Preparing betterpresentations Adapted from: Sinfield, S & Burns, T Essential Study Skills: the complete guide to success @university Sage, London 2003
Why do we setpresentations? An active learning process As you plan, prepare, practice and perform and later reflect, you are really getting to grips with learning the material As you think about how to communicate a topic effectively to an audience, you are synthesizing & using information You are becoming familiar with the academic practices of your subject
It is an opportunity! It’s a different form of assessment And a job skill – often a presentation is part of the interview process It enhances your self esteem
Success in presentationsThe 4 “P”sPlan PPrepare PPracticePresent P P
PlanYour time limit, your topic, your audienceThen: Active & interactive reading to gather information Make your Audio-Visual Aids Review your notes Plan the body of your presentation Convince yourself – if you don’t believe it, why should your audience?
Prepare Prepare a script – but destroy this later – if you read from it will sound boring and dull! Prepare a set of prompts such as: Cue cards A key word pattern note Key word list of points
Practice1. Refine and polish Learn2. Review, revise, edit3. Make sure any gaps are filled, boring bits tidied up, overlong sentences shortened The4. Practice in front of a critical friend who will tell you what is working and what in unclear Presentation!
And finally – Present! Before – work on being positive Get to the room in good time Organise the seating – do you want the audience in rows, a semi- circle, sitting on the floor? Check the equipment is working – and have some back up material in case there is a problem
And then – reflect and learn It is useful to learn how to evaluate your presentation Write down what went well And what didn’t go well And ideas from other presentations you saw that might work for you next time……………..
Useful web sites http://www.ncsu.edu/project/posters http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/college-of-lon