Concerning the use of available working time to accomplish the greatest possible amount of work by improving efficiency, minimizing wasted time or procrastination, etc.

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How best to use “downtime” during undergraduate research

Due to the nature of my research, I find myself waiting many hours for my computer program to finish running in order to find more bugs in my code so that I can debug. I generally have a pretty good ...
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Should a professor require students to attend classes well past their listed times?

I'm currently in an undergraduate class that is focused on doing group presentations. This class has a total of around 80 students, in groups of 4. Every two to three weeks we are required to present ...
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Should I apologize to my coauthors for being slow to finish a paper draft?

I am first author on a paper about my research from last summer. Due to a busy school year and a bout of severe depression, I have taken FAR longer to finish this paper than originally planned. ...
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How do I politely and tactfully tell my advisor that I would like more consistency in meetings?

I am a PhD student. My advisor is great, but like all academics is very busy (administrative duties, other students, research...). What happens almost every time I try to have a meeting, since the ...
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Why don't colleges make terms shorter and with fewer classes?

Instead of the typical 4 classes every 10 weeks, why not 2 classes every 5 weeks? Condensed courses usually means: Taking less courses at the same time which makes compartmentalization for ...
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Ways to Improve Grading Speed of Papers

I have the privilege of teaching composition. This requires me to read several dozen papers in a given class. I have rubrics but no matter what I have to sit down and read the papers word for word in ...
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How to be efficient with large blocks of time?

I'm currently a graduate student in engineering (working toward my Master's). Over the summer semester I'm taking three classes in addition to researching at my adviser's lab. The lab is located off-...
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How to effectively balance research, teaching and project work? [duplicate]

Starting from the upcoming semester besides my research for the PhD, I will also have to work on a loosely related project (w.r.t. my research), and do teaching as well. I am overwhelmed from this. ...
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Time management in PhD Math program [closed]

I'm accepted at a PhD math program for the fall and I will be expected to take 3 very rigorous pure math classes a semester and TA about 10 hours a week. I am a slow learner and it takes me a long ...
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Getting a pet during a PhD

There are questions on here about getting married, having kids, and other major time commitments during graduate school. But one thing that I haven't seen posted -- but that I've seen come up with ...
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How to efficiently plan holidays in academia?

It is holiday season, so I thought of re-considering my ways of holiday planning. As a student, holidays in academia are somewhat shaped by the semester breaks and the lecture-free period. Working ...
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4 course works due next 6 weeks [closed]

How can I manage 4 course works in the next 6 weeks. I am already doing one of them. Should I multi-task or finish this one then do another one? Should I set a schedule for myself?
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How do I keep the high efficiency in non exam week? [closed]

My efficiency is very high during exam week. How do I keep this high efficiency at other times?
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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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Time management as a TA in mathematics

I just started being a TA in mathematics at a university in continental Europe. My big problem is my time management: I feel like I don't have time for my own research. During a working time of 40h ...
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How to be efficient as a graduate student juggling classes, TA and research?

I am a first year PhD student, and it's the fourth week of school. I am taking two classes, doing one grad class TA and doing a lab rotation. I am in Electrical Engineering (Controls and DSP). I ...
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When should I release deadlines for assignments?

Some students have been asking that I release all the assignments and their due dates at the beginning of the course. I suppose that I could create some estimates, but I suspect that we will end up ...
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What are some good ways to take a break during the academic workday? [closed]

Solving research problems is hard. After a while I feel mentally spent. I want to be as productive as possible but I don't know of many good ways to "recharge my batteries" after I have been thinking ...
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Should the website contain information which is discouraged to have in the CV?

Here and there in this site, I get that you should have your own website. It is one way to networking, making you standing out of the crowd. It can also be your extended version of CV or SOP, helping ...
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What's the most efficient way to schedule a joint meeting with multiple faculties? [closed]

I have the find a time slot that all faculties can attend. As everyone is very busy, I want to do it in a most efficient way, i.e. minimizing back and forth emails as much as possible. One trick I ...
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How many hours a day on Mathematics as a successful student?

My motivation to ask this question actually comes from here, receiving negative reactions for 12 hours a day or even 7 hours spending time on Mathematics. A person usually spends 4.5 years to ...
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Time management and organization for PhD Student in first year?

After failing the first year of the PhD program at a top university, I know that my poor performance resulted from dealing with a tremendously debilitating psychological condition, but it all was ...
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Trade-off between content and style

I am in the UK and I completed an undergraduate dissertation. In my dissertation I went much higher than my level. All the content in my dissertation was at a masters level and everything was self-...
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How to speed up publishing papers?

In my field, good journals often seem to take around 12-20 weeks to review papers. As was suggested in a previous post, "How is it in my best interest not to submit a paper to two journals ...
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Is it fair to offer students a last-minute extension to finish a test?

