Motivation is in academia necessary to accomplish goals and not fall into a state of procrastination.

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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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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 overcome legal and medical issues affecting motivation? [closed]

How would someone with past legal issues as well as severe spinal pain overcome the loss of motivation. The problem of motivation becomes especially pertinent when the pain from back issues becomes ...
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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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“I've somehow convinced everyone that I'm actually good at this” - how to effectively deal with Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon wherein an individual is convinced that they do not deserve the success that they have achieved despite (perhaps extensive) empirical evidence to the ...
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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 ...
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Strategies to overcome “academic-apathy” in the final stages of the PhD?

Background - I am doing my PhD in atmospheric physics/photobiology. Here is a scenario: The experiments are complete - the results are far better than expected Successfully got the computer ...
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Motivating students to push their limits

I think I must be stranger than usual sometimes, I always seem to take on topics that are somewhat more difficult than the mainstream, in very trying conditions - but the outcomes are very much worth ...
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Gamification in Asian Classrooms

I've been thinking more about how to improve attendance in my classes as well as how to get my students do to the expected work outside of class. I've tried a lot of sticks but the weak students care ...
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Too burnt out to continue MSc

I finally realized that there is a term for the situation I am in,"burned out". What can I do to recover from a short term burnout? I am at the the last four months of my MSc program and I haven't ...
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What can I do to recover from a short term burnout?

Over the past few days, my advisor and I had been going really hard. We got a really good idea and the preliminary results looked good, so I started spending long days in the lab, going home only to ...
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How to encourage seminar attendance?

My research lab organizes monthly “internal” seminars, where we give the opportunity to talk to PhD students around the middle of their PhD, as well as newly arrived post-docs (who can talk about what ...