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Our final exam has us work in pairs. I am struggling with personal issues and worried about being able to pull my weight. Should I ask to work alone?

I am an undergrad about to graduate this month. I've been dealing with post-traumatic stress and severe depression for almost two years now. This time of year is especially difficult for me due to ...
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What happens if my code teacher doesn't know how to code? [closed]

I'm a simple student who is having some problems with their IT studies. The thing is that my (Java) code teacher doesn't know how to code, and I don't say it, he has told it to us during more than one ...
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I am (likely) being accused of cheating by my professor, what do I do? [closed]

I took my final last Wednesday (it’s Monday) and on Friday I received an email from my professor asking to meet to discuss my performance on the final. I got a little stressed but was more worried ...
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What questions could I ask students in an online questionnaire to improve my online teaching?

Like many of us, I imagine, I have been giving online lectures, tutorials, Q&A sessions, exams, etc. for almost a year (and I just realized that it has, indeed, been almost a year...). I have been ...
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How do I tell my private teacher I want to stop learning subject with him/her [closed]

I would like to tell it politely, because there is a chance I will hire the teacher in the future. Now I just want to stop working with the teacher.
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Limit on working hours in EU/UK with multiple jobs

I am working as an International research assistant (in a University Library) in Germany. A startup (based in London) asked me to work as a research consultant (kind of a freelancer, 5-10 hours per ...
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Taking up a part-time job along with Hiwi [closed]

I'm a Non EU national and I have been doing a Hiwi (Student Assistant) for more than a year at a German University. I work 19hrs/week. My contract is about to end on December 31st. However, as I had ...
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What does “abstract aspects” of a subject mean? [closed]

For example, political theory deals with the abstract aspects of politics, and similarly, there is theoretical (abstract) physics. Why are they called abstract or theoretical? Is something that we ...
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As a Master Thesis supervisor, how should I assist students with poor fundamental skills (e.g., problem solving)?

I am currently working as a research assistant at a University and one of my tasks is to supervise the Master Thesis projects of students in our lab. Most of the projects I manage are related to ...
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Is it inappropriate to use school-provided remote learning tools to pursue friendship or relationship with another student?

Note: I am currently not enrolled in any courses, whether remote or in-person. This question is based on a post I saw a couple days ago on Reddit where someone asked a similar question. Now that ...
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How can I convince my students to speak louder?

Freshers sometimes speak almost inaudibly, even after asking them to speak loudly. Now, with facemasks, it's even worse, I am not allowed to approach them too much, and it demands a lot of energy to ...
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Are math grad students increasingly consulting SE and Wiki, ignoring research librarians and libraries, to their own detriment?

Judging by posts and comments by graduate students in math.stackexchange.com and mathoverflow.net, I have come to the conclusion that a large part of their knowledge comes from SE sites and the ...
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Where is your line with students on social media?

I will be giving lectures for the first time this semester starting in 2 weeks (online due to covid), some students already started to add me and follow me on social media (LinkedIn mainly for now). I ...
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Are Japanese professors responsible for their students' behavior outside the university?

The question How should I approach a Tokyo University professor to join their lab? has an answer by RoboKaren saying: For professors in Japan, taking on students is a tremendous responsibility and ...
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Do UK students' unions remove you as a member once you finish your programme? [closed]

I'm in a UK University and the students' union adds all new students automatically as their members. Will they remove me as a member once I have completed my programme?
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I'm 23, completing a Business BSc, should I start a Computer Science BSc? [closed]

I‘m just curious and looking for some other opinions. I am currently pursuing my last year of my Bsc in Business. Because of that, I’m strongly thinking about my future and playing with the thought to ...
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How do you deal with your Rate My Professor ratings? [duplicate]

I recently saw my ratings on RateMyProfessor.com and it's very disheartening to see all the negative reviews from a course for which I worked so hard. Comments like "sh***y professor" are ...
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Is it worth doing a PhD in the area of business, management, finance? [closed]

This question is refers mainly to European students and European universities. I would like to try doing a PhD when I finish my master's (I'm still studying for my bachelor's), but a lot of students ...
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French studies at Columbia [closed]

How many students are there at Columbia’s French studies department ? The university’s website doesn’t give that information, neither does Google. The point of my question is that most people in ...
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How to deal with student with low self-awareness about health condition?

Summary: Student got defensive when I suggested he might have some neurologial issue that should be checked, should I apologize or how to address the issue? I am a PhD student advising a student ...
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What are the economic incentives for professors to hire and train graduate students?

I am a current graduate student at a research-oriented university. Nonetheless, for me, it is a big mystery why and how the professors are incentivised to recruit and train the graduate students. In ...
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Is the death of a girlfriend's father a reasonable excuse for a student to miss a class?

I just received an email from an undergrad student in a course that I am teaching. The student informed me that his girlfriend's father passed away, and so he will be unable to attend my class because ...
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Is it common to ask professors for an editable copy of their lecture notes (so I can improve them)?

I'm a grad student in Italy, for context. My professor wrote some lecture notes about a course I just finished. They are not well written, not because the professor isn't good but because he wrote ...
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Should I discuss with professor before joining research internship? [closed]

Hypothetically: a MS student, and have an offer for an internship related to what I've been academically working on. I know some information on the current projects of the people that work in the same ...
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Teaching with a textbook

In the past, I was only teaching graduate-level courses where I was creating the material myself. It was slides with material from various books, research papers, and my own work. Accompanied by ...
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How to deal with unruly, unengaged students who complain about me?

