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T.A.ing — half of the semester done!

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Wow, it’s been half the semester already. It’s been a good experience so far. This job has highlighted two key things I should work on though. First, it’s impossible to know everything that can be asked in a given tutorial, so I should figure out what the boundaries for the module are (i.e. what the current module does not approach), and know the most likely places the answers are in the textbook so I can refer to an official explanation when I’ve drawn a blank. Providing answers that go beyond the scope of a course is actually harmful since it affects students’ recall during examinations! Second, I need to reduce the amount of repetition I use to explain something. Specifically, saying the same sentence twice doesn’t help comprehension– clearly, there’s something incompatible about that sentence.

Overall though, I’m happy with how the tutorials are progressing and how our (my and Ariana’s) introductory slide shows go– The quizzes at the end of class have progressed into being a very smooth transaction too.

In about half an hour, I have to head down to watch them all write a midterm along with the other TAs.

Applications for Winter TA positions are due soon.

It might be nice to do a hands-on laboratory course next, but tutorials are certainly pleasant.

Eddie Ma

October 14th, 2009 at 9:21 am