Class presentations: Building up confidence and making learning easier.
Republica National Daily
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KATHMANDU, JUNE 25:Your
heart beats faster, your hands shake and you fumble through your speech
at least a little, if not much, when you’re doing your college
presentation. These presentations assigned to you in class are tiresome
and frightening indeed, even though they help build up your confidence
in expressing yourself in front of people.
remember getting two out of 10 when I did a presentation during my
first year,” reminisces Saurav Sah, 22, a Bachelor of Business
Administration (BBA) student at Ace Institute of Management in New
was his first ever class presentation as he was not required to do any
during his high schooldays. That was the reason why he became very
nervous and ruined it, he shares.
now, since we’re required to do a number of presentations in all the
subjects, I’ve become a lot more confident. My teachers and friends
appreciate my presentation skills these days,” he says.
Being business students, Saurav and his classmates are assigned presentations related with various aspects of business ventures. “We even have to come up with hypothetical products, and based on that prepare the entire presentation,” he shares. Saurav
informs that teachers sometimes ask them to give oral presentation
while sometimes they give an extended deadline to prepare sophisticated
and professional PowerPoint slides.
since the business statuses are best expressed in tables, pie chart and
graphs, I incorporate plenty of those figures in my slides,” he says.
undergraduate student, Mallika Basnet, 20, who used to feel that
presentations were very frightening at her initial attempts, says that
she enjoys giving class presentations now.
pursuing a BBA degree at Modern Nepal College in Bag Bazaar, Mallika
feels that her presentations go well only when she makes it short and to
the presentation isn’t put up precisely and goes on for long, I can see
my friends and teacher losing interest in it. Some start yawning and
some even doze off,” she quips.
avoid that, Mallika makes use of interesting images instead of long,
boring sentences, and if there are numerical data to be dealt with, she
represents them in neat graphs. This helps the PowerPoint slides to
generate attention, she observes.
make my presentation unique and even more interesting, I also search
for related short videos on the Internet and incorporate them wherever
they fit in,” she shares, adding that maintaining eye contact with the
audience and posing questions to them are other strategies she adopts to
keep the audience engrossed throughout her presentation.
“I also crack related jokes sometimes so that the presentation becomes refreshing,” she quips.
teachers ask them to give a group presentation after dividing the class
in sections, Mallika makes sure everyone in her group gets equal
chances to contribute and learn. She shares, “We divide the work among
all the group members and compile each person’s findings to make a final
an undergraduate student of dentistry, Suja Amatya, 23, says that they
are required to go for free dental health camps in different places and
they have to prepare for presentations to make there. “Before that, we
have to show the presentation to our teachers in class,” she informs.
likes using animations and pictures along with necessary information in
her presentations to inform people about dental health. If the venues
are not equipped with electricity and projector, she uses handmade
charts with similar content to explain the same.
becomes monotonous when only teachers give long lectures on subject
matters. So, if students are asked to prepare and give presentations, it
becomes interesting,” she observes.
students are assigned to do class presentations, they refer to many
books in search of the required information and also browse through a
lot of informational sources on the Internet. This helps them expand
their knowledge on a particular subject while their hands-on involvement
in preparing presentation slides and materials will help them
understand the topic better, she concludes.