Neil Strickland
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Good slide design for teaching?
15 votes

I teach mathematics, which is traditionally done using blackboards. I try to design my slides to recreate the best features of blackboards, as far as possible. I use LaTeX with beamer rather than ...

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How can I balance teaching computer-assisted skills and risks of cheating at exams?
8 votes

You could try a written exam with questions like this: Here is a description of an experiment. The experimenters gathered 10000 data points and analysed them using R. Here is a printout of the R ...

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Assignments taken and re-used without consent
7 votes

I am a professor in a UK university. I would say that it is standard that if you teach a course and then hand it on to someone else then you should hand over all your teaching material, which your ...

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Letter to a potential PhD supervisor (mathematics)
6 votes

I am a mathematician in the UK. If someone doing a Master's degree in Germany wants to do a PhD with me, I would like them to send me an email of five or six lines, giving a brief indication of what ...

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How can a proof question be asked online?
6 votes

I have experimented with a system that provides students with a collection of phrases/formulae from which they can drag and drop a selection to construct a proof. I think that this is a promising ...

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When is it appropriate to add references to own papers on Wikipedia?
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If you think that an article of yours would be a useful reference, you can mention it on the Talk page for the relevant article or an associated Wikiproject, and suggest to other editors that they ...

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What should you do if you spotted a non-trivial error in a highly cited paper?
4 votes

If you can give all the relevant details in a reasonably concise way, then it may be appropriate to ask a question on mathoverflow.net. I would strongly recommend that: You prepare your question ...

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Pedagogical reasons for closed-book exams in graduate-level courses?
3 votes

A Google search for "research on open book testing" gives many results. For example, there is a paper "Examining the testing effect with open- and closed-book tests" by Agarwal, Karpicke, Kang, ...

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What, if any, roads are open to graduate schools for athletes with borderline grades?
2 votes

As a partially parallel case, Imperial College readmitted Brian May to complete his PhD in astrophysics after a 30 year gap. They might not have done that for someone less famous.

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How is a MSc thesis evaluated in an application to a PhD program?
1 votes

I am a pure mathematician in the UK. If people apply to do a PhD with me then I will always ask to see a final year undergraduate project or a masters thesis or similar piece of work, if possible. ...

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How to efficiently proofread my own mathematical paper?
1 votes

For long papers, one thing that I have sometimes found helpful is to generate a random list of page numbers, and read check those pages in the indicated order. That somehow reduces the problem of ...

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How do I get back into mathematics after graduating with a BSc 14 years ago?
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I suggest that you start by finding someone who does discrete mathematics or something similar on the website of a nearby university. Alternatively, you could find an MSc admissions tutor. With a ...

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