Can anyone give me some tips on being a good TA? This is my second year doing it, and both times the attendance has dropped off a lot after the first few classes. I realize this is common, but it seems to be dropping off for me more than other TAs of the same class (down to one or two students, whereas most others still have 5-10). I never really went to section as an undergrad, so I don't really know what they expect. I've been trying to do mostly example problems, but I do get bogged down in theory here and there. I've always liked explaining stuff, but I feel like if people don't have the same interest in the material as me, they won't like my approach to it (which emphasizes a deeper understanding rather than memorizing formulas). I'd like to be a professor one day, so this is something I want to improve at (plus it's really awkward when one or zero students shows up). Anyone have any advice? Undergrads, what do you like about your favorite TAs?