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Stanley Stepanic25 November 2017Tips for Better LecturingI’m often asked by professors looking to become better speakers exactly what I do toengage students so learning is more memorable and effective. This brief list of tips, with briefexplanations, is intended for professors looking to increase their abilities in the realm oflecturing, something which, from my own experiences as an undergraduate, is often lacking. Byfollowing some of my simple suggestions here, and by putting yourself, your true self, into yourstyle of speaking, you can easily achieve the same success.1. Know Your Material– This first tip seems obvious but you’d be surprised how often it isn’ttrue. To really have the potential to amaze your students with your knowledge and how youpresent it, you should know that knowledge to thefullest. This is not necessarily possible, toknow absolutely everything about anything, but you can get very close. What I mean by this isprofessors need to not only know what they’re teaching, but should have a certain expectation ofquestions about it. Questions are often not easy to assume, but if a student asks something youdon’t have an answer for, admit your uncertainty and besureyou research it that very evening. Inthe future, you might find it pertinent to add it to your lecture, or to a reading list, there are avariety of ways to expand yourownknowledge of the material, and this cannot happen in asingle day. Over a few years, however, if you do this, you’ll find students are more interestedalready.2. Be Willing, and Ready, to Adapt– Going along with the first tip, professors in today’s systemneed to be willing and ready to adapt. You’d be surprised how many don’t and, to quote a friendof mine, how often they’re using “coffee-stained notes written decades ago.” In every subject

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Stepanic
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public speaking, Lecture, Folklore, Dracula, Presentation, Slavic Studies, lecturing

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