Resource Room Guidelines

The Resource Room is located in 312 Thaw Hall. The purpose of the RR is to attempt to give assistance to students in physics and astronomy classes. If an astronomy question is beyond your expertise, please direct the students to any of the teaching assistants who are assigned to astronomy classes.

All Teaching Assistants (TA) assigned to work in the Resource Room must appear for their scheduled time and arrive promptly. When nearing the end of a session, warn any undergraduates present a few minutes beforehand to avoid confusion.

When a visitor enters the Resource Room, best practices encourage the Teaching Assistants to go forward and introduce themselves. If occupied, the TA must inform the visitor to take a seat and that he/she will be with them shortly.

A few best practices are the following:

  • Students should be helped in such a way that they can work independently, each being giving fair attention and not simply given the answers. Students should find their own solutions.
  • For a difficult question, tell the student they may need to seek help with another TA. Direct them to a TA who can help them.
  • The Resource Room is not to be used for office hours. If a student asks for help from a TA's class, refer them to the official office hours posted in that class's syllabus.
  • If late, please contact the Graduate Administrator at 412-624-9066 or 9000 so that a warning may be given to other TA's and students. Students will complain if no TA is present in the Resource Room, which will reflect poorly on evaluations.

For other resources, scrap paper will be made available from a box on the table in the photocopy room in Allen Hall. Anyone can take stacks for use in the Resource Room or in the Graduate Student offices  (500 Allen or elsewhere) when needed.

The Resource Room is to remain open during finals week. All exams that conflict with a scheduled time must be scheduled with the Graduate Administrator.