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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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. ...
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Can we submit part of our assignment after deadline? [closed]

I have a deadline for handing in my assignments. One of them is tricky and I need to think more. I coded it but I am not 100 % sure that is right. Can I think more about it after deadline of ...
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I used feedback from the code review SE for an assignment. Do I have to mark it?

I wrote source code for an assignment. After I was done and the program was functional, i uploaded a piece (a class) on the Code Review SE and people gave me advice, which I then implemented. Should i ...
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Is it possible to ask the professor to check assignment before submitting?

I have got assignments related to programming. They are tough and my friends could not get results. I wanted to ask my professor to run them to see whether I did them right or not. (the deadline is ...
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Should I prepare new homework exercises each year, 20% of the final grade is homework?

This year I prepare a new course (in programming, but it could be any other course). I spend a lot of effort in creating homework exercises. This is fun, but also very time-consuming. I wonder if I ...
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What to do if a student claims to have turned in the homework but I could not find it?

I am teaching a course in a college and assignment homework on a regular basis. Usually I collect all homework in the class and later my student secretary grades all the homework and return them to ...
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I submitted an assignment late. Should I email the professor to explain my situation?

I submitted an assignment 1 day late. Should I email the professor to explain my situation? He has a pretty loose policy on deadlines but we should definitely submit the assignment before the answer ...
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Professor won't give full credit for correct homework question [closed]

After a completed homework assignment, I was surprised to see that a question that I was certain that I answered correctly was marked as incorrect. When reviewing the question, I explained why my ...
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Should I delete my question on Stack Exchange to reduce my own plagiarism?

I created a new account and posted a question on Math Stack Exchange asking help for a specific part in an exercise from class. It was duly answered. That question went on to gain a lot of hits and ...
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How to schedule homework?

Many times topics in courses are week-aligned, i.e., topic1 is studied on week1 (say in lecture1 on Monday/Wednesday and then in TA-section-1 on Friday), then topic 2 is studied on week2, etc. Say ...
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Letting students grade their own homework

I am going to teach a course in algorithms to 2nd-year undergraduates. The grade in this course is composed of 90% exam and 10% homework. The problem is, this year we do not have enough personnel to ...
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Is it cheating on lab report homework if a peer points out calculation error that you then fix before submission?

I am in a science class in which we have to write lab reports. Lab reports count for a significant part of our grade. I was working on my lab report but before I got to check over my calculations, a ...
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Teacher put all of the answers to the homework in white font? [closed]

We have Science homework due tomorrow and it's basically a "fill in the boxes" homework about energy in Microsoft Word. Well, my friends and I quickly realised that the teacher had put all of the ...
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Peer-correction / evaluation of homework

Many MOOCs have a system where enrolled students get points for submitting homework, and for grading a fixed number of their peers' homework (On a MOOC i took earlier, each student had to evaluate at ...
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How much effort should weekly homework be worth?

Background: Just completed my PhD, have to teach one part of a graduate course in EE. Remaining course is taught by another senior prof. Course has two classes, totalling 3 hours per week, and one ...
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Course planning: How to assign homework to highlight important sections

I'm planning a course on advanced calculus. Some of my topics align quite well with entire chapters of the textbook, so it makes sense for me to teach the entire topic, link it to a textbook chapter ...
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Using a public GIT-Hub repository (that was a homework of my group) in my Bachelor thesis

I have a question concerning my special case. In my bachelor thesis, I must implement a CI (e.g. Jenkins) server and show its functionality based on a sample project. This work is handed to other ...
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How can an undergraduate challenge a professor on a misleading homework question?

Thinking back to when I was an undergraduate, one of the homework assignments in a probability class was: In a lottery, is it possible for the winning combination to be 1,2,3,4,5,6? To paraphrase ...
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Is a professor required to provide homework solutions?

For graduate school classes, if a professor writes his own homework questions and creates his own problem sets, is he required to provide solutions to the homework problems, after the homeworks have ...
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How to deal with fellow grad students who want to copy assignments?

How to deal with fellow students who put little effort on their part while solving assignments, and sometimes ask you to spoon-feed them solutions. Lot of times these students end up scoring more on ...
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How to handle a student who will not accept that he is wrong?

I am a university marker TA, and after midterm exam I met with a student who would not accept that he was wrong. He thought his answers were correct but didn't explain to me why his answers were ...
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Collection and return of homework and exams

I am about to teach a class with about 100 students. The class has weekly take-home exams, and multiple in-class exams. I have TA's, but still the task of collecting and returning the students' ...
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Students trying to negotiate away penalties for late submission of coursework

I'm teaching a course where coursework is submitted online. Recently, an important group project assignment was due. The students are required to submit a project report, which contains a link to a ...
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Why do lecturers give only couple of days to do exercises?

I have always been on a courses where lecturer teaches something and then gives the exercises on that subject. Is that a better way than reveal all exercises when the course begins? I mean, why I ...
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Should we tell students they need to improve their English?

As an instructor or teaching assistant for a graduate class at a top institution, is it okay to tell students (e.g. in homework feedback) that they need to improve their English? What's the best way ...
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How do you enforce handwriting standards for homework assignments as a TA?

I am a TA who is helping to grade student homework assignments for an undergrad engineering course which involves a lot of mathematics. The homeworks all together count for miserly 5% and is only ...
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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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How are office hours for PhD classes different from office hours for undergraduate classes?

I plan on attending office hours this week for a PhD class (in math, to be specific). This would be at a U.S. university, at a strong math department. My question is: are the expectations different ...
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Handwritten vs printed assignments [closed]

I am taking an Introduction to Differential Equations class. There is assigned homework. It is specified that we must turn it in on paper. Is it wrong or odd to use LaTeX and turn it in as computer ...
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How can I encourage/incentivize students to do lab work early?

Normally, my computer architecture class has 10-15 students. This year, there are 35 students, not all of whom could fit in our small lab, much less be helped by our few lab assistants. I am thinking ...
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Homework Policy - Extension with Partial Solutions for Partial Credit

I'm going to be teaching my first course in the fall semester, and I've been trying to think of ways to make the homework benefit the students. One thought I had was to have the homework be due the ...
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Is referring to a textbook solution considered academic dishonesty?

There are weekly homework assignments based on a textbook. We will finish each problem set and hand that in every two weeks. Since the assignments are straight out of the textbook, it is very easy ...