TAs for Professors

What Training Didn’t Teach Me: A List of Tips and Tricks for TAs

Submitted by mnestel on July 29, 2016 - 11:15pm

Training to be a TA was very straightforward and covered a lot of topics. However, as the semester progressed, I found myself in situations where my training didn’t help me. These are the tips and tricks I discovered during the semester

- DO be professional. Clarify how you want to be addressed and maintain reasonable response time. For example, I have a one year old so my students knew I was unavailable to answer emails between 10 PM - 5 AM.

Making your TA Responsibilities Work for You

Submitted by mnestel on July 3, 2015 - 11:52pm

TAs for professors are sometimes assigned responsibilities other than or in addition to grading, record-keeping, and teaching. Whatever your responsibilities, being conscious of the opportunities they bring can help you make the most of your TAship, as the TA below describes.

For the past year, I’ve been a teaching assistant for a professor in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Following are some tips I’d like to offer as a teaching assistant for a professor:

Teach, Grow: Abandoning Your Comfort Zone as a TA

Submitted by mnestel on March 3, 2015 - 11:33pm

TAs are usually focused on their students. “How can I help my students learn what they need to know?” is rightly the looming question TAs ask themselves. However, it is important to remember that teaching is also about your own learning and growth. Thinking about what you want to get out of teaching and pushing yourself to pursue that can make for a more meaningful and fruitful TA experience. In this post, a TA writes about her personal goals as a TA and the importance of challenging herself to step outside her comfort zone.