Tips for Better Lecturing by Stanley Stepanic

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Stanley Stepanic 25 November 2017 Tips for Better Lecturing I’m often asked by professors looking to become better speakers exactly what I do to engage students so learning is more memorable and effective. This brief list of tips, with brief explanations, is intended for professors looking to increase their abilities in the realm of lecturing, something which, from my own experiences as an undergraduate, is often lacking. By following some of my simple suggestions here, and by putting yourself, your true self, into your style 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’t true. To really have the potential to amaze your students with your knowledge and how you present it, you should know that knowledge to the fullest . This is not necessarily possible, to know absolutely everything about anything, but you can get very close. What I mean by this is professors need to not only know what they’re teaching, but should have a certain expectation of questions about it. Questions are often not easy to assume, but if a student asks something you don’t have an answer for, admit your uncertainty and be sure you research it that very evening. In the future, you might find it pertinent to add it to your lecture, or to a reading list, there are a variety of ways to expand your own knowledge of the material, and this cannot happen in a single day. Over a few years, however, if you do this, you’ll find students are more interested already. 2. Be Willing, and Ready, to Adapt – Going along with the first tip, professors in today’s system need to be willing and ready to adapt. You’d be surprised how many don’t and, to quote a friend of mine, how often they’re using “coffee-stained notes written decades ago.” In every subject things are constantly evolving, new information is found, and old information is rewritten. If you
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  • Fall '15
  • Stepanic
  • public speaking, Lecture, Folklore, Dracula, Presentation, Slavic Studies, lecturing

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