Good learning environment with enjoyable work
Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – Amherst, MA – February 6, 2017
Editing scientific papers was a valuable and enjoyable experience. Though it was only for college credit rather than compensation, I gained a lot from my experience as a peer editor and teaching assistant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During a typical day at work, the professor I was assigned to would disperse that week's writing assignment to the group of TAs, as well as the number of assignments written by the students in the class. He would then explain what his goals were in terms of the assignment and what he wanted us to focus on in our grading. Throughout the course of the semester, I reviewed and edited many students' work, and had the chance to evaluate my own work more critically because of it.
Through this working experience, I learned more about time management, having a careful eye, and respecting others' work. One of the hardest parts of the job for me was not rewriting others' work based on how I would do it myself. I learned how important it is to respect the intentions and the words of another writer and not try to alter their writing to suit my own needs. The most enjoyable part of the job was learning about the different things these young psychologically-minded people were interested in. I got information on so many things I'd never known about previously. Additionally, I really enjoyed getting to read other students' writing, as reading is one of my favorite things to do!
Laidback work atmosphere, get to work from home, interesting reading material
Unpaid (for college credit), sometimes tedious