How to Ace Your Class Project

Are you worried that you might fail your project due to laziness, procrastination, or the fact that you're shy when it comes to giving oral reports? Whatever the trouble may be, this article will help you learn how to ace your class project.


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    Be prepared. How will you pass your project without anything to show your teacher? Most teachers take off a chunk of points for late projects. Procrastination is one of the worst things that can happen, especially when it comes to projects. Try getting to work on it the day or the day after it is assigned. Even if all you do is type up the title on the computer, that's still progress. Do a little bit each day, and be sure that you don't overwhelm yourself.
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    Plan ahead. Planning ahead will keep you more organized and more focused on what you want to do. For example, say it is October 5th and your project on the history of France is due October 26th. This means that you have three solid weeks of work time. Break up your project into a schedule. Make two columns. Write down each day starting from the day the project is assigned to the day the project is due in the left column, and what you plan to accomplish in the right column. Make sure that you're very consistent with this and follow your schedule, otherwise you will be lost and confused.
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    Follow any guidelines given to you. If your teacher gives you specific guidelines for your project that you're required to follow, make sure that you do exactly what it says to do. Try not to overlook anything. Your teacher probably wants it in a specific way so it will be easier for him/her to grade it. Nothing says, "I didn't read the guidelines and I don't really care," like a messy project with half of what you need missing. Even if you do not get everything because you couldn't find something, your teacher will likely give you credit for trying, as long as you can show them you did.
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    Look your best the day of your presentation if you have to give one. If you fix yourself up a little more than usual the day you give your presentation, you will feel more confident about yourself. Feeling and looking like you just rolled out of bed late on a Monday morning will just add twice as much stress for you. Fix your hair in a different way. Wear your best outfit. Splash on your favorite perfume/cologne. If you be the best you can be, you will feel at your best.
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    Volunteer to do any presenting first. A lot of people may not like presenting first, but the thing about being first to present means you get to get it over with as soon as possible. Some teachers even give bonus points to students who are brave enough to present first, because they don't have to choose someone themselves. The day you're supposed to present, volunteer to give your project first. You will definitely feel a lot better after it's over. Think about it. Would you rather let everyone else go before you, with the the thought, "I'm going next! I can't believe I have to present next! I don't want to do this!" floating around in your head? You will just be putting more pressure on yourself. Don't be afraid. Remember, it's just a project.
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    Speak loudly and clearly. How many times have you watched your classmates presentations and noticed how quietly they spoke and/or how their heads were hung low? You may be able to name a few. Avoid doing this. For one thing, major points will likely be taken off. Second of all, you will give off the impression that you're unprepared, which will likely cause the teacher take off even more points. Stand up straight; keep your shoulders back at all times. This will help you to speak louder. Make sure you speak loud enough so the students in the back can hear you. You don't have to yell. Pretend you've given this project dozens of times already. Also, make sure you don't get too nervous and start speaking too quickly. There's no rush, so relax.
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    Get into your audience's point of view. Get into their head. Use the time you spend watching other people present to your advantage. What do you think of the person you're listening to? Are you paying more attention to them or their project? Most likely, it's the project. The audience likely doesn't care how you're dressed or how many times you're messing up. Do you care how many times a classmate messes up or how they are dressed when they present? Most likely, the answer is no. Most people worry that they're judged when they go up in front of a bunch of people. The truth is is that they're not. Do you judge other people when they present? Hopefully not. Just remember, they're not focused on you. Actually, half of them are most likely just zoning out into their own fantasy land. Their eyes are on the project 90% of the time and on you 10% of the time.
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    Have fun with it. Your project doesn't have to be boring. Get animated and really get into your project. Throw in a joke or two if it's appropriate for your topic. Add in some interesting facts to keep your class (and your teacher) interested. Your teacher will be impressed and you will earn more points.


  • Whether you're doing a poster board or a PowerPoint, make sure that it looks neat and well-done. You don't need to go over-the-top with sound effects and glitzy neon colors. This will distract you and the audience from the project itself. However, don't go simply black and white, either. Your project will be boring and lifeless. Instead, find a happy medium. Decorate your project according to the subject. If it's about China, decorate it with Chinese dragons, symbols, and landmarks such as The Great Wall. If it's about Adolf Hitler, include clear pictures of him, his book Mein Kampf, and the Nazi symbol, for example. Random colors and effects won't make sense and are distracting.
  • If you still feel uncomfortable, try practicing your next project in front of a couple of your friends. Afterwords, ask them their honest opinion. This will likely help you know what you need to improve upon.
  • Even if you do mess up badly, nobody will remember it the next day. Nobody is going to tease you about it. You might remember it and regret something you may have said or done, but just keep telling yourself over and over again that everybody makes mistakes. It's no big deal.
  • Make sure that you smile occasionally and give eye contact to each person at a time. Your teacher will also likely appreciate this, because you are making an effort to look like you're enjoying the project, even if you aren't.
  • If you're having trouble making eye contact with people, try making eye contact with people who aren't paying attention (people who are looking at their desk, out the window, etc). Just don't stare at one person, though. Glance at every person who is not looking at you. This may help you to relax about making eye contact, as they likely are paying little attention, yet you are still remembering to make eye contact. Occasionally, turn to your project and talk, then return to the audience.
  • Remember that it is just a class project. You're not giving a 3-hour long speech to the president. Unless someone likes being a real jerk, nobody really cares if you mess up or look like you've rolled out of bed, even though it doesn't hurt to look better.


  • Don't spend too much time and money on your project. It's important to devote an hour every night to work on it, but becoming obsessed with it will lead you to intense disappointment if you don't get the grade you hoped for.
  • Be nice and do not tease anyone for messing up their oral presentation. They probably feel the same way as you, and it will only make them feel worse.
  • Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't end up doing as good as good as you hoped you would. At least you had the guts to try and do your best on the project.

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