Motivate unpaid teaching assistants (TAs) by creating a TA community, recognizing excellent TAs, and offering TAs a letter of recommendation.

  • Getting students to participate as an unpaid TA can be tough. These three ideas can help you build a successful, unpaid TA program.
    • Create a culture where being a TA makes you a member of the community.
      • Framing the TA position as cool can be really effective.
    • Design awards for TAs who go above and beyond the job to recognize their hard work.
    • Make it clear that you’d be happy to write letters of req for students in the TA program.
      • Letters of recommendation are a very important for students who apply for jobs, graduate school, and scholarships.
  • Check out our other tip about creating a code of conduct for TAs!