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The Office of Graduate Studies is more than just the place that processes applications and dissertation paperwork. Read more to learn about all the ways that OGS can help you succeed in graduate school and beyond.
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Preparing International Students to Teach

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For international students, becoming a teaching assistant means not only learning how to teach, but also learning about a new classroom environment and overcoming language barriers. Since 1988, UNL has helped international students make this transition.
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Creating Learning-Centered Course Objectives

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"Soccer Field, Kelly Park West" by Rusty Clark ~ 100K Photos | CC BY 2.0
Your course objectives indicate the focus on the course and what students will learn. Strong learning-centered objectives can help direct the activities you do in class, the assessments you give, and ultimately what your students get out of the class.
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Reflective Teaching

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"Three Trees" by Michael Eickelmann | CC BY-NC 2.0
The end of a semester is a great time to look back on your successes and areas for improvement. For TAs, this reflection should also focus on your teaching and any potential changes you want to make the next time you teach.
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Grading Fairly and Efficiently

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"tools of the trade 1" by Chris Blakeley | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Grading is a common responsibility for Graduate Teaching Assistants. Effective grading means providing useful information to the students about their performance. Learning to grade fairly and efficiently can help save you time in the long run.
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Fostering a Positive Classroom Culture

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"Creative Rooftop" by Melinda Stuart | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A positive classroom culture helps all students to be successful in your classroom. For TAs and instructors, this means considering the classroom power differential and how you interact with students both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Assessing and Improving your Teaching

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"Stairway to heaven" by Julie Missbutterflies | CC BY-SA 2.0
Classes have begun and for many graduate students that means teaching, perhaps for the first time. Learning to teach well takes time and getting feedback on your teaching will help you continue to improve.
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6 Strategies for the Last Week of Class

"Waterland (Explore)" by Christian | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The final week of the semester is the perfect time to bring learning full circle. Help students make large scale, meaningful connections.
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Is This Going to be on the Final?

"Prüfungen des Lebens" by Dennis Skley | CC BY-ND 2.0
Put your students at ease by planning for your final exam now and communicating your expectations.
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Rubrics: Grade with Integrity

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"Rubric Highway" by Jen Hegna | CC BY-NC_SA 2.0
A rubric communicates your grading standards, simplifies your work grading, and facilitates conversations about student performance, putting integrity front and center.
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