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Old 10-02-2010, 06:12 PM
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What did you call extra-lecture sessions with the TA when you were in college?

I have a reason for asking this, but it's really stupid, so never mind.

At my college we called them "section", which I suppose was short for "discussion section".
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:19 PM
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recitation period I think.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:54 PM
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Never had one in college, but I led discussion sections as a grad student TA.
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:56 PM
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what the university called them is discussion session.

TAs and students might have other terms.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:04 PM
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We called them seminar sections, because they would divide a big lecture section into four or five smaller seminars with different TAs.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:08 PM
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recitation period I think.
We just called them "recitations," not recitation periods.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:30 PM
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At universities here smaller sessions outside lectures are known as tutorials, or more colloquially, "tutes". The person running them is the tutor.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:46 PM
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At MIT, recitation sessions - though many of them were taught by a real professor, often more senior than the guy doing the lectures. TA sessions were quiz sections.
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:48 PM
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At my university we call them tutorials. I actually hate the term because it sounds sort of remedial to me, and as a tutorial leader I don't like being called a 'tutor', but what can you do?
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:56 PM
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Well, the main teaching language here was not English, so maybe I shouldn't add that these TA sessions could have names like 'assistentials', 'assars' or 'tutorials'. There's one English-language programme where students seem to call those sessions 'recaps' (as in recapitulations).
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:01 PM
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Discussion sections here, section for short.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:06 PM
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For some of my math classes, I had tutorials where the T.A. would answer questions that students had about homework assignments, class material, etc. It wasn't an extra lecture, though.

For one of my history classes, I had a discussion period (or section? I don't remember) where the T.A. would lead us in a discussion of the assigned reading for the class. Still not an extra lecture, though.

EDIT: Oh wait -- is "extra-lecture" supposed to mean "outside of lecture hours"?

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Old 10-02-2010, 08:20 PM
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EDIT: Oh wait -- is "extra-lecture" supposed to mean "outside of lecture hours"?
Yes.
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Old 10-02-2010, 08:31 PM
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We called them sections. I didn't know that that was short for discussion section until now and I was a grad student TA.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:04 PM
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Discussion sections, or sections.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:14 PM
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Section.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:48 PM
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Tutorials. (Canada)
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:58 PM
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Generally, they were called recitations. In math classes, the same thing was called "math lab," IIRC. Usually the recitation was led by a TA. A couple times the recitation was led by a second professor. In my computer science class, the lecture and the recitation were handled by two different TAs. I never had contact with a CS professor.
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:05 PM
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I think I had "quiz sections" as an undergrad. Although they were generally lead by the professor ( small, strictly undergraduate institution, few TAs), and generally did not have quizzes. Well, I guess they sort of had quizzes--they had homework problems to do in class, and then more to work on your own or in groups later . . .
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:16 PM
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:31 AM
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"Lab" for some strange reason, as I recall. Had nothing to do with science or test-tubes.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:02 AM
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:52 AM
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Recitation. (FWIW: A "seminar" would be a class with rotating presenters. Usually a mix of profs and students presenting recent research and once a week. Grad level or occasionally senior level in their major.)
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:17 AM
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Discussion section. I only ever had one, but I think that's what they were called.

(I was one of 9 archaeology majors.)
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:25 AM
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At MIT, recitation sessions - though many of them were taught by a real professor, often more senior than the guy doing the lectures. TA sessions were quiz sections.
That was always amazing at MIT. I remember having 2 different Nobel prize winners teaching recitations, one of them for a freshman physics class.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:05 PM
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:21 PM
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At MIT, recitation sessions - though many of them were taught by a real professor, often more senior than the guy doing the lectures. TA sessions were quiz sections.
That was always amazing at MIT. I remember having 2 different Nobel prize winners teaching recitations, one of them for a freshman physics class.
For Biology, I had one (who taught the big lecture) fill in for the TA who taught the quiz section. Yes, pretty awesome.
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Old 10-04-2010, 04:35 PM
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At the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), back in the 90's at least, we called them "Labs".

