Pros: Hands On, Used My Knowledge And Skills, Autonomously Driven Yet Social Environment, Socially Rewarding
Cons: Suboptimal Wage
I was a Lecturer for a second course in Calculus taught from 8:45-10:00 am.
My responsibilities included relating my knowledge of the subject to my students in a way understandable at their level, making sure to get their feedback and adapt my examples to suit them, strengthening their week-points in the material.
Afterwards I would have office hours, wherein I would address the individual needs and questions of each student attending. I always encourage attending these as it is the perfect haven for the more timid students to seek out help, which would be frightened to do so in-front of their peers.
The hardest part of my job was to ensure that every single one of my students understood the material to the best of their abilities. I achieved this as best I could by always listening to their feedback, providing extra unpaid office hours and addressing their concerns via email correspondences.
This then lead into the easiest and most rewarding part of my job, which was seeing their success upon the hard work on both our parts at the end of the semester.
Throughout this entire process I learnt that impeccable time management, keen communications skills and autonomy were crucial in being able to successfully manage 80 students, without each of these I could not have achieved in them the results I was wanted, which was their success.
Also, it was very pleasant to worked individually on my section yet to be part of a group of five professors and lecturers who worked together as a team to optimize our teaching plans and strategies.