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How do I remain more focused in studies? [duplicate]

Background of the Question:- I am a JEE aspirant , and I have loads of work to do.. But now I have been observing a common trend everyday. I just dont study anymore. I try revising stuff, but get ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

I lead a research group of ten PhD students in the field of cancer research. We are doing pretty well and we are the top group at our institute in terms of publications, service and general motivation....
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Seek for co-author for motivational theory manuscript [closed]

I am looking for co-authors for my manuscript. I am a sociology student and my dissertation deals with the intersection of sociology and psychology. I have therefore adapted part of it related to ...
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Including independent research project in PhD application

I am applying for a PhD program and want to demonstrate my research abilities and enthusiasm for scientific writing. While I currently have no plans to publish this work, I completed an independent ...
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Struggle to regain lost passion in physics

I am a PhD student currently in my second to last year. Last year something weird happened, my supervisor forced me into projects in which I was not interested. He forced me into collaborations which ...
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How do I salvage my thesis and move on with my life

So I am a MS student somewhere on the east coast US as an international student. I have a rough draft of my MS thesis. I have been struggling really badly with motivation. I feel like I am able to the ...
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Lost in my life plan at the beginning of PhD thesis

I started my PhD thesis (in artificial intelligence and ecology) about a month ago, because it seemed like the perfect choice to continue from my master's degree. The problem is, since the beginning ...
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How to find a research supervisors and a research team?

I am finishing my master’s degree in computer science this year. After my first year I understood that I have a big passion for research in the field of AI and cognition. However, the research ...
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Mathematicians for hire

This is more a question for mathematics academia, but may apply more broadly. I have left academia long ago, but there are a few problems and conjectures, not especially famous but that I find really ...
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Academic career advice for overcoming difficulties

Low point in my career pathway for getting into academia I am a 23 year old student in India who has aspired always to get into academia. I very recently graduated from a decent institution in India ...
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How to get my motivation levels back up when I'm approaching burnout?

How could I get my motivation levels back up as a student? I'm in physics/ astrophysics with other minors. I love physics so much, so I don't need anyone to ask me whether this is the right choice of ...
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Personal statements in my motivation letter?

I am applying for the CERN summer program. On their YT channel they empathise to write a lot about us as persons, so passions, hobby’s, etc. In your opinion should I write some personal statements in ...
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Not utilizing PhD research skills in industry and feeling useless?

I completed my PhD in 2020 and have been working in a science policy analyst position since 2021. I enjoy the work that I am doing but it doesn't feel the same kind of challenging and intellectually ...
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I like learning new things but hate to do revision

This problem has been troubling me for some years. The fact that I'm actually very curious in person about everything, I naturally become a learner who likes studying a lot. However, I also get so-so ...
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Will a Strong Motivation Make Me Stand Out in the phd application? [closed]

My background is close to optimisation, but the position I like is closer to computer vision.
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motivation letter for phd application when my master major is not a perfect match, e.g I don't have domain knowledge

There is a PhD project I am interested in. This project is about computer vision in the biological area. The master degree they are looking for is 'Photonics, (bio)physics or similar'. The machine ...
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Failed to submit the final grant report on time

I am working on my PhD thesis. This study was funded the Foundation for Joint Russian-Finnish Scientific Innovation Projects (TEKES - Funding Agency, Finland). The grant consists of two intermediate ...
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Learning as an adult: After the end of your formal education and before you get a job? [closed]

I'm a recent CS graduate. I realize the value of going to college and getting a degree now. It'd be absolutely impossible to learn everything taught in college on my own looking at my current ...
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How to tell your advisor that you lost motivation for a PhD and need a break?

I was very passionate about my PhD. The institute, research topic and funding is good. One year has passed and I covered PhD coursework credits with good grades. However, during the last 5 months, I ...
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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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Crisis during PhD but pulling through - how happy are you with your decision? [closed]

Introduction I know there are a lot of questions about quitting a PhD and I'm sorry for bringing this topic up another time but I really need some input and would appreciate every answer! Background I ...
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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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Write up on preparation for pursuing a PhD degree in your subject of interest

I am applying Ph.D. in Mathematics. In the form I found the question. Please write about your preparation for pursuing a PhD degree in your subject of interest? How should I write the answer? What ...
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How to overcome lack of motivation and improve focus [duplicate]

2 weeks ago I just started a phd abroad (Germany) and I am Brazilian. Previously I was in job that bored me to death and I chose to leave it and come to Germany to live my dream and do a PhD. However, ...
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Is this what a bad fit means? [closed]

I'm 5 months into my 1st data science postdoc and I already feel overwhelmed, intellectually isolated, and now unmotivated. Is this what a bad lab fit means? Let me elaborate below. I just completed ...
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Should I consider another Ph.D somewhere else after a year and half into my current Ph.D? [closed]

I had asked a similar question after six months into my current PhD. Then, the question was too dependent on individual factors and hence the question was closed. I will briefly explain the situation ...
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Mental health tips for transitioning from PhD to postdoc

I finished my PhD in physics in the middle of last year in the UK, and have started my postdoc in Germany. My PhD had a lot of guidance and I met with my supervisor every week, but it's totally ...
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Experiences and research in motivational effect on giving bonus points in exams based on handed in exercise problems

In our curriculum we have several courses that students fail a lot. One of the reasons which we suspect leads them to fail is that a lot of students do not do the exercises that we advise them to do. ...
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What should I do ideally to recharge during a PhD?

