The GSI Teaching & Resource Center helps graduate students transition to teaching as GSIs at UC Berkeley and offers programs and services to assist graduate students in developing their teaching skills for future academic and nonacademic careers. We also work with faculty and departments to assist them in the mentoring and teaching preparation they offer graduate students.

Teaching Guide Tips for the End of the Semester

Working with Student Writing: Grading Essays and Time Management Suggestions for Grading Student Writing

Grading student work: Rubrics for Grading and Tips on Grading Efficiently
Academic misconduct: Factors that Can Contribute to Academic Misconduct and If You Encounter Academic Misconduct

Strategies for Exam Reviews

GSIs share methods they have used to help students solidify their learning in preparation for exams:

Reducing End-of Semester Stress

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers counseling to UC Berkeley students and can also can assist GSIs with issues such as reducing stress, handling difficult students, recognizing students in distress, and referring students with difficulties to the appropriate services.

Resources for Grad Students at CPS include consultation, counseling, and self-help guides. Satellite centers are open across campus for graduate students. You can find out about counselor availability at 510-642-9494.

The Gold Folder is a reference guide for assisting students who may be experiencing emotional distress and referring them to the most appropriate campus resources. There is also a mobile app version of the Gold Folder.

More information for GSIs about campus offices and services is available on the Annotated Campus Resource List.

Silvia Bunge’s talk at the Spring 2015 Teaching Conference for GSIs is now posted on the University’s YouTube site. Professor Bunge has also made her slides available (see links below). Silvia Bunge is a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley, where Continue Reading >>

Public speaking, conveying complex information to non-experts, managing teams, evaluating the work of junior colleagues — these are among the many skills GSIs develop in their teaching, and these skills are eminently transferable to career settings in higher education, private industry, non-profits, or governmental agencies. The documents linked below can Continue Reading >>

As a national leader in preparing graduate students for teaching, UC Berkeley was one of the first universities in the country to create a campuswide policy on the mentoring of graduate student instructors. This policy supports GSIs’ professional development as teachers and prepares them for the teaching they will do Continue Reading >>