# Category Archives: Teaching

## The PhD Student – Supervisor Relationship

The relationship between a PhD student and their supervisor(s) often exists in a delicate balance… the fundamentals of this relationship are illustrated beautifully in the PhD comics, especially this one -http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1439 But how do you deal with conflict? Do you keep quiet … Read More »

## Integrating Research and Teaching

I have a confession: as an undergraduate, I assumed that lecturers spent their entire lives poised at their desks, module descriptions in hand, waiting for us students to traipse into their book-lined offices so they could whir into action. I … Read More »

## Finding Inspiration

Sometimes when you are so close to something it is difficult to see problems associated with it. It can be difficult to find answers . Taking some time out and having a break often leads me to thinking about things … Read More »

## The Power of Graphs

Graphs are mathematical structures that model pairwise relations between objects.  They are represented by vertices and edges where the edges may be directed or undirected. Whenever I am working on some research problem using graphs, my friends who are unfamiliar … Read More »

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## Videolectures.net

The internet has expedited the information age in every way. Academic collaboration has been facilitated by online communication. I wanted to highlight a new website which has many scientific lectures online. Compared to generic video sites such as www.video.google.com/ and … Read More »

## The Ten Commandments (for teachers), Part II

In an earlier entry, I had mentioned the first five of Polya’s ten commandments for teaching. In a similar fashion to that entry, here are the last five rules with some comments on them: 6. Let them learn to guess: … Read More »

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## The Ten Commandments (for teachers), Part I

The advanced reader who skips parts that appear too elementary may miss more than the reader who skips parts that appear too complex – G. Polya I was going through some books when I re-discovered a classic work by George … Read More »