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

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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 ...
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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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“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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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 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?
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Ways to display extra-curricular/independent learning

I am a mathematics student and have been extensively reading textbooks cover-to-cover in my own time. Thus, my transcript does not say that I have (for example) taken differential geometry, even ...
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Performance of the Toronto Paper Matching System (TPMS) for (conference) paper review assignment

[EDIT (2016-11-11) based on a comment] I have been invited as a reviewer for the IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2016, on image processing, in a broad domain sometimes ...
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How much details one should learn when studying mathematics on his own? [closed]

I'm unemployed but I like to learn graduate studies in mathematics just for fun and to get a non-academic work. Thus far I have managed to fill details of the lecture notes and learn theorems ...
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How can I get sufficient guidance from an advisor who's always travelling?

How can I get the most out of my advisor's knowledge if s/he's always travelling and out of office? We communicate by email, but I find it uncomfortable as I am new to the field I am working in and ...
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When teaching, which question types are effective for stimulating deep processing of the material in students?

In our university, we have a discussion about different question types to use in a module in our Electronic Learning Environment called 'self-tests'. We use this module to stimulate active processing ...
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How does one determine he has a learning disability? [closed]

How does a graduate student determine if he has a learning disability? Are there any signs to look for? At what point is it worth seeking a professional opinion? Some people, at least, believe there ...
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Online courses in standard university curriculums

Does anyone know examples where online courses (or other similar eLearning methods) are currently used effectively in the curriculum of a university?
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How can I encourage students to ask questions in class

In my field (as in many others), students are assigned articles or textbook chapters to be read as preparation for classes (i.e. the whole class has to read the same set of texts). I encourage my ...
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List of Subject Dependencies for building a subject taxonomy [closed]

I am interested in compiling a list of learning dependencies by subject matter. E.g., you must know certain kinds of algebra before you can learn certain aspects of trig, and you must know how to add ...
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How to tackle papers filled with unknown vocabulary

Background I am having a lot of trouble wrapping my head around papers for my distributed systems class. I and two partners have to write a research paper, and we must cite around 20 research papers ...
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How can a would-be researcher overcome slow comprehension, obsession and poor communication skills?

I m a current master coursework student in engineering major and I’m planning to do a PhD after graduating from this course. I want to know how to become a qualified researcher. There are several ...
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What is the point of a lecture when you have a textbook?

I never really understood the point of having a course with lectures when the course has a textbook. Sometimes the subject is so high-level or specialized or so modern that the contents are changing ...
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Resources to improve presentation skills [closed]

I will defend my thesis soon. It would be great if someone could suggest me any good course or resource to improve my skills.
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Leading an Academic “Book Club”

Short form: How should one lead a collaborative "book study group" amongst one's peers, particularly when the leader does not have deep prior knowledge of the book? Long form: I'm an undergraduate CS ...
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How to get confidence in myself after making several errors?

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I was always brilliant in my studies. Now, I have a problem consisting in doing wrong things without paying attention. For example, I was asked to do some ...
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Does more knowledge enhance your chance of doing better and 'original' research (in mathematics)?

NOTE: I had asked this question in here, in my edit, but since it is irrelevant to that question, I moved it here as it is a separate question... I chose to study bulky books instead of attending ...
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Learning Biology, methods? [closed]

I am not sure if this is the right fourm for this question or if it counts as opinion based/subjective (if its not moderators feel free to remove or delete it, I should know better by now), but are ...
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Should you keep a notebook of example problems while going through science and engineering courses?

I find myself constantly being told I should not intentionally jot down example problems but understand the core logic of a topic. But some of my high level math classes tend to have very few examples ...
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How can people with debilitating social phobias get through foreign language? [closed]

I almost didn't get my BS degree because I have never successfully tolerated a foreign language course. My most recent attempt was no exception. I paced about in front of the building trying ...
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Data supporting educational entertainment media as an ineffective method to stimulate students to learn academic concepts outside of the classroom?

I define educational entertainment media as books, films, animation, video games, board games, toys, and such, designed with embedded practical examples of academic concepts. I am unfamiliar with a ...
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Assessing the relevance of textbooks

I have accumulated a lot of textbooks, many of which I have yet to read, and I am wondering how to determine the relevance of those books for me based on my field of study, my interests, and academic ...
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When graduated and thinking hard problems by own, how to get help on hard parts?

I graduated from maths with better than average grades. But on my free time I would like to learn a book Qing Liu: Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic Curves on my own. The problem is that it has some ...
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How to find exercise problems as a graduate student?

I took my first graduate course as an undergrad last semester and it seemed that graduate student exams are much more open ended. Not only do they require you actually know more stuff (i.e. remember ...