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Questions tagged [learning]

Questions about learning process in academia, lesson plans, learning problems, etc.

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Dwindling number of students coming to your classroom lectures?

I have seen a shrinking trend in the number of students coming to my classes and suspect that it's due to the large number of digital tools that are available to students. What techniques can I ...
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Is asking your PhD supervisor a basic question considered inappropriate?

I've done my Master's degree in Computational Mathematics. Then, because of several reasons, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. in the field of Quantum Chemistry. The problem is, obviously, my lack of ...
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Software that skips pauses in lecture recordings [closed]

I enjoy listening to lectures at 1.5x speed because I retain the same amount of information while saving time. I find that 2x speed is usually too fast except when the speaker pauses. I'm curious if ...
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Mathematica , Colab or LaTeX for exam summarys? [closed]

I had the idea to write a summary for some subjects this semester. Most of the time I used Onenote for my general notes in the lecture. The question is which editor is best for a summary? Currently I ...
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How to deal with lots of information as a Computer Science student?

As a Computer Science student, I have to deal with a lot of new information every day. While learning new concepts, we also have to learn multiple programming languages at the same time, learning ...
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How not to forget things we learned?

I have been a postdoc for many years now in a theoretical field. Thus, while progress in my career has been slow, I am not without experience. There is one particular thing that I feel keeps limiting ...
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What is the term for intended consequences of an activity other than intended learning outcomes?

Question might be a bit strange. I am looking at a series of activities that we run every year. These activities have some intended learning outcomes (ILOs), but these outcomes are stated in terms ...
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Imaginative Student Has Trouble Adjusting to Workbook-based Curriculum [closed]

I am a freshman at Alfred University. I've been out of school for 6 years and am returning as a non-traditional student. I'm having some trouble that I hope someone may have insight for me. I love ...
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Have there been any studies to answer whether teachers having favourite students (publicly) reduces overall learning?

I'm working on a presentation for class debunking myths about learning. The way I'm going about this is proof-checking some advice given by teaches in general such as finding a learning style. Now I'm ...
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What are the main studies showing how well people learn some complex problem? [closed]

I'm wondering how well the general population can solve a problem after being taught. What are the main studies around this? The basic experiment would be to take a math problem that people usually ...
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How to deal with exam performances that do not reflect my abilities?

I'm an undergrad student in TAU for mathematics. I failed two classes I took on the first semester so I had to repeat them. unfortunately, I failed again. I got 48 on one exam as you need to get 55 ...
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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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Why do degrees take so long, when textbooks can be read so quickly?

A bachelor's degree takes you three years to complete, and say it consists of about thiry courses, and say each course is based on a book of about four hundred pages (fairly standard for fields like ...
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Learn new methods during PhD?

I just started my PhD in an interdisciplinary research lab. For the research I wish to pursue, I am missing some methodological skills, particularly in statistics and machine learning. Are there any ...
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OpenCourseWare but for Example Questions? [closed]

Part of my job is creating learning materials (such as example questions) mostly for first year undergraduate students in engineering. I find it difficult to believe that there are not free online ...
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What is the more efficient way of self-teaching, when the return is diminishing?

What is the more efficient way of self-teaching, when the return is diminishing? Keep on trying? or study more basic stuffs? I am currently teaching myself a few subjects, but I have noticed that the ...
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Rote learning in South East Asia

I knew from some newspapers that Taiwanese education system prefers rote memorization over creativity. This culture was imported from Japan. This problem is also present in Singapore, Hong Kong, and ...
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Online vs hard copy, which texts are students more likely to read?

I am wondering if anyone knows of any studies that indicate whether students read online texts more or less than hard copy texts. I am in the midst of trying to "reboot" the intro stats class I teach ...
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How can I get better at Learning Things?

I am currently a Software Engineering apprentice, doing a related degree as the academic side. I have noticed that despite how passionate I am about software, things never 'click' with me when I ...
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Should I include extra information in quiz questions?

I'm curious about the pros/cons of including extra flavor text in quiz/exam questions. For example, which would be better? What is the product of this reaction? The following molecule is found in a ...
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Breadth or depth in math graduate school?

I'm a recently admitted in a masters program in mathematics. My question is about "strategy" of learning. Should I focus on learning many things or should I pick an research area and start learning ...
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Does anybody know of programs similar to the Hopkins Robotics MSE program? [closed]

I'm very interested in machine learning and its application to the healthcare field. I am also interested in the Robotics program at Hopkins because of its wide array of research in the medical field. ...
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Is there academic research that supports individual over group work for better learning?

I'm in an undegraduate program in the US where group work is a major focus in most classes. Faculty often cite the important benefits of knowing how to collaborate in teams, claiming how educational ...
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Is it possible to write PhD thesis (or PhD level article) in Computer Science without (real) advisor?

