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    danielshears, Ms. Tunner, melissa grossman, DanaSmith, Kim Kern, benist, rosena, Yvonne Morris
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    Nov 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Such an amazing Professor! She cares about the students and their mental wellbeing.

    Course highlights:

    Gained so many friendships, had so many laughs.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the work so you don't fall behind!

    • Fall 2017
    • Yvonne Morris
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Requires Lots of Research Great Discussions
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    Jul 27, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would totally recommend it. The class is fairly easy. All you have to do is show up and do the assignments on time. It's also best if you show a bit of improvement each time you make a speech in front of the class.

    Course highlights:

    I learned to be more confident in myself when presenting. No one will know that you are so nervous you feel like you are slowly dying inside. You will only give yourself away if you actually show you are nervous or tell everyone you are nervous. You have to be a positive energy for your audience. Know your audience. And most importantly: fake it till you make it.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Show up for the class. Don't decide the class is too easy or a waste of your time because your assignments will suffer. You will not be able to do the assignments properly if you are not presenting class.

    • Spring 2017
    • benist, rosena
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Feb 08, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Of all the general required course I took, this was not only the most useful one, but the most important one. Believe it or not, It is statistically proven that people fear speaking in public more than spiders, heights or death itself. This course will not only prep you to speak in front of other people, but to do it properly and with confidence! This is an important skill to obtain because you will NEED it when you enter the business world or the workforce. You will need to be able to speak to people face-to-face in order to further your ambitions in business or life. We rely too much on technology and have gotten comfortable with hiding behind a screen. This course will force you to step out of your comfort zone.

    Course highlights:

    One of the highlights of this course was the improvisation speeches we had to give. Basically, without knowledge beforehand, my teacher would call me or any other student up randomly and on the spot, gave us a topic or question and told us to make an improv speech or response. At first, this may seem unfair but there is a point to it. As a student, you get used to teachers giving deadlines or a heads-up to an assignment, but for these type of assignments, it not only forces you to improvise on the spot, but you also must be creative about it! What I learned is that you will be confronted with situations where you will be forced to construct a well thought out response to questions on the spot whether it is at a business meeting, a political or community debate, a conversation with family or friends, etc. I also learned that body language and eye contact are even more important assets to public speaking or speaking in general. How you present yourself to other people will create a lasting first impression whether it is positively or negatively. Basically, the rule of the class and assignments is simple, think before you speak!

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    What you will need to succeed in this class is to have a desire to not only learn but to step out of your comfort zone. Public speaking is not easy in any way, shape, or form, but it is vital that you acquire these speaking skills because you will be using it in real life. Every person is different! Some are more adapt or shy than others, but everyone will go through similar situations at one point in life where how you present yourself to others and how you communicate with others will affect you at that moment or in the future. Practice makes perfect! Even the great speakers today or of the past had to practice numerous times in order to get the hang of public speaking. The only way to succeed in this class is to practice!

    • Fall 2015
    • Kim Kern
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Requires Presentations


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