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Questions tagged [answering-questions]

On handling questions from students or from the audience of a lecture, seminar, thesis defense, or other presentation.

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What is the proper way to reach out to a university with an academic question as a layman?

I am a layman with a series of questions regarding chemical engineering. I'd prefer to contact my alma mater and contact someone there - is there a protocol for doing that? Is this an unusual thing?
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How to overcome fear of answering/asking questions in big class

Maybe it's because I'm a very shy person, but whenever I am in a big classroom setting (lecture), I am too afraid to raise my hand and ask questions or answer questions in class. It's really odd to me ...
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Violated academic integrity on an online coursework. What do I do?

basically I was working on the answers with my friend and didn’t realize the questions were slightly different and therefore I used the answers we got that were based off of hers to mine. I am scared, ...
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Secondary Research Questions in a Master Thesis, where to answer?

My question concerns the placement of secondary research questions (SRQ) within a Master Thesis for a Software Engineering program. Currently I describe my primary research question in a chapter on ...
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How to immediately show group answers onscreen?

I teach at a university, and during lectures I would like to pose a question to all the students in which each student types their answer into their laptop, submits to me, and I can show all the ...
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How to teach students to ask Polya-type questions

I've recently read "How to Solve It" by Polya. In that book, the author basically explains the method that I use in my own teaching - asking relevant, prompting questions to get students to reason ...
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What are some typical questions one might be asked in a Computer Science PhD Viva?

I know that you are likely to suggest "Ask your supervisor. He/She will know best.". While that is obviously true, I would like to know from your personal experience either as the PhD candidate or ...
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Is asking questions with very short answers on major exams recommended?

As a part of TA work, I need to give questions for major exams. I need to evaluate the answer sheets of students later. Let us consider the following simple examples of questions: 1) Briefly ...
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Determining student understanding of a question based on given answer [closed]

I am asking this in regard to all levels of education, however, I am aware that this forum is primarily for higher education. I would like to know what elements of an answer are indicative of the ...
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Is my supervisor making things clearer or confusing?

I am struggling a lot these days while presenting in front of my supervisor. I make many mistakes, sometimes very stupid mistakes, and he is now saying, "You need to avoid these mistakes." I am not ...
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Professors/Teachers only replying to part of my email

I've been a Computer Sciences student for 4 years now, give or take, and my experience with emailing teachers/professors (teachers from now on) has been either of two cases: they reply to my entire ...
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Answering Ambiguous or Outright Preposterous Questions

Given the premise of any form of testing is the evaluation of one's knowledge in comparison to the population (i.e. class) as a whole and a set body of knowledge (i.e. syllabus). How does one ...
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What are strategies for minimizing student questions during exams?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. I generally find student questions during tests and quizzes to be somewhat annoying. I disliked them ...
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How to answer tough questions / didn't hear the question?

I am a PhD student and I'll be giving my first talks at an international conference soon. In the past I have had tough questions from the audience that I did not know the answer to, or did, but it ...
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How to answer questions in a conference talk that I should know the answer to, but don't?

In a few days, I will be giving my first conference talk. I have only spent less than a year in the field, and the talk will be attended by several well-known researches, who are familiar with all of ...
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Time allocation in conference presentations

How much time should I expect to 'leave' at the end of a conference presentation for questions? This question suggests to allocate 2-3 minutes per slide, including front/back matter (like a question ...
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How to motivate students to debug their work independently

For the last few semesters, I have taught a graduate-level course (mixture of Master's and PhD students) that has a very substantial data analysis component in which every assignment involves ...
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Students and postdocs not asking questions

During and after the talks and seminars in our dept. (~80 people, ~10 groups, ~40 postdocs+PhD+Master students), it is extremely rare to see postdocs or students asking questions. 90-95% of the ...
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Asking questions in class: how can I “exit” a Q&A when I haven't really understood?

I'm an undergrad and I tend to learn better when I understand the concepts behind things instead of rote repetition. As a result of this, I often have questions. There are times when I don't ...
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Are “how”, “why” or “is it possible” good for a research question?

I am working on Informatics and I am trying to formulate a research question. The thing is I read a lot of examples where the research question has a lot in common with hypotheses, where 2 ...
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Thesis reviewer requests update to literature review to incorporate last four years of research. Do I need to do this?

I'm about to defend my Phd thesis in November 2016 in software engineering. I started my Phd in February 2010. One of my thesis reviewers stated in his review comments that my bibliography references ...
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Question about giving feedback to a strict teacher from a student [closed]

How to give a respectfully feedback to a teacher who is strict enough and dont want to take classes but always want positive feedback email from her students ?
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How do professors view a student who has good grades but always asks stupid questions?

I am planning to apply for Ph.D programs in mathematics in U.S. and I am thinking about which professors I should ask for letters of recommendations from. In order to get "strong" letters, I need to ...
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Can't handle the stress while being bombarded with questions during the presentation

I am a fashion designer student. I have given numerous presentations but one thing always bothers me: the level and frequency of questions by the questioners. By that I mean some folks in the class ...
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How to react when professor wrongly corrects you in public?

