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Questions tagged [teaching-assistant]

Questions concerning the use of graduate students as course instructors, usually under the supervision of a faculty member.

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TOEFL Score and Teaching Assistantship

How does my TOEFL score affect my odds of being granted a TA in US Universities? I'm an international student BTW.
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Misconduct report [closed]

I am teaching at the university, and I am giving Calculus 1 for first year engineering students. I am having a problem with some students, their behavior in the class is inappropriate: making noise, ...
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Professor blatantly taking course material from internet (other schools) [duplicate]

I am TAing for a CS course. The professor I am TAing for, I took the same course with him one year ago. In that semester and this current semester I am TAing, he has been taking lecture slides and ...
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Most recommended automated way for conduction university exams

In most of the universities of India, conducting exams such as mid terms and end terms for a semester is as follows: 1) Designing question papers and taking print of them 2) Distribute it among ...
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Professor not giving solutions to exams and assignments that I need to grade

I am a grader for a CS course at the college institution I attend. The professor I am TAing for is a full-time employee at a company. He is teaching this CS course on top of doing that. The first exam ...
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Is anything wrong with hiring TA as a private tutor?

I'm an undergraduate student and recently I've been trying to find a private tutor to help me further expand my knowledge (outside of a scope of my courses). I've discovered one of the TAs advertises ...
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Dating former student?

Here's the situation: She was an undergrad, I was a grad TA. At that point, our interactions were totally professional and limited to the classroom. However, she and I both since graduated and left ...
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Professor does not care about cheating, what should TA do?

I am a PhD student, working as a Homework marking TA in a school where cheating is extremely blatant. The university has an extremely strict policy against cheating. Hundreds of students in math ...
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English requirement for Teaching Assistantship for Ph.D students

I am applying to Ph.D programs of universities of America as an international student. I currently have an 8.0 IELTS with 7.0 Speaking, and a TOEFL with lower points: Reading, Listening and Writing:...
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TOEFL Validity for TA and RA

I am planning to join a graduate program in the year 2020.I want to apply for the position of TA/RA and got to know that TOEFL is important for get such positions. I am planning on giving my TOEFL in ...
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For each of these cases which is the designation that best describes my role in class

Since I've finished my PhD I've been asked to perform some teaching duties. These duties correspond roughly to the three cases I describe below briefly. 1) So in this one course I was responsible for ...
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Is it a good practice for teaching assistants to sit in the lectures?

Has anyone tried this technique and how has it worked out for you? Essentially, there are several problems with doing teaching assistant work (TA), You might not even be from the institution where ...
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Recitation Grades

I'm a Graduate Teaching Assistant in a Mathematics at a large state university. In the fall semester, I will be expected to be a TA for Calculus I, which will be taken by first year students. The ...
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Should graduate students who are graders help undergraduate students with homework?

In my department, we hire graduate TAs as both graders and teaching assistants. The teaching assistants are assigned to lead discussion sections that meet twice per week. The graders are assigned to ...
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PhD student working as a substitute teacher | interview tips

Our university is looking for a substitute teacher in Computer Science and I have an interview for the job this week. My academic profile is making me a little bit nervous and makes me think that I ...
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Would being a teaching assistant influence your research?

I see that a TA position requires 20h every week which almost equals 2.5 days workload. Wouldn't that be too heavy for a Ph.D. student? If I don't do the TA, I could save the time to do high-quality ...
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What should a TA do if they cannot do all of the assigned homework for a class?

I'm a TA who is assigned to help grade papers for an upper level course. In the first assignment, I realized that I do not know how to do one of the assigned problems. The professor has requested that ...
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Should PTAs be allowed to mark exam scripts? [closed]

PTA - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Because I love information (I'm at university, right?), I was looking through some manifestos of my department, and came across a proposal to allow PTAs to mark ...
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What to write in the followup email to a professor for a graduate teaching assistantship [duplicate]

I will be pursuing masters from UT Austin this fall.I have mailed professors for the position of a teaching assistant. Some of them replied and some did not. What should I write in the followup ...
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Dealing with mistake in scheduling an extra lecture

I am a TA for an undergraduate class, and I have the following situation: Usually, I give my (one-hour) lectures (which consists of solving exercises and reviewing theory as needed) at Thursdays 12 p....
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Can I ask a prof (alumni of my college) to recommend me to another prof for a TA position?

I was looking for a TA position and mailed prof A, who is an alumni of my college, for a TA. He replied saying that he would not be taking any courses this year so will not require a TA. Can I ask him ...
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Changing due date for a student suddenly

Today I had two students never working on their assignment but looking at their phones the whole class. I did not warn them that I will collect their work but I told them to put their phones away. ...
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How do I ask a professor to recommend me to another professor to hire me as a teaching assistant?

I have been admitted into a college in the US for a master's program. I am applying for TA positions under various professors because TAs get tuition benefits. One of the professors who taught me as ...
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Should I report students that hand in similar reports (up to small permutations) in an assignment?

I am currently correcting assignments (pass/fail) for a Bachelor's course in which I am a TA. Students write some code and then discuss their results and approach in a report (in groups of two). My ...
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How to write side-note reviews on assignments without sounding testy?

I'm an undergrad teaching assistant of a physic BSc student's lab. My job is reviewing the (usually 8-10 pages long) reports the students make, arriving in electronic format. During the review, I add ...
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TA for the class versus taking the class?

