150+ Presentation Topic Ideas for Students [Plus Templates]

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Did your teacher or professor just assign you a presentation?

Did they also tell you to pick your own presentation topic idea?

That’s probably the reason why you’re here, looking for a topic idea to create a presentation that will get you a good grade.

Well, you’ve come to the right place!

 

List of Presentation Topic Ideas for Students

We know how difficult it is to come up with an interesting presentation topic idea on the fly.  That’s why we put together a list of 200 ideas to help you out.

We have organized these presentation topic ideas by subject so you can easily browse through and find what you're looking for. Each section also comes with a bonus presentation template!

In this article, we've also included some  tips on designing a presentation  once you've chosen a topic. For example, a flowchart data widget can help with a historic timeline presentation.

But first, let's dive into the topic ideas.

Scroll down to view all topics or navigate by subject using the quick links on the right.

Current Events Presentation Topic Ideas

  • What are the different stances on immigration in the US?
  • What is happening in Kashmir?
  • Should the death penalty be outlawed?
  • Should University be free for everyone?
  • What is racism?
  • How can non-minorities be allies to minorities?
  • What is White Privilege?
  • Can a border wall really fix the immigration crisis?
  • What is Brexit?
  • What is Pride?
  • What is gentrification?
  • What is the European Union?
  • What is Sharia Law?
  • Why is it more profitable to be a plumber than a doctor?
  • What is happening in Syria?
  • What is the Israeli/Palestine conflict?
  • Who is Harvey Weinstein and what is he accused of?
  • What is the #metoo movement?
  • What is happening in North Korea?
  • What is the problem with guns in America?
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Education Presentation Topic Ideas

  • What is dyslexia?
  • What is the Pythagorean theorem?
  • Is a college education worth it?
  • Is reading better on Kindles or paper books?
  • What is worldschooling?
  • What is unschooling?
  • Why are teachers underpaid?
  • What is sociology?
  • What is anthropology?
  • What is social archaeology?
  • Why do schools need mentorship programs?
  • What is an education in Finland like?
  • What is Montessori Education?
  • Who is Rudolf Steiner?
  • What is the most difficult language to learn?
  • What is an Ivy League school?
  • What is the SAT?
  • What is the TOEFL?
  • What is the IB program?
  • How to get into an international university
  • What is a learning disability?
  • What is a gap year?
  • Why is it important to learn a second language?
  • What is a TCK?
  • What is the foreign exchange program
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General Culture Presentation Topic Ideas

  • Is Graffiti considered art?
  • Ancient Greek myths in modern media
  • Why should students learn about different religions?
  • What are crop circles?
  • What is Area 51?
  • What are the origins of Rock and Roll?
  • What was the Woodstock Music Festival?
  • 10 memorable things about any country
  • What are the different styles of coffee?
  • What does living “off the grid” mean?
  • What is Crossfit?
  • What is cultural appropriation?
  • What is Feminism?
  • What is the difference between White Hat and Black Hat Hacking?
  • Who is the artist formerly known as Prince?
  • Why is yoga so popular?
  • What is Art Therapy?
  • What is the difference between 80’s parenting and current parenting?
  • What is a journalist?
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Health Presentation Topic Ideas

  • What is the respiratory system?
  • How are diseases spread?
  • How does the nervous system work?
  • What is skin cancer?
  • What are infectious diseases?
  • When to call 911
  • What is the placebo effect?
  • How to read a nutrition label
  • How to eat a balanced diet
  • What is CPR?
  • How to dress a wound
  • What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
  • What is dry drowning?
  • What are allergens?
  • Why are cigarettes bad for you?
  • How are medicines approved for human consumption?
  • Why should Marijuana be legalized?
  • What is a neurosurgeon?
  • What is an EMT?
  • How does the digestive system work?
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History Presentation Topic Ideas

