Many students on Health and Social Care Foundation Degree and Access courses struggle with the academic expectations required of them at this level. This book is written to support such students in adapting to self-directed study, understand the assessment process and how they can make the most of their learning opportunities. The authors also cover practicalities such as avoiding plagiarism, using their studies to become a reflective practitioner, and understanding the benefit of research and critical thinking. More than a generic study guide, this book is practice-based and will be of great benefit to health and social care students.

Developing Presentation Skills

Developing Presentation Skills

Developing presentation skills

Chapter Objectives

By the end of this chapter you should be able to:

  • understand the purpose of presentations both as an applied professional task and in academic life;
  • appreciate the need for good planning, preparation and practice and recognise a variety of approaches that you can adopt to overcome anxiety and to develop good presentations;
  • develop your awareness of your existing presentational skills and how to enhance these.


Presentations are commonly used in both your studies and in professional life; nonetheless the act of standing up in front of a group of people and speaking can give rise to fear and anxiety. This can be exacerbated if the purpose of the presentation is an assessment of your knowledge and skills, a job interview or ...

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