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Updated on Monday, October 6

#19908

OMG: I'm a TA this semester and I'd like to apologize for anything shitty I've said about TAs in the past because I get it now.

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  1. how many emails is it possible to get the night before an assignment is due

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    1. The worst is office hours the day before an assignment is due.

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  2. I won't, because being able to speak English at a level where native speakers can understand you should be a basic requirement of the job.

    I imagine it is ever worse for people who don't speak English as their first language as they have to translate the broken English through their own imperfect understanding of the language.

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    1. As a TA I agree with this, some other students in my graduate program got assigned TA positions that do not have tutorials/labs, while those international students got tutorials. Now understandably it is in regards to your schedule, but really?

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    2. 6 doesn't seem to understand that the primary objective of a teaching assistantship is to provide income for graduate students, and that the secondary objective is to offload work from professors who have much more important things to do. Students' interests are tertiary at best.

      Accept that you're in a university where a huge proportion of graduate students are ESL. If you screened TAs based on their ability to speak perfect English, you likely wouldn't have a TA at all.

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    3. 6b sure you would... they just might have lower grades.. but like who cares about grades anymore?

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  3. I was a TA, and a damn good one.

    No sympathy for your incompetence.

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  4. The fuck 7? I didn't say anything about being incompetent.

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  5. On the subject: if you're too stupid to understand the material in a course, taking up hours of your TA's time is not going to help. Some people are just meant to fail.

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  6. OP is one of those disrespectful douchebags who just didn't get it. Student who has never been a TA here, I always had respect for them, though I am also an academic at heart, so my understanding of the system is more purist than most students (and I absolutely hate non purists at this school, and hope they all die horrible deaths).

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    1. You are proof that most academic's are cunts.

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    2. you're ugly and probably stupid

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    3. I will have you know that I was rated 10/10 in highschool. Don't mess with me punk.

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