Starting a new job as a college or university lecturer can be overwhelming at first. Despite the excitement you might be feeling about pursuing your dream and making a difference, forget about the expectations and follow your gut. As it stands, specialising in media studies is an interesting career choice. You’ll be able to teach students about the media and how they can communicate messages differently. This course will draw on the effects of communication on society and humanities which will require you to have good background knowledge on the history of communication. But before you start, always remember that you can never stop learning. If you want to succeed in your new position, seek help and guidance from teachers who have been in the profession for a number of years. Even though they might not have an understanding of your work, they will be able to give you advice on the different teaching techniques that seem to work, tips on the schooling environment, teachers, and more. Learning from colleagues will help you to settle in, get a feel of what is expected, and assist with any planning and preparation needed for the first couple of weeks or months until you find your feet. Here are a few tips for new media studies lecturers starting their practical:
  • Use the right terminology
As you can imagine, media studies and communication includes specialist terms and phrases. To be up to date with new-age media and culture means that you will need to explore these terms and have a clear understanding of the right language and terminology used in media studies. You will need to be proficient in English, as you will be teaching students how to use the correct language to send the right message.
  • <ahref="">Get confident with teaching theory
Media studies covers subjects and sensitive topics such as sociology, international relations, popular culture, literature and more. You’re going to need to pride yourself in learning about the history of these topics and what role they play in the media and society today. This field contains plenty of research and communication, therefore you will need to plan ahead. Know which theories you’re going to touch on and when, as well as how much detail you want to explore with your students on these particular topics. Plan your lessons in advance, and make sure that the teaching technique you use works best with the theory. It’s important to note that you should not be afraid of making a mistake. When theory is involved, there are going to be many times when you come across an unexpected challenge or hurdle that you are uncertain of and don’t know how to fix in the moment. Don’t beat yourself up about any incidents because they are bound to happen. And you are bound to forget things. If you don’t feel confident in your abilities, keep trying and practising. As mentioned, if necessary, ask for guidance from a professional who has years of experience or consider part-time media courses for additional learning.
  • Keep up to date on current media happenings
Media studies courses are filled with exciting topics for students and lecturers alike, however, it’s a course that is constantly changing and evolving with the media. A good rule of thumb would be to keep yourself updated on what is happening in South Africa and globally across the various media platforms and channels. Whatever your findings are, share them with your students and encourage them to take part in these discussions for a more interactive learning experience.
  • Practise how to analyse information
Much like the need in English literature, media studies teaches you how to pull apart sections of text and analyse the deeper meaning. Now, you might have learned this during your time as a student, but it’s certainly a skill that will come in handy. Practice this on a regular basis to help you become confident in your abilities when teaching a group of people. Once you become familiar with analysing text and discussing theory, you’ll be amazed how your teaching techniques will evolve and change for the better.
  • Prepare your students well
When it comes to exams, remember that your students’ results are a reflection of your impact. Make sure you prepare your students well in advance and be clear on any work that is important to think about or study. If you have any questions about an assignment or upcoming exam, speak to your colleagues and make sure you understand the information that needs to be delivered to your students.