My Ph.D. advisor and I are trying to decide whether I should take his class this Fall or be the TA for it (I have not had this class before). My question is, shouldn't one have already mastered the ...
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Does modifying the grades multiple times make me look unprepared/unprofessional?

As a TA, I have to grade students' assignments. The main instructor usually has requirements regarding the minimum average grade for the class. At the same time, it is tricky to predict the class' ...
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Something similar to MBA, but with support?

If someone can't afford to go to school for an MBA, but wants to train to be a manager, is there some compatible Master's, which has a reasonable level of support (teaching assistantships)?
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What is the best way to motivate teaching assistants?

I am head TA in a 300-student class, with 12 other TAs. Currently I do the following things to motivate my TAs: We have an internal Slack channel called #shoutouts where I mention TAs every time I ...
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How can an undergraduate TA ask to give a lecture if they have given one in the past?

TL;DR: I have given a lecture once for this course in the past during an emergency, and would like to re-challenge myself once I get adequate prep time, as I feel it is an important experience. Is it ...
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How do grad schools train grad students to be teaching assistants?

I am an international student and doing Ph.D. in Physics at a US university. My teaching assistant (TA) duty is to tutor undergrad students. I am supposed to solve whatever problems undergrads ...
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How to resolve grading dispute between TA and Lecturer?

On a math exam recently, the students were asked to use the definition of a limit of a sequence to prove that the sequence given by 3n/(3n+5) converges to 1. Given a positive number Ɛ, the definition ...
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Is it bad if I am not a teaching assistant during my PhD?

I've applied to be a teaching assistant (helps with running undergrad labs and marking reports/tests/exams) every year so far during my PhD, but have never been successful. I'm getting to the end of ...
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Qualifications to be computer science undergrad TA? [closed]

so I've applied to be a teaching assistant for System Fundamentals (undergrad course) and am meeting with a Professor tomorrow. I did well in the class, but I'm not sure how "smart" one has to be in ...
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How to Approach Students with Different Expectations on Coding Lab Sessions as a TA

I am a TA for undergraduate Introduction to Programming class at freshman level. I usually have around 30 students per semester who have two hours of lecture earlier during the week with their ...
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Is there a reason a TA and a professor may have to travel together?

I don't work in academia but I'm working on a screenplay set in that world. I was wondering if there might be a reason for a TA and a professor to travel together for work. If the professor were ...
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Forwarding a student’s question about exam modalities to a professor as a TA?

I am currently working as a teaching assistant. My tasks this semester include writing/putting together a formula sheet containing a lot of formulas and some graphs that the students should not have ...
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Professor refuses letter of recommendation request

The application for TA fellowship, one normally takes recommedations from previous professors one has TAed under. What he replied when I messaged him asking for a letter of recommendation: If you ...
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Would listing TA experience helpful for undergraduate research internship application?

I am currently an undergraduate and has TA experience. I am going to apply for a research internship position at a number of institutions. Would it be helpful to include TA experience as part of an ...
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Would it be safe to assume that TA and tutor are the same thing? [duplicate]

I am currently an Australian studying at ANU. I have worked as a tutor for about a year and now I am about to apply for a Ph.D. program in the states. Since the US uses TA (teaching assistant) instead ...
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Should TA work be listed in a CV for an internship in the industry?

Personally, I didn't teach but helped the professor conduct a laboratory course throughout the semester. It was also not a paid work but I volunteered. Should something like this be omitted from an ...
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How should I deal with incorrect information given to me by a TA [closed]

I'm in an introductory CS class, and we have a small project we need to complete. I was struggling, so I went to the student(undergrad) TA's office hours, and asked a couple questions which made sense ...
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Should I ask my students to contribute in preparation of the manuscripts?

As a part of my PhD. I supervise master and bachelor thesis. Even though, I get extremely smart students I find that they are having troubles in writing up their research as articles. Often I end up ...
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How to toughen up against hostile students as a TA?

I did not have a good experience when I TA'ed the first time. I faced a hostile student who refused to accept that he was wrong and didn't give me a good reason why he should deserve more marks. He ...
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Should Professors and by extension their TA's, hold student athletes to the same standard?

As a former student athlete at the high school level who played football, the academic requirements asked of me were no different than that of my fellow classmates. I never asked for any special ...
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What should I do when a student complains about the marking in this situation? [duplicate]

When I was a marker, a student came to meet me to complain that I did wrong in the assignment marking but he didn't bring his assignment. I assumed that what he claimed was true and apologized. Then ...
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Did my instructor somehow pass the buck to me? [closed]

When I was TAing a course, some students came to meet me to talk about marking issues. Earlier, the instructor had said that if students cannot reach an agreement with TAs they should talk to the ...
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Is it common that marker TA make the marking scheme instead of the professor?

I had a course in which the instructor let the markers make the midterm marking scheme and had students ask the TAs to resolve any marking issues instead of talking to him, though the instructor ...
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Must a tutorial TA resolve any questions from the students?

I know it is TA's responsibility to help students understand the course material. But there are always some students don't like to think independently, or maybe just not smart enough. Is it ok for TA ...
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How to efficiently use time while preparing for a class?

I am a teaching assistant for multivariable calculus this semester. As an undergraduate, I took the course but we learned few. To add, it has been more than 5 years since I took the class. So, every ...