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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Unsure of Convention for In-Text Citations

I'm writing a longer paper for a course as part of a final project. The paper is on a topic we didn't cover in class and is obviously intended as a way to let me teach myself something we didn't have ...
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Can a professor force me to submit my incomplete paper to a journal?

I am taking a graduate class requiring that I submit a paper to a journal at the end of the semester. The professor sent out an email informing us that we can either hand off a copy of the paper in ...
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Recommendations for working with other people on group projects [duplicate]

I'm looking for some recommendations when working with other people at college. I'm majoring in Computer Science and I hate every time I have to work with other people because I work better on my ...
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How to counteract poor academic instruction and demanding workload at German university?

I am an undergraduate student at a university in Germany. I already hold a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field from a university abroad, and I also have a solid secondary school background with ...
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I need certain courses not covered in my undergraduate studies, can I take them at another institution?

I recently got accepted into a graduate CS program (provisionally), but I need to take two classes that my undergraduate studies didn't cover. Now, where I got accepted those courses aren't offered ...
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Dropping a course as a master's student

I am planning to drop a course in my master's program as it has been really difficult for me to score well in it while looking for internships this semester. If I don't drop it I will end up with a C ...
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Expecting students to use a code base that is known to be buggy? [closed]

Suppose an instructor is teaching a course on a particular field in computer science. He uses a language that is popular for said field, but itself is not the topic of the course (though its use is ...
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How can a masters student compensate for lack of solid foundation in basic math and CS fundamentals?

I am a graduate student in Computer Science (in the U.S). I did my undergraduate study in India. My fundamentals in Math and CS importantly are shaky. I often feel insecure in class where my peers ...
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What should I do if I am having a very hard time with a course and the professor teaching it, but he is the only one who ever teaches this course? [closed]

I am into my second semester as a part-time graduate student in Information Science. I work full-time as a web developer, so juggling work and school is hard but manageable. My first semester I found ...
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Take advantage of coursework based masters program

As mentioned in my other post [How negative to go in a statement of purpose? I tried grad school once before and now I am applying again. The first time I did not feel I got much from the experience ...
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Is it acceptable to extend deadlines for coursework delayed due to student activism?

This article from the Brown University Daily Herald describes a number of student activists who claim to have suffered due to excess levels of student activism. Some excerpts from the article are ...
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Layout for a thesis chapter describing an undergraduate course

I am writing a chapter in my degree thesis which describes a new undergraduate course I designed. I want to be as specific as possible with this course, like outlining what topic should be covered in ...
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How to effect change in a faculty's course materials? [closed]

Synopsis I believe that the faculty's course materials significantly lag behind the industry standards, are of generally low quality and that the assignment submission system as well as other ...
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Trends on time spent studying over the the past few decades, for students outside the US

Is there any research/study/survey/dataset that looked at the trends on the time students spent on studying, over the the past few decades in different countries in the world (aside from the USA)? I ...
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Are 3 courses per semester too few if one of them is of graduate level? [closed]

I'm a senior undergraduate math major, planning to work for a year in industry and then ideally apply for PhD programs in Mathematics with a focus on algebra and logic/model theory. In the fall of my ...
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Are there introductory graduate courses for non-American PhD programs in mathematics?

For instance, on the course page for the DPhil in Mathematics at Oxford (http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-mathematics), they mention the requirement of taking "100 hours of ...
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Applying for graduate programs, will missing classes count against me?

I'm working on some graduate school applications, and I've been wondering... If I'm missing some classes these schools require(this is more relevant in different states)will my application be less ...
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Taking undergraduate course by a graduate student, officially?

I am supposed to start my graduate studies (M.A.Sc.) at a university in Ontario, Canada, soon. My potential research theme (as I've talked about it with my supervisor) does need to some background in ...
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Mental health problems affecting performance in coursework. Who (advisor, professors) should I talk to, and how?

I'm a U.S. student studying abroad in Canada and also an undergraduate student. I believe my question could apply to graduate students in the same situation, i.e. someone who has not had prior mental ...
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Does an admissions committee check if a student retook a class

Many schools around me (in asia) allow a student to retake any class, regardless of grade, and replace it on their transcript. Is it normal for an admissions committee to query if the school an ...
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What should I do if a professor's grading makes me feel bad? [closed]

I have a professor who grades all his exams by himself (homework, midterm and probably the final). For whatever reason he seems to be a likeable guy during the lecture but he absolutely "wrecks" the ...
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What to do when my course-mates are making up research results for a class paper?

My course-mates and I have a scientific paper to do for a class and, despite having had almost 3 months to do it, no one has done anything (or at least tried to do anything) on the research, and now ...
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Should I correct a course assignment that I already presented? I'm not sure whether the professor will notice the error

In a subject of my master we did a team work (analyse a piece of data). All the teams deliver the slides for the presentation the same day even if we presented it in different days. This work is 40% ...
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Pros and cons of teaching assistantship as a masters student intending to go on to industry job

Background: In the final year of my masters. Not seeking to apply for a PhD program in the future. Situation: I have a potential opportunity to TA a grad level course. Highly confused about taking it ...
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How to decide whether I should use “we” in an essay? [duplicate]

The answers to this question promote a view that the personal pronoun we is acceptable in an academic paper. But I did not see an answer there, or more generally on this site, that discourages the use ...
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Should I tell the instructor that I will miss the next class?

