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Queries related to completing coursework for college or graduate school.

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help with courses and planning [closed]

I am senior in hs about to go to an r1 public (not top or anything) uni next year. I planned on majoring in math and econ, with the goal of getting a PhD in applied math (hopefully stochastic ...
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With computation tools available, why are we still not teaching any proofs in the first-year calculus/linear algebra for deeper understanding?

My understanding of the first-year calculus/linear algebra in the U.S. is that: students basically only need to memorize all kinds of math formulas instead of theories (even for theorems, for example ...
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How to deal with students wanting the answer versus working through the process

I am currently teaching an undergraduate forensic photography course, but I'm having a difficult time this semester. Many of my students seem disengaged, and they expect me to simply give them the ...
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Referencing for an unknown source

I copied a work from an uploaded copy and the references were incorrect. how do I get the correct reference for the work?
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Do the courses on your PhD transcript matter, beyond GPA and grades?

There are a few questions here that discuss whether PhD GPA/grades matter (for example this, this, and this). But I haven't been able to find anything on whether other information on the transcript ...
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Is what I did common? Could it cause possible issues? Retook my Ph.D program's equivalent of some Master's courses I took and they count as electives

I'm a fourth year Ph.D candidate in the US studying Experimental Psychology at a regional college. I also got my Master's in Experimental Psychology back in December 2020. My Ph.D program accepted my ...
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Going through mental stress in my phd coursework. Any piece of advice?

I am a phd student and I have 7 other class mates who along with me were inducted this fall (2023) to the department of chemistry. We have to take 6 courses together before we start doing research in ...
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The challenge large language models (LLMs) pose to programming-based homework

I teach courses in which, as homework, students implement data analysis algorithms from scratch, apply them to real and simulated data, and then reflect on the results. As a student in such courses, 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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For a student, what is the optimal usage of a solution manual?

During coursework if a solution manual is available for the textbook, it is always a huge bonus for the student. While the student is exposed to a variety of relevant applications and tricks in the ...
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What’s a university’s policy for late paper (lab papers) in case of technical issues? [closed]

I faced an issue where a large amount of my lab papers got deleted near the completion of the semester. Some of those reports where combined and data collected in multiple weeks. Paper lengths were ...
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Should I formally enroll in courses related to my PhD?

I have a background in IT/Communications Eng. I also had study gaps. However, I have extensive knowledge and proficiency in computer programming and algorithms. I am doing a 4-years interdisciplinary ...
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Is it usually possible to transfer credits for graduate courses completed during an undergrad degree in the US? [closed]

I'm currently an undergraduate student planning out my coursework for the next couple of semesters, and I wanted to ask if taking graduate courses as an undergrad allows them to be transferred to a ...
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Gracefully handling a professor who is attracted to me

One of the professors in my class seems to be attracted to me. I am back at university after a long stint in software, so my age group is similar to the professors. He is married and probably has a ...
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Reusing assignments for multiple courses

I'm in an online graduate program. I have two classes with the same professor. One is required and the other is from a small pool of elective classes. In other words, the odds of someone taking both ...
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How to overcome the difficulties of starting of a PhD?

I have started my PhD this fall in the USA. Before starting the PhD, I worked as an RA and published a good amount of papers. Now my current lab is totally different from my previous lab. As I have so ...
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Including critical feedback about a course on exam paper

There was a course in our university regarding web design for which we were given a group assignment to build a website using HTML, CSS and PHP (we were allowed to use additional technologies as well ...
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Professor changed the paper I should present at the last day – how should I react? [closed]

In our PhD class, we have to present a paper. However, just 24 hours before the day I present a paper, the professor gave me a new version of the paper. This new version has a similar motivation but ...
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As a PhD student, is it wasteful to do the extra bit on Coursework assignments?

I'm a Ph.D student who needs to take coursework each semester and also (obviously) do research. I find some of the coursework assignments particularly interesting and I end up spending a lot more time ...
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Copy of a file in pdf document [closed]

My Lecturer says as follows for a report I have to do: I am not sure if this means screenshots of the file content or actual physical copies of the files which you can click on and go into. The ...
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Is it a problem if I start doing research too early?

After graduation, I will go to a graduate school to pursue a master by research degree in Applied Mathematics. The program will be research-based without any coursework. The supervisors can suggest ...
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Can one add coursework credits after award of the PhD degree ( that had no requirement of Coursework in Indian University) to be on par with US PhD?

I was awarded PhD in 2020 by a University as per regulations applicable at the time of my admission where Coursework requirement was only 4 credits ( One course) + Comprehensive Exam + Publications + ...
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Is it normal to have a hard time comprehending academic papers?

I am starting my PhD in statistics program next year, and I have some concerns. In my institution, there is a mandatory course that every PhD student has to take in lieu of taking one qualifying ...
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How to respond to uncertainties of students in the following context

Suppose I am the only instructor for the Algorithms and data structures course in my institute. Before the start of the course, say during the first lecture, I provide the students with the textbooks ...
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Self-plagiarism in coursework?

