What is a T.A.?
Is a T.A. a Professor?
How Do I Address My T.A.?
So...Is the T.A., Like, A Friend?
Is the T.A. My Mortal Enemy?
How Do I Get My T.A.To Like Me?
T.A.'s and professors actually work together on grading, either going over papers together or working from the same rubric. If you receive a poor grade from your T.A., chances are your professor agrees with it. Or might even deduct further points.
Note: We know when you're lying about your printer spontaneously combusting / contracting a 17 hour deadly virus / your great aunt dying (again).
The best students to work with were those who understood how I served as an ally for them by giving them further insight into the professor's expectations.
A T.A. can be a great ally for students, both the exceptional and the struggling, since they have the ability to empathize with students while serving as an instructor.