I have an interview scheduled at the same time as a class, and I'm wondering if I should tell the professor in advance that I won't be attending class that day. The class is important to me, but the ...
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How should I communicate that I do not hold the views expressed in a paper I wrote

I am writing a paper for a class that requires me to write from a perspective I disagree with. To an external observer it may not be clear that I am not allowed to disagree with the premise of the ...
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Credit transfer from Masters to PhD in a different University

I am in the process of applying to several computer science PhD programs in North America, and I was wondering if any of the courses that I have already finished in my Master's (in a US university) ...
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How often do people have to drop graduate level courses [closed]

Most of this may be venting a little. The main question is in the last paragraph. I'm currently in my second semester of graduate school and I've been struggling in my current course. A lot. I've ...
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Can a course title be similar to a book name or a course at other university?

Is there any issue with using a course title that is similar to a book title or a course at other university, or it would be better to have a unique name?
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Can different departments offer similar courses?

Some courses at different departments are very related in content. Is it fine or a university should offer 1 specific course across all departments?
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What is the relationship between graduate coursework and research?

I feel like after graduate students pass their qualifying exams, they still have a lot of learning to do before they're knowledgeable enough in a specific area to understand and work on the open ...
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What should one do when the professor uses condensed terse notes in a graduate class?

I am in a graduate course of functional analysis (in the abstract setting of topological vector spaces) in which the professor uses his own notes. The notes are very condensed and terse and there is ...
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Is it okay to publish my personal notes from a lecture?

Would it be considered ethical to publish my own personal notes from class? In addition, is there a change when the class transitions from in session to being complete (at the end of the semester)? ...
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Is it okay to record audio for a lecture?

Sometimes the Professor will say things quickly, or say things before I can write them down. It would be of great benefit if I could record audio for the course, but I am not sure the legal guidelines ...
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Too busy with coursework to do research, can I transfer from CS Masters to a PhD in another school?

I just started my Masters in CS at EPFL. I got accepted here with their university wide scholarship as well as a unique opportunity to do research in a lab. My problem is that the course load ...
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How to balance lecture participation and not being considered a show-off?

I am a student in a rather small (20-40 students) lecture. This lecture is mandatory for the students of this subject in this semester. In the course of the lecture the professor regularly asks ...
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Strategies for facing an “impossible” required course for PhD

I'm enrolled in the last doctoral-level course required for my PhD, and the course material is very difficult, requires a tremendous amount of time, and yet has no relevance to my research. I'm a hard ...
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Attending lectures for a course I already passed?

Two years ago I took an upper undergraduate/graduate course which I passed with a good grade. Sadly I missed many of the lectures, did few of the suggested exercises and managed mostly by cramming a ...
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How should a teaching assistant explain his absence to the course instructor?

As an international TA getting accustomed to the landscape of my University, I managed to earn the ire of my instructor/professor for having not shown up during the discussion/office hours. In a ...
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As a student, how to deal with low quality tools in lab assignments?

In a lab today we were working with electronic circuit boards (kind of like old-fashioned Arduinos). I had done the prelab but I had a great deal of difficulty trying to get my circuit board to work ...
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How to prepare for a “grind” mathematics exam? [closed]

What I mean by the title is, Right now I am in a course (required for my degree) whose content is mostly elementary combinatorics and probability. But for whatever reason, the exams are very ...
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Register as a listener to access course materials with no intent to attend lectures

In the USA, is it regarded as OK to register as a listener for a course to be able to access the course materials but with no intent to attend the lectures?
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What is the point of a lecture when you have a textbook?

I never really understood the point of having a course with lectures when the course has a textbook. Sometimes the subject is so high-level or specialized or so modern that the contents are changing ...
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How do departments evaluate and update their course requirements?

To begin with the main question: how do academic departments evaluate their course requirements? By that I mean, how do departments decide if they are requiring too many classes, not enough classes, ...
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What does “auditing a course” mean?

I am visiting an American university for a year. In my invitation letter and further instructions, it is written that I can audit any course that I want (subject to the agreement of its professor). ...
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Taking courses beyond requirements in a Ph.D. program

As I'm starting to look to put together my plan of study, a question popped into my mind: are there, generally speaking, rules against taking additional courses beyond what is required for a Ph.D., or ...
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Is it rude not to take a course with your adviser?

This semester I need to take a course that is offered in two sections, one of which will be taught by my M.Sc. thesis advisor. The problem is that I personally prefer to take the course with the ...
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Is it reasonable to request an exemption from certain degree requirements?

I am a physics student at a small North American university. As part of the requirements for my degree, the current policy dictates that all students must take 6 humanities courses before graduation. ...
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What is the etiquette for asking a professor to waive the prerequisite for a course?

Should I mail the professor? Should I meet him in person? I am a MS student in CS who wishes to take a graduate level course in Statistics department. The course is Machine Learning and I did cover ...