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Questions tagged [independent-study]

Research into a particular topic by a student, under direction of a professor, generally for class credit.

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How to make the most out of a one-on-one reading course with a faculty member?

I am currently at the end my undergraduate / beginning of my graduate degree in pure mathematics. Next term, I am going to take a reading course with a faculty member in some topic that I am ...
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Could I change my research direction after graduated master?

For example, if I finished a topic on the computer science field and graduated as a master degree, could I change to a topic within the psychology or any other field. Just because I'm more interested ...
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Blockage management for projects

I am currently a Computer Science undergraduate in my final year. I think this question applies to more than just Computer Science students, so I'll make it as general as possible. Throughout my ...
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OCD and studying [duplicate]

Learning or studying is a huge burden on me and I always feel like I spend 10 times much more effort than any other student to start studying and keep it going. I am struggling with OCD many years and ...
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Lack of motivation for self-study during the semesters

I'm a third year Physics and Mathematics student, and over the years, I've done lots of self-studies, and what I've realised is that, compared to what I learn & experience in my self-studies, the ...
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How not to get drowned in details and questions?

Hi I am a perfectionist electrical and electronics student who struggles with studying because I cannot focus on the subject or context as I cannot let go of the questions or details that trouble me. ...
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What is harder? Taking lecture or learning from textbook? Is it weird for finding learning from textbook easier? [closed]

Dear Academia Stack Exchange. I'm a slow thinker, so I always have trouble with taking information actively as other are speaking. Sometimes I feels like I have trouble with studying but it's not like ...
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Is it accetable to request independent-study for graduate courses which are cancelled?

I am enrolled in a new hybrid Business/Mathematics graduate program at a small liberal arts college in the Pacific NW. Since last fall, I have completed 6 of the 12 courses required to obtain my MSc. ...
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How we can look active both in class and after class in our supervisor's mind?

I have started my master's degree and I am a fully funded student. I want to get perfect marks and do my research perfectly. What steps should I follow to become an outstanding student in my ...
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Studying strategies for a full-time working mathematician [closed]

I am currently a fixed income trader and I work 10 hours a day from 5 am - 3 pm. I am a mathematician by education but unfortunately I am not doing much math and programming at my job. So, I try to ...
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Student contribution/Citizen science?

I'm a student who, due to circumstances beyond my control, is having to take a gap year. I want this gap year to be productive, however! And would love to engage in citizen science projects/activities....
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Why are most people so intellectually uncurious [closed]

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask this question. I've noticed that almost everyone I have met is intellectually uncurious. In a world where our daily lives depend on technology that would ...
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First day as an independent study student

My IDS class has just started today and I am the only student. I have not received any email from the professor and no assignments or due dates. I cannot determine if he is waiting for me to show that ...
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Understanding the works of intellectuals

I'm a master's graduate in biology. I completed a thesis recently on 'Social science in the age of biology'. It discusses how social scientists and biologists approach and answer questions pertaining ...
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Is it appropriate to use an Independent Study as a mechanism to get projects built?

Our research group has a set of projects that we would like to have implemented, but lacks the necessary funds to complete all of them. Instead of prioritizing/shelving projects, is it appropriate to ...
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Independent publishing

I'm an undergraduate mathematics major student, I'm about to graduate by the end of this semester, I want to do postgraduate studies, but unfortunately, I live in a developing country, and I don't ...
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How do I approach professors for reading courses?

I am studying mathematics in a UK institution and it is not as common (or not common at all) for undergrads to do reading courses with professors as it is in the US. I would like to ask what would be ...
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Is it more difficult to publish in a journal when not affiliated with an institution? [duplicate]

Can one generally expect it to be more difficult to publish in a journal when one is not affiliated with an institution? I like the idea of being an independent researcher at some point in the future, ...
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Is it helpful to get credit for an independent study project?

Suppose a college senior has made arrangements to do an independent study project with a professor, in order to learn more about a particular topic, with guidance. When it comes to the graduate ...
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How to earn a Bachelor or Master without attendance? [closed]

This might sound like a strange question, but I was wondering, if you can skip the whole studying part at university and jump right in to the finals and the thesis? I know, that you have to have a ...
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Studying for the exam or for learning? Is there time later?

I don't know if there's a correct answer to my dilemma, but I'd like the opinion of other people, in and outside the field, maybe older and more "experienced in life" than me. This is my situation I ...
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What's the best thing to do in the 30 minutes before an exam? [closed]

I have a highschool exam tomorrow morning and we've been given a short period before the exam officially begins to study. I'm just wondering what I should do in that time. Should I read and read and ...
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Is there a specific brand of chalkboards used in colleges? What is your favorite brand? [closed]

I'm a mathematics student looking to invest in a good chalkboard for my room. I currently have a cheap Quartet but I find it is not very good compared to chalkboards at my school. It is not very ...
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How to increase the productivity of undergraduate research assistants?

I supervise a few undergraduates doing independent study and internships in Computer Science. Some of their tasks are to assist me with various back-burner research projects. I can offer them college ...
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How to approach a professor for an independent study course?

I'm a first year masters student and I want to do an independent study with a professor, because I find some of the first year graduate level courses too easy (I got permission from my concentration ...
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OK to ask a professor at my institution with whom I have no previous relationship some questions relating to hobby-project?

I go to community college so our professors aren't busy with lab research. They're still busy people though and I wish to respect that. I'm pretty much just working through some neuroscience ...
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Lecture notes or books? [closed]

What is the best approach to learn a new topic in postgraduate Mathematics with a solid basis? I'm about to start my thesis in postgrad Theoretical Physics but looking to learn a few topics for ...
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Possibility of skipping lower level prerequisites for graduate math application? [closed]

I am a non-traditional student interested in entering a graduate program in statistics or applied mathematics (to study probability / complex systems modeling). I have an undergraduate degree in a ...
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The students listed on faculty sites, did a thesis or possibly independent study?

Many faculty sites would list some students and many of those students are working or completed a thesis. Do faculty sites list also students who did an independent study?