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What do you do when your best friend cheats and has become top 10 in class of 250? [closed]

My very best friend cheats, not just looking over her shoulder for two answers, I mean full out cheats - raising each grade from what would be a D to an A. I feel very guilty for doing something wrong,...
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How to learn how to pronounce and remember names of Chinese students?

Most Australian universities have a large number of international students. Common countries of origin include China, Singapore, and Malaysia. When interacting with students, it's much nicer if you ...
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Is it okay to use students as a reference when applying for a teaching position?

On one hand, this seems like the obvious thing to do: no one is going to be able to better testify to your teaching ability than a previous student. On the other hand, I've never heard of anybody ...
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Should one offer to take over a lecture that the lecturer is struggling to teach?

Once upon a time in a lecture I attended, the lecturer had clearly not fully understood the material and was struggling to explain it. I was a student, but very knowledgeable about the topic, and had ...
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Balancing empathy and deferring to the syllabus in teaching responsibilities

Questions of similar topics have been asked here for the situation of instructing a course and here and here for the situation of 'no late work' policies. Additional questions about balancing teaching ...
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Going to a lower-ranked school for better advisor fit

Computer Science PhD admit here. Is it crazy of me to turn down a top school (MIT/Stanford) for a lower-ranked school (think Cornell/UW/Columbia/Michigan) if I think there is better advisor fit? ...
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Teaching a very small class when the students have very uneven proficiency levels

How should a teacher and student cope with a situation like this. I've been studying spanish for about a year and enrolled in a successive course. However, the course starts really early and there is ...
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How do you deal with extremely timid/shy students in small classes?

Note: I'm not an academic, but I had a student like this as a colleague while in high school (12-18 in a school for students with Asperger's)* myself and I think that this is a worthwhile subject to ...
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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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Is that a good idea to send an errata list to a professor whose class I'm currently enrolled in?

There is a professor at our school whose textbook I was using in class A (not taught by the professor). I've studied the textbook from cover to cover and have spotted about twenty typos (many of which ...
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Requesting review of short proof by professor

I'm a student enrolled in an university in Italy. I'm currently taking a course on probability theory, but the way is it taught is, whilst very good, not very thorough; I mean that in class some of ...
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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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Student Travel Grant = Volunteering; is it worth it?

I have a paper accepted to a conference and my adviser is willing to fully fund the trip. However, I am also eligible to apply for a "Student Travel Grant" (being a student author). Pros of getting ...
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Does putting poor performing students on academic probation improve student performance?

As we enter a new school year, I'm wondering if the is any evidence to support or contradict the idea that putting a poor-performing students on academic probation improves their performance. Does ...
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How to handle relevant, but disruptive, questions

I've seen on this site several posts about how to handle silly or "trolling" questions, but I recently faced the opposite situation. Several students in a class I'm teaching continuously bring up ...
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What to do about fellow student that hogs lecture time with many questions

I am in a master's program, and one of my peers in the program is in two classes with me. He is a nice person, but he tends to ask a lot of questions in lectures; both of which are very large, and ...
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How do I express my disapproval of a marking boycott without damaging relationship with academics?

So as people have probably seen by now, the UK is stuck in a marking boycott, which has started to directly affect myself as a final year student. I have not personally been affected too much yet, ...
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Where can I find hard data on students' reasons for being students?

Have any studies been done of students' motives for being students at universities? At one extreme there are those who want to study at a university in disregard of the disapproval of their parents ...
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How can a student improve his attentiveness during lectures?

I'll be starting my 4-th year of post-secondary education, in a few weeks, and during my first 3 years, I've had problems with attentiveness. My latest problem was last year, where I don't think I've ...
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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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Failing a student for attendance or grade?

My problem is pretty weird to describe. This semester I didn't keep track of student attendance in classes because the university system didn't become functional until two weeks before the end of the ...
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Is it appropriate for professors to ask students to type notes for their classes (with or without paying students) in United States?