Suppose somebody is repeating a class, where the assignment topic is the same every year. Is it self-plagiarism if that person is handing in the same or a similar paper, essay, etc.?
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Grading on a curve in required doctoral course, failing as a result

After an undergrad degree in mathematics, I am doing a PhD in theoretical computer science. To satisfy my PhD program’s requirements, I'm taking a very challenging coding class this semester. I know ...
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If the dissertation defense is completed and passed prior to the completion of the program classes, is the student considered a Doctor? [closed]

Courses not passed or taken but dissertation and defense completed with approval/passing.
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Should I give an extra credit assignment to a student who failed to drop the course on time?

I am currently teaching an elective course for undergraduate students in the College of Business, at a university located in Hong Kong. Students who choose to take the course can use the course as one ...
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What to do when a professor hasn't uploaded course content for an online class?

I'm a student in an online class at university, and we're now a few weeks into the course. So far, only two lectures have been uploaded—there should be six or seven. On the course discussion board, ...
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I got a way worse grade than my classmates for equal performance. What should I do?

The professor for this course was, according to every one of my classmates (only 7 of us total so I could get all the opinions) a nightmare. To illustrate, in the last week of class, after we present ...
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What should I consider when making a complaint centrally to the university regarding the quality of a subject?

Background I recently was enrolled in a science course where I believed that the lecturer had a really poor understanding of the material at hand. I have had some bad lecturers before but this ...
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Submitting a trivial correction to a CS assignment/coursework (i.e. source code)

I am a University student. I had some course work which I had to submit. This work is a computer program, a very large codebase. Due to technical reasons, which are entirely my fault, I submitted the ...
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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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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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Can students maintain good relationships with instructors if they skip large numbers of lectures?

I'm a third year undergrad in a public university in Texas. Because of a personal situation, I'm currently unable to attend most lectures (lately none) of a particular math class. However, I have a ...
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How to work in a group where the group members need to be taught everything?

Edit: I met with the prof and she agreed that it wasn't my responsibility or place to teach my group mates the foundations they were supposed to have learned. A direct quote was that "everyone has to ...
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Is it feasible/acceptable for me to convey my concerns to staff regarding performance of classmates on coursework reports?

I am currently doing Physics undergrad at a first tier university. Due to my previous experience in Mathematics and slightly advanced age (five years my classmates' senior) I look at my classmates ...
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How should one deal with fellow students constantly asking for notes?

I'm an undergraduate student in the Netherlands, and as the title states, I'm encountering an annoying situation. How should one deal with the situation of constantly being asked for the notes of a ...
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A team member of a coursework software development project didn't contribute in any way. Can I remove his name from the project?

I am the project manager of a small team of five undergraduate developers who have been working for months on a large system for our Senior Capstone project. Four members of the team, including myself,...
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The meaning of "paper" in the context of undergraduate students

The word "paper" on this site seems to be extensively used to refer to serious scientific publications/articles by PhD students and other researchers. Now I am coming across its use by students ...
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What can I do if I need econometrics skills, but cannot get into econometrics courses?

I am a first year Businesss major PhD student. I need to learn Econometrics, but my math is so bad that the professor does not allow me to attend the Statistics foundation course for Econometrics. I ...
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I am struggling due to insufficient background in a graduate course and feel like a moron. What do I do?

I just started an Astronomy PhD program, which due to COVID has been all-online so far. Research and my computational methods course have been going OK, but I'm being utterly destroyed by my Galactic ...
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What to do when my course-mates are making up research results for a class paper?

My course-mates and I have a scientific paper to do for a class and, despite having had almost 3 months to do it, no one has done anything (or at least tried to do anything) on the research, and now ...
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How to handle someone propositioning me to collude/cheat with them on an assignment?

I am in my final year of undergraduate. Another student, call him John, sent me a message on Facebook saying basically: Can you send me the solutions to the assignment from unit X, that you took last ...
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Is it an offence to ask a professor to share a soft copy of his recent book with me for my semester?

My professor (say Mr. X), a theoretical physicist, is in charge of a course on Math Physics in the undergrads. He had co-authored a book on Statistical Mechanics but he never mentioned anything about ...
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How should I respond when monetary contribution to potluck will affect grade?

I am currently taking an Art History course. Today was the first day of class, and my professor informed us that we are required to bring a monetary contribution for a potluck. I wouldn't be opposed ...
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For German undergraduate and graduate math classes, does the professor or assistant write the exercise sheets?

For German undergraduate and graduate math classes, does the professor or assistant write the exercise sheets? In the United States it is typical for the professor to write them. I am curious what ...
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What can a student who is already studying hard do to improve low grades?

I have been studying hard for the past year and a half (it's my second year of Computer Science) while not getting remotely close to the desired results. I passed my first year with a 7.2 GPA (5 (...
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How not to come off as boasting or arrogant, if you are one of the few active students in a class?

tl;dr: How not to come off as boasting, arrogant, attention seeking, etc. if you are one of the few students participating in class? Some background: I am currently attending a Master's level course ...
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Should I hide the fact that I did a group assignment completely by myself?

Three students and I were assigned a small (~14 hours of work) group project. Because there was no effort on their side to meet and work, my e-mails regarding their progress remained unanswered and ...

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