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

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Do exercises in a theoretical reference book need to be solved when doing research?

I am a first year graduate student in a computational math program. Based on my background (I just finished a one-semester graduate real analysis course), instead of reading a specific textbook, my ...
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What is the best way to retain learned materials

No matter who you talk to, students or professors, they all say that the materials they once learned can be quickly forgotten without further experiences that utilizes or enhances on that prior ...
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How to keep one's focus during discussions, meetings and lectures

I noticed that I have more and more serious problems keeping focused, and despite my efforts to fix it the problem is just getting worse over time. When I'm in a research-related discussion with ...
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How to improve self-learning as a PhD student?

As a doctoral student, you take some classes, but most of what you do needs material that you must gather from papers, conferences, and other sources. With limited possibilities for communication with ...
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Is the correlation between learning a subject and having high grades strong?

I've found myself in a paradoxical situation. I have failed modules over and over, many modules, some modules more than once. One of the failed modules was introduction to computing. After passing it ...
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What is the best way to start learning a new course?

For learning new courses by one's self is it better to read the related text to attend online courses such as from sites like Coursera to combine the two or use another method altogether In general, ...
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What is the best way to learn without thinking ahead?

I've run into this issue in many fields in which I'm interested in learning about. For the purposes of this question let's assume electricity/circuits/power systems. I find myself starting at the ...
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How do you convince students that it's OK to teach them “how to think?”

Often in a Calculus or Linear Algebra class, my students may ask - when am I ever going to use this? The answer I try to give them is "You're not. And that's totally OK. But you do need to learn how ...
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The Ethics of Preparing for a Course Long Before Actually Taking it

I think this is an unspoken question in academia: how do you factor in the effort put forth by a student before taking your class? I think the answer to this question has several consequences: it ...
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Improve learning skills

I want to improve my learning skills. Is there any advice or a good method for that? For example, I want to read an article or book and retain as much information possible. But sometimes I read and ...
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Should I take undergraduate CS classes if all I do is applied software dev and data science?

I am a PhD student in social science who got interested in programming via data analysis in R and various utility tools in Python, SQL, Java (for web scraping, data querying, etc.). I am considering ...
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How do I encourage learning to an underprivileged group

Some faculty members are required to perform service to the community. Providing free education that improve societal value is one of the many ways to deliver the service. However, we recently are ...
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Are there any available studies on the effectiveness of “learning by teaching”?

There is a study which claims that "learning by teaching" has a 90% retention rate. However, the study is no longer available and it is not clear what kind of research was actually done to support ...
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Swiss cheese holes in my education. Do I go back and fill them?

In this recent blog post the author lists several interesting concepts he has discovered pertaining to learning. One thing he mentions is the following: Mastery is more important than passing ...
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How important is the academic staff to student ratio?

I've been looking at some universities abroad (I'm from Norway) like in Hong Kong (HKUST), but the academic staff to student ratio seems dreadful compared to others with 1:23. Still, people seem to ...
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Skimming through a math paper with a group

I am an M.Sc. student in mathematics. I was recently invited by some Ph.D. students and Post-Docs (a group of 5 people, including myself) to join their study group. We are reading a specific text, ...
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Where to continue my research-oriented studies after Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science?

I have a bachelor's degree in computer science. I am looking for an appropriate master program. I am interested in algorithms. My question is not about where I should continue my education. My ...

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