The teaching assistant (TA) role is an exciting step in graduate student development, as you will begin to view teaching, learning and your own academic discipline through a new lens.

Developing teaching skills

Engineering graduate students are strongly encouraged to connect with the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE). They offer a variety of workshops and presentations to support TAs.


Completing CTE's core Fundamentals of University Teaching Program is an efficient way to build your teaching skills. Workshops and sessions are provided at no cost to graduate students, and the completed program appears on your UWaterloo transcript. CTE also maintains an extensive library of Teaching Tips and a complete TA Manual (PDF) that new TAs may find helpful.


In collaboration with two other Ontario universities, CTE also helped develop a series online modules in university teaching. These modules (listed below) introduce teaching and learning theory and describe best practices in university-level teaching.

Leading tutorials

In fall 2015, we recorded the tutorial sessions of two experienced teaching assistants (TAs), Golnaz Bohlouli and Robie Hennigar, as they worked with Waterloo Engineering students in a first-year physics course. A series of videos on different topics was created containing tips based on the observed behaviours of these exemplary TAs. View the Exemplary Tutorials video series or choose a topic below for text-only tips.

Marking OMR exams

If multiple-choice exams are used in your course, you may be responsible for their processing. Information about and assistance with this process can be found at the IT Service Desk. You can also read more about the OMR & Scanning service or the related Examproc software.

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