You and Your Teaching Assistant

A teaching assistant is usually a person who has been admitted to graduate school in the department that offers the course you are taking. They are taking graduate classes and preparing for exams and doing research as their academic responsibility. This person also has a job to do and you can help them do it. Their job is to help you learn the ideas that are being presented in lecture, and to practice them using a computer. You need to work with your TA!

Teaching Assistants typically work with a course coordinator or supervisor. They have some authority in their sections, but some things (such as makeup exams) are decided by the supervisor. General course policies are usually determined by the supervisor in consultation with the Teaching Assistants.