About to give a lecturer at a uni for the first time, any tips?
Mackem – Member
Check any slides for typos/grammar.
Tell them lots of really funny jokes.
Make sure you tell them how hip, cool and down with the kids you are. Use slang wherever possible.
Write your name on the blackboard, explain how to say it correctly and make them all repeat it. Twice.
Call a register
Make more funny jokes
Tell anyone off who tries to leave early
Pick out the most hung over person and bombard them with questions to ensure comprehension.
That should do for starters…Posted 4 years ago
Resist the strong urge you get to shout ‘concentrate, listen and appreciate what I am doing for you, you lazy, disinterested idiots’. You are likely to get it around 10 minutes in when you realise you are wasting your time and they really don’t care.
Edit: When one of them inevitably picks up their mobile halfway through the lecture, you ARE legally allowed to rip the skin off their face.Posted 4 years agocarlphillipsMember
had a lecturer who was pretty nervous once, his microphone was playing up so he held it….to the amusement of everyone all you could hear when he held it was the booming extremely rapid heart beat from his thumb!! poor bloke was in a state!
dry lectures are dull, try to make it at least interesting rather than an hour of information overload.Posted 4 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
If it’s a smallish class, <20 say, then try for some engagement by asking questions, speaking to individuals etc.Posted 4 years ago
You can do this with larger classes as well, but it’s far harder to get results.
If it’s a large class, then delivering a good, effective lecture is difficult. Giving an OK one is easy, though, as you just give your presentation, try your best to make connections, and don’t get put off if you’re getting nothing back.CaptJonMember
Students (actually most people) have a short attention span when in a lecture. That means you need to shift how you present as the lecture goes on. Slides and talking at students will turn them into passive learning mode and it is easy to switch off, so have some interactive bits which force them to think. Ask questions. If you don’t get an answer either pick someone to answer or give clues until they all know the answer. Once you’ve had someone answer a question, get their name, and for the next question ask them to pick the person who should answer it.
A short video also helps keep attention as it moves the focus from you to the screen.
Don’t have too much writing on your slides. Add images with writing as these are easier to remember. Start with an introduction where you give the structure of the lecture, and signpost as you go along (e.g. recap the previous section and say where you’re going next). Don’t make the slides your lecture notes.
Lectures, whether you like it or not, are a performance (hence lecture theatre) and it is much easier to be yourself than to take on the character of a lecturer. The best advice i got when i started lecturing was to be yourself +10%. You enthusiasm for a topic will transfer to the students, but if they aren’t convinced you know what you’re talking about they’ll switch off.
Last and no means least, lecturers who treat a lecture as a conversation/dialogue are always better than those who stick to their pre-determined script/plan. Read the body language of the audience and adapt.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Don’t have your entire lecture transcribed on the slides, hate it when people do that, you might aswell just start the powerpoint slideshow and sit down and have a coffee while we read it.
Had to do a few lectures to students (safety stuff) ignore the odd couple of people chatting/texting aslong as they aren’t taking the piss, you’re not going to get 100% silence/obedience and their rapt attention so don’t even try.Posted 4 years agojonbaMember
We had some lecturers who read from powerpoint slides and made them available to download. It was great, there was no need to go to most lectures.
We had some lecturers who just stood up and talked with the occasional bit of chemistry on the whiteboard. IT was really annoying as you spent all your time furiously writing and not really taking much in. Get a balance so people can actually think about what you are saying but still leave with the right information
We had one guy who went off on a tangent about 5 minutes in to his first lecture. When he cam back for the second one we realised it wasn’t a tangent but the course content. So give a good introduction so people understand where you are going.
We had a physical chemistry lecturer who’s letters all looked the same, his v, n, u, w, mju etc. it was a nightmare. Make sure if you handwrite things that people can read them.
If you want their attention tell them it is likely to be in the exam.Posted 4 years agosaxabarMember
Depends on size of group but be interested in what you are saying, ask students questions and give examples. I don’t see them as a place to deliver information, but as an opportunity to awaken students’ interest and explain the contours of a subject. Students should (and do) go and find and digest the details themselves.
Also, tell bad jokes.Posted 4 years agoMcHamishMember
If any of the students are disruptive, i.e. they talk or whatever, throw something at them. You will be known as a hardass and will have the respect of the entire class.
I had a lecturer like that…although he did once get put up against a wall by a student apparently (the student was chucked out of the uni after that).
If there’s a fit one in the front row…spend an inordinate amount of time talking to her whilst ignoring the rest of the room. Then at the end of the lecture write your number on the projector and tell the students that they can contact you at anytime if they have any questions about anything…then look directly at the fit one and say “anything” in a suggestive manner.
Send facebook friend requests to all students after the lecture, and then repeatedly message the fit one.Posted 4 years ago
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