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During his career as a freelance financial journalist, Senol Taskin has conducted many interviews in an effort to get all of the information that he needs to write a piece. As such, he has come to understand what you need to do in order to ensure your interviewee offers you the information that you are looking to get.

Keep Them Comfortable

Many people are wary of being interviewed, particularly by a journalist. As such, you need to do what you can to ensure that they feel comfortable in the situation. Taking a little time to introduce yourself and get to know them a little more off the record. Keep it informal at first and ensure the interviewee feels like they are in control of the situation by asking them if they are ready to proceed and allowing them to talk in detail about subjects that interest them.

The Right Questions

It should be a simple thing, but asking the right questions in an interview can be very difficult. While you will know what information you want to extract during the course of the session, the way you phrase your questions will often depend entirely on the person you’re interviewing. Consider their personality and try to work out if they will respond well to direct questioning, or if they will need to be eased towards the subject.

Stay Calm

Interviews can often lead to emotions boiling over. Senol Taskin has found that you must remain calm in these situations, both in order to demonstrate that you don’t intend to come across as a threat to the interviewee and to also demonstrate your professionalism. By staying calm and respectful, you may be able to diffuse a tense situation and proceed with the interview.

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As Senol Taskin looks towards a potential career in college education, he has been putting more thought into how he will engage students when he delivers his lessons. In doing so, he has come up with these key aspects that all need to be considered when delivering a lesson

Individuals

It is very easy to treat a classroom as though it is a simple collective, but the truth of the matter is that each person in that class will have different attributes. They will respond to stimuli in different ways, making it important to offer variety in your lessons and ensure that they cater to everybody in some way, wherever possible.

Real Life

Many times you will find that students struggle to connect what they are learning in the classroom with situations that they may find themselves in real life. As such, it is important to demonstrate just why the skills they are learning will be important and how they can be applied in various situations, using your own experiences as much as possible.

Accountability

Tests and pop quizzes may not be popular amongst students, but they are important when it comes to developing accountability. This is crucial with college students, as they hold more personal responsibility for their own performance than they did in school. Make sure you are able to assess students, holding them accountable for their failings while also offering support when needed.

Humor

Senol Taskin has found that humor can be an extremely powerful tool in many situations. In the classroom it can help to create a lighter atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Don’t force it, but try to incorporate your natural sense of humor into the lessons you deliver.

Senol Taskin is currently considering taking his years of experience as a freelance financial journalist into the classroom in order to help the next generation achieve the success that he has enjoyed. To do so, he must be able to create lessons that are capable of engaging students, while also delivering all of the information that they need to learn. Senol has been researching the best ways to come up with a good lesson and has developed the following techniques.

Create Objectives

The first thing you need to do when creating a lesson plan is determine your objectives. What do the students need to understand by the time the lesson is over and how can they apply what they have learnt. Your entire lesson should be built around fulfilling these objectives, so any content that is completely irrelevant to these aims must be cut to ensure you cover the information more thoroughly.

Knowledge

No student is going to respect a teacher who is unable to demonstrate their knowledge. While Senol is extremely confident in this respect, particularly given his background, he still believes it is important to keep building on his existing knowledge base to provide as much as he can to students. Combine your own experiences with the technical aspects that need to be delivered in the lesson to ensure you gain the confidence of your students.

Discussion

A good lesson plan should make allowances for discussion in the classroom if it is applicable. This should not simply be a case of telling the students to discuss what they have learnt, but should instead be seen as an opportunity to provide proper structure and context for their thinking. Tell them what you want them to talk about and guide the discussion towards areas of interest. Not only does this make you an active participant, but it will encourage students to speak their minds more clearly, which in turn allows you to see whether or not they have picked up the information that they need.

Pacing

Senol Taskin knows who easy it can be to lose somebody’s attention, both as a writer and former college student, so he aims to properly pace his lessons. Too much time spent on dry slideshows can lose a classroom quickly, whereas too much time spent watching video and engaging in discussion can lead to them not gaining the information that they need. Lessons need to be structured in such a way that each activity flows into the next and there is enough variety to keep students engaged.