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On feedback given to students, instructors, or other individuals in an academic setting on their performance.

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How to communicate students' feedback about a professor as a TA

I'm a TA. Recently a few students (good students) approached me, because they are having a hard time retaining the information from the main professor's lectures. (They think he is putting too much ...
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Does positive feedback during a tenure track campus interview mean an offer? [closed]

I had my first on-campus interview 10 days ago at an R1 university, which is not an ivy but a dream job in my field. I was supposed to give a colloquium and present a research talk about my future ...
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Can a peer review be too positive?

I have recently been invited to peer review an article for the first time. I must admit I went into the process expecting to find at least a number of faults with the manuscript and the idea that I ...
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Is it unethical for a supervisor to delay feedback on papers?

We are in a moderate sized group (approx. 10 PhD and 4 postdocs) with a single professor as everyone's supervisor, who is well respected in our field. In our field it is normal that the supervisor is ...
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Should I acknowledge my parents for their copy editing?

My parents are professional copy editors. On occasion, I will send them a manuscript to read for spelling, grammatical, and stylistic suggestions. It occurs to me that, whereas I would always ...
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Is there a polite way to help students improve their English, or should I not try?

I am a foreigner that learnt English as his third language. And I make mistakes all the time as a result. In general I like it when people correct me because I get to improve my English, which is ...
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How to respond to senior academics after a public 'punching down' session

I commenced a Postdoc 1-2 months ago and recently presented my proposed experiments at a group meeting that was broader than my immediate team. After the short presentation I was met with a barrage of ...
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How best to phrase short feedback to students?

I'm a CS professor who regularly gives feedback on 1st-semester student programming assignments around code styling issues (i.e., grammar, punctuation, spacing, etc.; following the format of our ...
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First-time teaching PhD students make course assignment way too demanding for a new lecture

I'm attending a graduate lecture at a university in Europe. Two lecturers, both PhD students, are giving their first lecture. One of the PhD students is senior and another just recently enrolled in ...
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How to give feedback to students after bad grades

I realize that I have some difficulty giving feedback to students when they have expected to have a good grade and/or they have invested a lot of time. My impression is that there is a trade-off ...
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Reviews, feedback and comments from collaborators/supervisors when writing in RMarkdown

Posting here rather than on StackOverflow as the question is not code-related. I have been wanting to make the switch to RMarkdown for academic writing (as opposed to Word) for a while now, but there ...
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Professor using student paper as an example of what not to do in class?

So a professor used a grad student's paper (anonymously) as an example of what not to do or what she doesn't want to see in the papers. The student was blindsided as the student wasn't notified that ...
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How to get feedback on a paper most effectively

Suppose that a PhD student is writing a paper by themself. A person who is an expert in the area offers to read the paper and give feedback. The expert explicitly mentions he is fine with getting ...
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How to reply to students' emails that show anger about their mark?

I always find myself in a difficult situation on the rage of students who are upset about their marks they just received. I feel it is kind of difficult to reply to students' emails that sound very ...
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What to do when my requests for feedback are denied? [closed]

As a medical resident, feedback is crucial for personal development. In my experience, the attending is often too busy to provide feedback on a patient interaction, even when I explicitly ask for it. ...
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To what extent can advisors edit our writing?

When advisors edit our thesis work, what kind of changes can they make? Is there a limit to what they can do? There's proofreading and also editing for style and clarity. Is asking students to ...
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Can I get feedback on my dissertation from my lecturer before handing it in? [closed]

I'll be honest here I'm terrified by the idea of my final major project. I was wondering if it's acceptable or common practice to get feedback from my supervisor (lecturer) on my dissertation prior to ...
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How to deal with student's feedback about tutor

I'm a professor's assistant and design the exercises for his class. Each week the students are assigned some homework, which will be corrected by a tutor. I got an email from a student, who "...
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How to get feedback on unfinished research papers if I don't have any direct contact with people qualified in my field?

I have a question which can seem a bit unusual. How can I get feedback on unpublished scientific articles if I have no direct connection with anyone qualified in my field? The fact is that now I am ...
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PhD advisor does not correct my writing: how can I get feedback?

My PhD advisor did not provide any kind of feedback or correction on my writing for the manuscript we recently submitted. My writing is good for a PhD student but for sure far from perfect. Yet the ...
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Transparency about candidates selection for a post-doc position

I recently applied to some post-doc positions at well-ranked universities whose number of candidates is usually not so large (ca. 15, at most 50). Usually, the recruitment process consists of a formal ...
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Is it acceptable to ask the editor for feedback about a review I wrote?

I am a graduate student. I recently completed the review of a submission and its subsequent revision for a journal in my field, in the peer review process. My comments were taken into account by the ...
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What statistics should I disclose when giving grades to students?

When giving grades to students, I often find it interesting to disclose some information about the grades distribution. I imagine that it helps to know where one is situated in comparison to others. ...
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Should I ask my advisor to please pretend that he is happy with me until the end of my contract?

I am a post-doc in the UK. Today, In online lab meeting, my boss said that the name of my two postdocs are in two different grants and our technician is in both but he did not take me into account as ...
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How do you interpret the feedbacks of my boss [closed]

I have a PhD in biological sciences but working (for two years by now) as a data analyst (I can say something like a bioinformatician) in a university analysing cancer omics My boss says that I am an ...
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How to to deal with advisor's criticism of my writing?

