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