Categories: Fellow Alumni: Eric Sterner
A lot of these students are woefully under prepared for a lot of the material they are trying to learn in the classroom. Many students are disinterested and others lack basic reading proficiencies required to preform at the level they are currently at. However, what I have gained is that if the students are properly introduced and immersed in a certain subject area, they typically tend to respond positively. For example, one of my first, and least successful, presentations to the students was one on my own personal research. The presentation was far too wordy and complex and resulted in most of the students having completely dazed looks on their faces. Subsequently, I approached presentations far differently; the presentations were mostly pictures (the most interesting looking ones I could find) elaborated on by me. Additionally, I would try to ask the students a series of questions during the presentation, not only to form a baseline of knowledge that the students had in the subject, but also to involve the students as much as possible in the work. Talking at the students does not work at all, but trying to actively involve them in veiled scientific dialogue works slightly better.