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Quick tips for getting started in the classroom

Develop rapport with your students, create a comfortable learning environment, be prepared, and determine some interesting ways to present your content. HEDC lecturer Dr Rob Wass offers some advice:

Running your first tutorial (PDF format, 24KB)

The first time you meet your group is important for establishing a positive learning environment.

Tutoring small groups (PDF format, 21KB)

Practical tips for teaching in small groups.

Expectations and ground rules (PDF format, 22KB)

Expectations concern both what you want from your students and what they want from you. It is helpful to provide a sense of structure and set acceptable limitations to discussions.

Planning (PDF format, 19KB)

Skilful teachers usually plan their teaching sessions carefully – but in a way that still allows flexibility and some spontaneity.

Effective communication (PDF format, 28KB)

Communication is a two-way process. This guide looks at both questioning skills and listening skills.

Icebreakers (PDF format, 17KB)

If people are relaxed, trusting, informal, respecting of others, warm and collaborative, this will support the learning process.

Facilitating small groups (PDF format, 25KB)

An introduction to the cooperative learning model including skills development and lesson design.


For further information, contact Dr Rob Wass, email


Dr Rob Wass
Tel 64 3 03 479 7091

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