Effective communication is an essential skill for facilitating student learning. Communication skills are important to:

  • explain techniques and highlight essential points
  • develop clinical reasoning
  • provide feedback on behaviour
  • encourage a student’s professional growth
  • effectively ask questions to develop the students’ ability to reflect and self evaluate

The Learning Guide’s (HETI, 2012) tips to optimise effective communication are:

  • Be aware of body language: ensure the content matches the way it’s said
  • Be clear about the message that is being communicated
  • Minimise distractions and interruptions


Key Considerations For Effective Communication

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Giving Clear Explanations

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Active Listening

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Facilitating Group Discussion

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Developing Reflective Practice

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