I got a job 6 months ago as a university lecturer. I was assigned two subjects with the same students. Due to COVID-19, classes are online and lectures are recorded. From the beginning, the majority ...
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Should one sleep in the afternoon? [closed]

I have two questions. 1. I am a high school student, and due to the amount of work I have, I generally sleep around 6-7 hours at night. Can I compensate for this by sleeping for about an hour in the ...
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How to deal with students who complain about their exam grades [duplicate]

I am a middle aged academic, and I lived through the phase where academic judgement was untouchable. Now it has become quite different. The worst days of my year are when I put the grades out, and the ...
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How do I prepare for my research program 2 months ahead of its beginning?

I'm starting a PhD program in the Fall. I know this can be specific to my program, but more generally, what's your advice for an international student preparing for academic success? I'm going to ...
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How bad would it be to graduate with a thesis not able to show positive results?

I'm almost at the end of my research dissertation for my MSc program and my results could not prove any improvement in the techniques already well established. I relied too much on a paper talking ...
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In which countries is cheating in university exams considered a crime?

In the comments to the question Methods to track behind cheating on exams using on-line sites? , Federico Poloni states that cheating is considered a felony in Italy (see https://www.normattiva.it/...
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What statistics should I disclose when giving grades to students?

When giving grades to students, I often find it interesting to disclose some information about the grades distribution. I imagine that it helps to know where one is situated in comparison to others. ...
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Is Wiley Plus able to detect when students are cheating?

I am supposed to start teaching on Wiley Plus for the first time this coming summer semester, and as someone who is already not the most tech-savvy, I have concerns regarding students cheating on ...
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How can I address a student systematically boosting their grades by filing frivolous complaints?

I was recently accused of unfair grading by a student. The accusation is meritless, and it didn't take long to prove that I didn't do anything wrong. No damage, but a lot of time wasted. Later, I ...
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A lecturer wants to grade me based on 'creativity' in a task, how do I succeed?

TLDR: In a course where students are required to do exercises, a programming project and write a report in small groups, the lecturer announced that grading will be based on 'creativity' and how funny ...
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Retroactively Awarding Extra Exam Time

Since the beginning of the Corona Virus pandemic and the adaptation to distance learning, I have had to adapt my classes to hold exams via video calls. In previous semesters when I've had students ...
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How can I politely reply and educate students with unreasonable requests?

I am a professor at uni, and I have been experiencing a number of unreasonable requests from students on these days, some of them arguing that they need a special treatment due to the current Covid-19 ...
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Reporting GPAs from the same university

I have graduated with a BS in Computer science degree with 3.6 GPA from university of X. Then after graduation, I continued taking classes in different program (Biology) but didn't do well and my GPA ...
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Can a Ph.D. student, in the USA, work more than 20 hours per week?

I am a Ph.D. student in the USA. I have a contract with the university to work 20 hours a week. However, I have an idea and want to propose it to a company. Then, I sign a contract with them to do ...
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Accepting An Academic Gift From Supervisor

I have developed a good working relationship with my supervisor and I have expressed my interest in wanting to pursue a PhD in the field that I am working in for my masters degree. I have expressed ...
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How can I ease in to the research arena?

I'm a first year graduate student and my age is 24. I got a degree in statistics, but it was not that interesting. I barely got into a below average grad school program in mathematics. I want to ...
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How to support students whom other faculty abuse?

Some of the students in my class take a class with another member of faculty. That other, tenured, member of faculty has taken to abusing individual students in front of the whole class. This abuse ...
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What are your responsibilities if a student announces their intention to commit a crime? [closed]

As a faculty member, it can happen that a student tells you that they are intending to commit a crime (while also attempting to swear you to secrecy). This might be something as simple as buying ...
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regarding a graduate program research methods course

To whom it may concern, I am a graduate student in my didactic year of physician assistant school, and am currently taking our research methods course. Normally our course was spent the way most ...
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How should a new professor speak to prospective PhD Students?

I am a new professor, now interviewing PhD students. I lack many of the things they expect: other PhD students to talk to, a clear narrative about my lab's work (as funding is still in flux), and an ...
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What should I (a professor) do if a student keeps answering other students' questions before I start explaining?

I have a student who keeps answering other students' questions before I could even start explaining. What should I do in this case? Should I ask them to come meet with me? If so, how should I convey ...
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Studying for an exam with an unprepared student [closed]

I am a student and another student asked me to study together for an exam and I agreed. But when we started studying he didn't know much about the subject, and I had to explain to him how to solve the ...
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how universities treat faculty according to teaching feedback questionaires filled by students [closed]

If faculty get good or bad scores out of teaching feedback questionaires filled by students, what will happen to the faculty? Most people get average scores so nothing happens. Will those who get very ...
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Is there any evidence of a benefit to distributing documents to students vs taking notes?

Suppose you teach a course in which you display slides. Two approaches exists: distribute the slides (or any document that summarizes the content of the slides); rely on students to take notes. [...
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A few students requesting to cancel lectures due to their personal reasons. What should I do?

I give lectures to postgraduate students. The number of students in this batch is very low (< 20). The lectures are foundation lectures for the course. We are only into the basics of the course. ...

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