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Have there been studies about the effect of idle time vs time pressure in learning?

There is a discussion in our institute about how much of their time students should spend on lectures and homework. My own experience has been that idle time and wandering of the mind is necessary ...
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Are there universities/institutions which offers free (or almost) recognized degrees through online coursework?

I heard that using online resources, some of the top universities like MIT (Micromasters) and Harvard are offering free online courses and specializations. I wonder if there are institutions that ...
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What are psychological effects of competition in academia? [on hold]

Every year college admission is getting more and more competitive. Schools are also increasing difficulty of their exams resulting in more competition among students. What are short-term and long-term ...
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Why doesn't academia incorporate spaced repetition in higher education?

There are many publications explaining advantages of spaced repetition. I found a summary of some of them here. While a lot of studies show many advantages of spaced repetition, it is not formally ...
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How can teachers reduce student suspicions in discrepancies and irregularities of grading?

From experience, many teachers dislike it when students compare grades, but that often shows the discrepancies and irregularities in the grading system. What other methods should teachers implement in ...
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Reference request for research on images or colors used in quizzes and exams

For my exams and quizzes, I print them on colored paper, and I usually try to make them aesthetically appealing with the design. I include pictures that are usually relevant to the material they are ...
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America community college reading class [closed]

I am British and very confused by the American system (although this is most likely due to my friend not knowing anything due to their situation). I am asking this question to help a friend that lives ...
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Is TAing a necessary evil?

My understanding is that Masters and PhD students often need to TA -- even if they're already research assistants to a professor. I'm a first year undergraduate who took courses heavily TA-reliant ...
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Can I teach English at a community college with only a Bachelor's degree? [duplicate]

Can I teach at a community college with only a Bachelor's degree? I am interested in the liberal arts. Specifically: English. I read someone else's post with a similar question, and the responses ...
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How important is the choice of a guide/adviser for pursuing PhD in a topic

I am really in a fix in my career. I completed my Masters in 2014. I qualified in a PhD Scholarships Test in 2015 and in the same year joined in a University for research work. My interest lies in ...
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What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of leaving tenth grade early to pursue an internship at a prominent research lab?

I'm a tenth grader in high school and I'm passionate about my research in computational neuroscience. I'm in a unique situation, and I'm wondering whether I should leave tenth grade early this year to ...
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How does closing down a department affect a PhD student?

How does closing down a department affect the value of a PhD and your later academic career? If someone has joined a university for a PhD in transportation, and that department is closed down, and ...
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What are examples of student competitions that have impacted the world while also providing an excellent educational experience? [closed]

I'm particularly interested in building evidence to prove that undergraduate and graduate science and technology competitions provide an optimal learning experience and also result in impact to ...
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How important is it to show students an application of the topics seen in an undergraduate course?

I am currently designing a proof-based Math course for my University. I already designed and ordered all of the theoretical content in the course and included some ad hoc exercises for practicing each ...
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Other evaluation systems than exams

I live in a country where the quality of education is poor. The primary goal seems only to be to teach us how to pass exams and not to learn the material for knowledge sake. It appears that their ...
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PGCE usability and validity abroad

My two questions are about the English PGCE (in my case, I would be interested in Physics). 1) I did a bit of research online (and also know the Italian and French education system from direct ...
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Is there funding for non-research related projects?

Nowadays to obtain a PhD or a postdoc one needs to conduct independent research and present new results. However, at the frontiers of science there are many non-research related things that could ...
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What would be the difference between the public and private graduate schools in US?

Okay, so back in my country, the difference between private and public colleges is pretty visible. I have worked in biotech labs of both kinds and know that there's a lot of restrictions on using ...
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College / University level IT (instructor/professor) education requirements

I live in Canada, and I have a dilemma regarding continuing my education. Currently I have a two year college diploma in "Information Systems", I am planing to extend that into a degree with in next ...
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How do I make a transition from computer engineering to biomedical engineering? [duplicate]

I'm currently a bachelor student in computer engineering and I'd like to have an R&D career concerning medical technology. How do I specialize in biomedical engineering from having a bachelor's ...
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Why do we not introduce the concepts and professions of “Academia” to younger students?

I'm a first-year student at a private university in America. One of my classes for my first semester is essentially our English General Education requirement - it's called "Rhetoric & ...
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I need an efficient way to catch up with all the work done in my field of interest

I have an academic problem that I'm very interested in and want to explore the related research fields. Of course no researcher knows everything going on in a field but I feel I know far too less to ...
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Retake the toefl test or not? under specific conditions [duplicate]

I took the TOEFL test with no preparation and I scored 101 (R:26 L:26 S:23 W:26).The universities I am interested in applying,have set a minimum score of 100. If I am to retake the test, I have only a ...
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PhD in Quantum information science/ quantum physics without intensive formal education

My undergraduate degree is in B.E electronics and electrical engineering. My undergraduate gpa is kind of pathetic because I was never interested in engineering but rather B.S physics. Unfortunately I ...
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List of Subject Dependencies for building a subject taxonomy [closed]

I am interested in compiling a list of learning dependencies by subject matter. E.g., you must know certain kinds of algebra before you can learn certain aspects of trig, and you must know how to add ...
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Do I need a PhD in mathematics if my goal is to teach at the undergraduate level?

