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Should I accept an unpaid TA position?

You should not. This is an exploitative offer. and the only reason I considered the TA position is that it could perhaps make me a more competitive applicant to PhD programs Anecdotally, I have ...
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Should I accept an unpaid TA position?

From the standpoint of US graduate admissions in math, you should certainly decline. I have served on our Ph.D. admissions committee (I am in the US), and admissions are based primarily on research ...
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Should I accept an unpaid TA position?

Without really knowing all the details and the personalities, it is difficult to make this decision for you. It is true that you can gain good experience from being a TA. For starters, you will be ...
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How to be productive as an independent student without any libraries, friends and classroom?

Perhaps it is just the way you wrote this, but I'm worried that you may be spending too much of your focus on the "time in the saddle" rather than on what you actually do while studying. You ...
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How to be productive as an independent student without any libraries, friends and classroom?

I found useful using Org Mode under Emacs for my morning list (which allows me, among other things, 1) to keep track of how much time I spend on each task, 2) to schedule tasks with various periods, 3)...
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How often have advanced degrees been revoked due to misbehavior as an undergrad?

While not entirely impossible, and it may have happened a time or two, it would be extremely unusual for a graduate degree to be rescinded for an activity that happened in undergraduate years. The ...
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