Lectures are a key part of the education of everyone. However, some people have problems when preparing for one. If the teacher does not prepare his lecture well, his students will not grasp the information properly and he will be held responsible if they fail any exam related to the things he was supposed to teach.
If a student does not prepare for a lecture well, he will not memorize the information which will lead to the same results: trouble when the time to apply the knowledge comes, however this time there is no unprepared teacher to take the blame. This article will give some helpful tips for both students and teachers when it comes to preparing for a lecture.
Tips To Prepare For A Lecture
First off, the students. Being well-rested is very important for any activity, however when it comes to lectures that may determine your future it matters even more. Make sure you get a good nights’ sleep the night before the lecture or else you will be tired to memorize anything and may not be able to concentrate which will leave gaps in your knowledge that will hit you hard later on.
Also, preparing for a lesson even if you’re not supposed to is always a good thing. Inquire about the subject of the lecture several days before and do your homework on the subject. If you do that you will be able to understand the lecture a lot more and maybe even prove yourself to your teacher which may win you their favor.
Teachers should do a lot of planning before a lecture. Choose the subject carefully. Also, think about how much you could teach in the time you are given. If you put too little in, it will be wasted time. Too much, and you will not be able to properly explain each notion which will leave the persons listening to you clueless.
Writing down a plan for the lecture is a very good idea. Looking on a paper with the intended progress of the lesson is always nice to have, especially if something makes you forget what’s next. If you feel you have a good memory, you can just write the general ideas down and try to memorize the rest. However, it’s usually safer to write down a more detailed plan.
Make sure you do the full research on the subject while preparing for a lecture. The last thing you want is to lose your credibility when a student corrects you on a matter that you’re supposed to teach. Also, bring along materials to add more taste to the lecture. Photos, diagrams, even videos, anything that can take more attention to you and that will interest your auditorium more than simple words. These materials will also add to your ability to explain your matter, because, as the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.
Take control over your voice. Don’t speak either too loud or too fast. Your prime motive should be to voice your opinion to the rest of the people. It should convey your thoughts, opinion to the next person.
Make use of adjectives, quotes while describing something. For instance: fantastic view, extraordinary machine, enormous building. It makes a strong impression to the audience. Also, make use of some fresh words. Try to connect with audience rather than speaking directly from the presentation.
Remember to play interactive videos during the lecture. It serves two purposes. It makes an boring lecture interesting. Secondly, people can relate the things taught during the lecture to video in a much better way. This also helps the lecturer to take some rest while the video is being played.
Do read and revise your presentation a night before the lecture. Look out for spelling or grammar mistakes, if any. You need to have absolutely zero percent mistake before giving the lecture in front of large audience. In short, proof reading is must.
Don’t have a heavy breakfast if you are supposed to give the lecture in the morning session. The crux of the point is, don’t overeat otherwise you may have rumbling stomach.
In the end, do ask for questions from the audience. Your audience might have some useful questions for you that you may ave forgot to include during the course of session. Take you time to answer the question and if you don’t know the answer, politely tell them that you are not aware of the answer instead of giving irrelevant answers or tell them that you will get back to them with your findings.
Teachers should also get a good rest and keep a cool, calm state, no matter how stressful the lecture turns out to be. Follow these tips, stay calm, pay attention and you will attend to a great lecture, no matter if you are the one talking or the one listening!