My ultimate goal is to teach undergraduate level mathematics, that is, classes such as calculus and differential equations, as well as introductory proof-based courses like linear algebra, abstract ...
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How to get confidence in myself after making several errors?

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I was always brilliant in my studies. Now, I have a problem consisting in doing wrong things without paying attention. For example, I was asked to do some ...
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Difference between public and private university education

Is there any noticeable difference between public and private university in US in terms of the education provided. Or, the only thing that matters is the way that universities are funded. For example ...
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List of 2013 US National Merit Scholars

I am doing research that requires me to find a list of how many US National Merit Scholars were enrolled at each university for 2013. I can find the 2014 list in the Annual Report the National Merit ...
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How to determine peer institutions?

Are there standard criteria to determine the peer institutions? My institution is an american private liberal art university that follows the semester system, for which I can think of the following ...
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Are My Interests More Suited for PhD in CS or Mathematics? [closed]

So let me give a little info of who I am and what my interests are. I just graduated with a BA in Mathematics, concentrating almost exclusively in pure math courses (favoring analysis, algebra, ...
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On discrimination in retake exams

I'm experiencing a practice at my university where the overall number of students who would pass the exam is adjusted based on how many students passed the first exam, so the retake exam contains ...
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Doctoral statistics programs rankings question (based on US News&World Report list)

I was recently reviewing the 2014 rankings of US statistics doctoral programs compiled by the US News and World Report and I noticed that a few of the schools were listed twice. I assume that the ...
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Why do some mathematics professors teach more/less courses than others?

At my school, I see some professors, associate and higher, teach only 1 course per semester while others, assistants and full, teach 3 or 4 per semester. Some semesters, the ones teaching only one ...
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Are multiple PGCE required to teach multiple subjects in the UK?

I'm currently finishing the 3rd year of my Computer Science course at University. My expected classification is Second-class honours, upper division (2:1). After I finish this course, I'd like to go ...
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How should a mathematics major choose between doing a Masters or PhD?

I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions anyone might have. I am currently a senior mathematics major, about to graduate in May. For two years, I have planned on going for my PhD in pure ...
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Can i shift my subject from Chemistry to IT [closed]

I have completed my gradation in leather engineering. But i would like to do M.Sc in Information Technology or Software Engineering or computer science or bio medical engineering or bio engineering. I ...
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Education gap in Between Graduation and Master degree [closed]

I had completed my graduation in 2013 and after that due to some family problem, I had to go home and help my father with his business. Now I have started preparing for a master degree, but how can I ...
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Am I helping my graduate students too much?

As a new university professor, I have been informally tasked with making sure the MSc students in my program are prepared for their dissertations, by prepping them in my research methods course. My ...
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To teach English at the college level, is there an advantage to having a masters in English vs Education?

I'm currently in my second year of teaching English at the secondary level, and I'm wondering if it's better to pursue a Master's in English (I have a Bachelor's in English Lit.) or Education. Is ...
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Make Up Tests: Should I alter the questions?

I'm teaching a unit this semester that involves an in-class test. The students will be required to conduct a textual analyse of a video using the themes/unit literature etc to help formulate their ...
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US statute of Higher Education System

I'm taking for granted several fact about higher-education system in the US, such as: Professors can move freely between universities, even ones outside US. They are in this regard like professional ...
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Is it unethical to ask for homework help on StackExchange? [duplicate]

Sometimes when I have been struggling on a problem set for a while, I'll post a question on StackExchange, openly acknowledge that it's homework, and ask for hints (not the full solution). Typically ...
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Knowing a lecturer from a previous course of study, would it have an impact?

I am a final year honours student (UK) who has come across a little bit of a predicament. About eight years ago when I was a teenager, I was undertaking a University course that I did not complete ...
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Is it professional for a professor to ask “surprise” questions on a test?

To clarify, I am asking if it's professional to ask questions that while relevant to the subject/course, and are related to the topic, but have not been discussed in class, assigned as homework, ...
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Wanting to return to university, but I have a Master's degree. Funding options?

My undergraduate is in Biology, I'm a US native. I'm thinking about going back to school to study a more quantitative discipline like statistics or computer science. Does anyone know of any ...
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Explanation needed for university program titles (MScDiplomaCertificate)

What does it mean when a university has a program which title is 'program name' MSc/Diploma (MScDiploma). When a person graduates, does he/she get MSc or Diploma (MScDiploma). What is the difference ...
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Criteria for choosing undergraduate school to prepare for graduate study: “focus on undergrads” & “extensive rigorous curriculum” mutually exclusive?

I'm trying to figure out which undergraduate colleges are most conducive to graduate school applications, but it seems to me that (with few notable exceptions) my two main criteria that lead to this ...
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How can I prove my self-studied knowledge?

In applying to graduate program, what are some ways to prove knowledge gained from self-study? I've been told of the following: Independently conduct research / create projects that require the ...
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How to do research in two very different fields?

Most research profiles I've seen focus on a set of similar topics. Does anyone have experience in partaking in / conducting research in 2+ disparate fields? (especially if 1 of the fields is pretty ...