I am about to finish my PhD, which means I have to write a lot. I am also a non-native English speaker, so my English sucks a lot, especially when it comes to formal writing. In contrast, my adviser ...
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Dealing with inconsistent feedback on your dissertation

I'd appreciate advice on how to navigate the final stages of the dissertation with an inconsistent advisor. I've been struggling with my advisor for years, but there is no one else to advise a ...
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How to proceed when one peer reviewer gives a much lower score than the others but provides no negative feedback?

I have received peer reviews for an academic proposal for a project. Three reviewers (A,B and C) submitted sets of observations and scores for three criteria/sections of the evaluation. Reviewers A ...
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Asking my supervisor to be frank and give feedback [closed]

I am doing my PhD in the Britain and I've got a lovely supervisor which is like a friend for me. I want to ask her to give me direct feedback and tell me directly if I am doing bullshit or about any ...
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PhD supervisor will not read draft

I just wanted to get some input from the community about an issue I have run into with my main PhD supervisor. I started my PhD about two years ago (hard science field), and about six months ago I ...
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The professor for one of my classes has no direction

I'm in my final semester of a Computer Science degree at University and we have general education requirements. I'm in a Public Speaking course with an interesting professor, lets call him professor ...
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Is it safe for a student to give negative feedback in student evaluations? [closed]

It's common for students to be asked for their evaluations of a teacher/course at the end of the semester. Is it safe for the student to give negative feedback? After all, even if the lecturer will ...
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How to validate scientific ideas outside the academia?

Long story short, I have some ideas regarding the field of psychology and I looking into ways to validate them with people with experience. Options I see: Submit a paper and wait feedback from a ...
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Can i post my article in arxiv for comments from other mathematicians? [duplicate]

I have recently written a paper on Quantum Polynomial Algebra. But I am not studying anywhere, so I havenot got anyone to comment. Even I have mailed a few math professors but they may be to busy to ...
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How to respond to an upset student?

My finals were held recently. Due to some timetabling issues, I had to organize for some students to take the finals early, but still within finals week. The dates were mutually agreed. One of these ...
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Why is Reddit not a reliable source of experts? [closed]

Some people say that you should take for granted for opinions on Reddit, because comparing it to academic journals is like comparing kindergarten to university. But I don't understand. Well, it's true ...
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How do researchers send unsolicited emails asking for feedback on their works? [duplicate]

I wonder how a researcher send an unsolicited email to another one asking for feedback to their work. I guess it will be something like this? Hello Dr. X To introduce myself, I am Y, in institute Z. ...
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I got the following comment from a reputed math journal. What does it mean?

I got this comment after more than 75 days of submission: The considered problem in this manuscript is a practice in high mathematics and can not be a paper for publication in high-level journals. ...
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Should I provide feedback to a PhD application I have received?

I usually reply to e-mails from students asking for PhD positions to let them know if I am interested or if they are competitive / up to standards for continuing with an application but this tends to ...
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Including critical feedback about a course on exam paper

There was a subject in our university, regarding Web Designing. Under that, we were given a group assignment to build a website using HTML, CSS and PHP(we were allowed to use additional technologies ...
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How to save a literature review?

I have done a literature review, but every time I send my article to the journals I receive either major changes or a rejection because I have only searched in journals indexed by Scopus and Web of ...
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Is there an efficient way to give a large class of students feedback about their assignments?

I am the course lecturer of a large undergraduate course with about 700 students in the course. One of the challenges of teaching such a large course is grading the assignments and giving students ...
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How to change a style guide

I'm an engineering graduate student whose high school English teachers drilled to use active voice. Now that I'm reading and writing technical papers, I can't stand the often ambiguous and verbose ...
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How can I get useful feedback when collaborating on research proposals?

I'm pleased to be working on grant applications and ethics applications with my supervisors. I willingly contribute however I can - either they assign me bits to work on, or I suggest how I can help. ...
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Feedback on "book summary" originated from master's thesis

I am transforming my Mater thesis into a book. I need to write a 100 word summary for the same as well. Should I be mentioning in my book that it is an extension of my Master's thesis? The following ...
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First paper, conference feedback - at all if rejected?

I'm from industry and have submitted my first article to a conference. What can I expect from a conference? would they give me feedback only if I'm chosen. Will I also get detailed feedback if I'm ...
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I applied for a PhD but was rejected after the interview. How do I request feedback? [duplicate]

I interviewed for an advertised PhD and got an email thanking me for interviewing but advising that I wasn't successful. They encouraged me to apply for PhDs at other colleges and their college. I ...
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How do I request feedback on my paper? [duplicate]

I have written this paper and I would like to ask, via email, from some professors in other universities to give me feedback. How is the best way to write such a request? First, what should I write in ...
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Professor is upset about student comments about her lectures. What should I do?

One of my former supervisors is upset about student feedback for her lectures. There are two problems: If she provides complete slides with information, students complain that she reads from the ...
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Effective way to handle open-ended student feedback?

I regularly use a short start/stop/continue-survey on my students to be able to improve my teaching skills. I get a lot of informative data that helps me, but there's a lot of work involved in digging ...
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