Questions tagged [students]

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

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For a first year math PhD student, should the student read their graduate level math textbooks page by page, sentence by sentence? [on hold]

Question is: For a first year math PhD student, should the student read their graduate level math textbooks page by page, sentence by sentence? I often hear professors say that that's a bad idea, and ...
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A professor who is less knowledgeable in certain subjects than a student [closed]

What is a proper way of showing academic knowledge with assignments when your professors and or school is not on par with a particular students knowledge, so-to-speak? A student is extremely smart ...
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What to do when pupil destroy lab equipment? [migrated]

I am teaching robotics at something like an afterschool but is free for everyone aged 12-19 years. The first problem I encountered was poor equipment and facility but I obtain some founds and I was ...
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I unknowingly submitted plagiarised work

I have received an email saying that my essay is under consideration for the ethics committee for suspected plagiarism. My lecturer had told us that we could work on our essays together as we were all ...
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How to respond to an upset student?

My finals were held recently. Due to some timetabling issues, I had to organize for some students to take the finals early, but still within finals week. The dates were mutually agreed. One of these ...
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Should I get informal with a professor if they didn't explicitly invite me to do so but the situation seems to suggest it's appropriate?

Some years ago I completed my B.Sc. in a university. I was very young and the default behaviour for all the students (especially the young ones) was to formally address the professors. PhD students ...
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What are the typical questions students are requested to respond during a teaching demonstration they attend during a faculty interview? [closed]

Disclaimer: There are other questions asking for general advice on a teaching demonstration during faculty interviews. My inquiry is more specific: In the US, some colleges, which have a heavy focus ...
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Authors' contributions statement to highlight contribution of an undergraduate student

Statements of authors' contributions appear to be a standard practice in journal papers from experimental sciences or similar fields. Yet I haven't seen many such examples in mathematics. I'm ...
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Does Joseph Campbell's advice work for the natural sciences? [closed]

This article quotes famous mythologist Joseph Campbell as saying: "Reading what you want, and having one book lead to the next, is the way I found my discipline. I’ve suggested this to many of my ...
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Single author papers against my advisor's will?

I am a third year PhD student in an area of theoretical CS that would like advice for a difficult situation with my advisor. My advisor is not involved in my research projects at all. In particular, ...
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What are some steps an undergrad can take to get on a Ph.D. track?

I hope this question isn't too broad. I'm graduating next semester and I have been accepted into grad school, but I'm having difficulty finding a full map of what one should do to successfully go ...
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Is it acceptable for a professor to tell male students to not think that they are smarter than female students?

The situation occurred in the first lecture of an undergraduate course in a STEM field at an university. The professor said that there are less than 20% female students in the class, while the usual ...
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Is it inappropriate for a student to attend their mentor's dissertation defense?

I'm an undergraduate student at a research one university. My former instructor and current research mentor is defending their dissertation soon. I asked if I could attend and they said they would be ...
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Falsely Accused of Cheating on a College Final

On Saturday I had a Computer Science final exam. When I finished it and turned it in my teacher told me that she saw online that I had accessed some file from our course (We have notes and our ...
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Advisor suggests to change my research topic after unsuccessful start, unsure what to do

I am a first-year doctoral student in Computer Vision, and have some confusion about my research direction recently. I hope I can get some help and advice there. A couple of months ago, I was ...
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2 degrees with average grades or 1 degree with excellent grades? [duplicate]

I asked this question before here but asking about "double major". I have since been informed that a double major is not the correct translation for what I wanted to ask about, and that a double major ...
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How to deal with a cynical class?

I am dealing with this class that somehow became very cynical. We have constant complaints about the pace of the class, people asking literally the same questions over and over, blatant plagiarism, ...
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2 majors with average grades or 1 major with excellent grades?

Is it incentivised to pursuit two (related) majors (eg. Math and Aero- Space Engineering) or a single major (eg. Math)? The question is asked with the premise that if one chose a single major, one ...
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Is being socially reclusive okay for a graduate student? [closed]

I am Ph.D student in computer science and mathematics. I have published a few research papers and working on some papers. I am an after mid-stage student and I spend almost 90 percent of my time in my ...
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Should I grant an extension on an extension?

A student asked for a homework extension due to unforeseen circumstances in their personal life. I am generally accommodating about this type of thing if they come to me in a timely manner, but this ...
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Giving a career talk in my old university, how prominently should I tell students my salary?

I have offered to do a talk at my old university’s 'employabilty fair' ten years after graduation, where am I now. With some advice on traps to avoid, how to make the transition from university to ...
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Student asking too many questions without trying themself

I work at a bootcamp where I teach programming. I have a student in my class who would ask 1 question every minute. This student would ask about every single thing like where to add this code and how ...
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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. ...