Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Teaching assistant

One of the things that causing me both grief and joy these days is my latest parttime job: a teaching assistant position at the university. I am TA to three courses in the Economics department: Programming I (Java), Programming I (Visual C#), and Mathematical Programming.
The first two I can get by with, because I used to study programming in my junior college years, but the Mathematical Programming class? I am probably more clueless than the students. So I always dread being asked questions by the students because I have no idea how to answer them. I tried to weasel my way out by telling the teacher that I have no knowledge whatsoever in the subject, but instead he said that I can learn along with the students. No way out, then. Let the stress continue.
By the way, I forgot to mention that all these classes are conducted in Japanese. This was actually one of the most important reasons why I chose to take the job. I thought it would serve as a great experience and good practice also (oh, and it pays pretty well, too). Well, I'm getting both of that, but that doesn't stop the stress... lol

8 comments:

Thunderthud said...

If the students ask questions that you can't answer, assign them the task of finding the solution and explaining it to the class. Tell them taht simply answering their questions won't do them any good,, but figuring out the answer themselves will. This will either discourage them from asking questions or will encourage them to use their own resources to come up with the answer.

Booyah! said...

first, i have to learn how to say that in japanese, lol

Ying li said...

I totally understand your feeling. I'm the TA of "Object Oriented Programming" and i try hard to discourage students from asking questions and not to show it too obviously...><"

btw, the "C#" you mentioned is not C++, right?

Booyah! said...

cool, we're on the same boat :P
i'm not sure if it's C++ cuz it says C# on the syllabus... i guess they're all similar though?

Ying li said...

er...from what i heard C# is totally different from C++.
but C# is not that common, so i guess what you mean is C++ which is based on C language and use Object Oriented. but i know nothing about C#...
looks like we are really not good at those subjects...><"

Booyah! said...

haha, i just take it one class at a time... don't really know what's going on... :P

James n_n said...

C# is different from C++.. C# looks a lot like JAVA

Booyah! said...

don't really know the diff but the syllabus said C#