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TA Handbook

The VPTL supports over 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students who serve as teaching assistants (TAs) each quarter at Stanford University. TAs lead sections and labs in large lecture courses, offer individualized assistance during office hours, grade and provide feedback on homework and exams, and often help faculty develop new course materials. With such far-reaching impact, TAs are a fundamental part of instruction at Stanford. Whether you are new to teaching or have many years of experience, we hope this guide will help you make the most of your work as a TA — both for you and for your students. 

TA Introduction

VPTL works collaboratively with faculty and departments to design, implement, assist with, and evaluate programs that prepare new TAs for their teaching roles and support all TAs as they carry out their teaching responsibilities. 

TA Orientation

VPTL holds a Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation at the beginning of every quarter, for all students who will be leading class sections and labs.

Training your Department's TAs

VPTL works with faculty and departments to design, implement, assist with, and evaluate programs that prepare new TAs for their teaching roles and support all TAs as they carry out their teaching responsibilities. VPTL offers the following services and resources to assist departments with their TA training efforts: 

TA Skills

VPTL's guide to leading a classroom, grading, developing your professional skills, and more.

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Thinking about how to support the success of all students is vital to effective teaching. Visit VPTL's resources to make your classroom more inclusive and improve learning for all.

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How do Stanford's course evaluations work? How can I customize mine? What do I do with the results? Get answers to these questions and more here.

Students having a discussion in class

As you prepare to take your place in academia, your teaching is just as important as your research.  Learn ways to develop and improve your teaching skills through course feedback, observation, video consultations, and more.

International TAs

Are you an international student new to Stanford or being a TA? Adjust to your new roles with these resources.

Hewitt Teaching Center

Find a variety of teaching opportunities here, to help you develop your professional skills and gain teaching experience in a range of educational environments.

Female TA in front of class, teaching

Leverage your teaching expertise by informing and coaching other grad students in these VPTL programs.

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When your students are struggling, recommend one or more of these Stanford resources in tutoring, studying, speaking, mental health, and more.

Male TA in front of whiteboard, teaching

If you are a Mentor in Teaching (MinT) for your department, this page has the handouts and other tools you need to help your fellow students with their teaching.

Male and female TAs at TAs, smiling, talking with group

Do you mentor grad students in their teaching? Here are handouts, checklists, and other tools to help you.