Pros: on campus, learning experience, good pay & benefits, personally rewarding
Cons: grading can be tedious and time consuming
As a graduate student I was given a position as a statistics instructor for an undergraduate statistics course. I ran the labs, during which I would lecture, assign homework, and provide individualized instruction and feedback to students in the class. I worked with other graduate students who taught different sections of the same course, overseen by – more... a department professor whom we met with weekly as a group.
Overall, the experience was a very positive one. I learned a great deal as I was teaching due to the variety and detail of questions my students presented to me. Much of what I learned I will take with me as I transition into a career. Additionally, it is a fairly uncommon courtesy of the program to provide such good compensation and full medical/dental benefits to its TAs. – less