TA Spotlight: Austin Totty

Austin Totty

Austin Totty is a TA for CS 7642: Reinforcement Learning. Keep reading to learn more about Austin!

What do you do professionally?

I teach computer science and mathematics to high school students. I've been a classroom teacher for more than 10 years, and I've been fortunate to teach everything from Algebra 1 to Calculus and Introduction to Programming to Advanced Topics in Computer Science (a really unique high school course in data structures and algorithms).

Why do you TA for OMSCS?

While I was a student in OMSCS, I was blown away by the talent and dedication of the teaching teams of so many of my courses. The engagement from TAs in office hours, discussion threads, and special reading groups made my learning experience far richer than it would have been studying alone. I'm thrilled I get to contribute to that tradition and help other OMSCS students in their educational journeys.

What is your advice for future OMSCS students?

You get out what you put in. Read the optional papers, join discussions in class forums, start a study group, really dig into your assignments for deep understanding. You'll not only improve your own learning experience, but you'll meet and befriend a lot of classmates with interesting backgrounds and experience.

What's your best study hack?

The Zettelkasten method changed how I study, think, and produce work. I highly recommend it as way to generate and stockpile ideas.

Find Austin on...

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/austin-totty-90441a74/
Personal Website: http://www.austin-totty.com/