Related to the work carried out by students at university or middle/high school that contributes towards their overall grade, in the form of dissertations, book reports, assignments or essays.

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Most Effective Note-taking Practices

The new school year is starting, and I am enrolled in a pretty intense World History class. We are running through a TON of material each day and have lots of notes each night (6-7 pages with REALLY ...
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Do students need traditional books?

Do students need books to learn in courses? For example, I found that books often contain some mistakes and therefore it is better for me to study those things on the Internet where I can concentrate ...
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What is an effective way to copyright my teaching material?

I am an adjunct instructor at a technical college in the US. I was tasked with creating a new class which I would teach in the spring. I have finished all of my course materials (.pdfs, lab sheets, ...
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Colleague erroneously got a grade that is too high

I know that for a certain project a colleague with whom I have worked on the project erroneously got a grade that is higher than he should have gotten (the administration made a mistake is my guess). ...
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I have noticed GPA calculation “bug” in our University, what should I do?

University X offers course Y with Z credits. The course is mandatory, and very important. It lasts for more than one semester with heavy workload. The University awards Z credits for the course Y, but ...
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Got Ph.D Degree from India on the basis of Ph.D Comprehensive Exam + Ph.D Thesis now thinking of doing Course Work in another university

I applied for a teaching job. I was told by the selection committee that I didn't do coursework in my Ph.D program. I replied that the university Ph.D program requires two years of Independent Study ...
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Should I put my marked assignments online?

I am working my way through an Masters and as assignments are completed and results have come back, I would like to put them online as a way of contributing back to the community. However generally ...
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How to set the threshold below which students get a failing grade in a university-level course?

What criteria (in light of the best practices or teaching experience) should one consider when deciding the passing percentage of the course? (By the passing percentage I mean the grade threshold ...
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Graduate courses as undergrad vs master's degree

I am roughly in the following situation (field: physics/mathematics, location: Europe): I have enough credits to finish my undergraduate degree this year if I want to. I can also choose to stay as an ...
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Is it acceptable to take some exercises directly from the text book when preparing exercise sheets?

I want to prepare some exercise sheets for a course. I am wondering whether or not it is OK to take some exercises directly from the textbook.
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College in high school and math graduate school admissions

I am a senior in high school and will be starting at the University of Washington in the fall. My goal is to become a successful research mathematician (in academia), and, from what I can gather, my ...
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Does taking courses of various subjects matter in PhD admission?

I'm going to apply for PhD programs of biology or biomedical science. I understand that I need certain semesters of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, and mathematics. Because I'm going to graduate in ...
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Difficult First Year in a PhD program [closed]

Because of the longish nature of the question - here is a TL;DR, and details will be provided below: I have a full-time job, and am a part-time PhD student who is experiencing tremendous struggles ...
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Reviewing test answers with students using a Course Management System

When I give an online test using a Course Management System (aka Learning Management System, LMS), I like to use the "review answers" capability to go over the test with the class and highlight ...
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Approach the professors about making the course more “relevant”

I'm currently studying Industrial Engineering in Spain, one of the broadest degrees here that includes the subjects of Calculus, Fluid Mechanics, Electronics, Materials and Programming in C, among ...
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What is a good method to assign topics to students?

I will be conducting a course with 10 students and will provide about 12 topics. Each student shall work on one topic. I will meet with the students and present the topics to them. What is a good ...
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Is it ethical for a lecturer to require students to purchase an online learning kit where kit is used for course assessments?

I am taking a course in a may-not-be-top-but-still-decent university located in North America. The course lecturer forces us to pay for an online learning kit from Pearson by adopting all the graded ...
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How do schools typically handle a request for short-term leave from a student?

A student at my college will graduate soon and go to the US to study full-time, on a visa. His family however, are planning an important event sometime in the middle of the semester, and they hope ...
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Relation of lecture mandatory attendance and lecture quality

My university recently made a direction that lectures attendance is mandatory. Now my question is, are there any studies that compare mandatory and not mandatory lectures quality? The university is ...
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Is it advisable to take trivial classes to better focus on independent study?

I am considering taking what should be considered a remedial math class, though is actually credit bearing at my university, so I can spend more time solving monthly problems/ studying graduate level ...
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Is it possible to receive private tutoring for graduate-level courses from faculty members?

I am having a lot of trouble understanding the material in one of my courses. I feel like the professor often rushes through the material, leaving me without enough time to catch up in my busy ...
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Should I challenge my professor who thinks he's always right?

One of my professors has been in the IT development fields for over 40 years. He thinks he is up-to-date with all the latest research and technology. But in reality, he's not. The problem is - he ...
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What information to put in Bibliography for a Online Course

In preparation for my honours thesis, I recently completed a (free) Online Course on the broader field, presented by a world class expert. I would like to (am ethically required to?) put this in my ...
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How does an engineering undergraduate apply for master in humanities?

I am doing undergraduate in engineering but I want a transition to humanities for masters (history, anthropology). How do I do this? Should I take prerequisite courses at a community college or ...
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My grad department isn't offering courses listed in the catalog. What do I do?

I am a graduate student of Industrial Engineering at a US university. The IE grad department has about 11 graduate level courses listed in their catalog. However, insofar they have offered only 2 of ...
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Better organization of knowledge for courses?

