Are you mentoring a summer student? Here are some tips to get you started!… Read More Are you Mentoring an Undergrad? Start Here
It was my first day of grade six; my final year in elementary school. I was assigned to Miss Betty, who had a reputation for being the meanest teacher. I remember her having us do an assignment right after she took attendance. On the blackboard she wrote, “What is the difference between mean versus strict?”… Read More Strict versus mean
I actually said that out loud, in the hallway outside my office once. It was during my first year as a TA and I was excited to grade my very first batch of reports. My neighbour next door, a former TA for the same course I was currently TA’ing at that time, yelled something along… Read More I can’t wait to grade reports!
Being a teacher’s assistant (TA) can be hard work. As a TA you’re a font of knowledge, the solution to their problems and the keeper of their GPA. You’re also figuring out things as you go, putting out fires as they happen (hopefully figuratively!) and generally trying to keep up the aura of authority. So… Read More What can the Undergrads teach you?
Sometimes, being a grad student means that you are perceived by undergrads as being something like A Person With Knowledge and Authority. They assume that you’re someone who has seen things and done stuff and, rightly or wrongly, that you might be more approachable (or perhaps simply “safer”) than a professor if they’ve got something… Read More Undergraduate “advising”