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Support Classes Information 21

IMPORTANT information about supervisions and the teaching assistant (TA) role in 2021/22: 

As part of the application process you will be asked if you are prepared to deliver both face to face and online teaching or not. In any case, you should be prepared for the possibility of conducting teaching online.

Any face-to-face classes or supervisions will take place under university Covid regulations and TAs/supervisors will be provided with the equipment necessary to do this.

Where there is a large module with marking attached and several TAs there may be scope for marking only roles, teaching only roles and marking and teaching roles.

We are still considering arrangements for 2021/22 for the number of contact hours per week per group for first year supervisions.

The Department requires well qualified teachers in order to provide this level of support and so a broad familiarity with the subject is essential, which must usually be demonstrated by being an existing postgraduate (research) student. We will, in exceptional cases, also accept applications from postgraduate (taught) students in the Mathematics Department and other applications if the applicant can demonstrate the necessary background.

Please contact Richard Lissaman, r.m.lissaman@warwick.ac.uk, if you have any queries.

Graduate students form an essential and respected part of the undergraduate teaching force at Warwick. Our students are of the highest calibre: most have 3 or 4 A’s at A-level and STEP. They expect and deserve good teaching. They also need the support and encouragement of people who vividly remember how challenging undergraduate mathematics can be.

What do supervisors do?

Supervisors meet groups of 5 first year students to answer questions, discuss assignment problems, and stimulate participation and debate. You will typically be asked to mark three assignments per student per week. This must be done responsibly and promptly, as in most subjects assessed work is worth 15% of the final mark. At the end of each term you will be expected to complete a student report form on each of your students.

What would I teach in supervisions?

Supervisors teach first year students who take courses in Foundations, Analysis, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Geometry and Motion (or, for joint degree students, Mathematical Analysis and Sets and Numbers in place of Analysis and Foundations, and there is no requirement to support Geometry and Motion).Some revision supervisions, or supervisions for students who need extra help, may be arranged at the discretion of the Supervisions Coordinator (currently Richard Lissaman r.m.lissaman@warwick.ac.uk). You may be asked to help with Probability A and B by your supervisees, but you would be under no obligation to do so and should concentrate on the core maths modules first.

How much will I teach?

For supervisions there is a menu on the form for you to specify your preferred number of (contact) hours a week, you should remember that there is marking on top of this. Preparation/admin/marking payments are normally at 3 hours per group per week for maths group and two hours per week for joint degree students (the differences are due to differences in the number of modules covered).

Likewise you can state the number of contact hours you can provide for support classes on the form. If given a support class you are most likely to have one support class a week or fortnight but you should factor in preparation time (usually at one hour hour per class), and time for marking if there is any (you get paid extra if there is marking).

How do I know how to teach?

There is a compulsory training session for new supervisors during their first week of term to go through the basics (both the logistics of giving supervisions and guidance on teaching), and there will also be an online course specifically for TAs to learn how they should be running support classes, this session is compulsory for postgrads who are new to teaching for the department in order to be placed on a GTA contract (it also looks good on your CV!).

What’s in it for me?

• The rate per hour is approximately £17. This applies to contact hours and to prep/admin/marking hours.

• Preparation/admin/marking payments for supervisions are normally at 3 hours per group per week for maths group and two hours per week for joint degree students (the differences are due to differences in the number of modules covered).

• Support class (TA) rates depend on class size and marking. The basic rate when there is no marking works out at around £34 per contact hour (one contact hour, one prep hour). Marking rates then depends on the number of students registered on the module when registrations close at the end of the third week, with an increasing scale in blocks of 15 students.

• You gain teaching experience and some valuable lines on your CV.

• You have the satisfaction of helping others learn a subject you love.

• You learn while you teach – not just about teaching, but about mathematics too.

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