Penguin_Knight
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How to react professionally when you receive a complaint from a student
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Sorry to hear that and calm down. I think the suggested approach is destructive and will only serve to highlight the property of being overly sensitive, defensive, and irritable. First, this is a ...

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Is it rude to send my professor a link with teaching advice?
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To show that you're an independent learner, I'd suggest don't just send the link, but read the materials in the linked page and summarize them to your professor, tell her if you think it may be useful ...

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Do Asian authors have a different style of academic writing from European authors?
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No, this is absolutely not just your problem! I am also an ESL and this very comment has been given to me numerous times: Your writing is weird, but I can't really tell how. After many years of ...

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Are there good reasons to avoid using color in research papers?
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Hail to Colorbrewer I use Cynthia Brewer's website Colorbrewer to pick color schemes. It's also embedded in ggplot2 which is a common choice of graphing package in R. It allows users to specify ...

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Any place for people with fear of writing?
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I do resonate with your experience because I was scared to write (English is not my mother tongue) and I am also an introvert. I have been reading much about writing and networking and here are some ...

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How to deal with failing a student?
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I agree with failing this student, and here is some other advice: As mentioned in other answers, make sure you have collected e-mail correspondences in case she files a grievance. If you need to ...

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Are course grade distributions supposed to be bell shaped?
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The distribution doesn't have to be of bell-shape. In very large scale open exams it may be reasonable to assume a bell curve. In many other situations, the distributions can be affected by the class ...

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Can a professor refuse to introduce any textbook for a course?
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This actually sounds good! Whenever I met professors like this, I'd look forward to his/her lectures. Most of the time, they have good confidence, experience, and mastery of the subject and can pull ...

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How to tell an over-confident student they still have a lot to learn?
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I feel that generally your focus is misplaced. It appears to me that by focusing on how to deal with this one student, the learning environment of the other students is somewhat compromised. First, I ...

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Dealing with listening/talking to researchers with difficult accents
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I'm not a native English speaker but I do understand your frustration. Here are some of my experiences: Embrace the elephant in the room Time to time I found people around me are too "polite" to not ...

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How can I improve the effectiveness of my literature searches?
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Literature search, to me, is like the recipe of potato salad: everyone has at least one, and they always claim that theirs is the best. In fact, we just use what we feel comfortable and, so far, has ...

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How to sign your email to students, so to avoid their immature behavior?
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Do not worry too much about it. The way you're being addressed has very little to do with the respect students give, otherwise all these tyrants in the history would have been very respectable. Just ...

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How to handle students who try to negotiate away penalties for late submission of coursework?
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I have tried many methods, to varying degrees of success. Here are some that work. Check the wording in the syllabus to make sure it's impeccable. For example, "due by 9pm" can be revised to more ...

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Best way to respond to a request for CV
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Well... there are lot of important variables not mentioned, but this is how I will generally draft it: Dear Madam Give-me-a-job, It was great talking to you after your talk on Jan 17th, 2014 at My-...

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Is it acceptable to ask for course notes ahead of time?
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I'd take a little bit different approach. Instead of asking for notes; just mention that you'd like some advice on how to better prepare for this course. Notes are notes and most of them don't make ...

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How should a teaching-assistant calm his anxious student down in an exam?
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I appreciate the gestures but I don't generally agree with the stated actions: I try to calm them down before the exam by talking to them privately after the class and reminding them that they ...

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How to improve writing skills when writing a manuscript for the first time?
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Concrete advice on where and how to begin, especially given that I don't have that much time I work in biomedical science so my advices may not fully apply to you, feel free to take whatever that ...

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Removing outliers. Would it be called cherrypicking data?
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One major pitfall is going into analyzing the data without an a priori protocol to deal with outliers. Time to time, tension rises between analysts and investigators on whether a point should be ...

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Is it acceptable to wear the same outfit every day?
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Life can be simplified without resorting to wearing a set of uniforms. While uniform is the ultimate form of simplicity, when your are the only one doing it in a place that uniform is not a norm, ...

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How should I use a laptop in class without distracting others?
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Professors don't share the same rationale so mileage may differ. Usually, the younger ones are more forgiving. Those born before late Generation X (aka 1970 or before) are more likely to feel awkward ...

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Visualization tool for paper citations
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I'm also on a saga to look for this tool, hopefully the answers in this thread can end all the search. Here is what I know. There used to be a software called RefViz that does what you exactly want. ...

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How to handle requests for a race-based exam structure?
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Before talking about what to do, here are some suggested premises to follow: Document all communications on this issue. Even if it's just a phone conversation, record the date, time, and summary. ...

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How to avoid disrupting the narrative in a scientific paper when you have done too much work
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My field is biomedical so comments may or may not work for you. In our works, sometimes protocols did change along the way and occasionally I need to explain that in the paper. Hopefully these ...

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How to send your transcript directly from your US university to grad schools without the transcript office knowing which schools
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If you're in the US, talk to your registrar about what we call a "Privacy Lock." It is pretty much a set of measures to apply should the students wish to remain private. Things as extreme as taking ...

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Is it appropriate to email an eminent researcher in your field?
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Here are some of my strayed thoughts. Think from return of investments, of yours and your idol's If you ever perceived that your e-mail would be a "waste of their time," then why send it? I feel ...

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Should the first letter of the axis label be uppercase?
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From a general survey of style books, yes, at least the first alphabet should be capitalized: American Medical Association Manual of Style: Title format (e.g. Average Consumption Index, %) Chicago ...

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Applying for assistant professor position with limited teaching experience
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We can't tell if the lack of teaching experience will hurt you or not; too many variables. But I can share with you how to prepare yourself on this front. Make a clear inventory of all your guest ...

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Feedback for a student showing improvement
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Just personal opinion + some experience. First, if it's graded and the grade shows a large jump, then I'd just leave it as is. Second, perhaps the first homework was not a true reflection of the ...

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Is it unwise to repeat portions of a successful grant proposal?
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Ask the program officer (PO), because he/she will be able to back you up if the permission comes from him/her, should the reviewers criticize so. However, slightly recast your question. For instance, ...

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Can one or two emoticons be used in a PhD Thesis?
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A few points: There are ways to deal with it using just text. For instance, I would consider something like this in the acknowledgement acceptable: And thanks to my significant other, who has been ...

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