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Questions tagged [students]

Questions pertaining to those being taught at the post-secondary level.

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What are some concerns professors at a research institutions might have when graduate students begin to form a union?

I'm curious to ways professors might support or resist efforts by gradate students to unionize. The only reason I can think of, is the concern that grant money could hire less students if they were ...
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I got caught writing my student ID number after the end of the exam. Will I get in trouble? [closed]

I had an exam yesterday morning which lasted 2 hours. There were two supervisors in the room for about 25-30 students. Before the beginning of the exam and again 5 minutes before the end, they told ...
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FERPA and confidentiality of information when university officials contact school

I have a reason to think an official from a university I previously applied to is potentially stalking me. His previous actions and attitude had made me uncomfortable. We live in the same town and at ...
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Student discount on international conferences for non-matriculated students [closed]

In computer science many conferences provide a fee discount for PhD students. Currently I am also a PhD student in Germany. In Germany there is a program in which you are registered as a PhD student ...
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What can I do with like-new, recent-edition textbooks that I'm not allowed to sell?

My employer is sponsoring most of the tuition and fees for my master's degree (in aerospace engineering), including required textbooks. Thus, it is unethical and against policy for me to sell those ...
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U.S. Government Shutdown — potential effects for the upcoming Spring 2019 semester

The U.S. government shutdown has continued through three weeks now; what would the effects be for the upcoming Spring 2019 college semester for graduate students who depend on federal student loans to ...
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As adjunct faculty at four-year university, with no PhD, what should I have my students call me?

I will be teaching at a four year university as adjunct faculty. Is it okay to have my students to call me Professor LastName, even if I do not have this title formally? If not, what other options do ...
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Difficulties with behaviour of other PhD students in group

I'm in my first year of a PhD at a top UK university. I am part of a cohort of students, most of whom have come straight from an undergraduate degree and never had any "real-world" experience. I am ...
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Is it unreasonable to expect students to read the lecture notes before attending the first class?

The new semester will be starting in a few weeks, and I will be teaching a course which starts on the first day of the semester. The goal of the course is to teach students how to use the R ...
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Why would a European-style professor want a Ph.D student instead of a research staff? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Related to my questions: How much knowledge is expected of a PhD applicant as compared to a postdoc or a research assistant? For the average pure math US PhD program, what are essential topics after ...
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Time to read student evals again (shudder) [closed]

Why do the negative ones hurt so much more than the positive ones feel good? Should I even read them this time? If so, please give me the courage.
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Can I translate scientific papers ?

So I'm a really bored french student and there's a thought that occurred to me of something that could kill three birds with one Stone : improving my English, allowing me to learn New things and ...
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Assignment extensions for no apparent reasons (USA)

I recently started teaching activities in an American institution. I have had a couple of students asking for extensions for problem sets / project deadlines for medical or family reasons, which is ...
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How to write practice exams as a student as a way to study

I'm an upper-division physics student. I have finals coming up next week and I want to take the advice of one of my professors from several years ago: write your own exams for practice and give them ...
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Wondering Wether to tell the Truth to another PhD program that I have resigned from the first one

As you may know, I have resigned from a PhD program after spending year although working hard and I have discussed that before here in the platform. Now, all the positions I had applied for was ...
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Is it acceptable to publish student names with the label 'stupid question', on a publicly-visible website?

While I was browsing faculty websites, I came across this page (new link: http://www.pdmi.ras.ru/~iaroslav/teaching.php?screen_check=done&Width=360&Height=640). Near the bottom there is a ...
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How to Fight Imposter Syndrome as a student by myself?

I am facing maybe imposter syndrome that kills me everyday which leads to an intermittent sleep and a chronic headache. Unfortunately, the country I am in right now there is non-Anglophone speaking ...
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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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My university requires that I take attendance. How should I treat students who arrive late to class?

I might soon teach at a university which requires that I record attendance of students, as follows: Attendance is a requirement for the course. A person with at least 75% of attendance is eligible to ...
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What can be done about a disruptive classmate?

There is a classmate who repeatedly interrupts the flow of lectures in various ways. We assume he has learning difficulties of some kind due to how he acts and because he has an assistant with him in ...
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Lack of motivation for self-study during the semesters

I'm a third year Physics and Mathematics student, and over the years, I've done lots of self-studies, and what I've realised is that, compared to what I learn & experience in my self-studies, the ...
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Should I give more work out to a student who is not behaving?

Today my student was not paying attention to my lesson. He just slacked off and gave a fit. I can't call the administration (It's a private College School). I have asked him nicely several times to ...
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fee structure for school management system software [closed]

i am developing school management software which has many modules, one of them is Student Fees. please share some fee structure so i could add a best of them in my software. off course i can build ...
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What should I do when my students use their phones in class?

On the first day of class, I told my students that they are not allowed to use their phones in class. However, a lot of them use their cell phones and don't pay attention in class. How should I deal ...
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My group members are trying to take credit for the group project that only I worked on. How do I stop this?

