If you need help with online teaching or other challenges in academia arising from the COVID-19 crisis, we have prepared this FAQ to get you started.

Questions tagged [feedback]

On feedback given to students, instructors, or other individuals in an academic setting on their performance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
30
votes
11answers
4k views

How to to deal with advisor's criticism of my writing?

I am about to finish my PhD, which means I have to write a lot. I am also a non-native English speaker, so my English sucks a lot, especially when it comes to formal writing. In contrast, my adviser ...
1
vote
0answers
97 views

Dealing with inconsistent feedback on your dissertation

I'd appreciate advice on how to navigate the final stages of the dissertation with an inconsistent advisor. I've been struggling with my advisor for years, but there is no one else to advise a ...
2
votes
1answer
115 views

How to proceed when one peer reviewer gives a much lower score than the others but provides no negative feedback?

I have received peer reviews for an academic proposal for a project. Three reviewers (A,B and C) submitted sets of observations and scores for three criteria/sections of the evaluation. Reviewers A ...
1
vote
0answers
69 views

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 ...
1
vote
4answers
179 views

Asking my supervisor to be frank and give feedback [closed]

I am doing my PhD in the Britain and I've got a lovely supervisor which is like a friend for me. I want to ask her to give me direct feedback and tell me directly if I am doing bullshit or about any ...
8
votes
5answers
553 views

PhD supervisor will not read draft

I just wanted to get some input from the community about an issue I have run into with my main PhD supervisor. I started my PhD about two years ago (hard science field), and about six months ago I ...
30
votes
8answers
15k views

The professor for one of my classes has no direction

I'm in my final semester of a Computer Science degree at University and we have general education requirements. I'm in a Public Speaking course with an interesting professor, lets call him professor ...
34
votes
6answers
8k views

Is it safe for a student to give negative feedback in student evaluations? [closed]

It's common for students to be asked for their evaluations of a teacher/course at the end of the semester. Is it safe for the student to give negative feedback? After all, even if the lecturer will ...
2
votes
2answers
154 views

How to validate scientific ideas outside the academia?

Long story short, I have some ideas regarding the field of psychology and I looking into ways to validate them with people with experience. Options I see: Submit a paper and wait feedback from a ...
1
vote
1answer
163 views

Can i post my article in arxiv for comments from other mathematicians? [duplicate]

I have recently written a paper on Quantum Polynomial Algebra. But I am not studying anywhere, so I havenot got anyone to comment. Even I have mailed a few math professors but they may be to busy to ...
46
votes
6answers
10k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Why is Reddit not a reliable source of experts? [closed]

Some people say that you should take for granted for opinions on Reddit, because comparing it to academic journals is like comparing kindergarten to university. But I don't understand. Well, it's true ...
14
votes
6answers
5k views

How do researchers send unsolicited emails asking for feedback on their works? [duplicate]

I wonder how a researcher send an unsolicited email to another one asking for feedback to their work. I guess it will be something like this? Hello Dr. X To introduce myself, I am Y, in ...
41
votes
6answers
12k views

I got the following comment from a reputed math journal. What does it mean?

I got this comment after more than 75 days of submission: The considered problem in this manuscript is a practice in high mathematics and can not be a paper for publication in high-level journals. ...
4
votes
3answers
234 views

Should I provide feedback to a PhD application I have received?

I usually reply to e-mails from students asking for PhD positions to let them know if I am interested or if they are competitive / up to standards for continuing with an application but this tends to ...
3
votes
3answers
234 views

Including critical feedback about a course on exam paper

There was a subject in our university, regarding Web Designing. Under that, we were given a group assignment to build a website using HTML, CSS and PHP(we were allowed to use additional technologies ...
1
vote
3answers
246 views

How to save a literature review?

I have done a literature review, but every time I send my article to the journals I receive either major changes or a rejection because I have only searched in journals indexed by Scopus and Web of ...
1
vote
3answers
365 views

Is there an efficient way to give a large class of students feedback about their assignments?

I am the course lecturer of a large undergraduate course with about 700 students in the course. One of the challenges of teaching such a large course is grading the assignments and giving students ...
2
votes
0answers
106 views

How to change a style guide

I'm an engineering graduate student whose high school English teachers drilled to use active voice. Now that I'm reading and writing technical papers, I can't stand the often ambiguous and verbose ...
5
votes
1answer
51 views

How can I get useful feedback when collaborating on research proposals?

I'm pleased to be working on grant applications and ethics applications with my supervisors. I willingly contribute however I can - either they assign me bits to work on, or I suggest how I can help. ...
0
votes
1answer
67 views

Feedback on “book summary” originated from master's thesis

I am transforming my Mater thesis into a book. I need to write a 100 word summary for the same as well. Should I be mentioning in my book that it is an extension of my Master's thesis? The following ...
2
votes
1answer
168 views

First paper, conference feedback - at all if rejected?

I'm from industry and have submitted my first article to a conference. What can I expect from a conference? would they give me feedback only if I'm chosen. Will I also get detailed feedback if I'm ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

I applied for a PhD but was rejected after the interview. How do I request feedback?

I interviewed for an advertised PhD and got an email thanking me for interviewing but advising that I wasn't successful. They encouraged me to apply for PhDs at other colleges and their college. I ...
0
votes
2answers
947 views

How do I request feedback on my paper? [duplicate]

I have written this paper and I would like to ask, via email, from some professors in other universities to give me feedback. How is the best way to write such a request? First, what should I write in ...
44
votes
12answers
16k views

Professor is upset about student comments about her lectures. What should I do?

