Improve your communication skills so that you can have the power to make your audience receptive to your discussions. You will notice that your conversations will be more active and you will help your students learn effectively.
When you first meet a person, it is naturally uneasy at first, but when you know how to start the conversation, it would be natural when you talk with your online students. I gathered different tips for you to get more naturally at ease with conversing in your class.
Avoid the tone of being too formal.
It is true that when you are teaching, your students need to respect you as higher professional. But you should know that conversing with your students in too formal tone might lead them to become unreceptive with your question feeling intimidated by you. Speak in a way you speak with your friends but with authority. When you treat them with respect and in a casual tone, they will get closer to you and want to continue learning.
Avoid being too stiff in speaking.
If it is your first time to teach as an online teacher, it might be nerve-wracking especially when you must speak with students with distinct nationalities. Though being too stiff in conversing with your students will leave a bad impression. They might feel that you are not capable or professional enough to teach them.
Try to speak without too much repetition of each expression and phrases.
It is essential to be concise and exact when speaking. So, instead of telling too many stories, it is better to get straight with what you want to deliver. Moreover, getting straight to the point can save you time. It will also help your students avoid confusion.
Be exact with your key points.
Bombarding the main thought with too much explanation will hide the exact meaning of it. It is best to be concise with the good thoughts you want to leave to your students so that it can be remembered.
When discussing lessons, let your audience be heard. Asking questions will help your students to have critical thinking. That would also help you to know their improvements and which lessons are challenging for them.
Use only visual aids when necessary.
Visual aids are essential to let your words be clearer with your audience, but it also hinders the way of your communication. PowerPoint presentation is important, but instead of relying on it and let it speak for you, it is best to just write the main point of the lesson, and teach each point to your students. You’ll improve your communication skill, and at the same time, help your students to keep in mind the main points of the lesson.
Listen carefully to what your students speaking.
A good teacher is also a good listener. Some students speak up their mind according to your lesson, and they might have additional information they want to share. Be open-minded with their opinions.