- Communication: My communication was not bad to begin with. But, it was not the best. It improved with each help and laboratory session. Along with communication, my moderation and facilitation skills also improved drastically.
- Productivity: This is something that I am proud about. My efficiency in dealing with people let’s say group projects and assignments went from an average to really good. I was able achieve more in research as I had to spend time in preparing for class.
- Problem solving: As a student, I thought TA knew everything about the subject. I got to quickly learn that this does not happen in most of the cases. In a class of 72 which relied on programming, I got to master my quick debugging skills.
- Patience: In academia it is always necessary to be patient. Whether it is teaching in class or grading, patience is the key.
- Genuine: Each person has his/her own way of solving a problem. It is important as a TA to have your own approach to solve a problem (e.g. coming up with your own solution for homework). I had my own approach to teach and to solve problems, which motivated me even further.
I wish all my fellow graduate students the best of luck in their endeavor!
Pavan is a PhD student in the Department of Civil Engineering