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Embarrassing experience as a TA



New member
Jan 16, 2020
I have a part-time job as a teaching assistant at college, and today I conducted my first class of the semester. It started off ok but later when I went on to discuss some questions I suddenly became very nervous without realizing it and my voice got extremely thin and audibly shaky, to the point where I felt like I was gasping for air, and I'm pretty sure the students were able to notice it. It sounded like I was crying. I don't know why it happened because although I tend to get somewhat nervous when preparing for these classes, I've conducted them several times over the previous semester, and felt like I had prepared enough for this one that I wouldn't be too nervous.

I feel really mortified that I became so visibly nervous and feel like I set a weak first impression of myself with these students. I can't stop thinking about it, and I'm so upset with myself. I don't know if I'm looking for specific advice on how to handle future incidents like this, but I'm mostly just writing this to get it out of my system. I feel like I can't really confide in anyone else about this without them judging me for it, I just feel so stupid that it happened.


Well-known member
Dec 26, 2019
It's not your fault. And I think the students will forget about it (if they noticed at all). But I understand it must be very stressful for you now. I hope you get over it soon.
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