  • Prehistoric timeline of dinosaurs
  • Your favorite president of the United States
  • How has the role of women changed in society?
  • Who was Alexander the Great?
  • What is the Declaration of Independence?
  • Who was Harriet Tubman?
  • What is Pangea?
  • What is Gobekli Tepe?
  • Who is Nelson Mandela?
  • What is the Berlin Wall?
  • What is the Boxing Day Tsunami?
  • Who were the Conquistadors?
  • Who were the Incas?
  • What is the story behind Thanksgiving?
  • Who is Pocahontas?
  • What is the origin of Language?
  • How were Egyptian mummies conserved?
  • What is the story of King Tut’s Curse?
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Life Skills Presentation Topic Ideas

  • How to change a tire
  • What are the basic cooking skills?
  • How to do laundry
  • How to budget monthly expenses
  • What are the essential tools for a household?
  • How to furnish a house on the cheap
  • How to drive a car
  • How to save money
  • How to take care of a baby
  • How to take care of a plant
  • How to change the AC filters
  • How to minimize the use of plastic
  • How to live trash-free
  • How to fry an egg
  • How to clean a house fast
  • How to use the internet to find what you need
  • Why is it important to teach our grandparents how to use the internet?
  • How to get dressed for a funeral
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Literature Presentation Topic Ideas

  • Who is William Shakespeare?
  • What is Haiku?
  • What is The Catcher in The Rye about?
  • Who is Dante Alighieri?
  • What is a sonnet?
  • What is magical realism?
  • Who is Emily Bronte?
  • How is the book 1984 relevant today?
  • What is the difference between an autobiography and a memoir?
  • What book should be made into a movie which hasn’t yet?
  • Who is Oscar Wilde?
  • Who is Orhan Pamuk?
  • Who is Isaac Asimov?
  • What is historical fiction?
  • What is a Greek Tragedy?
  • What is the hero’s journey?
  • Who is Ulysses?
  • What is the origin of science fiction literature?
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Media Presentation Topic Ideas

  • Evolution of the projector
  • How can social media be dangerous for underage kids?
  • The history of the internet
  • What is the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
  • Who is Steve Jobs?
  • Who invented the television?
  • Which came first, MTV or VH1?
  • What is Virtual Reality?
  • What is Augmented Reality?
  • The evolution of film and cinema
  • How are TV commercials made?
  • What is the role of an art director?
  • How are minorities represented in the media?
  • How are women represented in the media?
  • What is blogging?
  • Who was Elvis Presley?
  • The history of Jazz
  • The history of Tango
  • What is a social media manager?
  • What is content marketing?
  • What is an influencer?
  • How has binge-watching changed television?
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Science Presentation Topic Ideas

  • What are GMOs?
  • What is organ donation and why is it important?
  • How does the respiratory system work?
  • Should human cloning be allowed?
  • What is the greenhouse effect?
  • Why do some people say climate change is a hoax?
  • What is the water cycle?
  • What is Photosynthesis?
  • What are the different states of matter?
  • How is medicine made?
  • What is alternative medicine?
  • What is biochemistry?
  • What is quantum physics?
  • What is the Big Bang Theory?
  • 50th anniversary of the moon landing
  • What is the plant cycle?
  • How are babies born?
  • What is a particle accelerator?
  • What is a light-year?
  • Why do humans want to colonize Mars?
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Work Life Presentation Topic Ideas

  • What is the pay gap?
  • What is an entrepreneur?
  • What is a franchise and how does it work?
  • What are the best-paid careers?
  • Why is it important to hire mothers back into the workforce?
  • Should fathers have paternity leave?
  • Are internships worth it?
  • Why are more college-age students entering the labor force through skilled labor?
  • Why is it important for high-schoolers to have summer jobs?
  • What is the glass ceiling?
  • How to live as a digital nomad
  • How to stop discrimination in the workplace
  • What is a Candy Striper?
  • Is volunteering hurting the neediest?
  • What does “the 9 to 5” mean?
  • What constitutes a good work-life balance?
  • When should moms go back to work?
  • How to dress for a work interview
  • How to write a resume/CV
  • How to make an infographic
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Why Do Teachers Assign Student-Selected Presentations Anyway? [Infographic]

By now, you must have already chosen a presentation topic idea. But you might still be wondering why your teacher assigned you this task in the first place.

