Prepare material

  • Read and think about the material you need to present. In general, your Course Coordinator should provide you with class lists and some preliminary guidance and/or material to be covered in the tutorial.
  • Write down on three or four learning objectives of what you want to achieve or cover in the class.
  • Do a lesson plan of specific activities that helps achieve the objectives. Include a rough breakdown of times to be spent on each activity, factoring in time for discussion and so forth.
  • Think about questions to ask the class to promote discussion
  • Think about ways you can learn student names. For example, on the first day of class get students to write their name on a piece of paper and then place it front of them. Also consider taking a role at the beginning of each tutorial based on your class lists. This allows you to familiarise yourself with names over the course of the semester. NB. In some schools taking a role is a requirement in relation to monitoring attendance.
  • Prepare an icebreaker activity to help you get to know the students and let them to get to know you. 

Know where you are going and what you need to take

  • Identify where you will be teaching and make sure that you can access to the room
  • Have all the papers and materials you will need on the day.
  • Make sure you can operate any equipment you will want to use.
  • Dress appropriately for a member of staff 
  • Arrive early to give yourself time to set up
  • Where possible, set up the room to encourage equal participation (for example, student sitting in a circle facing one another).