Questions tagged [homework]

Questions concerning work meant to be solved outside classroom time by a student, including questions about writing suitable homework assignments, grading, etc.

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What tools can compare all text of submitted assignments semantically after paraphrasing and detect plagiarism?

With advances in AI, it is becoming clear that students are using paraphrasing software/sites (spinbot, quillbot, rephraser, etc.). I wonder if there are any free tools that can detect semantic ...
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I see an increase in homework plagiarism due to the ease of finding solutions online. I am concerned for my students and my work. What can I do?

I work as a remote tutor and help students understand hard concepts/problems in scientific fields in college/university/industry. I am finding a real lack of originality in exercises assigned by ...
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Does it count as academic dishonesty if I use the references of someone's assignment?

I'm currently working on an essay topic that a mate of mine happened to have done before on another course. He gave me his reference list on some ideas that coincide with my topic and stance, but I'm ...
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First year Math PhD student; My problem solving skill has been completely atrophied and continues to decline

I'm a first year PhD student in mathematics and I'm in a pretty bad spot. Over the last year or so of undergrad and first semester of grad school, I've completely atrophied my problem solving skill. ...
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Why do universities check for plagiarism in student assignments with online content?

Why do universities check for plagiarism for their internal assignments? The goal of these assignments should be to study and do research from the internet about topics and enhance one's knowledge. ...
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How do you respond when students submit the wrong assignment, but you only notice after the deadline has passed?

I occasionally get students who submit their assignments, but I only notice that they've submitted the wrong assignment when I begin grading. I can think of three possibilities to explain this: They ...
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My University professor copied parts of my assignment for the sample solution. Should he have credited me?

So I just saw this and found it kind of funny, a bit weird, I guess flattering and wondered if he should have at least asked me or gave me some credit and is he allowed to do this as the professor? ! ...
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Is it considered plagiarism when you modify your professor's proof when solving a problem in a homework assignment?

I have a homework wherein a problem is eerily similar to a theorem we have proven and discussed before in class. Since we have a policy that the only concepts and theorems that we can apply to our ...
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Peer shared with me “too much information” for a homework problem

In the summer, I took a math course where one of the homeworks involved a question where answers were expected to include several diagrams alongside an explanation. At the time, I thought it was a ...
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Are assignment submissions on paper obsolete? [closed]

When students turn in papers, are they electronic? or do they turn in physical paper copies? Perhaps there is one answer for high school students and another for college / graduate school?
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Nice vs. ugly numbers in homework and tests

This question revolves around using integers (−1, 0, 1, 2, 3) or simple fractions (½, ⅓, ⅗) vs. real numbers (−1.254, 42.72) in teaching concepts, assigning homework, and preparing tests for math, ...
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Should a teacher be able to solve all the assignments they give their students themselves?

A moment ago, I happened upon https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/99712/almost-impossible-sudoku-like-puzzle which explicitly mentioned that this student was given a puzzle in math class that ...
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How to allow students to work off-line, while still using an LMS to collect work?

Due to Covid-19, I am having to switch to a "hybrid" format, where I see students less often each week, in smaller groups, and more assignments are pushed on-line. The school is in an extremely rural ...
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Question regarding copying and pasting on exams [duplicate]

On Wiley Plus, will students be able to copy and paste homework questions if not on a lock down browser? If so, can I detect that through any many means? I have been reprimanded before for not being ...
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What can a student do if he has problems with homework problems that he is unable to solve?

In university courses, is it possible or good habit to ask help for homework exercises one can't solve? I mean, someone might think it is cheating but on the other hand, should a student be stuck in ...
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Could a student with plagiarism in assignment get a high grade in a class? [closed]

This semester I took a course and the prof is very restrict with the assignments, I had special circumstances (due to my research and my displacement), which required me to commute between cities to ...
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What would be the best way to convince a professor to waive late submission penalties?

I am a grad level student and I am completing my last course this semester. The professor is reducing our grade by 20%/day if we submit our assignment late. It is a lot. For example, my grade is 18/...
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Is finding answers and paraphrasing cheating?

Sometimes I have trouble coming to conclusions on my own sometimes and I really do love learning but... I sometimes scour the internet looking for answers to homework questions and then paraphrase ...
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Missed Assignment due to Covid-19 [closed]

I was flying from Canada back home, after all the in-person classes and tests were canceled. So my country(Kazakhstan) has strict laws that were enforced in regard of the new pandemic. They include ...
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Got caught for similar answers on an assignment [duplicate]

So recently my professor reported me and my colleague for cheating and reported both of us to the Board. We haven't heard from them yet, its been a week. This was a class assignment for a masters ...
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Is it appropriate to have assignments due during spring break for an online course?

I am the author and teacher of an online introductory course at my community college. Each chapter in my class is designed to take one week to complete, where the assignments are due at the end of ...
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YouTube video assignments?

A professor at my university has recently started grading students partially based on assignments delivered as YouTube videos. These assignments are basically the usual exercises that a teacher would ...
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Instructor listening in secretly in simulated intake assignment — allowed? Ethical?

I am in an online, accredited, public, post-baccalaureate degree program. I think it's the first time my instructor is teaching a university course -- at least at this institution. The instructor ...
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How do you approach your professor if you do not understand or know how to do the homework at all?

