Center for Teaching & Learning

UC Santa Cruz

Valuable Resources for TAs


On-line resources

TA Starter Package

Our TA Starter Package can help you with the initial prep for your first class including topics:

  • Favorite Icebreakers For the First Day
  • How to Learn Students' Names
  • Planning Section Activities
  • Improving Student Participation
  • "Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education"


Explore the Graduate Division TA Training page for links to information on TA preparation.

TA Handbook (available from the Graduate Student Association)

Teaching Tips

Instructional Resources

Graduate Student Instructors: Catalysts for Learning (PPT 6.1mb)
PowerPoint presentation by VPDUE William Ladusaw from 2007 TA Orientation

Departmental resources

Also, remember to use the resource people in your own department when you have questions about teaching. These may include your faculty supervisor, your advisor, a departmental TA trainer, grad studies coordinator, and your fellow TAs.

Other campus offices

Division of Graduate Studies

Graduate Student Association