Software & Apps MS Office 284 284 people found this article helpful 9 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 September 11, 2020 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. When you follow a few PowerPoint presentation tips for students, you'll be up to the challenge. These presentation tips refer to PowerPoint slides (all versions) and can be applied to any type of slide presentation. Gareth Brown / Getty Images 01 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. 02 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, fancy fonts aren't 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 can easily read the text. 03 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, make the text a light color for easy reading in a classroom presentation. Text is often difficult to read on patterned or textured backgrounds. Keep the color scheme consistent throughout your classroom presentation. 04 of 09 Keep Slide Design Consistent With a Theme When you use a design theme, choose one that won't detract from your classroom presentation. Also, keep the slide design consistent with that theme. Test it ahead of time to make sure that the text is readable and that the graphics don't get lost in the background. 05 of 09 Use Footnotes to Add Information Adding footnotes to the slides in a PowerPoint presentation allows you to document the sources of information you used in your research, just as you would if you were turning in a research paper. Use footnotes to cite quotes and statistics or to add extra details related to the text on the slide. 06 of 09 Print Out Speaker Notes Reading a PowerPoint presentation in front of a class can be nerve-wracking. Printing your slides with speaker notes allows you to have thumbnails, text, and written notes, if you wish, so you can read along with the slides and add pertinent information. You can also use the printed slides as handouts for the class. Alternatively, you might want to add a voiceover to the slideshow to avoid speaking in class altogether. 07 of 09 Run a Presentation Unattended There might be times when you want the slideshow to run on its own in a continuous loop, such as part of a science fair presentation. Using the Browsed at Kiosk setting when setting up the presentation lets you show the presentation unattended. 08 of 09 Use Animations and Transition Effects Sparingly Who doesn't love to apply animations, transitions, or GIFs to a presentation? Going overboard with these elements can be entertaining, but rarely will the audience be paying attention to the message of the presentation. The slideshow is a visual aid and not the objective of the classroom presentation. 09 of 09 Convert PowerPoint Shows to Google Slides Schools often use the Google suite of productivity applications, such as Google Slides, in the classroom. If you have PowerPoint at home, you can use it to create a presentation and share it with your teacher or others using Google Slides.