Starting out in your first semester as a TA can be overwhelming, but, as with most new experiences, things do become easier and more comfortable as time goes by. Being properly prepared to teach is a good start, but getting to know your students well and building a good rapport with them can make a huge difference in your overall experience. Either you'll enjoy coming to class each day and appreciate the immersive learning opportunity or you'll think of being a TA as a necessary chore. Here are some tips for building good working relationships with your students and for ensuring that you and the students are getting the most benefit from your time is class.
Embrace the 3 F's: Friendly, Fair and Flexible
As simple as it is, smiling and being friendly can go a long way towards putting others at ease. At the same time, you want to make sure that you're not showing preference to any particular students by being open and friendly to some, but standoffish to others. Try ... Read More »