Software & Apps MS Office 270 270 people found this article helpful PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Students Create classroom presentations worthy of an 'A' by Wendy Russell Writer Former Lifewire writer Wendy Russell is an experienced teacher specializing in live communications, graphics design, and PowerPoint software. our editorial process Wendy Russell Updated on November 22, 2019 The Ultimate Guide to Online Learning at Home The Ultimate Guide to Online Learning at Home Introduction Babies & Pre-K Baby Sign Language Free Resources The Best Educational YouTube Videos for Toddlers The 5 Best Free iPad Apps for Toddlers Must-Have Apps for Kids Under 5 The 10 Best Kid Coloring Apps of 2020 11 Best Places To Play Free Preschool Games Elementary Age Learners Popular Apps for Elementary School Children Ages 5-8 The Best Educational Apps for the iPad The 4 Best Online Flashcards of 2020 14 Best Free Language Learning Websites of 2020 7 Free Programming Languages to Teach Kids How to Code Stream Free Educational Videos at TeacherTube Middle Schoolers & Young Teens The 6 Best Free Language Learning Apps of 2020 11 Best Free Typing Lessons for Kids The 21 Best Educational YouTube Channels for Kids The 10 Best Learning Apps of 2020 10 of the Most Popular Science and Education YouTube Channels The 6 Best Homework Apps to Help Students High Schoolers & Teens Best Apps for Your High Schooler Best Speed Reading Apps Best Apple TV Learning Apps Best Websites for Students 8 Best Note-Taking Apps PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Students College & Adult Learners The Best Research and Reference Websites Free Online Classes for Adults Guide to Taking Free Coursera Courses Best Ways to Find Free Online College Courses Online Music Lessons The Best Online Piano Lessons of 2020 The Best Online Drum Lessons of 2020 The Best Online Guitar Lessons of 2020 Free Online Learning Resources for All Ages Best Sites to Get Free Software for Students How to Get an Apple Student Discount How to Get a Microsoft Store Student Discount Students and Teachers Get Microsoft Office for Free How to Get a Dell Student Discount How to Get an HP Student Discount How to Get the Best Buy Student Discount How to Get an .Edu Email Account Tweet Share Email Making effective classroom presentations takes practice, but by following a few tips, you'll be up to the challenge. These presentation tips refer to PowerPoint slides (all versions), but all of these tips can be applied to any type of slide presentation. Gareth Brown/Getty Images 01 of 09 Know Your Topic Students usually want to charge right in and start using the presentation software immediately, but spend some time preparing your research first and know what material you want to cover. Think through what you will present and in what order before beginning the project on the computer. Creating the slideshow is the easy part. The best classroom presentations are created by people who are comfortable with what they are going to talk about. 02 of 09 Use Key Phrases About Your Topic Good presenters use key phrases that highlight important information you want your audience to remember and focus on. Include only the most important information. Your topic may be vast, but choose only the top three or four points and make them several times throughout the presentation in the classroom. 03 of 09 Avoid Using Too Much Text One of the biggest mistakes students make in classroom presentations is putting their whole speech on the slides. The slideshow is meant to accompany your oral presentation. Write short notes and bullet points on slides. Use simple language and limit the number of bullets to three or four per slide at most if possible. The surrounding space will make it easier to read. 04 of 09 Limit the Number of Slides Too many slides in a presentation will cause you to rush to get through them within the allotted time, and your audience will be overwhelmed, and likely end up paying more attention to the changing slide than to what you are saying. On average, one slide per minute is about right in a classroom presentation. 05 of 09 Plan Your Slide Layout Make your slides easy to follow. Put the title at the top where your audience expects to find it. Phrases should read left to right and top to bottom. Keep important information near the top of the slide. Often the bottom portions of slides cannot be seen from the back rows because heads are in the way. 06 of 09 Avoid Fancy Fonts Choose a font that is simple and easy to read such as Arial, Times New Roman, or Verdana. You may have a really cool font on your computer, but save it for other uses. Often, those fancy fonts are not easy to read on a screen and distract more than anything. Don't use more than two different fonts, one for headings and another for content. Keep all fonts large enough (at least 18 pt and preferably 24 pt) so that people at the back of the room will be able to read them easily. 07 of 09 Use Contrasting Colors for Text and Background Dark text on a light background is best. This combination offers the most visibility. Sometimes, though, you may want a dark background for effect, to dazzle the crowd. In that case, be sure to make your text a light color for easy reading in a classroom presentation. Text is often difficult to read on patterned or textured backgrounds. Keep your color scheme consistent throughout your classroom presentation. 08 of 09 Keep Slide Design Consistent With a Theme When you use a design theme, choose one that will not detract from your classroom presentation. Test it ahead of time to make sure that the text will be readable and the graphics won’t get lost in the background. 09 of 09 Use Animations and Transition Effects Sparingly Who doesn't love to apply animations and transitions to a presentation? Unfortunately, students often go overboard with them, placing them everywhere they can. This will be entertaining, but rarely will the audience be paying attention to the message of the presentation. Always remember that the slideshow is a visual aid and not the objective of the classroom presentation.