Profession university teaching assistant

University teaching assistants are graduate students or recent graduates employed on a temporary contract at a university or a college for teaching-related responsibilities. They assist the professor, lecturer or teacher of the specific course they are in charge of in the preparation of lectures and of exams, grading papers and exams and leading review and feedback sessions for the students.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Enterprising
  • Social / Investigative
  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Conventional
  • Social / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Assessment processes

    Various evaluation techniques, theories, and tools applicable in the assessment of students, participants in a programme, and employees. Different assessment strategies such as initial, formative, summative and self- assessment are used for varying purposes.

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

  • University procedures

    The inner workings of a university, such as the structure of the relevant education support and management, the policies, and the regulations.

Skills

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Supervise practical courses

    Prepare the content and the material required for practical lessons, explain technical notions to students, answer their questions and evaluate their progress on a regular basis.

  • Provide lesson materials

    Ensure that the necessary materials for teaching a class, such as visual aids, are prepared, up-to-date, and present in the instruction space.

  • Guarantee students' safety

    Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.

  • Assess students

    Evaluate the students' (academic) progress, achievements, course knowledge and skills through assignments, tests, and examinations. Diagnose their needs and track their progress, strengths, and weaknesses. Formulate a summative statement of the goals the student achieved.

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

Optional knowledge and skills

consult students on learning content work with virtual learning environments escort students on a field trip conduct quantitative research liaise with educational support staff assist scientific research conduct scholarly research assist students with equipment assist in the organisation of school events conduct qualitative research write work-related reports scientific research methodology manage resources for educational purposes provide information on study programmes assist students with their dissertation oversee extra-curricular activities assign homework monitor developments in field of expertise