As part of the course you are required to do quite a few group presentations. Majority of each of my module assignments consist of presentations worth up to 25% or 40% of your overall module grade.
Here are a few tips/advice I have gained on how to conduct a successful presentation:
- Choosing your topic: if your are allowed to pick the title of your presentation make sure you choose something that is interesting and will intrigue the audience and the lecturer. Don’t fall into the trap of playing it safe and presenting on a topic that has been done many times.
- Content: don’t copy content from the lectures slides, use their slides as guidance e.g. what theories you could look at. The lecturers are looking at how you show your understanding of the module. Use the key readings as your starting point to gain further information on a particular topic.
- Use examples: videos, articles, etc. Use examples and apply it to your theories. This helps to show your understanding and also provides visual aid.
- Working as a group: group presentations usually consist of 3 students. When working together don’t do 3 separate presentation under one big title, this doesn’t show you have worked as a group. A way to avoid this is by making sure your presentation slides link together whether it’s with a concept or even using the same media text but critiquing it in different ways.
- Practice: make sure you and your group meet at least 2 times to practices the presentation, this will allow you to perfect your presentation and also mange your time expectations.
- Interaction: Try and get the class involved, you could do this by asking them questions, play a short game, give them yes or no cards. This helps to keep their attention on your topic and also gives them a chance to voice their opinion.
- Be creative: the best way I have found you can do this is through Prezi (it has become my favorite site to use) It is also allows each group member to have access to the slides; therefore each member has access to the same content at any time to edit.
I hope you have found my presentations tips useful. Good luck in any upcoming presentations.