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How should a class be taught with uneven proficiency of students?

How should a teacher and student cope with a situation like this. I've been studying spanish for about a year and enrolled in a successive course. However, the course starts really early and there is ...
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Is it normal to have no publications after 2.5 years in a PhD program?

Background: I started my Ph.D two and half years ago in engineering/computer science field. I was pushed by my supervisor into a direction which he thought would be good (He switched directions and he ...
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advantages and disadvantages of white-box testing of students assignments?

This is a fork of my question homework-testing-method-for-schools but i'm taking it in another direction. I was asking about a homework testing method that'll encourage students to write better code ...
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I believe my classmates plan to hand in a plagiarized project, how should I handle this?

In my class, we have project groups of 4 or 5 students. This period has everything to do with game development. The project is to build a XNA game for children at primary school. Now, there is one ...
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What is the best way to respond to students adding teachers to facebook? [duplicate]

As a teacher and a teacher manager, I noticed that the students frequently ask teachers for their facebook names or send them friend requests. I think that students having their teachers' personal ...
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Requesting review of short proof by professor

I'm a student enrolled in an university in Italy. I'm currently taking a course on probability theory, but the way is it taught is, whilst very good, not very thorough; I mean that in class some of ...
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Student Travel Grant = Volunteering; is it worth it?

I have a paper accepted to a conference and my adviser is willing to fully fund the trip. However, I am also eligible to apply for a "Student Travel Grant" (being a student author). Pros of getting ...
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Math alongside CS degree [closed]

I'm a Computer Science student. Since CS and math have a lot in common I was wondering the possibility of studying a degree in math alongside with CS. Many of the subjects overlap and the real ...
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Referencing assignments from past students

When working on an assignment (e.g. essay, report), is it allowable or ethical to reference (as in both "read" and "cite") previous students' submissions for that assignment? For example, the student ...
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What can I do if a professor agreed to write a recommendation letter, but never sent it?

Years ago, a professor agreed to write me a recommendation letter. So I applied to many grad schools indicating him as one of my referees. However, I didn't find out until later that he didn't write ...
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How to handle someone propositioning me to collude/cheat with them on an assignment?

I am doing my final year of undergraduate. Mostly I am working on my Honours project but I have a few units from earlier years that I am still doing as I did some out of order. Another student, ...
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Hard data on students using W's to enhance their GPAs?

I teach at a community college in California, where students can drop a course with a grade of "W" up until the 12th week of the semester. Within the last year or so, I seem to be seeing an increase ...
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Should university administrators share official matters with students?

Should the department share the departmental problems (financial, officials, political, etc) with the students? or it is official matter and none of their business? For a more specific example. ...
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Some collection of students' theses or dissertations

I want to looking for information in graduating level. Is there any collection or library which provide students' theses or dissertations of many universities? Googling just find library for each ...
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Should I point out typos on students' important forms that I am signing?

A prior student of mine is applying for a prestigious certificate in her field. She is asked to list relevant accomplishments. I was asked by the student to sign a this verification form since I am in ...
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How/when to retract a project from a student?

Take, for example, that a student is nearing the end of their thesis project. The supervisor has an idea for a new method that can help to verify the results of part of the project. He does not think ...
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Can the graduate school administration change graduation dates?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) Following the deliberate delay my thesis paperwork by my professor, and after my department ignored my thesis revision requests for over 6 months, I ...
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Can a student seek redress for the administration neglecting their paperwork?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) Following the (delayed) approval of my thesis paperwork by my professor, the review staff of my small (~20 grad students?) department took weeks to ...
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How to deal with students asking very incremental questions?

I'm a TA/grader for an online course in introductory programming. We have students ask us questions related to homework/labs/etc. on Piazza where we can have quick back-and-forth with questions and ...
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Student asks TA if his result (figure) is correct

I'm TAing a class that uses Piazza (an online student forum), in addition to the traditional office hours. A student made a (private) post, where he uploaded a MATLAB figure and asked whether it is ...
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How do you deal with trolling students?

This is inspired by the other question about dealing with stupid questions. The popular answers all seemed to assume that the student really wants to hear an answer. While this is a reasonable ...
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Online tool for receiving student files

I'm a TA in several modules and one thing I couldn't find yet is a system to help me manage student lab submissions. Most online collaborative tools I've seen do not allow me to, or make it quite ...
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Is there a convention for referring to a scholar's academic status?

I'm currently preparing an online tool for scholars, and part of that work involves creating a database with different categories for students at different stages of their college/university education ...
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How can I sell my text book to my students in e-book format?

I would like to be able to sell my text book to my students in e-book format. I know there is the kindle store that takes 65% of the sales price, which is in my eyes too much. Are there any e-book ...
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How to change the idea that supervsiors got about you?

