What makes a good lecturer
Do you have a strong interest to teach students in a university? Then read on about what it takes to be a good lecturer…
Engage from the beginning
The first five minutes of your lecturer provides a golden opportunity to get your students to sit up and pay attention. Start with the obvious, introduce yourself, explain your objectives for the lecture and outline the learning outcomes. If you begin with great passion and enthusiasm then your students are more likely to engage from the outset.
Your introduction needs to engage, excite, challenge and create expectations so add in some interesting facts in the beginning. Scan the room after the first few minutes to gain a good indication of how engaged the students are.
Consider your framework
When preparing lectures, consider the sequencing of your material and make sure it’s presented in a clear and logical manner. The pace should be well controlled so that you are able to move through the material, keeping students engaged throughout.
Organisation is everything
The planning process is important so you have to be fully confident about the content, structure and delivery of the material before you begin.
Use visual aids
With technology, lectures have revolutionised. Visual aids like educational videos that convey information in a powerful manner can be used to increase understanding and to develop interests.
There’s nothing more likely to disengage audience than endless jargon and abbreviations. If you’re lecturing a specialist subject, don’t assume that students will understand. Make lectures as accessible as possible to encourage better understanding.
Work on presentations style
Good lecturing is a process of continuous improvement with presentation style. You can be animated without being theatrical. Avoid fidgeting and keep body language strong and confident.
Watch your tone of voice
Make sure that you vary the intonation of your voice during lectures. Use humour and conversational tone to help maintain attention. It can help to record your voice before your first lecture or ask friends and family for feedback.
Strive to remember names
This may be a challenge but remembering students’ names will help build relationships when asking questions during interactive sessions.
Strive for continuous improvement
A lecturer’s learning process never stops. There are new materials and research papers being published everyday and with new technology, a lot of industries are changing at a fast rate. Keep yourself updated with the latest news and approaches so that you can teach students what the industry needs.
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