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Questions tagged [students]

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

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Chemistry (alkanes). Why cannot alkanes containing odd numbers be formed by Wurtz reaction? [on hold]

In my textbook it is just mentioned that this process is used for preparation of higher alkanes containing even number of carbon atoms only.
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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. Near the bottom there is a section called Top 6 Most Stupid Questions & Remarks That I'he Heard from my Students where one can find ...
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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 ...
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What to do about referral for student I would not recommend?

In my field (computer science), students often get jobs through referrals, where faculty members pass on the student's resume to someone employed at the company the student wants to work at. In an ...
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How likely is it for a student to be expelled from university for online posts they wrote as a minor? [closed]

There have been stories recently of students who were expelled from university for derogatory things they said online. It got me wondering if a student would be expelled for saying something ...
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Should I submit my paper to a journal that accepts papers quickly?

Should I submit my paper to a journal that accepts quickly? One of my batch-mate got accepted in a journal within 1 month. The journal was also listed on predatory journal's list. Please advise.
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Can self-funded international students be denied admission based on absence of scholarship/fellowship?

Is having a scholarship/fellowship mandatory for graduate studies (MSc) for an international student? I told my potential supervisor that I can fund my studies on my own through an education loan, ...
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For German undergraduate and graduate math classes, does the professor or assistant write the exercise sheets?

For German undergraduate and graduate math classes, does the professor or assistant write the exercise sheets? In the United States it is typical for the professor to write them. I am curious what ...
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Determining student understanding of a question based on given answer [closed]

I am asking this in regard to all levels of education, however, I am aware that this forum is primarily for higher education. I would like to know what elements of an answer are indicative of the ...
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Can I publish a paper with a group that is different than the one I start with?

I am an undergraduate who did research at my university a little while back. It was funded by a non-profit research organization, and I was paid with this money, through the university. I worked alone,...
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I think my degree isn’t great. What to do?

I'm a full time employee (20 years), adjunct instructor (10 years), and student (off and on, currently on and about done with a 4-year degree) all at the same institution. I've been programming for ...
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Would it be arrogant for me to offer my professor material on the module they teach?

I am a first year CS undergraduate taking a module on differential equations. For part of this module I did a personal project on the motion of simple harmonic systems (damped and undamped) which I ...
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Would showing up only for tests be frowned upon by most professors? [closed]

Because of a personal situation, I'm currently unable to attend most lectures (lately none) of a particular math class. However, I have a friend in my section who keeps me updated with the material ...