A College Student’s Take on Teaching Styles

By | July 27, 2017

The Different Teaching Styles

Lecture is a common teaching style in today’s educational landscape. It is especially popular amongst college professors. Lecture brings some great things to its students, and to the teacher. In lecture, the professor presents a PowerPoint (or presentation of some kind). This tends to be an easy thing to do, as the notes are on a subject that the professor has down to a tee. On the student’s side of things, we aren’t the biggest fan of them, but understand why they are used. Lectures tend to end up giving us a sore wrist by the end of the day, but after going over everything we covered, we can be proud of the huge amount of information we were taught during the day.

Group work is something that we all have likely encountered at some point in our education. While it is a lot more for teachers to handle, I find it to be a great means of education for the students. In my first general biology class in college, it was taught with a lecture style by a professor with a thick accent. I struggled my way through that class, and did not end up with the grade I thought I deserved. So, I changed professors my next semester and was greeted with a group work teaching style. It was completely new to me, but by the end of it I had come out at the top of my class. This just shows how much of a difference group work can help some people learn. It is most certainly more work for the teacher, but if you feel like it can improve your pupils’ learning it may be well worth a try.
Activity is a teaching style where the teacher lets the students figure everything out for themselves. These teachers stand at the front of the classroom and are there to help the students out if they need it, but don’t lead any sort of lecture. Instead of lecture, the teacher offers some questions on the board and allows the students to figure it out. This type of teaching style was practiced in my calculus class in high school, and it helped me learn math and some great study skills. By letting the students do the work themselves, less work is done by the teacher, and it may help the students retain the knowledge that they had to find themselves even better than lecture.

Partner work is a teaching style where the student has a single partner to work with. This style is often seen on college campuses in the science labs. Working in a hands-on environment with a partner is an excellent way to learn. If one partner doesn’t get something, the other partner most likely knows it. This provides the student with a great explanation without the jargon that a teacher may bring to it. This is a great style that I can personally vouch for, and like group work it is easy on the teacher of it.

Author Bio:

I am a college student, majoring in Biology and Psychology (with a specialization in Pre-Medicine). I write a blog, Honorable Med, about topics in pre-medicine and about the news in health and medicine. My most well renowned post is about my favorite TED Talks, and why they are my favorite. My personal favorite of my posts is about addressing the mental health stigma. The reason that I feel like I have a good voice about education is because I have devoted my life to education as a medical doctor, as we have continued education until we retire, and my father is an educator in my hometown.

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