One of my former supervisors is upset about student feedback for her lectures. There are two problems: If she provides complete slides with information, students complain that she reads from the ...
1
vote
0answers
71 views

Effective way to handle open-ended student feedback?

I regularly use a short start/stop/continue-survey on my students to be able to improve my teaching skills. I get a lot of informative data that helps me, but there's a lot of work involved in digging ...
15
votes
3answers
386 views

What are good strategies for not losing sight of the novelty and nontriviality of one's work?

I would like to ask this community for help in finding good strategies for avoiding an aspect of my mindset that I don't much like, which I get when I've been working on a given project for a while - ...
14
votes
4answers
2k views

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, ...
8
votes
3answers
713 views

How to avoid European bias in science history teaching? [closed]

I'm a new lecturer. Part of my course (one lecture) teaches the origins of our scientific understanding of the solar system. I talk about the ancient Greeks, the preservation of their work by eastern ...
73
votes
13answers
26k views

How to tell speakers that their English is terrible?

I just had a lecture from someone who has been a senior scientist (and has completed a PhD, post-doc) at a hospital for already 15 years. So I'm assuming this person is experienced in giving talks in ...
2
votes
2answers
170 views

How to measure engagement in uncommunicative class

I'm teaching a lot of students who are fairly unresponsive in a large class that is set early in the morning. While I'm working on ways to encourage them to respond to questions, I find that normal ...
7
votes
3answers
182 views

What are best practices for reviewing peer research lab colleagues' work for a supervisor?

Since over a year, I've been involved in almost everything my supervisor does and seem to have gained her trust, which is very gratifying. There have been instances where I was asked to review and ...
2
votes
4answers
332 views

How do I get a professor at a different institution to read my essay draft?

I would like to send a draft of mine to a specific professor. I would be very interested in his comments, however, I am not a student at the moment, so I am not at his institution nor at any other. ...
8
votes
3answers
396 views

Why do sites that host papers not have a comments section for each paper?

Why do sites that host papers such as IEEE's not have a comments section for each paper? Sometimes there is something that needs to be added, corrected or clarified by the community but as far as I ...
14
votes
7answers
3k views

Best way to poll students during a class by web

I'm looking to get feedback from students fairly seamlessly during a lecture. I know that there is a reluctance to raise one's hand (if part of a large audience), and my experience of such polling ...
1
vote
2answers
523 views

Is it appropriate to give feedback to instructor about final exam?

I wrote a final exam in a course, in which the professor said that he would not test our memory and give all the needed formulae, so I didn't concentrate on memorizing them. Would it be appropriate ...
22
votes
2answers
2k views

Can I submit an article just for the sake of useful feedback?

I have made some research about a topic in Computer Science. The issue was that I am a little bit dubious if the procedure that I followed was correct. The problem gets worse because the work is not ...
88
votes
12answers
29k views

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 ...
92
votes
12answers
12k views

How can I avoid being “the negative one” when giving feedback on statistics?

Results get sent around a group of biological collaborators for feedback. Comments come back from the senior members of the group about the implications of the results, possible extensions, etc. I ...
2
votes
4answers
4k views

Is a professor obligated to provide feedback on an assignment?

I have recently completed a course where a very large assignment was handed in just before the exam. After the course finished, we were never given feedback on this assignment. I am very frustrated ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Is it considered normal to refuse Feedback after rejection on academic positions in EU public funded positions?

I recently applied to the CERN prestigious Fellowship program (Programme des Boursiers). A few words on my background: I am a PostDoc in Algorithms/TCS/Network Systems. I have > 10 papers and 2 years ...
4
votes
1answer
255 views

When should I tell a collaborator about a mistake in their work?

In a few days' time, a collaborator is going to be giving a talk to our research group. He has sent me the slides in advance (just to check that it all runs OK on our system). Having looked over the ...
15
votes
7answers
3k views

Professor dismissed error I found in her work. I need more feedback, but the field is small

Background / My problem: I believe to have found a substantial error in my professor's original research. After getting answers to my previous question, I emailed her about it, but she was ...
21
votes
4answers
2k views

Is it ok to get independent feedback before handing in thesis?

I have a thesis to hand in at my university. Am I allowed to ask a grad student who is an expert in my field to have a look at my thesis and give me feedback (more than merely grammatical / ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

How can I make my thesis supervisor be more responsive?

This question is related to this one and this one. My Masters' thesis supervisor is incredibly superficial as in he doesn't respond to messages in a timely manner; I am not talking about ...
5
votes
3answers
403 views

Should I hold back criticism in an anonymous survey for fear of identification by the professor?

At my university, at the end of every course, professors have to submit an anonymous survey to the students. In this survey students can write the good and bad aspects of both the course's program and ...
20
votes
11answers
9k views

How to react to a student who provides very critical comments about your teaching in a student evaluation survey?

I am a teacher in an institute and I teach English as a foreign language to students in an 8_week session. At the end of each session, the students are required to give their opinion about the class ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Requesting feedback from a postdoctoral application

I have recently applied to a postdoctoral position, I reached the interview stage (which took place by video conferencing with the group leader and a postdoc), and was ultimately rejected. I would ...
10
votes
4answers
850 views

How to intervene in a course that is failing to meet expectations?

All MA students in my graduate program (social sciences) are required to take a course titled 'Thought and Theory'. Ostensibly, the course should serve as an in-depth introduction for students to the ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

How can I (and should I) approach a teacher with a difficult attitude in lessons?

She's not exactly a terrible teacher, but she doesn't relate to students well, and the way she teaches in class discourages us from participating. For example, when asking someone to translate a ...