A friend of mine who is a CS grad student at a US university took a class in which the students were given an extra hour on a two-hour exam. The trouble is that this offer was made in the last five ...
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Life Hacks: Teacher Edition! [closed]

Now that I've gotten your attention with that terrible title... The Mathematical Association of America used to regularly run a column called Teaching Time Savers, an archive of which can be found ...
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How to prevent too many students from making appointments to meet with you when you put “Office Hours: …, or by appointment” on the syllabus?

In the past I have included the following statement on my syllabus: Office Hours: Mon 1-2pm, Weds 3-5pm, or by appointment However, I am beginning to get too many requests for appointments. ...
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Booking websites for student consults [duplicate]

Apologies if this has been asked. I've been searching the website to find a comment on a post I read about online scheduling systems. I'm looking for a free online system that will enable students to ...
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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 quickly understand the main idea when reading a paper?

I have problems in reading papers, specifically papers where the subject is not so new to me and I am familiar with the problem which the writer wants to solve. How to find the those parts which talk ...
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Is it OK to start a PhD with a side project still running from your master's?

I just finished my master's and I am about to start my PhD studies. As I am very used to do many independent projects during my bachelor's and master's, I am willing to continue a side project on a ...
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How many “office hours” are common (or standard) for full-time lecturers?

In situations where one teaches purely undergraduate students (20 hours per week, 16 weeks per semester, 2 semesters per year) how many hours per week, and how many weeks per year, are people normally ...
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How do you balance producing results with learning new skills?

On the one hand, I'd like to produce a few graphs every week so my project can move forward. Taking a month off to learn a new programming language, do a literature review, or work through a relevant ...
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Average time alloted for manuscript review across disciplines

I am asking this question because I've always had the impression that manuscripts submitted to a journal in my field (theoretical linguistics) take an insanely long time to get published, and ...
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Should I cancel / alter office hours for committee meetings?

My contract requires that I maintain a certain number of office hours a week where I am available to meet with students. In practice this time is rarely entirely taken up by student meetings however. ...
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How to tell supervisor too many lengthy meetings are hurting your productivity?

My supervisor wants us to meet 3-5 times in a week with another PhD student of his. Every meeting is on average more than couple of hours. I don't know about the other student. But I feel like we are ...
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What is the optimal balance of time spent on research vs. volunteering/leadership/organizing in grad school and beyond?

In graduate school I have found that along with being a producer of good research, fellowships/post-doctoral advisers/faculty search committee are also often interested in what one has done outside of ...
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How many papers should I be reviewing as a referee?

Like many academics with an active research program, I am asked to review many papers. Borrowing an idea from peer-to-peer file sharing companies, I try to keep a rough sense of my recent "ratio" of ...
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What productive academic work can you do with minimal attention in a small (<30 minutes) block of time?

Ok, here is a major issue I have with much of my work (which is experimental/computational research): I am a graduate student, and spend much of my day doing 5, 10, 20 and 30 minute experiments (both ...
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Journal publishing timetables

I am about to submit my first article to a peer-reviewed journal. I have basically already decided which one, but I have a shortlist and am still in principle considering my options. One of the ...
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Is there an optimum time to leave between writing and self-proofreading?

Having read a number of guides on tips to do when proofreading as well as some questions on this website. They all refer to leaving some time between writing and proofreading. This time can vary from ...
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How to decide which university to study for PhD [duplicate]

I have seen many different research students that want to apply for a PhD or MSc program but they are so nervous about their choice. Sometimes they pay most of heir time, reviewing the websites of the ...
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Does becoming good at scientific research force one to become one dimensional?

I'm an individual interested in multiple academic disciplines such as neuroscience, biological engineering, computer science, history, anthropology, psychology, political theory ... to name just a few....
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How long should it take to read a paper?

I am wondering how long it usually takes to read a research article. I can see that the answer depends on: The knowledge and intelligence of the reader The field of research The journal The ...
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What is a reasonable time to resubmit revised papers after they have been peer reviewed?

I'm pondering on how much time I should plan to finalize a paper that has received a 'revise and resubmit' letter from the journal editor. I know that I should return it as soon as possible. However, ...
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How to mark student reports more efficiently

I have been assigned to mark student reports for an engineering coursework, which mainly involves the use of a software. The main content of each report is around 15 pages. There are 45 reports in ...
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Agile/Extreme/Lean methods for academic research

Startups I've been enjoying quite a lot of literature on how to handle project, ideas, development, thinking, etc, with theories such as Extreme, Agile, Lean, etc. All dating of less than 10 years. I ...
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How do you manage to work on multiple research projects?

Things that make multiple research projects different: 1). Inertia that sets in once I have spent a few weeks on single one of them. The 'switching cost' seems too high to me, and it leads to not much ...
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How can I improve the effectiveness of my literature searches?

OK, I know this is a pretty basic question but I haven't been able to come up with any really satisfactory solutions. (I have searched around on this site, but none of the related questions precisely ...
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As a recent PhD entering jobhunt, should I agree to host a weekly seminar?

I recently graduated and am temporarily employed as a lecturer at the school I graduated from (9 hours a week of teaching, not counting prep time). There's a weekly seminar on my field of interest, ...