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Maximum year in high school, but not enough to apply to college? [on hold]

My school, which is outside the US, have only 3 years of "High school education". However, some universities require, for example, 4 years of English in high school. Am I able to apply to this ...
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Is a second bachelors degree worth it? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish up a BA in linguistics and am looking at some interdisciplinary options for grad school (specifically in cognitive science). I have a competitive GPA in my last two academic ...
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Variation in drop dates, and effect on student outcomes

(This question may be specific to US university systems. Also, sorry it is long.) US universities usually have some provision for students to drop a course. Within the first N weeks of the term, if ...
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Is undergraduate low quality research paper publication considered of any significance during masters admissions? [duplicate]

I'm currently an undergrad student, I've published a paper in International journal which I came to know later that my paper is empirical based on my observation and is of low quality. Edit: I've ...
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The Ethics of Preparing for a Course Long Before Actually Taking it

I think this is an unspoken question in academia: how do you factor in the effort put forth by a student before taking your class? I think answering this has several consequences: it is a more ...
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Double major versus independent study

I'm currently an undergraduate pure mathematics major and am definitely interested in graduate school. I'm curious whether a double major in computer science or independent study every semester in ...
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Asking for a site visit as a master's applicant

I'm currently an undergraduate, and I will finish my bachelors this coming spring. I've been looking at graduate programs, including one physical chemistry masters program in the Amsterdam. I found ...
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Ask how to pronounce advisor's last name?

I am an undergraduate working with an advisor, but I do not know how to pronounce his/her last name. I have talked with several different people who work in the department, and have heard the name ...
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Lectures and labs on the same day as an exam?

I'm taking a two day workshop at a technical institute, the instructor has said that all accredited courses must have final exams. Fair enough. Since this is such a short course the exam will be on ...
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“Electronics and Communications Engineering” equivalent in the U.S.A

I graduated from a European University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (Engineering Degree) and I'm about to move in the United States. My specialization/ major would be Telecommunications ...
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Applying for masters again, will the application be evaluated on the basis of undergraduate/Bachelors or the most recent postgraduate grades [duplicate]

Applying for masters but have a previous uncompleted masters on my profile. Will that grades from that masters be factored in when the admission committee evaluates my application. What if i have very ...
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I wrote a thesis for my undergraduate degree - it was published but not in a journal. Is it still relevant to cite?

I wrote a thesis involving not-quite-graduate-level research prior to graduating with my undergraduate degree. It was presented at a conference [by another researcher from our lab], and not published ...
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Combined degree in the UK for a US Student

In a recent conversation with a person born in the UK, he mentioned his son had attended a US college for a year before deciding to move back to the UK to finish school. He told me that apparently if ...
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Where to draw the line when giving feedback?

When teaching undergraduates, I find myself trying to balance making them stretch to produce good work and giving them guidance. I must admit in my own undergraduate and graduate studies I rarely if ...
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How should an undergrad pick a journal to submit to?

I am an undergraduate who has been doing research in a lab since my freshmen year, and I have usually just worked on projects with a PhD student. That being said, as of now I have co-authored two ...
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Does diversity in undergraduate research topics look bad on my graduate school application?

I have done 5 different projects in my undergraduate course and all of them are from different areas/fields. My project work during High school is from a different area still. The reason of working in ...
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Do graduate schools have more courses & less of a student-teacher ratio than undergraduate?

On average do grad schools offer more distinct courses than undergraduate schools? If that is the case, then it must mean there are more professors teaching in graduate schools. And common sense ...
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Are decisions made on GPA grades overrated? [closed]

Assuming that the my questions might not reflect the real motivation behind it, I'll provide further information here. Looking to different job applications, be it in academia or industry, GPA is ...
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Tips on dealing with difficult professors?

I'm planning on going back to college (university for those folks across theĀ  pond) and I was wondering what are some things that you guys have done to dealĀ  with difficult professors. I had a C++ ...
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Preparing for Higher education/Self-teaching [duplicate]

I am currently a 2nd year undergraduate student studying Business/Finance/Information Systems at a decent, normal university. I have amazing grades and general interests in pursuing higher education ...
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Which kind of undergraduate course is better for a student wishing to do research in physics?

I'm interested in theoretical physics and would like to do research in the same field. I have completed my high school and have decided to take a BSc in physics. My question is about the type of BSc ...
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How to set the threshold below which students get a failing grade in a university-level course?

What criteria (in light of the best practices or teaching experience) should one consider when deciding the passing percentage of the course? (By the passing percentage I mean the grade threshold ...
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Can I do a thesis project in an area if I haven't taken a course on it?

To provide a background, I am currently a Physics major and along the way I ended up getting really interested in Mathematics, so much that I'm now planning to do pure math in graduate school. Now, ...
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Academic 'rehabilitation' after poor undergraduate results

I'm an undergraduate studying Mathematics & Philosophy in the UK, about to sit my third-year exams. My course is structured as a three-year self-contained BA and a fourth year 'integrated masters' ...
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How to explain to college that religious observance precludes me from living on campus, as required?

I am planning to attend a college that requires students to live on campus, in a coed setting. As an observant Muslim, I cannot do that. The college asked me to write a letter explaining why I cannot ...
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Can I get a letter of recommendation from a professor who didn't teach me BUT I did research with?