In the beginning of a research program students (like me) may be lazy or find things hard and do things that make their supervisors get angry such as not completing specific job in the right time. ...
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Better organization of knowledge for courses?

I am currently thinking about organizing a course for next semester. The most important aspect that I worry about is: How to sustainably organize knowledge? This should be a new "hands-on" course ...
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Undergraduate recitation/discussion session: when is it (not) counted as a credit hour?

I am a member of a curriculum committee where we want to improve our undergraduate physics program. One way of doing that is to include weekly discussion sessions with our courses. After looking at ...
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What do I do with my exam tomorrow given that I supplied medical certificates

I missed 3-4 weeks of class this semester due to a medical condition. This was around 3 weeks before exams which meant I had to catch up with other subjects as well as doing assignments and tests. ...
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PhD Supervisor warnings

I'm a third-year PhD student. First year, due to my ill health and lack of command over the subject research progress was slow. My second year, I picked up well but still no clarity over the research ...
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My first day as a teacher, how should I proceed?

Quick background; I study Computer Science and have been asked to take the role as a paid student teacher for college students. I am extremely nervous about it, although it's a fairly familiar role ...
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Pursuing Unrelated Graduate Studies after Long Break from Undergrad

The simple version: I've been out of college for 7 years and want to pursue graduate studies in a field unrelated to my undergraduate degree but am not sure how. The detailed version: My college ...
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What percentage of admitted phd students have peer-reviewed publications?

I'm interested in knowing what percentage(a rough estimate) of admitted phd applicants in top-60 university have peer-reviewed papers. I'm particular interested in theoretical computer science.
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Borderline on appropriateness from teacher

Being a western (white) teacher at an Asian university I constantly have to worry about being the subject of gossip and rumors between students (and others). So, I do need to be more careful about my ...
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Should a student keep asking questions to a faculty even if the faculty is unsure of the answer?

I am taking an advance course in Computer Science so the class size is pretty limited (8 to be exact). The faculty is very senior and well respected in the field. For past few lectures, I have been ...
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Finding institutions that attract students who want to learn [duplicate]

Among institutions that will be hiring professors of mathematics, how can one identify those which attract students that want to learn? When looking for a job, how can you identify institutions whose ...
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Contract signing session etiquette for student coaches

I am a first time faculty member straight out of grad school and I have been installed as a director for a "learning center". We hire undergraduate and graduate student "coaches" in the learning ...
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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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Seminar on How to Behave At University

Many students arrive at University and struggle with the transition from school. Has anyone run/attended a lecture in which some or all of the following topics - or similar - were covered? Note - I ...
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What is the best way to keep your students from getting out of control?

I am new to teaching. Recently I was given the opportunity to teach at my own university (I am currently doing an MPhil from my university). If a teacher fails to control his students once, he ...
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Should I take OSAP(student loans) even if I can pay for my tuition?

This is something I have been pondering for a while. I am currently in my second year at University and my program comes with mandatory Co-op throughout the 4 years of study. I have completed 3 Co-op ...
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Are there any studies on how lecturer review sites such as Rate Your Lecturer affect student choices?

A version of the lecturer review website Rate Your Lecturer recently became active in the UK. Do you know of any studies which consider to what extent students use this or any other review websites ...
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Restriction on working hours for full-time students

I know that 20 hours/week when school is in session and 40 hours when school is out is the legal maximum working hour for international full-time students in United States. I was wondering whether ...
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Is it common to ask students to help the teacher in the teacher's normal duties?

It seems quite common for other teachers at my university (in Asia) to have students help with what are the normal duties of a teacher. Examples range from asking a student to help carry one of many ...
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Identifying students' purposes and institutions' purposes

I don't necessarily consider it a hardship to teach calculus or the like to students whose preparation in prerequisites is weak, but but I am offended by the practice of making it a personal policy to ...
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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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Advisor-student meeting patterns in very high-end theoretical research

This is related to my previous question: “What is the optimal number of times one should meet one's PhD. advisor?” I want to know of specific details of advisor-student meetings, frequencies, ...
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What should advisors do if one of their PhD students has to withdraw?

Unfortunately, there are circumstances when not everything goes right in a student's PhD career, or there can be personal circumstances that require doctoral candidates to withdraw from a PhD program ...
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Where can I find statistics about international movement of students/academics?

I am wondering where I could find global statistics on the flow of students between countries. This would include numbers such as "how many students with US bachelor went to UK for a master" and "how ...
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Is it okay to use students as a reference when applying for a teaching position?

On one hand, this seems like the obvious thing to do: no one is going to be able to better testify to your teaching ability than a previous student. On the other hand, I've never heard of anybody ...
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Romantic relationships between faculty and students

Romantic relationships between faculty members and students are often depicted in movies or books, and the student falling in love with his/her professor seems to be a bit of a cliché. But how common ...