I have been working on my PhD for fourteen months now. I had a break only for four days before my PhD. I was busy with my master's thesis before that. During the PhD, I have had breaks for 3 weeks ...
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Thinking about leaving academia for good. I am feeling guilty and disappointed in myself. Any thoughts/advice?

I have a PhD in mechanical engineering and am currently a postdoc. I have been fairly productive in my research, published fair amount of papers during my 5 years PhD and 1.5 years of Postdoc ...
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How to do research without being a star researcher?

After my PhD and postdoc in computer science I got a permanent position in a company's research lab. This is my first time to work without a supervisor nor colleagues (other members have there own, ...
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How to prevent burnout and recover from burnout fast

We have 7 subjects to study every semester. You must be thinking "Oh that's a lot". It is not actually if you look at the exams. I am from India, here 90% of exam questions are already fixed(...
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How to recover from academic burnout as an undergraduate student?

I am from Nepal. I am computer engineering student. We have 7 subjects per semester. We have options to take fewer courses exams per semester. But this is Nepal, graduating even a month later is not ...
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How much is "motivation" a factor in a scientist's work?

How much is "motivation" a factor in a scientist's work? I find that "motivation" is sometimes underlooked due to the perception of "being unmotivated" being a personal ...
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Are private US universities just a OPT mill, without much concern to teaching quality?

I started a Master in Engineering Management in Santa Clara University, a quite respected university in the Silicon Valley, in order to have a degree better recognized in the US as I've just studied ...
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Post-PhD thesis submission, burnout and leaving academia - how to cope?

I submitted my PhD thesis a couple of months ago and am in the weird place between submission and waiting for the viva. The last 4 years have been hard, and I can no longer face the idea of staying in ...
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How to lead a succesful academic book club?

I have started an academic book club but I somewhat have a hard time with it. We are reading a slightly complicated text, so I decided to do a slow-paced reading; but up until now, only one person ...
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I'm unhappy with my PhD [closed]

I started work on my project in January right off the back of losing a very close family member, which didn't give me a very good mindset to begin with. I had an initial doubt in my mind that the ...
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How do I demonstrate that I read and understood a professor's paper to the professor?

This is a question that has been in my mind for a long time. Now I am a M.Sc. first year student in mathematics and planning to apply for graduate school next year in Europe. But for applying to ...
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How to convince professor that I have read topics on my own?

I am keen to apply for Doctoral program in Europe. But I have some questions. All my mathematical interests are centred about Hyperbolic Geometry. And I am keen to apply for PhD position (or join a ...
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Maximizing Output [closed]

What are your methods in maximizing research output? I, a junior researcher without teaching duties at the moment, have been trying to work more and more hours, pushing leisure closer and closer to ...
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Dealing with burnout from long review process

There are a number of other questions about dealing with non-response or the length of the review process and some here about burnout in academia. I'm in the end of getting a paper accepted, but (...
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Lacking motivation [duplicate]

I am a student pursuing a Ph.D. I am just an average student who is hard-working enough to complete the assignments and tasks on time. I have been feeling incompetent for the last so many months. I am ...
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How to motivate students to take a "gauge" test that helps us with statistics but does not contribute to their grade?

I am TA-ing for a college class of general physics with currently ~60 enrolled students. We initially (at the beginning of each semester) give them the FCI test ("force concept inventory") ...
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Motivate students to work on exercises if solutions are provided

I am in the following situation. I got a class with theory an exercise once a week. The students do the exercises at home and have the opportunity to discuss them at the exercise sessions. In each ...
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How do I get rid of a mental barrier with respect to continuing research work that I have already done? [closed]

It happens quite often that I have done some work and have got some result. If I pause working on that same problem for some time and then get back to it later, I find a mental resistance towards ...
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How to gain strength for an exam I have been studying for 2.5 years which is only 15 days away?

I have been preparing for a very important exam for 2.5-3 years. And now I am completely exhausted, the exam was scheduled to happen in May, but due to COVID-19 it got delayed to September end. This ...
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Attitudes towards External/ Political Motivations for Technical PhD

How would potential research advisors view someone entering graduate school because of interest in particular "real-world" problems, with the ultimate hope of leaving or changing fields if ...
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How do you keep up motivation during individual doctoral research projects in the short run

I always have been extremely motivated in my research area and project. My team and I have been writing our current paper over the last 6 months, and since we stumbled upon bugs, the process became ...
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Can I justify my PhD if I have mostly adapted existing code instead of writing it myself?

My PhD in computational mechanics (field is materials science) involves writing Fortran subroutines for implementing new constitutive equations. More specifically, my research involves continuum ...
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