So, I am an undergraduate student taking partial differential equations. This class can be so stressful at times because I do not understand the lecture material, and thus it makes it hard to do ...
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Encouraging team-work while discouraging free-riding

I teach several courses for computer science undergrads, including algorithms, programming and game development. In all my courses there are weekly homework assignments. I encourage my students to do ...
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Students using the same flawed online solution sheet as the grading TA

I am in a small electricity and magnetism class, and I have recently become aware of other students using an online solution sheet (on slader.com). On the most recent homework, I (who didn't use the ...
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Professor didn't acknowledge a late hand-in by email. Is it appropriate to follow up?

I missed a class where I was supposed to hand in an assignment. I arrived at my school at the end of the class, and the teacher had already left, so I sent them immediately by email. It has been a ...
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Is referencing online solution acceptable when completing assignments

I'm not sure if I'm overthinking this. Recently I had an assignment that is intended to be completed individually in which I cannot understand one of the questions at all. Lectures didn't help as the ...
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How do I write long answers? [closed]

I am a Material Science and Engineering major.What I am having doubt with is how I am supposed to write long answers.Lets say someone asks,"What is a Lomer Cottrell barrier?" or may be,"What is solid ...
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Best tool for digitally marking assignments? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good piece of software for marking digital (PDF) assignments. Specifically, I am marking a first-year mathematics course, and need to do the following for ...
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What is the difference between a 'materials and methods' section and an 'experimental procedure' section?

What is the difference between 'material and methods' section and 'experimental procedure' section in a scientific article or report or assignment? Does they differ at all? Elaboration : If I'm ...
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If I wrote a textbook, or other form of academic material, is it okay to use problems found online?

Lets say I decided to write a small textbook, similar to how people have all sorts of "Learn to Program" books, but for other subjects like Calc, Chemistry, or similar. If I used examples problems, ...
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I think I may have violated academic integrity last year - what should I do?

I think I may be overthinking things, as I’m known to having a huge guilt complex. As an undergraduate last year, we were given a coding assignment to complete that was worth 15% of our overall mark ...
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Changing level of difficulty of assignments for a course based on average class performance

As a teaching faculty in mathematics, do I need to change the difficulty level of assignments after assessing the average class performance in the first couple of lectures? I am not sure if this is ...
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How to restart an assignment after a long break?

I usually work on an assignment in a continuous flow. I study Philosophy, so I have to read and write a little every day. I have recently shifted place and it took a whole two weeks gap. Now that I'...
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Accidentally leaked the solution to an assignment, what to do now? (I'm the prof)

TL;DR; I accidentally made the solution of an assignment visible to some of my students. How can I now fairly address that problem? A few weeks ago I set a programming assignment to be done using ...
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How to assign grades in a game development course?

I am planning a course on game development. Currently my main problem is how to design the assignments and grade them in a fair and objective manner. In previous courses I taught (like basic ...
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Should I grant an extension on an extension?

A student asked for a homework extension due to unforeseen circumstances in their personal life. I am generally accommodating about this type of thing if they come to me in a timely manner, but this ...
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Health issues in grad school - how many extensions are acceptable?

I'm a graduate student in physics, and I've been having some major health issues. For the sake of anonymity, I don't want to say what they are, but they are NOT mental-health related, though they ...
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How to determine which textbook problems are the most useful when studying?

If I have to study for an exam, like organic chemistry, I know that I should be studying my notes and, most importantly, practice problems. However, when you have to review for final that is ...
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Detect cheating in Microsoft Excel submissions

I have a homework assignment where I require students to create a set of pivot charts in Microsoft Excel. I know that I can reduce cheating by changing datasets or chart specifications around, but ...
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Assignment extensions for no apparent reasons (USA)

I recently started teaching activities in an American institution. I have had a couple of students asking for extensions for problem sets / project deadlines for medical or family reasons, which is ...
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Should students who copy homework answers from somewhere else state how they obtained the answer? [duplicate]

I'm an 3rd year undergraduate student, and this semester, I'm taking graduate course in one of my departments. We have homeworks each week, and while doing the problems on those, I sometimes get ...
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Website for scheduling and submitting homework [closed]

I'm looking for a website where I could publish homework at a scheduled time to a group of students and also allow them to submit their answers through it. The homework is a single PDF file, and the ...
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Assessing a penalty for inquiries regarding exceptions to deadline policy

My problem: Though it's made explicitly clear to my students that I do not accept late work and do not grant extensions, I get at least 5-10 e-mails a week asking about extensions. I want to deter ...
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The correct term for a collection of homework?

I'm looking for the correct wording for a collection of homework that will be given to students throughout the duration of a course/class. So far I came up with Homework Plan. But I'm wondering if ...
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Professor does not care about cheating, what should TA do?

I am a PhD student, working as a Homework marking TA in a school where cheating is extremely blatant. The university has an extremely strict policy against cheating. Hundreds of students in math ...
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Reworking a Homework Project to Publish as Research

During the final year of my Undergraduate degree, I did a literature review as part of a technical writing class to answer a relevant question in Mathematics Education. I would like to rework the ...
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How to ask professor to post more example?

My professor always posts solved problems on the course website but for the last chapter, he did not post any solved problems. Although we have our textbook, I think solved problems help me understand ...
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Pros and Cons of assigning homework for large classes

In small classes (with <50 students) I have mostly had positive experience for assigning homework. The homework allows the students to better learn the concepts and to better prepare for the exams. ...