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

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How to (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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Gaining software skills after PhD. Is it possible to achieve it in 6 months? [closed]

I have completed my PhD few months back. I am about to start my postdoc at my PhD lab soon. I will be working on a different project than my PhD. My PhD was in computational materials science. I used ...
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Discouraged by advisor to take courses, is there a way to navigate through this situation?

Graduate schools in North America usually have a required number of courses that you need to pass. Afterwards, the school is usually pretty flexible at the student taking more courses (and it is often ...
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What could it signify if I find most forms of abstract math (e.g. Calculus) much easier than Physics, Chemistry, and so on? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate now, and am faced with a genuine lack of ability when it comes to Physics. Seeing how my peers react to lectures and catch on faster, it's clear that the issue isn't my professors,...
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Try exercises or look at the solutions for self-study

I am currently self-studying The Art of Computer Programming as an undergrad in my free time. To do all of the exercises (or even a portion of them) would be incredibly difficult and time-consuming; ...
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Can someone do another Masters in Canada if you already have a Masters and PhD from the UK?

Can someone do another Masters in Canada if you already have a Masters and PhD from the UK?
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How can I deal with being pressured by my department to pass students who failed?

Due to COVID-19, I have found myself teaching a course online. I worked with the university teaching center to transition the course online, prepared an online classroom, and updated the requirements ...
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Is it normal to not understand things from undergrad?

I graduated from college with a physics degree faster than my peers (because of various reasons: financial constraint and ambitions as well as near-burn-out state). My undergrad is a decent research ...
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Learning More CS, Physics, or Math on side as a Physics and Electrical Engineering major [closed]

Background and Context: I'm a rising sophomore double majoring in physics and electrical engineering. My research interests lie in quantum computing, theoretical physics, energy (renewable energy and ...
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What is your strategies when you start the new subject in STEM

I am undergraduate electrical engineering student.I love STEM,I want to be scientist, but I don't want to stuck any specific field,I want to study as many field as possible in STEM.I am very curious ...
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Is “backward learning” well-documented?

I was initially in the field of pure math, but I successfully transitioned to being a researcher of machine learning with much less effort than I expected. My strategy was, instead of learning CS and ...
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I am reading a paper that I barely understand. How can I make the best of my mentor in this situation?

Half of my inability to understand the paper comes from not being acquainted with the folklore of this particular part of the field, and the other half might be because I am lacking general background ...
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Research on active learning in mathematics tutorial/practice classes

In the country where I live, university students studying mathematics usually attend lectures, consultation with their lecturers (if they have questions relating to material taught) and tutorial/...
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Does telling students to take notes in high school really help them learn better? [duplicate]

I don't feel like it actually helped me. I now sense long after high school that taking notes and reading them probably did not help. Now I understand why it could work. In theory, somebody who thinks ...
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Is it better to lecture with a board or a document camera?

I will be teaching my first class this fall. The course will be an undergraduate engineering course, so there will be some derivations and other math. I am trying to decide if I should present with a ...
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How to attend conferences efficiently?

As a master's student, I've recently attended my first summer school. I waited for it eagerly since there would be learning about my research topic, interacting with other students and travelling. But ...
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Study technique for courses that involve reading and understanding research papers?

Previous quests for the ideal study technique usually led me to "solve problems" (mathematics courses) or use spaced repetition (+ e.g. ANKI) for courses which require at least some level of ...
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How to deal with math problems if there is no solution book and no helpful teachers?

Since a short time ago, I refuse to try solving math questions of which there is no solution available, unless I'm working on an own/open problem in my thesis. In subjects however, I refuse, because ...
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What is a learning agreement used for and when it is necessary [closed]

I am going to be at a university as an exchange student. I will not take any courses and will work with a professor. There is an online application form which asks me to upload a learning agreement ...
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What is the best age to go to school? [closed]

Einstein's best work was not till after he was 30 years old. Is it possible for some people to mentally develop later in life obtaining the ability to learn Math and other subjects easier than when ...
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Most efficient way of developing a comprehensive understanding of a field [closed]

Are handbooks on a particular field you are interested in, the fastest and most comprehensive way of learning about that field. For instance, if I were interested in cognitive science would a book ...
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Is it OK to change my research tools/methods completely after/at the end of my PhD?

In my Phd, I was using tools of stochastic geometry for my research. But I realize now that the juice has mostly been drawn of this tool at this stage and the new kid around the block is now Game ...
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Is my method of learning new mathematics efficient?

I am a graduate student in mathematics and from time to time when I need to learn new concepts either in a research paper or just courses, I feel that just reading the words (and just writing the ...
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How to decide when it's worth investing the time to learn something new

Background I am 3 months into a 3 year theoretical physics PhD in the UK. Since I am fairly early on in my research career, there are many new ideas and techniques for me to learn, as well as the ...
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How to encourage students to attend and participate in class?

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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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 ...