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COMM B1 Public speaking

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    Andrea Thorson, Mark Staller, DebraThorson, glen anderson, Neeley Hatridge, Debra denison, fo, Heidi Forsythe, Hirayama
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    • Medium 64%

    • Hard 18%

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    Mar 13, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Hirayama makes the class fun! He really tries to get students involved and keep them entertained.

    Course highlights:

    He gives you a lot of freedom on topics. He also has some fun extra credit speeches.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    There are some really boring worksheets you have to complete but all of the answers are in the book.

    • Spring 2015
    • Hirayama
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts
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    Feb 21, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Everyone should be able to get up in front of a crowd and deliver a speech. Many different job positions require speeches and presentations of employees. For those going into the health field, especially, being able to effectively communicate is extremely important. You will need to deliver news- good and bad- to families, inform families, patients, and coworkers, of patient history, procedures, and new ideas without stuttering or getting lost. You also need to be able to provide research and background knowledge to improve your credibility and the effectiveness of your information. Public speaking classes help you do all of this.

    Course highlights:

    Andrea Thorson was very detailed in her lectures. Everyday, she was enlightening, humorous, effective, and professional. She gave excellent feedback, and helped everyone improve their speeches. Those who had public speaking anxiety did wonderfully, and gave powerful speeches. Even those who assumed they were already great at public speaking- as I did- improved drastically. We learned how to give a correct and impactful PowerPoint presentation, how to correctly cite and use relevant sources, and how to capture and maintain audience attention. Even now, I continue to implement her lectures.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Put in the work. This class has a lot of workbook assignments, and a lot of speeches. We all thought we could put in a minimum amount of effort and get a good grade, but you cannot. You will not benefit from not doing the work. Go to the SI sessions, or office hours if need be. Practice your speeches, a lot. Be prepared to take this class seriously, and you will enjoy it.

    • Fall 2016
    • Andrea Thorson
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Requires Lots of Research Requires Presentations
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    Dec 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Andrea Thorson is a very knowledgeable instructor who cares about the subject at hand. She also makes participating fun for everyone. Excellent class.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to express my feelings through emotion. This course helped me learn to speak in front of an audience as well as how to get my point across correctly.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    As long as your do the work and participate you will really enjoy the class and will definitely succeed.

    • Fall 2016
    • Andrea Thorson
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts Requires Presentations Final Paper

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