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How do I get out of my overly vain 'trophy' mindset when it comes to universities?

I have friends who went to pretty good universities (world top 10), and I would love to apply too after my Masters although I am not sure how realistic this is, as I also had some personal problems ...
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Is just 'being interested in the topic' a bad reason to do a PhD? [duplicate]

I've got an offer to do a PhD at a great uni in the UK, in a scientific topic I find really interesting because of some courses I've taken at Master's level. My dissertation advisor seems to think ...
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Who draws the good diagrams for the motivation of an article

I see some papers (more specific Magazine, Tutorial, and state-of-the-art papers) contain good illustration to highlight the motivation of the article. It's not about simple flow chart or block ...
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Effects of Game-based Learning on Motivation for Learning

I found many studies discovering the impact of game-based learning on motivation for learning. For example, these papers You can also find a summary of them in this book chapter. However, it is ...
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How to stay motivated during the final year of the PhD program? [duplicate]

I used to be an extremely motivated and a goal-oriented person. But it's been three years that I go through long periods of unproductively, usually followed by a short period of productivity. It's my ...
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Choosing course reading materials for students

I'm planning (somewhat technical, but not very technical) undergrad courses in the fall with relatively little lecturing in class, primarily using class time for group work and discussion (as ...
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How to motivate students to do readings

I am planning on teaching a couple of math-y classes next semester that will involve a large amount of in-class group work and discussions, and relatively little lecturing. There will be required ...
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Gamification for theses and papers

It’s always been hard for me to stay focused and motivated when writing any kind of a longer text, e.g. an article, paper or gasp thesis, even if I’m interested in the topic and enjoy the work. The ...
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How to motivate students you supervise to produce high-quality research when other graduate students in the program don't?

I have a good friend who is in his first year as an assistant professor right now, having earned his PhD last year. He is frustrated because in his new department, standards for graduate student ...
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How to get work done on the weekends

As an undergraduate, I had a problem: I could work very efficiently during the week, but over the weekend I could get absolutely nothing done. Usually my plans for the weekend would include errands, ...
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Motivation to write the dreaded dissertation

Ok... so I have hated graduate school since day one but have slogged through because I couldn't find anything else to do (I have applied for hundreds of jobs as an escape route with no success). It ...
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What are some good ways to keep students coming to lectures? [duplicate]

Having taught calculus for several semesters, I've noticed that the number of students attending lectures are gradually declining (especially for the 9am session). I would not be worried if they have ...
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How to encourage students to answers questions from other students posted in Q&A online places dedicated to the classroom (e.g. Piazza)

How can an instructor or teaching assistant encourage students to answers questions from other students posted in private Q&A online platforms dedicated to the classroom (e.g. Piazza), put aside ...
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How essential is curiosity? [closed]

This is going to be a rather soft question, I am not completely sure it is appropriate for this place. But still. In your opinion, how important is the presence of strong curiosity (passion for ...
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How to proceed after failing exam to advance into PhD program, and subsequently losing motivation? [closed]

I have completed masters in Pure Mathematics a year back. I was preparing for an exam for pursuing a PhD program in the same. The results came out in this year in the month of April and found that I ...
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Incentives to read for seminar/discussion course

I'm preparing to teach an introductory course and to teach the content through assigned reading and viewing of A/V materials plus seminar-style discussion. This approach won't work if students don't ...
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Lost my passion and interest in what I used to love [closed]

Story: Great MSc Computer Science student lost interest in what he used to love ------ PAST ------ Since I was a kid, I was really passionate about the things I love. I was always ahead of my ...
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Do academics get bored of research?

I am wondering if academics (Professors, Researchers etc.) who usually have to spend their lives on research get bored of the subject or get tired of research? In this case, I want to know how they ...
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How to cope with feelings of powerlessness on a PhD?

I am currently a third year PhD student of pure mathematics. I've been dealing with a feeling of burn out for a long time now. Quite frankly I struggle to find interest in anything related to my ...
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Typical phases of student experience/motivation in academic education (e.g. PhD)

I have heard and experienced anecdotally that students often go through various phases in academic education, be it undergraduate or postgraduate, starting with enthusiasm and excitement, then running ...
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How to make thesis-writing feel less tedious?

I'm about to finish my master's thesis on a TCS topic (algorithms). I'm quite happy with my results; the most engaging part of the thesis was grappling with getting up to speed on the state of the art,...
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How to overcome my resistance to lecturing?

I am in a situation where I have several adult students for an all-day career training program that runs for about a year. So, they and I sit in the classroom most of a normal work-week. I decide when ...
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Have researchers any incentive to publish negative or confirmatory results?

Negative results are sometimes seen as failures, and confirmatory results as lack of creativity, even though both kinds can be useful. Have researchers any incentive to publish negative or ...
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(Master's Degree) What are they 'precisely' looking for in a Statement of Purpose, and does a SOP matter when one has excellent GPA?

(N.b. All my questions are concerning applying for a Master's degree) I have read a lot of websites, articles, extracts from different books about the Statement of Purpose (Motivation Letter). I'm ...
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How do advisors typically apply pressure on PhD students to get work done?

