How to appraise or prepare for the appraisal of/by mentors, students, grants, applications, or work performance

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Why do admissions committees consider the Statement of Purpose to be important?

Why do admissions committees consider the Statement of Purpose to be important? Anyone with a command of English should be able to write a Statement of Purpose, in principle, so it seems a poor way to ...
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How to effectively evaluate your instructor?

I am a graduate student and going to assess my instructor in a month, with whom I was not very much satisfied. I had been writing the teachers' evaluation in past but didn't see a scintilla of ...
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Is it good practice to let students consult their text materials during exams?

I teach undergraduate level courses in the humanities. Following practice in my department, I have let students take their texts for consultation during their written exams. They can choose a number ...
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What are predictors of the success of PhD students?

Every year we organize a competitive international call for PhD students (in the area of biology). What measurable criteria should we use to predict their academic success and award them research ...
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Renewal of postdoctoral appointment

I noticed during my application process for post-doc jobs that several say "1-2 year appointment" or "possible renewal for second year". I understand from this answer that it is in everyone's benefit ...
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How does a graduate student judge if one is slacking off?

As a third year graduate student (theoretical physics) I need to find out methods to understand if I am doing well or not, am I making progress or not, am I putting in enough effort or not? How do I ...
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Do teaching evaluations lead to lower standards in class?

In the somehow recent past, teaching evaluations have become obligatory in many universities/departments in Germany. I've also heard that sometimes these evaluations are used in formal ways to decide ...
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Is it possible to measure/evaluate one's progress or development in quantitative terms?

I often end up frustrated over the pace of my work, or rather the lack of "worthy" results. During my feedback talks with my colleagues and superiors I usually get good feedback but I find it ...
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How is Google Scholar changing academic evaluation?

Google Scholar is making it very easy to track (their measure of) citation counts, h-index, etc. for individual researchers. Is this changing how academics are evaluated? Do tenure committees now ...
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What are the essential points that should be covered in a dissertation abstract?

I need to prepare a 2-page abstract of my dissertation as part of a funding application. What are the essential points that such an abstract should cover? This opportunity (and my PhD) is in the ...