I am currently thinking about organizing a course for next semester. The most important aspect that I worry about is: How to sustainably organize knowledge? This should be a new "hands-on" course ...
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Reapplying for a PhD position at another institute after failing the qualifying exam

It's embarassing, I failed my quals (in PhD ECE). The school is going to give me a terminal masters (w.o. thesis). My gpa is also not that stellar (3.4+), from a mediocre school. But I have a strong ...
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What if I may not have research experience for math PhD application?

I am a master student of some engineering (other than EE/CS) in a decent US institution who will apply for a PhD in mathematics in Fall 2014 (possibly in PDE / applied analysis, but not sure). I ...
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Importance of Mathematical Maturity for CS Grad School Admissions

I want to improve my competitiveness for grad school admissions. My intended area of study is AI/Machine Learning and possibly other math and statistics heavy fields of Computer Science. My undergrad ...
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Should I opt for physics as minor for better mathematical intuition?

Context: I intend to study mathematics and do research as a career. I am studying analysis and abstract algebra now and I shall begin my undergraduate studies shortly. Should I opt for physics as ...
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Non-Thesis Masters

I am completing my masters in chemical engineering. I have completed my first two semesters but was unable to find a research thesis topic to work upon. Will it be bad to complete my masters degree ...
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Do Fall Courses Count in PhD Admission?

I am currently an undergraduate at a university. I am looking at graduate programs in Mathematics, and if I am applying for math graduate programs for the year 2014-2015, are fall courses (2013) taken ...
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Differences in opinion when teaching a course jointly with another instructor

I am working as a university lecturer in a local university in my country. I am sharing one course with another lecturer who has been teaching that course for approximately 3 years for now. A problem ...
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Master of Engineering vs Master of Science?

I am a Final Year Mechanical Engineering student. I want to do my Masters in the Design Engineering field. Currently I can see 2 options: Master of Science - offered in many Universities ex: ...
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How to deal with a lazy class?

Imagine that you want to conduct your undergraduate classroom more creative and introduce practical projects as a part of the final grade. On the other side, students are lazy to embrace extra ...
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How much flexibility does one have in selecting their PhD coursework in the first year?

For instance, if someone is working as a Phd in computer-science, but on a neuroscience related topic, she might need to take some neuroscience related courses. And some CS courses might not be any ...
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Learning new things after coursework duration of PhD

In STEM (In USA), the coursework duration of the PhD typically lasts about 1-2 years beyond that, students take 0 (or in certain cases, very few) courses in their subsequent PhD years. I work in ...
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Taking courses as a PhD student

Question: When I have a choice to take only one of two possible sequences: A theoretical one which aids my research and an applied one that aids my employability, which one should I opt for? (I must ...
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What resources do you use when developing a new course from scratch?

I am in the process of developing two new state-of-the-art graduate courses. In the past five years I have been heavily involved in these fields and will use my own research and research from other ...
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is it possible to complete a PhD in Industrial Engineering without any coursework? (US/Europe)

I completed my Masters' from Penn State University (US) last year in Industrial Engineering and I'm looking to enroll in a PhD. Here's the onion, I do not want to leave my full-time job to enroll in ...
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Is it acceptable practice to list solitary courses on an academic CV?

I took some solitary graduate-level courses as a non-degree student at some US schools and plan to take further modules in England. These courses relate to my other degrees and certificates, but are ...
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How to deal with a student found seeking an answer to a coursework question online?

I have just found that a student has posted one of their assignment questions on a forum and is seeking help in getting a solution. I have a good idea who the student is, but no definitive proof. How ...
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Overlearn in undergraduate College - good or bad idea?

I have no choice but to take courses I've already learnt in college. So is it a good idea to overlearn? Would overlearning help me to get into graduate school? There are many ways for me to spend ...
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Is it alright to skip problem solving sessions during coursework?

During coursework, there are sessions where a problem set is distributed beforehand and a TA works out the solutions in front of the class in a stipulated session. Given the student works out the ...
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PhD in the US with an MSc from another country: coursework exemption?

I'm currently studying for an MSc in theoretical particle physics in Israel. After I finish it I would like to study for a PhD abroad. In the UK it seems that a PhD degree does not generally require ...
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How do MIT OpenCourseware and real MIT courses compare?

Are MIT courses much different from MIT OpenCourseWare? I am curious, because as a high schooler, I have some intent to study from MIT OpenCourseWare. Will this allow me to be more comfortable if I ...
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Should my advisor know if I am auditing unrelated courses?

Question : Should my advisor know if I am auditing unrelated courses? Motivation : I am a PhD student in Computer Science and at times, I wish to audit courses which are not at all related to my ...
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For a student, what is the optimal usage of a solution manual?

During coursework if a solution manual is available for the textbook, it is always a huge bonus for the student. While the student is exposed to a variety of relevant applications and tricks in the ...
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How do grad schools design courses for potential students?

For graduate schools in STEM which take students with a Bachelor's degree (BS/BE/BTech etc.) and graduate them with an MS and/or PhD, what do they assume about the student's prerequisite knowledge ...
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How to balance learning and solving assignments during coursework

I have a bad habit of trying to objectively measure myself and my understanding. One of the ways I do this is by saying to myself "I only understand X after I have read the entire chapter in this book ...