Resources for Graduate Students

The following pages are intended to provide resources specifically for Teaching Assistants (TAs), as valuable members of the university teaching team.  Whether you are a marking TA, holding office hours, running a lab or tutorial or are in charge of facilitating discussions or giving lectures, you hold an important and unique position as both a student and teacher.  This page is designed to provide resources at every step of the TA process – before starting a TAship, during the semester and at the close of the semester.

Preparing for Your TAship
As a Teaching Assistant you may be unsure of your role as a TA or feeling anxiety about starting a TAship. These resources are designed to help prepare you for your TAship, plan out your semester, know your available resources, make the most of Day 1 and overcome anxiety.
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Roles of a Teaching Assistant
Resources on specific TA roles, including: marking-only TAs, TAs who often instruct labs, TAs who facilitate tutorials and discussion groups, and TAs for online courses.  Marking strategies, proctoring exams and online TAing are also addressed.
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In the Classroom

Resources on classroom management techniques, technology in the classroom and guidelines for undergraduate students, such as “how to write a thesis statement” and “critical reading” are available on this page.


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Post-course: Reflection and Portfolio Building

These resources will help make the most of your Teaching Assistant experience in terms of self-reflection on your teaching, building your teaching dossier and handling student evaluations productively.


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GradPath: Professional and Academic Skills for Teaching, Research and Getting Hired

Additional resources for graduate students are available at the GradPath website, including: Collaboration and Interpersonal Communication, Writing, Research, Presentation, Leadership and Mentorship, Time and Self-Management, and Career and Professional Development.


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TA Handbook
As a teaching assistant, you make an important contribution to the quality of undergraduate education at the university.
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CSIGS E-manual

Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students (CSIGS) are e-manuals primarily for international and newcomer graduate students to familiarize them with the norms of communication in Canada and the United States. International students need to be familiar with norms about communication in order to be successful when they teach, communicate with their supervisors, and apply for jobs, as cultural differences exist in all of these realms. Those who work with international students will benefit from reading CSIGS to become aware of alternate norms of communication in order to support, understand, and work productively with students from other cultural backgrounds.


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