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The Graduate Tutor Training Workshop in the Department of Mathematics

Summary: The Graduate Tutor Training Workshop in the Department of
Associate Professor Helmer Aslaksen &
Mr Ng Kah Loon
Department of Mathematics
Each semester, the Department of Mathematics hires about ten local and foreign graduate
students as tutors. In order to help its graduate tutors provide quality teaching, the department
has conducted a graduate tutor training workshop since 1999, in addition to the training
programme organised by the university. Conducted by the authors, the training workshop
enables the department to focus on issues related specifically to the teaching of mathematics
and the needs of our undergraduate students. Besides, the training workshop allows us to
monitor the teaching performance of our graduate tutors.
The first training session, comprising one hour, is usually conducted at the beginning of the
academic year and highlights the importance of active learning and non-verbal
communication skills (e.g. maintaining eye contact with the students while talking). The
workshop also stresses the importance of making the tutorial sessions conducive for active
learning as the students rarely have opportunities to voice their doubts during lectures. In
addition, the graduate tutors also view video clips of tutorials conducted by previous graduate
tutors to pick up pointers on how to run tutorials.
In the two weeks following the first training session, the trainers will make video recordings


Source: Aslaksen, Helmer - Department of Mathematics, National University of Singapore


Collections: Mathematics