- My best professors have always been ... the ones who don't use powerpoint
. They give significantly (100X) better lectures and foster significantly more learning than those that use powerpoint. Even if you don't read from the powerpoint - it's just a lazy way to run a lecture. It's a crutch, and it allows you to cram way too much material into "one class."
- Like everyone has said, BREAKS! please! our bladders beg you !
- Make an effort to foster class participation from Day 1. Ask questions and stand there in awkward silence until somebody breaks and answers them
They'll thank you in the long run.
- Take your time with immunology. In my experience it is the topic that students are least familiar with, and it deserves a fair amount of explanation/understanding. It's an important field and too often someone crams it into one hour of lecture and students get totally overwhelmed and hate it. Sometimes it's because the instructor doesn't really understand it well enough to teach it. Not good.
- Be gentle with neuro. Like immunology, it's a huge field and it's easy to overwhelm your class. Pick a few big/common diseases and don't waste too much time on intricate spinal cord reflexes or the like. Basics!
- No group work. Please. It fosters co-dependence, not real learning.