Outstanding Teaching Assistant

Teaching excellence awards serve three important functions in an institution of higher education. The awards recognise teachers who excel in their profession. Second, they serve as an indication of the importance the institution accords to teaching. Third, the awards send clear signals to the teaching community about what the institution regards as high quality teaching, i.e. by identifying the results that the institution’s teaching practices aim to strive for.

The winners will be selected based on student feedback report and faculty evaluation.

For AY2015-2016, we designate Zoe as an outstanding teaching assistant as an expression of appreciation from the faculty of the department and the students in our undergraduate programme. We hope this also inspires other research students to devote themselves for teaching excellence.

I am deeply honored to receive the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. After three years as a tutorial instructor, I have come to appreciate the personally rewarding experience of teaching at NUS. My teaching goal is to promote critical thinking in a classroom setting that facilitates active and participatory learning. My teaching experiences at NUS have not only improved my interpersonal skills by providing me with numerous opportunities to communicate with different audiences, but also enriched my campus life as a research student. For me, teaching does not feel like work because I am doing what I love to do, and my experience as a teacher has been both rewarding and enjoyable.

Zoe Yang
Outstanding TA (AY2015-2016)