I tend to get much work done when some external force (a teacher) applies pressure. Skills such as speed reading and rapid writing come to me only while working under pressure. Also, sometimes the ...
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What can a student who is already studying hard do to improve low grades?

I have been studying hard for the past year and a half (it's my second year of Computer Science) while not getting remotely close to the desired results. I passed my first year with a 7.2 GPA (5 (...
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Are there any negative consequences to an instructor attempting to achieve “all A's from everyone”?

Instructors can use reflective teaching to analyze their teaching, in the hope that they can improve their course for subsequent terms. If a teacher focused on insuring that all students earned A's, ...
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Practical strategies for increasing one's passion and excitement about research?

I am a second year PhD student in computer science. I see other students craving to find new problems, read papers and it's like they are enjoying it and when they find a problem, they spend endless ...
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Public accountability for academic work

I have realised that my performance improves when I make my progress publicly accountable. For example, my jogging times improve and I lose more weight when I enter myself onto a public rankings list. ...
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How can I remain motivated while studying for comprehensive exams?

At my university, the MS and PhD programs in Computer Science have comprehensive exams. The exams retest the student on topics from designated core courses. The exams are separate from the course ...
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Should I switch to PhD or graduate with a Master's?

I am doing Master's in Applied Science in Civil Engineering. In my research I work with big data analysis which has gotten a fancy new name in past few years "Data Science". When I joined the master's ...
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How to stay motivated in a low-motivated group?

After joining a research group, I discovered my colleagues are always low-motivated. They play card games, computer online games and listen to songs with the loudspeakers on all the time. They never ...
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How to motivate students to complete low-point homework?

I teach a course consisting of about 50 assignments. These include readings, many short writing assignments, and group projects. Additionally, students complete 2 large projects as the mid-term and ...
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How to motivate myself to do more than the bare minimum that is required of me?

First, I should assure you this is a question about life in academia. I am currently studying for a Master's degree in mathematics at a top university. I also have a Master's degree in Artificial ...
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Motivating myself to study?

I'm a CS master student working on my thesis. I'm 25 years old and still until now when I wake up in the morning to start studying I wake up stressed and my stomach hurts. I also feel a very bad ...
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mentioning my country situation in motivation letter to demonstrate dedication for learning

I'm located in Syria and I'm writing a motivation letter to be used in applications for master of computer science scholarships. Would it be useful to mention how I managed to succeed with my studies ...
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Why do academics publish?

It seems as though everyone in academia is trying to publish stuff, regardless of whether they actually have something meaningful to say. The journals generate more noise every year. I understand ...
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Independent research post-PhD strategies

After reading The nightmare of being an independent researcher, Applying for research funding as an independent researcher? and On getting reviews for research work as independent learners and ...
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What incentives do supervisors get for supervising undergraduate projects?

What is the prime motivation/incentive for people to supervise undergraduate projects? Students want the degree obviously, but what do the supervisors get? Is there some incentive? Are undergraduate ...
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What are the risks associated with taking a semester off while doing a Master's degree?

I am curious about this - I'm currently undergoing a Masters degree and am almost finished. I finished the coursework, however I still have the thesis project plus the thesis. And it's looking ...
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Mentioning money in statement of purpose

I am currently working as a research assistant with a pay grade that is half of a typical entry level commercial job (computer programming jobs in particular). Is it beneficial to mention this in a ...
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Why should a graduate student complete a whole course?

A normal process of learning in a graduate school looks like taking courses that include a broad perspective on some subject. This also includes the instruments of control: exercises, tests, problem ...
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I have nothing to show for the last five years but graduate school and I can't finish/want to leave this field

I have no formal work experience. I have a BA in sociology and went into graduate school for education. Instead of following my instincts or really thinking about whether I could teach childhood as a ...
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Is it normal to feel impatient in lectures when a lecturer explains material that could be obtained from textbooks?

I am a senior PhD student who greatly appreciates learning about allied fields. I had been a huge fan of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and I believe some of them steered the course of my life ...
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How to motivate students to complete work that I cannot frequently check?

I assign my undergraduate students assignments from a workbook as homework. The homework amounts to about 30-minutes per day. It is impractical for me to collect these workbooks at each lesson, or ...
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What are effective strategies to work through 'drafting fatigue'?

Similar to my previous question "Strategies to overcome “academic-apathy” in the final stages of the PhD?", one thing I am noticing as I am drafting papers and the thesis, I seem to becoming overcome ...
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Does putting poor performing students on academic probation improve student performance?

As we enter a new school year, I'm wondering if the is any evidence to support or contradict the idea that putting a poor-performing students on academic probation improves their performance. Does ...
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How to motivate an undergrad class to do research when its not a course requirement?

How can I motivate my undergrad students to do research? Since these students are at an undergrad level, I don't expect any extraordinary results. However, I would like if they get something ...
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As a PhD-Advisor: How do I discourage a student from continuing?

I know it is slightly controversial, but I am supervising a student who started with the right attitude, but is now less and less engaged with the research. We are at a point where there's no end in ...
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Balancing between students who do homework and those who do not

This other question is about assigning videos as homework and this one is about what to do when students do not do their homework. However, there is another question to ask which is similar, but I ...