Neo Evil11
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I've been asked to be a studentassistent for a professor and the job implies that I grade homework, but also that I give some classes that explain all the assignments. Considering I am a student myself and have no training in teaching, can some of you that do have some experience, give me some advice? I appreciate the input.
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Teaching's fairly easy, that's why they get paid so little.
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Teaching's fairly easy, that's why they get paid so little.

I know, my mom is a primary school teacher >.>
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Teaching's fairly easy, that's why they get paid so little.



Oh right, i had no idea it was so easy, guess my sleepless nights and relentless hours of planning were pretty easy and worthless then

All i can say is to put yourself in the position of the student, is what you're teaching actually going to appeal to their age group and do you have any backup plans for when things don't go the way you want.

It all comes back to your planning, i understand you're only doing a student assistant program, but make sure you know your topic and delivery more importantly back to front!

Good luck!
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All i can say is to put yourself in the position of the student, is what you're teaching actually going to appeal to their age group and do you have any backup plans for when things don't go the way you want.

It all comes back to your planning, i understand you're only doing a student assistant program, but make sure you know your topic and delivery more importantly back to front!

Good luck!

Yeah I will ofcourse prepare the topic. I only have to show the "kids" how to do the assignments, so I guess all I have to do is understand how to do all the assignments.
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I'm not a proper teacher, but have done tutoring and I teach maths to one twelve year old at the moment.
Three pieces of advice:
1. plan everything
2. be prepared to meet great resistance to learning, and be ready to come up with a creative strategy to trick them into doing work (mostly applies to younger kids)
3. keep your cool, come across as in control and generally make sure you're someone they'll look up to
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I'm not a proper teacher, but have done tutoring and I teach maths to one twelve year old at the moment.
Three pieces of advice:
1. plan everything
2. be prepared to meet great resistance to learning, and be ready to come up with a creative strategy to trick them into doing work (mostly applies to younger kids)
3. keep your cool, come across as in control and generally make sure you're someone they'll look up to

Unfortunately it will most likely be a massive amount of 18-20 year olds (I am 21 myself). Considering the class room, they will be looking down on me. >.>

In the introduction class I have to tell them what to do, and in all the solution classes I will be showing them how they should have solved it. I don't know how to make that interesting. I can try to make fart jokes though. >.>
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hmmm_de_hum
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Yeah pretty much, have examples ready on what kind of model you're expecting their work to be like, if you want to go one step further walk through a marking criteria with them. As mundane as it sounds actually giving them a checklist helps to sort out any problems that the students are having and will blatantly not tell you about!
Neo Evil11
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Quote by hmmm_de_hum
Yeah pretty much, have examples ready on what kind of model you're expecting their work to be like, if you want to go one step further walk through a marking criteria with them. As mundane as it sounds actually giving them a checklist helps to sort out any problems that the students are having and will blatantly not tell you about!

That actually may be helpful. I still have to receive the assignments and checklists etc. myself, but I will sure to keep it in mind.
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Quote by Neo Evil11
I've been asked to be a studentassistent for a professor and the job implies that I grade homework, but also that I give some classes that explain all the assignments. Considering I am a student myself and have no training in teaching, can some of you that do have some experience, give me some advice? I appreciate the input.
I have done the exact same a few times, It's hard work, but it's loads of fun and very rewarding imo.
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I have done the exact same a few times, It's hard work, but it's loads of fun and very rewarding imo.

How did you do the teaching part?
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Teaching's fairly easy, that's why they get paid so little.

Ignorance

OP I assume you'll be teaching at a tertiary level right? You won't have much behavioural issues to get a hold on but your main problem will be staying on top of marking/planning.

Best advice I can give you is to get shit done as soon as you know what you have to do. Teachers are some of the most organised people on the planet because we have to be.
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Neo Evil11
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Ignorance

OP I assume you'll be teaching at a tertiary level right? You won't have much behavioural issues to get a hold on but your main problem will be staying on top of marking/planning.

Best advice I can give you is to get shit done as soon as you know what you have to do. Teachers are some of the most organised people on the planet because we have to be.

Yeah at University, first year of the Bachelor degree.
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Be prepared for some stupid questions, even guys and gals going to university can be pretty slow

No, but in all seriousness: show that you're in control and on top of things. I've seen quite some student-assistants teach lessons who were being either far too lenient or too shy. A lot of awkward silences ensued.
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People have said this already but it's worth repeating: stay in control and if you aren't in control, at least try and act like you know what's going on
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People have said this already but it's worth repeating: stay in control and if you aren't in control, at least try and act like you know what's going on

So what does one do when people are talking loudly apart from telling them to please stop it?

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I might be tutoring littleish kids in a couple weeks or a month, this thread scares me. I thought it'd be a piece of cake.
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I might be tutoring littleish kids in a couple weeks or a month, this thread scares me. I thought it'd be a piece of cake.

I wonder what's harder, teaching little kids or teaching adult teen monsters.
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I wonder what's harder, teaching little kids or teaching adult teen monsters.

In general, I'd imagine little kids. Most adults wouldn't be misbehaving much in such a small group or 1 on 1. They're also much more likely to be there willingly.
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I have done the exact same a few times, It's hard work, but it's loads of fun and very rewarding imo.



Same. I actually have to teach a lab in about an hour.

And TS, just relax. There will come a time when you don't know the answer to a question, but you just have to find it out. I think you'll find students will come to you more for help and general mentoring advice (which classes to take, how to approach certain classes, etc) as time goes on.

Since you're in the position, I assume you have a pretty good grasp on the material, so just try to remember what was confusing for you when you learned it and be sure to explain those concepts well.

