Yao Sun (she/her)
Exercise Science, Physical and Health
As a TA, students may ask you to provide clarification or feedback on an assignment before submission, this can be tricky sometimes. Here are a few tips:
Don’t provide “right” or “wrong” answers to the statements in the assignment.
Students may ask “Can I write like this for this question?”, it is okay to respond “I cannot answer that question” to the student directly. But you can follow up with a clarification question like “Could you explain how did you draw this conclusion?”. If you think the student is on the wrong track, you can ask the student to explain how they understand the assignment, then provide clarification if needed.
Don’t proofread or edit students’ work.
The use of an editor in a student’s written or non-written work is prohibited by the UVic academic integrity policy. But if you think a student’s writing has a lot of room for improvement, you can refer them to the Center for Academic Communication (CAC). The specialist at CAC can provide professional feedback on writing.
Let the student know where your comments are coming from.
Although it is okay to provide general feedback, such as “I think you are on the right track”, “A statement like this needs references”, it is also important to let the student know where your suggestion comes from, i.e. course material, the requirements of the assignment, marking rubric (if it is also available for student). Students will be able to learn how to evaluate their work and solve similar questions in the future.