A Look Back at This Semester

Teaching has always been a dynamic idea to me. Every class employs various techniques and principles so students can have the most effective learning experience throughout the semester. However, this semester was different. I was now providing a resource for students to use to help them succeed in class. Something that has shifted my understanding…

All Good Things Must Come to an End: A Reflection of my CUTF Journey

Over the course of the semester, I began to realize that the best way to teach students was the way professors have been trying to teach us all along instead of memorizing trends or certain formulas, we must understand how they are derived. Instead of teaching students just simply how to use an equation there’s more value…

“One Last Time” – A Reflection of My CUTF Experience

After serving as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for PS0835 Hamilton, my eyes have been opened to how to lead an engaging and enriching college course. In guiding me through the process of creating a lesson, Dr. Andrew Lotz has helped me understand what works with a group of students and what does not. Not only…

That’s a Wrap: Reflecting on My CUTF Experience

As we make our way towards the end of the semester, in which this is my last few weeks as a UTA before I graduate, I can truthfully say that my experience during Dr. Och’s Television Analysis class for this spring has been different than the one I had in the fall. Even though this…

Teaching is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures

The past few months have been a lot of fun working with Professor Hong to develop these lab projects. I have enjoyed relooking at the assignments I grappled with last year and searching for ways to improve them. One of the reasons I was a great fit for this project was because I had firsthand…

Experiences as an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant

It was freshman year when I first met Dr. Gardner in a new Biology UTA preparation class. Before I decided to pursue genetic counseling, I originally came to Pitt with the idea of eventually becoming a Biology teacher. So, I thought taking the class would help me develop some skills that would prepare me for…

“Do not throw away your shot” of being a UTA!

I was lucky enough to be afforded this opportunity to be an undergraduate teaching assistant through what seems to be pure luck. In May of 2020, the Political Science department sent out inquiries looking for undergraduate students who were interested in serving as Research Assistants. I applied and was then matched up with Dr. Andrew…

Building a Scene: Third Time’s a Charm

I’ve been really lucky in the fact I’ve had the opportunity to UTA five times during my time at Pitt for a variety of film classes: Filmmaking 1, Filmmaking 4, Broadcast 1, and Television Analysis (twice). My relationship with Dr. Dana Och has spanned two full years at this point—starting with taking Technologies of the…

Designing Labs in Physics 0476

My CUTF Project is developing, redesigning, and creating supplemental materials for take home labs for PHYS 0476 Introduction to Physics for Scientists and Engineers 2. This is a two part project. The first few weeks will involve developing computational labs using various softwares including Wolfram Mathematica and Microsoft Excel. Students have already received three such…