Is it possible to write PhD thesis (or PhD thesis level scientific articles) in Computer Science without real advisor (of course there always be formal one)? E.g. there are (almost) no books how to ...
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Is solving all of the exercises in a textbook a good idea? [closed]

Is solving all of the exercises in a textbook a good idea? I'm particularly concerned with textbooks on mathematics. I have this obsession that I should solve all of the problems that a textbook has. ...
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Tools to help retain knowledge from coursework? [closed]

As second year undergraduate student, I've realized that I sometimes have a hard time recalling the core concepts from coursework in previous semesters. I imagine this would only gets worse as any ...
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I “fear” studying [closed]

I'm a very accomplished software developer and designer and over the years I've written millions and millions of lines of code, worked on everything from video and social media platforms to complex AI ...
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Are my expectations for undergraduate student support unrealistic? [closed]

I'm attending a Russel group university in the UK, and studying Computer Science in the 2nd year of an undergraduate degree. I'm reasonably happy with the vast majority of the taught content, but ...
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writing the learning outcomes and the syllabus

I'm confused when it comes to writing learning outcomes. When searching online I become more confused. How can I understand how to write good learning outcomes. The same for me when it comes to the ...
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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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How to stop hopping the learning chain and actually begin somewhere?

Here is what I feel whenever I find something interesting and feel like pursuing it : Oh so I like X (Computer Graphics), let me read up papers/books about it. Ok let me begin with reading up Y (...
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How to set goals when the challenge is to continually, gradually improve?

I work in engineering education in Canada. One of our biggest challenges is to instill the students with a desire to become "lifelong learners". This isn't just an academic ideal, either - we are ...
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Where to learn math and physics? [closed]

I have been looking around to find a place where I can advance my knowledge of these two subjects, so far I have found most places suggest "Khan Academy" but I am really bad at learning from videos ...
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Are there any reasonable distance-learning alternatives to the Open University for a UK resident? [closed]

I'm 53 and have BSc in electrical and electronic engineer MSc in Microwave and optoelectronics PhD in medical physics. I'm director of a very small company selling consulting services and some ...
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“Brain doping”: Can drugs compensate a lack of concentration while learning? [closed]

I am almost at the end of my bachelor degree but I am afraid that I never will be able to finish this mere rest. Not only because the rest of my degree (around 20 credit points) is downright ...
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Mathematically Oriented Disciplines

I am a research scholar commencing my research in the field of deep learning. Deep learning uses lot of tools from mathematics. To name a few : linear algebra, probability and statistics, optimization....
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Do researchers study topics outside their field for fun?

This question is partially inspired by this one. Do researchers, who actively publish, even have time for that? They seem to be a busy lot. I am not talking about publishing outside the filed, but ...
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Asking questions in class: how can I “exit” a Q&A when I haven't really understood?

I'm an undergrad and I tend to learn better when I understand the concepts behind things instead of rote repetition. As a result of this, I often have questions. There are times when I don't ...
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What are the benefits of an oral exam?

A recent question about reducing stress in oral examinations asserted that Oral exams can have various pedagogical benefits in certain circumstances Based on the reputation of the poster I'm ...
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Characteristics exerted by students [closed]

Recently, I have become quite interested in learning about how students perform. More spcefiically, the characteristics someone will exert during learning that could potentially show if they are a ...
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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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How can I find a tutor for something specific? [closed]

I am trying to learn how to make a BallTree. I am having difficulty learning it on my own. There is not a lot of help on the internet I am finding. I do not know anyone who knows how to make one. How ...
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Is it possible to do good research on a certain area through self-learning the state-of-the-art of the area?

I’m currently doing my masters in chemical engineering in a relatively unknown university here in the Philippines. For my master’s thesis, I am planning to theoretically model transport processes of ...
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Is there data or research on the tradeoffs associated with revealing how a student's grade on an assessment compares to the rest of the class?

We're building a teaching platform for projects, and one of the goals is to provide rich feedback to students concerning their performance. I'm fairly data-driven as a student and always appreciate ...
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Have there been studies about the effect of idle time vs time pressure in learning?

There is a discussion in our institute about how much of their time students should spend on lectures and homework. My own experience has been that idle time and wandering of the mind is necessary ...
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Effects of Game-based Learning on Motivation for Learning [closed]

I found many studies discovering the impact of game-based learning on motivation for learning. For example, these papers You can also find a summary of them in this book chapter. However, it is ...
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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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Does it matter if you have three or four possible answers when making a multiple choice test for learning?

I have built several apps in Norwegian about hunting, philosophy etc. Students use the app to learn a subject and test their knowledge before doing their exam. In current state i have one question ...
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How to learn advanced math and statistics at my own pace? [closed]

I have not a very strong mathematical nor statistical background. This fact has not prevented me to work in a data analysis department because of my programming skills. I know the basics of important ...
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If “learning styles” are bunk, then what is the most effective form of learning? [closed]

I have read research claiming the idea of multiple styles of learning does not hold up. If so, what does the research say is the best form of learning/teaching?