Since IIT was primarily an engineering school, most of our "Labs" were in a lab of some sort. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science - they all had their own laboratories. The chem labs had the stereotypical test tubes and beakers and whatnot. The EE labs had all sorts of oscilloscopes and other gadgets with flashing lights.

However, the early math classes also had a "lab" class that met in a large classroom. That was where we turned in the current week's homework and worked out every problem of last week's homework. I guess it was just easier to call it a "lab" in the course catalog than something else.

For these classes, the lectures were in big lecture halls on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and you could sign up for a lab session on Tuesdays or Thursdays, so there were usually less people in the lab than in the full lecture. The labs were usually taught by TA's but I had a EE lab where the professor of the lecture was running it and had a TA as an actual assistant - finding spare parts for circuits, helping students troubleshoot circuits and such...
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:05 PM
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We called them "dates."
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:08 PM
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We called them "dates."
Damn it! I read that whole thread to see if anyone else made the joke, and there you are, right at the end. Missed it by that much!
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:58 PM
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When I was a student, they were called "recitations". At McGill, where I spent most of my career they are called tutorials. Neither word is especially evocative of what they are (which consist mainly of going over the homework and answering questions--but does any student ever ask any question other than, "Is this going to be on the exam?"
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:54 PM
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We called them "dates."
Damn it! I read that whole thread to see if anyone else made the joke, and there you are, right at the end. Missed it by that much!
I too was shocked that I was the first to pluck the lowest of the low-hanging fruit...
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:57 PM
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Tutorials, and the grad students who led them were TA's.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:26 PM
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Sections, led by GTAs. Harvard, 80s.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:34 PM
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In my american school, they were called Reading Sessions in the arts school, and Lab Sections in the science and engineering schools. Lab classes were open-ended experimental sections, lab sections were highly structured research or lecture classes led by a TA.

When I did my graduate work in Canada we called them Sections, but they were very rare- the only time I saw dedicated sections were in the large undergrad courses (university writing, in particular) that had 100+ students and used general lecture to cover the broad strokes and 10-15 person TA-d sections to do exercises, ask questions, and generally try to get people engaged with the material.
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:02 PM
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I took psych 101

AIR we called it "discussion"
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:15 PM
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Pretty sure they were "TA sessions."
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Old 10-04-2010, 08:48 PM
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I went to a small college that didn't have a graduate program, but I'm a TA now, and we call them recitations.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:30 PM
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Hanging out at the Pub?

After seeing other responses, I agree with discussion sections.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:33 PM
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"breakout" sessions
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Old 10-06-2010, 07:04 PM
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Recitations (and I'm in college right now, FTR.)
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:03 AM
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At UC Berkeley, they were called "discussions."
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:19 AM
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I didn't have lecture TAs as an undergrad (only labs), and when I was a TA it was for labs, so there were no extra sessions... are these for additional material, or to go over already-taught material? If it's the second, as a student we called them "revisiones", which means "review sessions".

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Old 10-07-2010, 10:32 AM
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Precepts.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:54 AM
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We called them "dates."
Damn it! I read that whole thread to see if anyone else made the joke, and there you are, right at the end. Missed it by that much!
Eff you both. I wanted to make that joke!

On a more serious note, I never had any of these sessions. Are they a grad school thing?
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:31 AM
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Offically, they were called 'lab sections' or just 'labs'. In the one class i had that used them we called them "a living hell' as it was run by a Chinese grad student TA who could bearly understand us and whom we could bearly understand, who had all sorts of problems trying to explain anything to us.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:33 AM
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On a more serious note, I never had any of these sessions. Are they a grad school thing?
No, it was an undergraduate thing in my experience. At my school, the core classes were taught in a 500-person lecture hall (Darrin Communications Center Room 308, for RPI grads), which is too big for personal attention. So the recitations are held in small groups of under 20-30 so that you can get questions answered.

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Old 10-07-2010, 11:36 AM
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Never mind. We had labs. I didn't realize we were talking about those - we got credit for them (1 hour I think).
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