Questions tagged [students]

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

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Words to avoid when talking to a blind student

I am currently supervising a visually impaired student. I noticed that quite often I use phrases such as "from X, we can see that Y" or ask the student to "read paper X" or "you need to look at your ...
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Can a professor ask for money directly from students to print out handouts for class?

I'm currently taking a class that doesn't have a required textbook, which is why I took it. My professor is now saying that due to her scanning and printing out handouts for use we are each required ...
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Should I ask my students to contribute in preparation of the manuscripts?

As a part of my PhD. I supervise master and bachelor thesis. Even though, I get extremely smart students I find that they are having troubles in writing up their research as articles. Often I end up ...
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Should I scold the act of cheating before an exam?

Usually when I'm applying an exam on my students, right before giving them the questions sheet, I tell them not to cheat. I usually warn them that I will not be inspecting their every move, but I will ...
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How should feedback be given for “silly mistakes” on an exam

I am a TA currently grading a set of 80 midterms for an engineering math course for fourth-year engineer undergrads. The test had four questions, each question had around four parts. Of course, ...
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Friendship with Professor okay?

My professor and I walk to and from for every class I have with her, I am a female senior student and my professor is in her 30's. I've gotten to know her really well, we even had a random dinner ...
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What are strategies for minimizing student questions during exams?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. I generally find student questions during tests and quizzes to be somewhat annoying. I disliked them ...
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How to supervise a bad PhD student

I am a postdoc helping in the supervision of a PhD student who is finishing his 2nd year now. This is in Europe, meaning the student came in with a MSc degree and these 2 years have been of research. "...
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Am I obliged to answer student queries that can readily be answered by reading the syllabus? [closed]

I maintain an email group for my class where the reading list and other course materials are made available to the students. Despite sharing all relevant information with them, I still have students ...
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Is it an offence to ask a professor to share a soft copy of his recent book with me for my semester?

My professor (say Mr. X), a theoretical physicist, is in charge of a course on Math Physics in the undergrads. He had co-authored a book on Statistical Mechanics but he never mentioned anything about ...
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How to deal with arrogant e-mail of a student

I have sent the solutions of some assignments to the students of my class. One of my students sent me a message that reads as follows (not greeting or anything, no closing, just the following): ...
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What to do about a student who missed multiple assignments and claims illness?

I am the professor in charge of a first-year course for undergraduates. Recently, I received an e-mail from a student, the general meaning of which is the following: Dear professor, I am sorry ...
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Student number indicates when you started – what to do about the ensuing prejudice?

I come from a university where the first two digits of your student number represents when you started in the university. As such people often use this to judge age, whether the person is repeating or ...
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First time preparing and teaching a course

I am a PhD student and I have been given the opportunity to teach a course over a three weeks period (2h per day, 30h in total) at an institution overseas. I feel competent in the field of the course ...
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Etiquette with regard to email read reciepts

Context: I am an assistant professor working at a small liberal arts college in the United States. Like many institutions, mine uses Microsoft Outlook. On occasion, I will receive emails requesting ...
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Listing an article which is under revision in your CV

Background I am a student applying for graduate fellowships. I recently got a decision from an editor regarding a paper I wrote, stating that the referees recommend acceptance, but that substantial ...
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Are student papers treated differently from main papers in a top conference?

This is referring to a top tier conference like AAAI, CVPR, NIPS. Other than the apparent difference that the lead author is a student, how differently are student papers treated? Will the reviewers ...
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Students bringing babies to class

I'm a student; recently, in one of my classes, a fellow student brought their baby in a stroller. She may have asked the professor beforehand for permission to do this. The baby cried, made loud ...
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How many hours do PhD students work as a TA (total)? [closed]

How many hours do you work as a graduate teaching assistant and what is the breakdown? (This might include actual teaching hours, office hours, grading, tutoring center hours, etc). I am in a ...
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Group-building for project, how to handle non-response? [closed]

I recently switched to a new university and our professor asked us to make groups for a big project next semester. Since I was new I sent an e-mail to everybody available if they are free. I got a ...
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Why are most people so intellectually uncurious [closed]

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask this question. I've noticed that almost everyone I have met is intellectually uncurious. In a world where our daily lives depend on technology that would ...
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I had a rough first year in undergrad— what now? [closed]

I think I'm off to a poor start to my undergraduate career. Some context: my major is Materials Science and Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. I'm on the BS/MS track for 2020....
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What are good argument against strict attendance policy, and university making it harder for students to maintain attendance?

My university have a very strict attendance policy, attendance affect the students marks a lot and if attendance is lower than 75% at the end of the semester, students are not allowed to sit in finals....
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Should I hide the fact that I did a group assignment completely by myself?

Three students and I were assigned a small (~14 hours of work) group project. Because there was no effort on their side to meet and work, my e-mails regarding their progress remained unanswered and ...
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Is it a breach of privacy to list the names of past interns and supervised students on your academic website?

