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.
First impressions can have a lasting impact. For search committees and employers, your cover letter is their first impression of you. Strong, persuasive cover letters can positively influence that first impression.
Effective organization is essential to managing your many responsibilities as a graduate student. Learn how to leverage some of the strategies and resources already available to you to better manage these responsibilities and tasks.
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.
Most graduate students conduct research or develop creative works as part of their studies. Presenting your work is critical to educating the field and the world about your work. In some fields and for some projects, especially the arts and humanities, it is worth thinking creatively about all the many ways to you can share what you have done.
It's never too early to start preparing for your future career. Whether you are interested in a faculty position, research, or something else, it is important to explore your options. Looking into potential career options in your field can help you prepare for those possibilities before you enter the job market.
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.