I wonder if it is appropriate for professors to ask their students in class to type notes (in latex whatever) for the classes they are teaching and if there is any "elegant" way for students ...
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Not including student who contributed very little as coauthor of paper

I am a researcher in condensed-matter physics, and I recently started a research project with another professor, for which I hired a student for a six-month undergraduate internship. The student was ...
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Second author being lead presenter on paper at a conference?

I am second author of three on a recently published conceptual paper (i.e., no data). The first author is a a student I co-supervise, although the paper did not stem from his thesis but is a ...
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Should a student use the email account provided by the university to communicate with professors?

I am an undergraduate and I do not know much about the rules of writing an email. The email system used by our university is not convenient at all: it responds slowly, often crashes, and its common to ...
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Limits on one student using all of one's office hours?

I generally don't have a lot of business in my dedicated office hours, but then sometimes I get a needy student who wants to use all of them -- every minute, of every day, in which I hold them. It ...
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How can teaching staff improve a passive student group?

I have been assigned to a section of student where I am teaching probabilistic models. From the starting day itself, I feel something strange is happening in the class. For example: I like to have ...
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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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The Ethics of Preparing for a Course Long Before Actually Taking it

I think this is an unspoken question in academia: how do you factor in the effort put forth by a student before taking your class? I think the answer to this question has several consequences: it ...
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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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Should I notify students that I've interacted with after getting sick, by email?

I saw a bunch of students today during my office hours (~15-20 out of a class of 96). Then around noon I went downhill quick, and now I'm sporting a fever over 100 F. I don't know necessarily what I ...
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Student asks TA if his result (figure) is correct

I'm TAing a class that uses Piazza (an online student forum), in addition to the traditional office hours. A student made a (private) post, where he uploaded a MATLAB figure and asked whether it is ...
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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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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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How can we help cope with sleep deprivation among university students?

Sleep deprivation is a common problem among college students that has become so serious that universities in the US have taken measures to help their students overcome it. As a particular example, ...
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How to balance lecture participation and not being considered a show-off?

I am a student in a rather small (20-40 students) lecture. This lecture is mandatory for the students of this subject in this semester. In the course of the lecture the professor regularly asks ...
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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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Should a lecturer be friendly with students?

I have been thinking about this question for a while and did a few googling here and there; but, didn't get anything good. Probably, academia could help. I am early in my teaching career as a ...
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Appropriate way to discuss genetic conditions in a large lecture?

I want to cover the topic of achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, in a large introductory biology lecture. How can I discuss it in an appropriately sensitive way, one that respects people ...
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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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How to solicit feedback from students about faculty candidates?

I am the grad student on the hiring committee, and I have been tasked with gathering feedback from grad students about our faculty candidates. All of the grad students were invited to attend each ...
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How do I politely tell a student to take a shower? [duplicate]

There's a student in my class who obviously has some serious body hygeine issues. To preface, this is a fairly packed class -- about 60 students in a small lecture room. The class is about 2 hours ...
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Ethics of conducting research on a class

I'm a repeat Teaching Assistant in a fairly large (100-200 students/semester) core, required CS course at a large, private US research university. I'm very interested in researching what factors ...
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Hard data on students using W's to enhance their GPAs?

I teach at a community college in California, where students can drop a course with a grade of "W" up until the 12th week of the semester. Within the last year or so, I seem to be seeing an increase ...
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Are there any studies on how lecturer review sites such as Rate Your Lecturer affect student choices?

A version of the lecturer review website Rate Your Lecturer recently became active in the UK. Do you know of any studies which consider to what extent students use this or any other review websites ...
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Online tool for receiving student files

I'm a TA in several modules and one thing I couldn't find yet is a system to help me manage student lab submissions. Most online collaborative tools I've seen do not allow me to, or make it quite ...
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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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Can we buy licenses for e-books and lend them to students?

We are thinking about buying new textbooks for our students. Is there an established practice of buying digital copies of books for students? I expect that e-books should generally be cheaper and we ...
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What rights do students in the U.S. have re gender pronouns?

What federally protected legal rights does a transgender student in the U.S. have re gender pronouns used in referring to the student? This question was inspired by the recent discussion of gender ...
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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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