I've seen many personal web pages of (US/UK/EU) academics that have a list of all the PhD, MSc/BSc or internship students they've supervised before. Is this allowed or does it break privacy of the ...
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Should I meet my professors at a celebration party? [closed]

I finished my exams, the results came in, and I scored well but not in top 10. There is a celebration that all my professors will be at. I am in doubt whether I should go, because I fear my professors,...
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Legislation efforts to protect student employees in high education? [closed]

For student employees in a higher education institution, what laws are there to protect them? From my experience, university human resources does not provide much help if at all to student employees. ...
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How to hold back from interfering with students' inefficient-but-not-wrong work?

I'm a new and junior group leader. I therefore work quite closely with my (also new) MSc students. I try to let them work and figure out things as independently as they can, but have my door open so ...
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FERPA: Can I anonymously quote a student?

Every once in a while, my students write something outrageously funny in their homework, either on purpose or by accident, and I'd love to share these short quotes with a colleague/friend for mutual ...
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Using industry productivity tools and techniques for managing student projects

I'm heading a group of engineering students (from different fields) which need to build a robot (which performs tasks autonomously) as part of their courses. There are 10 students in this group and ...
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What's a good way to prevent students from saying I lost their paper?

As a teacher, I've often had students say that they turned in an assignment, but that because I don't see it, grade it, and return it back to them, that I must have lost their papers/assignments. I ...
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Tutoring is depressing because my students are struggling too much with my exercises. What do I do?

I am a tutor for first year students in mathematics, and I feel pretty bad about it. I recently changed universities. At my previous university, where I also tutored, the exercises were very ...
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Advising a high school research project

I have been contacted out of the blue by a seemingly highly motivated high school student who has requested the opportunity to do a research project under my supervision (in the field of stellar ...
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Teaching for the first time: is reaching out to each student acceptable?

I work as a programmer as a full time job. Since I'm an experienced programmer and have some teaching aptitude, I've been asked to give a 40-hour course in C# programming to a computer science group ...
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Is it reasonable to require students to bring a laptop to every lecture?

In the next academic year, I'll be teaching a class on how to use a statistical software package (the R programming language). I foresee that each class will have two parts: a lecture and software ...
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How should I deal with very negative feedback from some students?

I am a lecturer of a computer course in a university. Two months (almost 20 hours) of lectures have already finished. Very recently, I planned to get some feedback from my students on my lectures. I ...
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Is it good practice to teach using real life experiences of the student?

I am not a professional teacher but I have students that seek me for clarification and knowledge. At times I use their personal real life experiences like how they relate to others to simplify the ...
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What to do about students who miss my lectures and then want me to repeat entire material?

I teach at a top undergraduate college of a highly ranked university in India. We have a centralized system where the syllabus is designed at the Central level (with some input from teachers) and ...
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Is it appropriate for a student to have their phone face down on the table when in class?

I was wondering if it is appropriate to have my phone out on my desk face down during class. I have done this for some time and have never been told to put it away. On the one hand, putting it out ...
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What can a student do to respond to faculty/administration decisions based on current political events? [closed]

We are from Kuwait. Our university often has many foreign professors visiting for extended periods. In my particular department, the head has now begun rejecting professors from the US, and starting ...
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Remind professor of email a second time?

Disclaimer: I know there are some similar questions around. However, I don't feel like the answers there suit this situation completely. This is why I am asking. Some backstory (not necessarily ...
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Should I send a letter of recommendation directly to a student?

I teach at a U.S. community college, and commonly write letters of recommendation for students applying subsequently to either bachelor's programs or graduate school. I am accustomed to sending such ...
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Sending students for conference presentation with no additional funding

Me with my two students got a paper accepted at a high-ranked CS conference. We have to register for the conference along with travel for presentation and other formalities. I instructed my students ...
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What is the purpose of textbooks?

I as a student have done various courses at my university and for each of these courses a textbook was prescribed. On the other hand, the instructor provided his notes as well. The textbook was huge (...
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Proving a student took a test, if there is no signature [closed]

I am interested, how can a student prove he is the author of a test, if he forgot to sign it or only a name or ID is provided and not both?
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How to get students to use the course forum?

Forums are common features of online courses. The software is usually provided by the institution. It is in everyone's interest to make a course forum useful, maybe even lively; generally we want more ...
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What can be done about an unintentionally disruptive classmate?

I have a classmate who frequently disrupts class by asking nonsensical or unrelated questions, or by making nonsensical or unrelated interjections to the professor. He is autistic, and all the ...
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How to react when a professor give back the corrected version of a test just before the finals?

I'm asking this question for a friend as he is not very familiar with SE sites. Context: My friend, let's call him A, has a physics teacher, which we will call B. A, as the rest of the class, had a ...
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How honest should one be with their students when talking about the realities of academia?

January seems to be that time of the year that I ponder this question often. After the grades have come out, I always get a few students with very low grades (D or lower) coming to talk to me, and ...
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What laws exist in India to protect students from harassment by teachers/professors?

I am a college student in Rajasthan. I had a chance to address a large group at a college function, and in my address I said unfavorable things about professors in the college. Since then, I believe ...

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