I recently defended my master thesis. One thing only went wrong: I said a certain method was rather new (which it was!) and the most senior professor in the room (my supervisor was not there, he had ...
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Does students asking questions in class improve the learning outcome of the entire class?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at whether / to what extent students asking questions in class improve the learning outcome of the entire class? I am most interested in computer ...
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How to deal with a student who most likely has a mental condition, and keeps arguing with me in class?

I am a TA for an introductory computer programming course at a university in the US. There is one student in particular who, during lecture, will argue with me about every point I make, which eats up ...
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Dealing with someone who asks many questions during presentations

While giving a presentation there is one person in the audience (X a PhD student and a friend) asking all sorts of questions, even unrelated ones. They are also eager to answer questions of others ...
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What to think of zero feedback at a conference

Is it commonplace to give a presentation at a conference and not have anyone ask a single question afterwards? What should one make of such silent feedback?
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How to deal with a professor that continuously dismisses student questions?

I'm taking a distributed systems course at a well known university in the U.S. I've noticed my professor has three primary forms of responding to student questions during his lecture: Immediately ...
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Student wants to show everybody how much he knows

I have read this question, where the OP asked how to handle silly questions. In the excellent answer of Irwin, the 6th point attracted my attention: If it's a matter of the student talking on and ...
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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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What to do about fellow student that hogs lecture time with many questions

I am in a master's program, and one of my peers in the program is in two classes with me. He is a nice person, but he tends to ask a lot of questions in lectures; both of which are very large, and ...
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How can I encourage students to ask questions in class

In my field (as in many others), students are assigned articles or textbook chapters to be read as preparation for classes (i.e. the whole class has to read the same set of texts). I encourage my ...
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How to balance lecture participation and not being considered a show-off?

I am a student in a rather small (20-40 students) lecture. This lecture is mandatory for the students of this subject in this semester. In the course of the lecture the professor regularly asks ...
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What to do with students coming to office hours asking to check their homework?

As a TA, how to handle the situation where a student comes to office hours asking to check their homework? I.e. the student hands in their solution to the homework and ask the TA to check for any ...
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How should a non-native English presenter respond to a question they did not understand?

I'm not an English native speaker, and my question is, probably, only relevant for non-native speakers. Sometimes, native speakers just don't care how easily the presenter can understand the ...
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How to ask dumb questions

I am having trouble asking questions in seminars, conferences, and public talks. As a graduate math student I often fail to keep up with speaker and more mature members of the audience at events like ...
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Are academic questions (used in textbooks etc.) owned by the publisher, or is anyone able to use them in their own content?

I am wondering whether mathematical and scientific questions (or any type of question to be honest) is considered to be owned by the publisher? For example, if I see a math question in a textbook, am ...
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How should one react when one's work is rightfully critiqued during a conference presentation?

When somebody presents the paper, the attendees ask questions about the paper. But what if they raise a legitimate objection when they ask about our work and we know that they are right? Should we ...
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What questions to prepare for PhD defense?

I will soon defend my PhD in social science in Sweden. I want to ask what questions the evaluation committee will ask me during the defense? If they ask me some questions outside my thesis, what ...
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What to do when professor is not responding to emails or calls and his action is required to commence a masters thesis?

I'm planning to start my master thesis soon. It will be an external thesis in a company. As this kind of thesis is not very common in German universities, I need to find a professor to supervise me ...
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How should I handle students who ask questions that are “beyond the scope of the course” as a TA

One of the most common replies I have gotten as a student in engineering is the phrase "what you are asking is beyond the scope of this course". But I always found it a bit funny coming from the prof ...
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What is a good way to tackle difficult technical questions during graduate interview

I went into an engineering graduate school interview totally unprepared today and may have totally wrecked it. The interview began like any other interview. The professor introduced his area of ...
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Is it ethical to answer questions about homework for colleagues taking courses I've already completed?

I receive many questions from colleagues about homework in a certain course which I took a while back. I try to answer them and help them solve homework which are very similar to the ones I did when I ...
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What should I do if a professor says she doesn't understand my questions in office hours?

I am having difficulties in math, and every time I try to go to my math professor's office hours she always seems annoyed. When I ask her a question she always says something to the effect "I don't ...
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When to take questions during a thesis defense?

I am going do do my thesis defense next week. I am not nervous. On the contrary, I am so over-relaxed that my instincts tell me this will cause a problem during my defense. I am not sure when to take ...
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How to handle relevant, but disruptive, questions

I've seen on this site several posts about how to handle silly or "trolling" questions, but I recently faced the opposite situation. Several students in a class I'm teaching continuously bring up ...
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How to respond to “philosophical” questions that aim to undermine a position or derail a discussion?

A colleague of mine enjoys using philosophical questions to undermine ideas that are different to his own and to derail discussions that are not in his favour. At first I thought he was offering ...
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What to do if an audience member refuses to let you answer their question?

I was reading this question about famous people asking rude questions in talks, and it reminded me of a situation which happened at the end of my academic career. I would really like some advice on ...