Student Needs

  • Recognition that presenting can be anxiety provoking at the best of times, and completely incapacitating under some circumstances
  • Understanding that presentations involve many skills that improve with practice
  • Acknowledge that there are many different reasons why students might find presentations challenging (e.g. specific audiences, specific tasks, or insufficient opportunity become confident in their mastery of the content)


  • Guide students to resources that will help with building up presentation skills.
  • Provide opportunities to present in front of a small group rather than a large number of people.
  • Consider alternatives to a traditional presentation, such as creating a video.
  • If it is a group presentation, consider affirming the possibility that only some members of the group will need to speak.

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