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Tips on memorizing and presenting material? - October 20th 2011, 12:16 AM

Does anyone have any tips on how to memorize and present this in front of people?

First I have to present a science project, and I'm scared that I'm going to get nervous. I talk extremely fast as it is, and when I'm nervous, it's even worse. I've been prompted to slow down with things in previous years and it makes me so nervous I almost cry. I don't want to get a bad grade, of course. Is there any way to get over this?

I also have to memorize a speech about myself and present it to the class. I'm horrible at memorizing things, especially when I have to present it. I had to take lyrics from multiple songs and put them together into a speech about myself. We have to memorize it and present, and the memorization counts as a grade. Do you have any tips on how to memorize work? I have a bit of a bad memory. I can remember the unimportant stuff but not what matters.

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Re: Tips on memorizing and presenting material? - October 20th 2011, 12:59 AM

Most teachers will allow you to take note cards up with you to help you remember what you're saying. But don't write full sentences, just notes to help you remember.

Also practicing to yourself out loud while covering the paper or such every time until you forget can help. That's how I memorized a Shakespearean sonnet. I just read each line a few times, then added on a line & only looked at the paper when I forgot what it was.

I've also learned that writing things down multiple times helps me remember things, but I don't know if that would help much in the case of a presentation.
   
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Re: Tips on memorizing and presenting material? - October 20th 2011, 01:01 AM

With us, it has to be all by memory. She'll prompt us if we need it, but we lose points with it. My science teacher is letting us use notes, but the other teacher isn't.

That is a good idea. I'll practice it with myself and my friends and write it down. Thanks.


   
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Re: Tips on memorizing and presenting material? - October 20th 2011, 05:28 PM

Do you need help with presenting in general?


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Re: Tips on memorizing and presenting material? - October 21st 2011, 12:32 AM

Presenting in general. I always get nervous and talk so fast, and then if someone tells me to slow down I nearly cry. xD


   
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Re: Tips on memorizing and presenting material? - October 21st 2011, 04:18 AM

I may be part of the minority of students because I enjoy presenting to the class I'm in. One of the first things I do after I've introduced myself and the topic is to open with something that catches their attention (students and teacher), and also may be funny. However, I don't make it a comedy festival and start spewing jokes, instead it's in the way that I'll present something with a laissez-faire attitude.

For example, in my third-year neuroendocrinology course, we had to present in a group our research project and we chose the neuroendocrinology of anorexia. I opened the presentation by introducing the group members then myself and blurted out, "FOOD, who enjoys eating, any kind of food, healthy, unhealthy, death-on-the-spot-food, raise your hands", showing a few pictures of food and finished the slice of pizza I was eating.
In my second-year ecology course, it was a group presentation on mating patterns and I opened by introducing yourselves then saying, "SEX, who knows what it is? Well you're in luck because our presentation is about sex and for your viewing interests, we have some non-human animal porn images". Granted, the response for that was better than for the anorexia presentation. I've done many other presentations but those were two examples.

Point is, it creates an atmosphere where I know everyone is focusing on me and I know my introduction was unexpected, may even be a bit funny so I'm not concerned how many people laugh. It's key to note that I ensure I know the content as much as possible. If you're using PowerPoint, don't read straight off it, only have a few key points or a diagram per slide because your class can read for themselves and it's boring when someone reads word-for-word off the slide. In essence, the slides are cue cards for yourself and the audience because it lets them know what things you'll talk about. Be sure to clearly explain each point you have on the slide, don't skip over any.

When I present, I don't stand in one spot, it's ridiculous if your teacher demands that because they don't even stand in one spot when teaching. You always want to talk to the entire audience, don't focus on just one person and I do this by moving around. Unfortunately, when I did speeches in school the teachers wanted us to stand as still as a statue and recite, which I thought was absolutely stupid but did it anyway.

Also, pretend your class is hard-of-hearing so you need to speak up loud. It's better to be too loud rather than too soft. If you find your speaking too softly, remind yourself if you don't speak up louder, the class cannot hear you. Remind yourself that you're the expert in the topic and have done ground-breaking work, so it's crucial the class hear you. I try to never be monotone because your class doesn't want to hear Ben Stein giving a presentation, it'd be far too boring.

Lastly, if you cry then you cry and let it happen. Don't be afraid if that happens and if it does, keep talking.


I cant help you out a lot for memorizing because since birth, I have an exceptional memory, it's always been easy to me especially when I know the content.


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Re: Tips on memorizing and presenting material? - October 21st 2011, 01:36 PM

well the above poster has said a lot but I'll add to it.

If you ever do a power point try to have roughly 6 - 10 words on the slide. Having lots of writing may look good to you but people read faster than you talk... all the time so they'll know what your going to say before you say it. What's the point in talking if that's going to happen? Simplicity = win

Before you start breathe... take deep breaths and just relax because you have nothing to fear. trust me

What you want to practice doing is saying a sentence in one breath. that might sound confusing but once you practice it you'll realise it makes your presentation more professional. this is because your not saying something then breathing in and carrying on. That's why breathing properly is important. However don't get that confused with holding your breath then talking you'll end up saying everything really quick.
On the topic of talking quickly, slowwwww down. If your talking at reading pace you're probably talking too quickly.

Stand up tall and believe you are confident then that translates to a confident presentation.

With the idea of talking louder the key isn't to scream its to project your voice, direct it to the end of the room. Practice it and you'll realise that your not shouting but you are much louder.

With the whole idea of moving around, yes move but don't move too much because it gets really really distracting and eventually my neck would hurt especially if you can move like into the audience if that makes sense. My rule is, move but make sure they are always looking forward.

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Good luck, I'm sure you won't cry, you have nothing to be worried about


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