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The Instructional Apprentice (IA) and Teaching Assistant (TA) assignment process starts when an online TA Preference Form is posted each term. All grad students eligible for a TA should fill in the form to specify their experience, background and task preference. After this, IAs and TAs are assigned according the information collected, except those who are requested for a specific course by the course instructor.

The process is different for new grad students. For their first term, new grad students will not be required to fill in the TA Preference Form and will be directly assigned a TA position for a first or second year ISG-supported course so that they receive proper training with the ISG.

TA assignments 

IA assignments