Tips for students

These pages might be of use for students, especially those who take a course with me or whom I supervise in an assignment or internship. I address some issues here that I have to explain quite often. Don't get me wrong, I like explaining - hence these pages. But as there isn't always enough time to explain this in class, you might help yourself here. Mind that these are not authoritative sources. That is, you may not cite them as you would normally do with (academic) literature. Rather, you may presume these things as background knowledge without further reference (unless of course they are themselves central to the problem you address; but in those cases, these texts will be too superficial anyway!). You don't even have to thank me, but neither is it forbidden.

Problem statements

  • Posted on: 30 December 2015
  • By: Govert

The following remarks and questions on problem statements form a rather loose and unstructured collection. The are phrased in a seemingly silly and even caricatural style.

On writing

  • Posted on: 30 December 2015
  • By: Govert

An overwhelming amount of guides can be found on the internet about how to write a proper paper. Most of them are quite useful, and probably most of them at least contain something that I do wrong all the time. Hence, this text is not written with the pretention to provide the conclusive guide to writing college papers. It is written because the things I see many of my students do wrong, are so stereotypical, and easy to prevent.

On reading

  • Posted on: 30 December 2015
  • By: Govert

If the genie granted me one wish for a skill that I could send back to the past to my younger self, it would probably be: reading.

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