Two students (who also happen to be my friends) and I were assigned a fairly difficult (I spent over 40 hours on it) group project. It felt like they didn't care about the project, and if you looked ...
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How can I deal with these group members? [closed]

Recently, my apush (AP US history) teacher assigned my class of high school juniors into groups in class for a project. Though I dont know that many people in my class, I really did wish that I’d get ...
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Can a professor use his/her student's work as his own work?

I'm studying in a college in India. I have a course with a professor who is insisting that we submit our presentations in ppt format so that he can use them as his own ppts for his later batches. Is ...
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A student keeps using a native language while asking questions in the class when the course is taught in English

I am assisting a statistics course in a university, and my main job in the course is conducting problem solving sessions. The course is taught in English, and students interact with me in English. ...
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Dating former student?

Here's the situation: She was an undergrad, I was a grad TA. At that point, our interactions were totally professional and limited to the classroom. However, she and I both since graduated and left ...
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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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Is it appropriate to give a student personal advice?

More often I am approached by some of my students asking for my take in matters that are personal to them. Truly random matters from politics to relationships. What ought I do? If I offer the advice ...
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What to tell students who want to know how to succeed in your class

Setting is math in the US. It's quite common for a student who is not doing super well or is worried that they might not be to approach me and ask how they should be studying/what they should be ...
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How important is it for a professor to direct a thesis?

How important is it for a professor to direct a thesis? I mean, what can the professor get from it? I know it will help for his/her curriculum, but is it too much? Is the merit equivalent to the ...
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What is an acceptable failure rate in an entry level programming course? [closed]

I'm teaching an entry level programming course at a local college. About 2/3 of the class is getting a b or higher. The last 1/3 are getting f's. I attribute most of the f's to failure to do ...
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Can a teacher to refuse to follow their late work policy? [closed]

My teacher handed out a syllabus at the beginning of the year, claiming to have a late work policy where he only reduces the max percent you can get on an assignment for every day it's late. The ...
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Failing students: Avoidable or not? [closed]

One college lecturer often does not care about failing his students, another does. Say we are talking about a Calculus I class. A. One fails students because they simply do not achieve the minimum ...
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How widespread is the use of “last author = teacher” on student papers?

In our lab (at Nankai University, in China), students often write papers where they are first author. However, we use a convention where the last author signifies the student's teacher. I feel that ...
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A potential collaborator and PhD student took a commanding tone with me (faculty) – how should I react?

Background about me I am an early-to-mid-career teaching-track faculty (four years of cross-curricular teaching experience in engineering) in the USA. I teach courses both at the undergraduate and ...
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How to intervene with a student struggling in the major?

As a lecturer, at the start of each semester in all of my courses, I have students complete a first-day diagnostic quiz on topics from the prerequisite course. There are usually a few significant ...
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Avoiding use of a red pen in providing handwritten comments on student work

As is common practice, I usually have used a red pen to grade student work and provide edits and comments on papers I collaborate on. However, I was speaking recently with an elementary school teacher ...
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Why don't more professors utilize their students as research help? [closed]

With more and more data science students being interested in collaborative communities like Kaggle, and with faculty constantly being asked to do more with the same amount of resources, there seems to ...
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Skills gap for high-school to university transitions

I can find a bunch of articles about the skills gap between university graduates and job requirements, but it seems that there are limited resources on the skills gaps that high school students have ...
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Are there areas where only some universities that pay their sports scholars?

I have a feeling this is off-topic because this is about undergrad and not about research, but this question Why do American colleges and universities have sports teams? isn't closed, so yeah here ...
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Is it acceptable to look up a student on the Internet to find out whether I have a conflict of interest?

This is a follow-up to this question, which I ask due to debates arising in the comments. While I ask it in the first person to keep things simple, it is not based on a real experience of mine. One ...
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Teaching the daughter of a lecturer, while being simultaneously enrolled in his course

I'm a student in a bachelor program at a local university, while I'm also a teacher (professional school) of apprenticeship students within the same sphere of study. A few days ago I received the ...
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Can professor dictate dress code for class room? [duplicate]

This is the first week of fall semester in our university. It is still very hot and I understand everyone has right to wear what he/she wants to wear. But I my class one female student is wear too ...
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Are there any good statistics on students who are second generation in higher education? [closed]

We do a lot of statistical analysis on students who are first-generation HE; the first generation in their family to attend University. But are there any similar studies on students who are second-...
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Can we submit part of our assignment after deadline? [closed]

I have a deadline for handing in my assignments. One of them is tricky and I need to think more. I coded it but I am not 100 % sure that is right. Can I think more about it after deadline of ...
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Seeking PhD students on traditional job sites

I am considering seeking my first PhD student through a job site (indeed, etc). I am starting an assistant professorship,hope to attract a PhD student this fall, and lack the name recognition to ...
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On some cases where exam results are manipulated

This problem has been bothering me as a lecturer and future PhD student for a while now. A student just finishes filling his exam sheet. He then gives the sheet to the lecturer. The lecturer is then ...