I am an undergraduate student wanting to transfer to another institution for undergraduate studies. I am a research assistant for a professor at an institution that I do not attend. Would the ...
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Better chances for math grad school: graduate in three years or four?

I finished freshman year of college and I am transferring from a liberal arts college to a university to study a more rigorous math curriculum. I got accepted at UC berkeley (but as a junior transfer, ...
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Do I publish a paper independently or ask a professor to mentor me?

I am an undergraduate studentcurrently in my 3rd year. I have worked on a project for the last year. I was thinking of writing a review paper about the topic. It was a graded project in my curriculum ...
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What are the impacts on learning of allowing students to eat in class?

My school has a recommendation, but not a requirement, not to let students eat during class. I am wondering if I should make this a rule or not for the classes I teach. I am concerned about my ...
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What guidelines exist for volume of evidence in an undergraduate business assignment?

When teaching undergraduate students, I find freshmen students to be mostly unaware with the idea of including evidence to support the author's opinion. That is, they write something like: Leaders ...
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How to explain why I want to go to a summer school?

I want to go to a summer school in biomathematics for undergraduate level, and they ask to give some sort of explanatory of why do I want to attend. I've never done this before, so I have no idea what ...
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How to number courses in an undergraduate Computer Science curriculum?

I am looking to assign numbers to courses in an undergraduate Computer Science curriculum. Are there any formal guidelines? The "3 vs. 4 numbers" debate has been institutionally settled - we are ...
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How can I express “I can't find any papers written about this”?

I'm an undergraduate writing a paper for a philosophy course in logic. My paper is exploring a relationship between Leibniz' logic and graph theory. In writing the paper, I've found some material in ...
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failure in research [duplicate]

I failed to complete my research project (undergraduate) in the time I said I would, because of overconfidence. It seemed like a quite simple project to both me and my advisor initially considering ...
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Enter academia with no undergraduate degree (only professional experience) [duplicate]

I'm wondering whether there's any way to enter the academic world, do research at a university for a living, without an undergraduate degree, but instead with several years of experience in industry ...
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Is there an alternative to traditional exams?

It seems like the traditional exam model (two midterms at 30% and one final at 40% of the grade, closed book) is flawed. For instance: Students are not allowed to access resources, whereas in ...
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Order of taking courses

I take my courses in a very specific sequence which I believe maximizes my learning potential and enjoyment. Unfortunately, that means that some key 'checkbox' courses I am to take might be put off ...
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Is it unethical to accept extra time on exams when I still do well?

I have ADHD (real, diagnosed ADHD, not just "I-say-I-have-ADHD-because-it's-trendy" ADHD). I have never taken the extended time exams that are offered for ADHD students, because I have never needed ...
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Should I answer students' questions immediately or teach them to ask better questions?

I'm teaching an online lab (to accompany an in-person course) to undergrads in their 3rd or 4th year of an engineering curriculum this semester. The aim of the lab is not to teach them any particular ...
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Panic Attacks during an exam - Can the student be re-tested?

I am a student who is currently undergoing therapy for mental health issues and I seem to be making good progress towards normalcy according to my therapist. Recently, I took an exam for a ...
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How to find the list of universities running a specific program?

Is there any way/resource for finding the list of universities offering a specific degree? I want to find which universities have a specific program (both undergraduate and graduate). My target is ...
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How can I change the assignments in the syllabus in a way that is fair to the students?

In my syllabus there is series of writing assignments that are worth 10% of the final grade. Over the course of the semester there were supposed to be 4 assignments, however as a result of snow days ...
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Are Undergraduates allowed to collaborate with other students for their dissertation research?

I'm not sure if this is common practice or not, but much like how we see co-authorship in research papers, I was wondering if an undergrad would be allowed to collaborate with other students (possibly ...
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Is there any way to find Donald Knuth's undergrad/master's thesis?

Just what the title says. As far as I know, Knuth's undergrad thesis was so good that the faculty at his university decided to honor him with both an undergrad degree and a master's automatically. I ...
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Is it ethical for a lecturer to require students to purchase an online learning kit where kit is used for course assessments?

I am taking a course in a may-not-be-top-but-still-decent university located in North America. The course lecturer forces us to pay for an online learning kit from Pearson by adopting all the graded ...
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Writing a letter of recommendation as a graduate student

I am a MA student who frequently works with undergraduates on projects. One student has asked me if I can write her a letter of recommendation for graduate school. Are there any risks to me submitting ...
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Doing all the simulations and plotting, do I deserve an authorship?

I, an electrical engineering undergraduate, am currently involved in a research project, wherein I help write all the codes, run all the simulations, and plot all the graphs. The paper is about to be ...
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If my college only allows me to pick one, which should it be: electrical engineering or mechanical engineering?

The Good: Some good colleges & universities like Harvard allow students to pick a secondary field of study alongside their main concentration; for e.g. I can pick Electrical Engineering and study ...
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How should I pursue my interest in AI and/or machine learning?

I'm a first-year student at a top 100 university studying computer science. I have looked at all the different fields of software for which I can get into and I am personally most interested in ...
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What is the difference between dual degree, 2 Bachelors and double major?

We are considering to offer double majors between my department and other departments. While looking at examples from other universities, we came across other terms such as dual degree. On the ...