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

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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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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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What are some tips to improve the output of a study group?

Let's say a group of students decides to study an existing subject X collectively without a professor. What general guidelines should be followed so that the group can make the most out of it? I am ...
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How to deal with toxic postdoc and have independent projects?

It has been three months since I joined as a postdoc. This is my first post doc position. I work along with another postdoc to set up pipelines for lab projects. This postdoc that I working along has ...
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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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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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Finding related result in mathematics

Assume that I have a math problem, I want to find results, theorems (as much as I could find, in maximum number) relevant to the problem, how can I do that efficiently? For example, one way could be ...
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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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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 are certain work ethics and habits I should start developing right from my undergraduate to be an effective researcher?

I am a physics undergrad in India, about to graduate in a month or two. Now, I love my work and the research method, and love to read about things from many different perspectives to give myself a ...
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As a new faculty, I lack the knowledge of fundamentals in my field. What should be the course of action under my special circumstance?

Academics are supposed to be an expert in their field and should have a firm grasp on their subject of research. For example, my research is focused on Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and using ...
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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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How to self study effectively post graduation?

I would like to know details about how one self studies entire courses or new areas of research post graduation? For example, I am an experimentalist with little exposure to numerical analysis (finite ...
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How do (STEM) professors keep up with the latest tech or development in order to publish research?

From an outsider/student's view, STEM professors are: not taking courses mostly not doing things outside of their research comfort zones not (?) studying up much except for their research, certainly ...
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Where to get help when we can't understand something done in a paper?

I often face the following situation: I am reading a technical paper, and I can't figure out a calculation shown in the paper, whose details are not given. There is no reference in the paper about ...
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How to be productive as an independent student without any libraries, friends and classroom?

I've started to track my everyday in paper to keep myself more productive. The reason is I'm staying from home in a country without any public libraries. I'm out from college so I've no friends at all ...
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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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Best way to read academic/scientific books [duplicate]

I’m a computer science student in the second semester. I passed all my first exams fairly well and can follow my lectures quite decent (usually). But whenever I want to dig deeper into a topic and try ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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In the United States, are there any ethical oversights on self-funded and published research?

I'm currently working on my CITI ethical human research certification. Given its dense nature my mind started to wander and I had the realization that all the protocols and ramifications I've so far ...
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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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I get better grades if I can find examples of solved problems. Am I cheating myself?

I am a fourth semester mathematics student. I have obtained great grades in Calculus/Analysis II & III. The first two semesters, I would say top 5%. Have I cheated myself, as I did not use the ...
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Can one get a degree in a field one has not formally taken any classes in?

If one hadn't taken formally taken any classes relating to a field but was able to demonstrate sufficient competence in the field could one get a degree in that field?
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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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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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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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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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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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I want to do mathematics similar to style of Grothendieck. How is that possible? [closed]

I admire Grothendieck's style of mathemtatics and want to do mathematics like his style. For example, Generalization of things by discarding unnecessary hypotheses which leads to simplification. ...
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How to Self-Study in Ph.D math

I was recently admitted to the Top 10 Universities in Math Ph.D. The department is really strong at the Number Theory, I am primarily interested in the Number Theory so it is a good thing. I will be ...
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Where do i find trusted scholarly articles for historical events

As a new hobby, I am wanting to read more and stick to the facts only. I recently became interested in the public education system and many sites and YouTube videos claim that the modern American ...
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How to study theoretical physics deeply but efficiently?

I'm currently starting a phd program in theoretical physics, specifically in quantum gravity, but I have a problem with my self-study method. For me, it is always better to study things by myself ...
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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?
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How can I convince my instructor to allow me to self-study?

Last month, I took an extra Chemistry class and since then I had to attend the extra classes after my college ends. But However, I have already self-studied advanced chemistry by myself and For me, ...
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Conducting research at my alma mater

I'm thinking about conducting a research at a specific division of the university from which I received my PhD. I had a negative experience while I was there. And I keep hearing that many other ...
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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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How to select problems to solve while self-studying university computer science textbooks?

How to read textbooks like you listen a lecture? Best way to read academic/scientific books What are some good techniques for reading a textbook? How do I improve my ability to learn? I read all these ...
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Grading Answers during a Self-Study [closed]

I have recently begun self-studying Complex Variables An Introduction by Dr. Berenstein and Dr. Gay from the Springer-Verlag series in graduate maths. Unlike my experience with undergraduate texts, ...
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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 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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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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Why am I getting low grades in a subject that I work so hard and studied so well? [closed]

What is wrong with me? I studied hard and get so low marks? What am I missing? I thought I would score 70/80 in COA subject but I got only 49/80. It is a subject where I would even pass if I went to ...
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What are some tips to get more out of long pre-recorded lectures?

I am seeing some online lectures and it seems so that my attention is decaying quite fast as time progresses in the lecture. Most lectures I find on the internet are 1hr yet the the time I can focus ...
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How does academics form discussion & study environments efficiency and effectively?

As a student, I often read & hear academics meeting in workshops to discuss problems in their fields with their colleagues, or with academics in other field etc.. As a Physics & Mathematics ...
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