All TAs on campus, regardless of their discipline, face similar difficulties when first starting to lead a discussion section. We have collected answers from a panel of faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students to some of the common questions posed by TAs.
You may also visit the Surviving the First Quarter of Teaching website, which addresses many of the same topics.
The answers are organized in the six categories listed below:
- Preparing for section
- Relationship with faculty and other TAs
- In the classroom
- Communication with students
- Evaluating your students and yourself
- TA assignments, responsibilities, and pay rates