A valuable gold experience in college
At the end of my undergraduate period, where I had finished my final assignment and prepared to make a paper publication, I was asked by two of my lecturers to help them teach statistics on education and therapy in children with special needs. At that time I was quite hesitant to accept, but after going through a number of considerations, I thought there was no harm in trying. So I accepted their request.
Not all students can become a teaching assistant. Thus, I felt that it was a good opportunity that did not come twice and would provide me with an extraordinary experience. I also heard from the lecturers that I was quite prominent in accompanying my classmates during college, so they had great consideration for recruiting me.
I became an assistant lecturer for two courses in the same semester. By only focusing on the publication of writing, I began to formulate a strategy to arrange the time in such a way that I could accompany them well. Broadly speaking, my works were:
After one semester, I completed my assistance report. There were also various things I experienced while accompanying my two outstanding lecturers. Most of the good things I have learned from being their assistants. These are the things that have been of great benefit to me. Hopefully that is also good for you if you have the opportunity to become an assistant lecturer too.
1. Sharpen the material that has been studied
No doubt, I helped them prepared lecture materials with fresh and new learning approaches to improve the quality of learning. Inevitably I had to study and read again the materials I had learned before so that I could channel my ideas. This provided an opportunity for me to continue learning and sharpening my cognitive.
I took the time to borrow some books in library to get new references which I would discuss with the lecturer before the lecture begins. This method allows me to always be available when there were students who are struggling, so that I would not lack ammunition in answering their questions that were sometimes unexpected such as practical in the field. Lecture materials one or two years before being recalled at the end of my studies and it has made me feel the knowledge I learned was used, not forgotten. So when I graduated, I would not regret what I have learned so far.
2. Strengthen communication, get to know lecturers more closely and learn from the educator's point of view
Not many lecturers I approached while attending undergraduate lectures. I also did not do much communication with the lecturers. After becoming an assistant lecturer, I began to more often communicate with them and discussed many things. Starting from lecturing, studying, lecturer and student activities, my family, career, and plans after graduation.
I began to understand how the lecturers worked and studied through their perspectives. Before that I complained a lot about how lecturers treated students, but after looking closely, I understood that the assignment of the lecturer was not as easy as it seemed. Met them every day made me learn to position myself from the viewpoint of educators, not just students.
3. Making friends with younger generation
I quite often spent time with classmates or senior friends. However, after becoming an assistant lecturer, I began to make friends with junior. I shared learning experiences with them, discussed, and helped them with lecture material. Since then I began to realize that I was able to channel the ideas and ideas that I had with them. It was great to see them pass the course with good results and come to me then say, "Sis, thank you for your guidance. I got an A."
4. Having teaching experience and support curriculum vitaeMy major was related to teaching. Been an assistant lecturer has provided many opportunities for me to appear as a teacher. I honed my ability to speak in public, analyze cases, solve problems, and protect students. This was an extraordinary experience that not everyone gets. The lecturer also gave me a trust that was very meaningful for me in the future I was pursuing a career as an educator. The bonus, this would enrich the contents of the curriculum vitae and support me in my career.
How was your experience? Have you ever been an assistant lecturer? Or do you want to be an assistant lecturer for your favorite subject? Tell your story in the comments column. Happy day!
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