Advice for being a TA or RA

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*Definitely try to TA courses you'd like to teach in the future. This is the best way to really get immersed in the material and get ideas for examples and in-class demonstrations.
*Definitely try to TA courses you'd like to teach in the future. This is the best way to really get immersed in the material and get ideas for examples and in-class demonstrations.
*A good time to TA is the semester after comps, when you need a break from research.
*A good time to TA is the semester after comps, when you need a break from research.
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*In terms of TA'ships, find out who is the person who assigns TA'ships and communicate to them your preferences because its can't hurt to ask.
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*Also, there are less TA'ships available over summer so one way to increase your chances of obtaining these TA'ships is by finding which professors are teaching those classes and persuade them to recommend you as their TA for the summer class.
==Research Assistantships==
==Research Assistantships==
*Try to get involved with a faculty member who is well-funded and whose research interests align with yours. Finding this intersection may prove to be challenging.
*Try to get involved with a faculty member who is well-funded and whose research interests align with yours. Finding this intersection may prove to be challenging.
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There are a number of different positions that you can occupy while in graduate school. Typically these positions are classified as GTA or GRA. A "GRA" is a Graduate Research Assistant in which you assist with a faculty members research. A "GTA" is a Teaching Assistantship in which you assist with the teaching of a course, such as leading discussions in a lab, grading exams, etc.

Teaching Assistantships

Research Assistantships



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