Also, be prepared for some really stupid preconceptions that are just not even close to being correct.
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So what does one do when people are talking loudly apart from telling them to please stop it?



Threaten to dock them points. Tell them to GTFO if they keep it up. Simple as that. I've never had a problem with it though. Most students at that level aren't there to dick around.
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How did you do the teaching part?

Preparation is the key. I assume you won't have to worry about what you're going to tell them since that's the professor's job, so you should focus on how you're going to tell it. The rest is kinda the same as giving a presentation really.
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I tutor people, but it is more assisting with their projects for an art programme, so i offer assistance when and where i can, but really, they are in control and can do what they like, as long as it is pertinent to the project they are working on.

All i can say is be reasonable but don't let students walk over you. You start to be able to see where the line is between their concentration wavering (which is excusable to an extent), and them just taking the piss and not even bothering.
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I think also even if the students are noisy and disinterested, treat them with respect. How would you like to be talked to when being 'scolded'? Say something along the lines of how students have chosen to be here, noting is mandatory etc. (at least I think so? :p)
Also in my opinion a teacher that is enthousiastic about teaching and the subject comes across 10 times better than a disinterested boring teacher. Try to have fun with it yourself and the students will like it also
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I know, my mom is a primary school teacher >.>


So why aren't you asking her for advice?


Google the 7 stages of writing and make sure you meet them.

Pretend you are a teacher and act like you are in charge, it is your classroom etc.

Be slightly jokey and prepare for the fact they'll say/ask you anything to derail you from teaching. Be polite and nice but shut that sort of thing down early or it will continue every lesson.


I know you won't have any behaviour issues in HE but it might be worth setting out what you expect in terms of meeting deadlines and effort in work. Have some rules and enforce them, eg I won't mark work if you give it to me late for no reason. This sort of thing stops them taking the piss.
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I know you won't have any behaviour issues in HE but it might be worth setting out what you expect in terms of meeting deadlines and effort in work. Have some rules and enforce them, eg I won't mark work if you give it to me late for no reason. This sort of thing stops them taking the piss.


You'd be surprised. I'm in my second year of university and a couple of our seminar tutors have no control over the class so the majority just piss about. You'd think it was a class of year 9 kids not 20-21 yr olds.
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You'd be surprised. I'm in my second year of university and a couple of our seminar tutors have no control over the class so the majority just piss about. You'd think it was a class of year 9 kids not 20-21 yr olds.


Why should they bother? They'd be teaching year 9 if crowd control was their thing.


If I taught HE I would let poorly behaved students sink. They are paying for it, let them realise on their own what they're doing
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Why should they bother? They'd be teaching year 9 if crowd control was their thing.


If I taught HE I would let poorly behaved students sink. They are paying for it, let them realise on their own what they're doing


I see your point of view though, that is what one of the tutors said. Towards the end of last semester she got sick and just told the class they can shut up and listen and learn or go, she doesn't need to be there, they're paying for it. But besides that one time never once has she ever tried to really exercise any control at all. Most tutors in my experience have seemed really friendly and approachable in the first few sessions but made sure they'd stamp out any chatter or anything if it got excessive, and the class would take note and not do that again.

The only downside is it sucks for the people who want to learn who can't because 3/4 of the class decide to be arseholes and talk over a tutor while they're teaching, and the tutor doesn't do anything, not even so much as a "When I'm talking you listen" kind of thing.
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Quote by Mistress_Ibanez
So why aren't you asking her for advice?


Google the 7 stages of writing and make sure you meet them.

Pretend you are a teacher and act like you are in charge, it is your classroom etc.

Be slightly jokey and prepare for the fact they'll say/ask you anything to derail you from teaching. Be polite and nice but shut that sort of thing down early or it will continue every lesson.


I know you won't have any behaviour issues in HE but it might be worth setting out what you expect in terms of meeting deadlines and effort in work. Have some rules and enforce them, eg I won't mark work if you give it to me late for no reason. This sort of thing stops them taking the piss.

Because she doesnt have experience teaching the elderly and i can expect advice from her if i want it or not. Xp. thought maybe on of you people had experience in my situation, which you seem to have.

I am worried about behavioural issues as there are probably 100+students in that room, it is bound to get noisy.
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Oh right, i had no idea it was so easy, guess my sleepless nights and relentless hours of planning were pretty easy and worthless then

All i can say is to put yourself in the position of the student, is what you're teaching actually going to appeal to their age group and do you have any backup plans for when things don't go the way you want.

It all comes back to your planning, i understand you're only doing a student assistant program, but make sure you know your topic and delivery more importantly back to front!

Good luck!

Yeah the main thing is to put yourself in their shoes and show you relate to them! Make the tasks have a clear point to them, so they can see the value in what they're doing. Also, be as inspiring as you possibly can! The main role of a teacher, in my point of view.
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Sorry only tutored - bio/chemistry to peers the first two years of college, and basic computer crap to older adults at some career center.

All I learned: most things that elicit a chuckle from an older person just make younger people deadpan, and vice versa. Also, people in my own age group are more responsive and try harder if one day you're suddenly more condescending than usual (tone/word choice/pace). This gives them a secret inner-rage that is expressed in the form of new ideas and enthusiasm.

Overall all you have to do is



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I'm not even going to try to be funny. I am from a completely different environment than the students I will be teaching. There is only a small chance that our ideas of comedy overlap. I may be the funniest person on UG, but in real life not everyone gets the jokes.

My sister is a speech and language therapist (logopedist for you Dutch people) so I will ask her some questions on how to boost my presentation skills.
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