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3 3-hour exams in a row with no time in between. What can I do?
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Whether this is a standard practice or not highly depends on your university. However, the attribution of these exam period is an automated process and some situations like yours are bound to happen. ...

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Paper accepted by a journal without comments
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This has happened to me twice. The first occurrence was for a paper that was accepted in a decent computational fluid mechanics journal with a single reviewer. The comments were purely aesthetics ( ...

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Does submitting a paper in Latex format enhance the chances of acceptance?
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This is coming from a more engineering, physics and mathematics point of view. In many sub-area of these fields, LaTeX papers have a more distinct professional feel. This is mostly related to the ...

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What tried and tested possibilities are there to create a poster without using LaTeX?
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In addition to all the great tools that have been suggested ( PowerPoint, Inkscape ) I suggest trying Microsoft Visio. It is was designed for schematics and plans but actually it works amazingly well ...

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How do I write the methodology part of a paper if I use commercial software?
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Since my background is also CFD, maybe I can help. It is really important to mention what type of scheme you are using and what is the commercial software. Is it based on the finite volume method or ...

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Becoming a Professor in a Developing Country after a PhD in the US: Feasibility and Challenges
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There are two distinct circumstances that occur in regard to your question. Either A) the developing country is your home country (or a country that you once lived in) or B) it is a country you have ...

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Contacting a potential PhD supervisor
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You question has multiple elements, I will try to answer each of them: I would advise against using first name. Just use Pr. LastName, which is formal, polite and concise It is better to write him ...

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Should licensed code be acknowledged in Thesis
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Generally in a thesis or in an academic paper in my field (numerical modeling, engineering) people try to mention which languages and library they have used to implement an algorithm or a method. If ...

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Should a review paper contain any original (previously unpublished) research?
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I believe that such an approach is indeed fine. I have seen some examples of review papers in my field (example this one : http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009250904009492 ) which ...

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How do I deal with failure so early on?
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As simple or naive as this may sound, the best solution is to learn from your mistakes, but not to dwell on them. You failed an exam and this may have consequences, but you cannot go back in the past ...

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PhD at the same university as master's
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The most important part about where you do your PhD. is not so much about the standing of the university, but about the reputation of your PhD. adviser. Your name will be (forever) linked to his name ...

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Politely decline an offer that I sort-of accepted
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As always, honesty is the better solution here. Just write to them a polite e-mail explaining that you did not explicitly want to accept the offer. Then you can say that for personal reasons, you have ...

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Can you do a masters in Canada with 3 years bachelor degree?
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Most Canadian university will admit you to a master if you have an undergraduate degree. This could be a “license” in the European system or a bachelor degree. The reason why universities require a ...

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