Study Skills - make a powerpoint slideshow
Rules for making a slide
- No more than 3s to read a slide
- If you are going to SAY don't WRITE it
- NEVER read your slides.
- If you WRITE it, give your audience time to read it.
- Keywords/Note English, NOT sentences
- Most slides should have a figure
- Use bullet points to make the arrangement clear
- Follow outline rules
- e.g. no lonely points - each level must have 2+ points
- Put references on the slide, but don't let them get in the way
- Put them on a different line
- Put them at the bottom
- Shrink the font
- Use lower level bullet points.
- Basically, make it very clear they are NOT points.
- Minimum font size is usually 24pt, however use your judgement
- FOor a poster subtitle, 36 is better (you should be able to read it 2 meters away)
- For a large screen in a small room, you can go sligtly smaller.
- All fonts should be the same size unless you have a reason
- For example, you can shrink references
- However, don't shrink text just to fit unless you shrink ALL points at that level
- Proofread it, just like you proofread an essay
- Practice setting up & using the projector / remote control / mike / notes
- Avoid using the “Presenter Notes” function
- For bright rooms with bad projectors, try a “White on Black” theme
Rules for references section
- Burasage is impossible - forget it
- Break the font rule - small is OK. No-one reads the references
- In real life, you would give your audience the references separately
- by emailing them the pptx file (or putting on a website)
- by giving them a paper handout with references/data/other things that do not fit on the slides
- However, DO use APA format properly (italics, title case, etc)
Rules for sending me your slideshow
- Email me a PPTX file to be assessed. No thumbdrives! No Google Shares!
- Name your file properly e.g. Hiroko Sato-SSGB-RR6.pptx
Rules for making an essay into a slideshow
- Your keywords become TITLES
- (e.g. Problem 1: Keyword 1).
- Do not use them in the body of the slide slide.