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Becoming a Student Assistant: Teaching and Mentoring

University of Groningen via FutureLearn


Student assistants are valuable staff members at the University of Groningen. Currently, over 700 students take up teaching duties, support role functions, governing positions, and many other responsibilities.

But, how to prepare for a job as a student assistant? What is professional behaviour? How to deal with challenging situations in the classroom? How to support first year students? These and other questions will be covered in this course.

This course is designed for anyone with a passion for higher education. The course is specifically tailored to the needs of students and employees, who are involved in teaching, support and participation in governing bodies of higher education institutions.


  • More than just a student
    • Introduction
    • Involving students: overview & benefits
    • Circle of influence
    • Professional behaviour
    • Professional behaviour in an academic setting
    • Professional behaviour in practice
    • Conclusion Week 1
  • Principles of good education
    • Introduction Week 2
    • Educational building blocks
    • Learning outcomes
    • Active learning
    • Syllabus
    • Conclusion Week 2
  • Teaching students
    • Introduction Week 3
    • A good teacher
    • Small group teaching: preparation
    • Motivating students
    • Classroom management
    • Safe and inclusive learning environment
    • Conclusion Week 3
  • Coaching and communicating in an academic environment
    • Introduction Week 4
    • Formative assessment
    • Introducing: the ideal mentor
    • Study techniques
    • Advising your mentor group
    • Concluding content on teaching
    • Student representation
    • Conclusion Week 4
  • Case studies
    • Introduction Week 5
    • Case study: a matter of teaching
    • Case study: student associations
    • Case study: digital exams
    • Case study: another matter of teaching
    • Case study: mentoring first-year students
    • Case study: the GEO Service
    • Case study: governing the university
    • Conclusion

Taught by

Robbert van Veen, Klaas van Veen and Ine Noben


4.5 rating, based on 6 Class Central reviews

4.9 rating at FutureLearn based on 47 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    Excellent course!! I have learned a lot from it!! Very rich content and very well structured and organized!!! 5 stars!!! I definitely recommend it!!!
  • Jelson Dos Prazeres Paulo Manuel
    I would love to do this course and to participate on it so that i can be a teacher because i want to share my aknowledge to a student
  • Anonymous
    This course offers great practical advice for student/teaching assistants. I appreciated how the theory was applied to real life situations from other student/teaching assistants. I really liked the tips on dealing with disruptions in the classroom.
  • Shu Hua Chou
    Excellent course, full of information. I have learned a great deal from the videos and articles. Thank you all very very much.
  • Anonymous
    The course enlightened me on several ways of engaging a class and dealing with students and people in general professionally.
  • Eduardo Kreimerman

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