: getting reliable information about colleges

College selection: deciding based on your intended major

Choosing between a public college and a private college

College

Choosing a college major

Choosing a college major: factors to consider

Quora answers about college majors

Coursework

College lecture class formats

Course selection

Upper division undergraduate mathematics course structure

Post-college plans

Graduate school: deciding whether to go

Career

General Considerations

Earnings

Job satisfaction

Social value of work: income as a proxy

Career Options

Academia as a career option

Biomedical research as a career option

Entrepreneurship as a career option

Finance as a career option

Law as a career option

Leaving academia after graduate school

Management consulting as a career option

Medicine as a career option

Social value of computer science research

Personal Efficacy and Well-being

Good study habits

Improving your productivity

Learning about your cognitive profile

Managing your time

Overcoming depression

Perfectionism and readjustment of expectations

Books for children and teens about obsessive-compulsive disorder

Books for children and teens about perfectionism