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Teaching assistants should be taught how to teach McMaster university should enforce standardized teaching assistant training
Nov22

Teaching assistants should be taught how to teach McMaster university should enforce standardized teaching assistant training

Photo C/O Madeline Neumann By: Kyle Ansilio Throughout a student’s undergraduate career, they will likely be taught under dozens of teaching assistants. Students are then bound to experience varying encounters with their TAs in regards to differing teaching values, instruction methods and marking. These diverse experiences do not merely extend to separate courses. In fact, it is conceivable that two students taking the same course...

Early Marauder gets the worm Why every student should take on the challenge of starting their days early
Nov19

Early Marauder gets the worm Why every student should take on the challenge of starting their days early

Photo by Kyle West By: Daanish Kachalia and Ryan Veerasammy Juggling an academic, social and personal life, it’s no wonder that many students, ourselves included, wish there were more hours in the day. For the past few weeks, we have been committed to maximizing each day — starting with waking up early. Starting our days at 6 a.m. has markedly improved our lives. Leaving the house before the sun rises invokes a feeling like no other....

The problem with McMaster’s study spaces Larger, open study spaces could positively influence the everyday mental health of a large proportion of students
Nov15

The problem with McMaster’s study spaces Larger, open study spaces could positively influence the everyday mental health of a large proportion of students

Photo by Kyle West By: Sam Marchetti McMaster University’s campus is truly a beautiful place. The Hamilton property is situated on a literal paradise with astonishing natural beauty surrounding the school. McMaster also offers a wide range of spaces for students to use, from the basement of H.G. Thode Library of Science and Engineering to the open tutorial rooms across campus that many students consider ‘hidden’ study spaces. It is...

Group work or group hassle? While group work is great in theory, in practice it requires serious restructuring in order to be effective at the university level
Nov15

Group work or group hassle? While group work is great in theory, in practice it requires serious restructuring in order to be effective at the university level

Photo by Kyle West By: Monica Takahashi Group projects are becoming an increasingly unavoidable element of university. Nowadays, it seems as though group work is included in every course. There has been also been a simultaneous rise in project-based programs, especially at McMaster University. Different courses treat group work differently. Some require students to answer a difficult problem that should, in theory, be easier to solve...

Holding students accountable for club commitments
Nov15

Holding students accountable for club commitments

Photo from Silhouette Photo Archives By: Pooja Sreerangan The McMaster Students Union boasts having over 350 clubs with an entire section dedicated towards clubs that are meant to raise awareness and funds for a diverse selection of social issues. While this sounds noble on paper, how many of these clubs actually impart meaningful change? There are many reasons students join or create these types of clubs and unfortunately, altruism...