I will apply for a PhD soon. I would be applying to the Politics department, but there is a professor in a different department who holds really interesting seminars on political topics. However, as I said, he is not affiliated at all with this department. How do I ask him / how could I phrase this best?

PS: My question is not whether I can attend his lectures as a guest -I would love to take these seminars for credit, if I can. I just don’t know whether that’s an option, or whether students from the politics department will be allowed in these lectures/seminars.

I would like to ask my former professor for a reference, I’m not sure how to formulate it and am worried the professor won’t remember me. I submitted a good essay in her class though (got an A).

Can I write:

Dear Professor,

I studied with you 2 years ago, I don’t know if you
remember. In any case, I submitted a good essay in your class and
wanted to ask you for a letter of recommendation?

This may be a dumb question. I would like to improve my presentation skills.

So should I rehearse my presentation at least 5-10-20 times? Or should I memorise my presentation and practice it enough?

When rehearsing, I make my presentation in front of a mirror and observe that I deliver the same messages in a different way in each time, while if I memorise what to say for each slide of my presentation, then I deliver the same messages in same way very confidently each time I practice in front of a mirror.

So I am getting confused which one is the better method to deliver an effective presentation?

This may be a dump question. I would like to improve my presentation in seminar/conference.

So should I rehearse my presentation at least 5-10-20 times? Or should I memorise my presentation and practice it enough?

In rehearse, every time I make presentations in front of mirror and observe that I am delivering same messages in a different way in each time. While if I memorise what to say in each slide of my presentation, then I am delivering same messages in same way very confidently in each time I practice in front of mirror.

So I am getting confused which one should be good method to deliver an efficient presentation?

A couple of weeks back I sent an email to a professor in a University in my home country with whom I have never known on any personal or professional level. My intention was to seek potential collaborations with him as a recent graduate with a BSc should I return home.

He did replied and to which I responded. One of his question to me was whether I am happy to collaborate without being paid to which I replied, “Yes, I am happy but I am only able to work on any project outside of standard office hours due to foreseeable industry commitment”.

Since then, I have not received any replies.

Would it be appropriate for me to ring him up?

I submitted a paper to a journal, and I suspect that it is handled too slowly.

  • How can I decide whether my suspicion is correct? What handling times should I expect?

  • Given some expected handling times, when should I act? How much leeway should I give?

  • How should I act? Whom should I contact and what should I (roughly) write?

Note that I am interested on how I should approach this situation in general, and do not seek specific numbers for my specific situation.
I am therefore looking for general answers that are independent of such factors as the field or individual journal (but mention them if they are relevant factors).

This is a canonical question on this topic as per this meta post. Due to its nature, it is rather broad and not exemplary for a regular question on this site. Please feel free to improve this question.

Is it rude to ask another faculty member if you can reuse their slides, notes etc? I am new to teaching in a 4-year college and I am not sure if I can even ask my new colleagues this question. It pops up when they help me and add me to their course pages they have taught a previous semester. I see that their material is good and prompted to ask if I can reuse them.

I am interested in topic X, and I would like to find a supervisor for that topic. At one particular uni, there are quite a few people interested in my topic, and I need to find out who might be a fit and whose interests are maybe not so aligned with mine.

Should I just message all of these people at the same department? Would it potentially reflect bad on me? I am also worried that in case two of these people are interested, I am facing a dilemma when applying.

How should I proceed, how do these things usually work?

I am a new transfer student from a much, much smaller university to a semi-prestigious one. The first set of homework has been assigned (due in three weeks) and says it should be “submitted according to the TA’s guidelines”.

However, I do not see any guidelines on the university’s site, nor on the TA’s site. I also have not met the TA yet, and office hours have not been posted.

Whom and how should I ask for clarification?

  • Should I email the professor directly?
  • Should I email one of the three TAs (I don’t know which one will be marking)?
  • Something else?

If it is relevant, the subject is mathematics and homework is graded.

I am a new transfer student from a much, much smaller university to a semi-prestigious one. The first set of homework has been assigned (due in 3 weeks) and says it should be “submitted according to the TA’s guidelines”.

However, I do not see any guidelines on the university’s site, nor on the TA’s site (I also have not met the TA yet and office hours have not been posted)

Who and how should I ask for clarification?

  • Should I email the professor directly?
  • Should I email one of the 3 TAs (I don’t know which one will be marking)
  • Something else?

If it is relevant, the subject is mathematics and homework is graded