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Is talking to a professor about personal issues acceptable?
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Obviously, how you approach this will depend on what your relationship with the professor is like. That they have personally asked how you're doing is a great sign that you aren't an anonymous face in ...

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How to choose a good grading curve for yes/no exams?
16 votes

Sure, a student recording random guesses on a yes/no or true/false exam will have an expected score of 50%. So? Under most grading schemes, this is a solid F. A more pertinent question to ask is "...

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Concerns about the value of the research domain
15 votes

"That's why it's always worth having a few philosophers around the place. One minute it's all is Truth Beauty and is Beauty Truth, and Does a Falling Tree in the Forest Make a Sound if There's No ...

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What to tell professors to persuade them to let a pre-college student work with them
13 votes

I actually did roughly what you're after back when I was in high school. I ended up working in a chemistry lab at the local university from my sophomore year through the summer after my senior year---...

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How to deal with a colleague who won't accept they're wrong
10 votes

Given that the top voted comment states that "People who put belief and/or pride over evidence has[sic] no place in STEM," and other answers have given diplomatic approaches for bridging the gap, I ...

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Common grade curving or scaling techniques
6 votes gives a nice rundown on a slew of different methods that a feasible, as well as a nice analysis of the pros/cons of each. ...

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How much effort should weekly homework be worth?
2 votes

For undergraduate courses, the usual rule of thumb is 2 hours of work per hour of lecture. As a (US) undergraduate is considered full-time if they are taking 12 credit hours, this jives well: 12 hrs ...

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Letting students grade their own homework
1 votes

One approach is to collect the entire homework assignment, but then only grade one or two problems (chosen at random). Since students won't know which problems will end up being graded beforehand, ...

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