No, your teacher is not out to get you by assigning a presentation you have to choose the topic for. There are a few reasons why teachers and professors assign presentations this way.

Choosing a presentation topic idea inspires you to look inside themselves to find a topic of interest. Knowing about your interests helps give direction to your future life and career plans.

Selecting presentation topic ideas on your own also helps you learn how to do research properly. You get more familiar with the practice of taking notes, creating an outline and prioritizing information.

Brainstorming various topic ideas is also great for improving your creative performance. And finally, getting up on stage and presenting prepares you for public speaking in front of an audience.

Here's a quick infographic to sum it all up.

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Believe it or not, assigning a presentation is one of the best ways to teach a student how to learn on their own. It’s similar to asking a student to write an essay, but a lot more fun!

 

How to Pick the Right Presentation Topic Idea

If you're overwhelmed by all the topic ideas above and aren't sure which one is right for your presentation, don't worry. We have tips help you pick the right topic in no time.

If after this process you still aren’t sure, just browse through the list above and find a specific presentation topic idea that sparks your interest most.

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The first step to figuring out what your presentation should be about is to ask yourself these questions:

  • What are your hobbies?
  • What type of books do you read?
  • When you play Trivial Pursuit, which topic are you good at?
  • What kind of TV shows do you watch?
  • What would you like to learn more about?

What Are Your Hobbies?

It’s easy to find a presentation topic by looking at your hobbies. The best part of this choice is that you’ll be passionate when presenting it to your peers.

For example, if you love woodworking, create a presentation about the history of woodworking or a step-by-step look at “How to make a wooden bowl by hand.”

What Type of Books Do You Read?

Look at the style of books you’ve been reading lately. Have any of them made an impact on your life?

If you're having a difficult time coming up with a topic idea, you can create a presentation about a book that you found really special, or about an author you’ve read a few books by.

When You Play Trivial Pursuit, Which Topic Are You Good At?

If you have ever played Trivial Pursuit or attended a Trivia Night, you must have noticed that some topics are easier for you to answer. That is your topic of interest and a great place to look for some ideas.

For example, if you always know the answer to the questions about classical music, you can create a presentation about your favorite composer.

What Kind of TV Shows Do You Watch?

What have you been binge-watching lately? Regardless if its Orange is The New Black or a documentary about the Sudanese civil war, you can find an interesting topic to work with.

It can be about history or current events. You could even do some kind of comparative analysis on how a specific show has affected you or the people who watch it.

What Would You Like to Learn More About?

Another way to find an interesting presentation topic idea is to think of things you want to learn more about. Take the opportunity to learn something new and then share it in your presentation.

Present the facts of what you learned or turn the presentation into a journal entry of your personal experience using the new information that you just learned.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that whatever topic you choose, it must also be appropriate.

As Allan Smith says,

 

Presentation Tips for Students

Once you have chosen the perfect presentation topic idea, it’s time to design your presentation. Here are some tips for creating a great presentation that will get you a good grade.

A Presentation is Not an Essay

A presentation is different than an essay in the sense that it doesn’t need to be as long or detailed. A presentation doesn’t have to be in-depth like a 30-page essay. Give your audience the right amount of information without being overwhelming, but also don’t be too vague.

A presentation is like the halfway point between an interesting conversation and a 10-page essay.

Tips for Informational “How-To” Presentations

Some presentations explain how to do something or give facts about something. These styles of presentations are easy to visualize with images and bullet points.

Unfortunately, these types of presentations can also be really boring.

Look for a unique way of presenting the information, use interesting backgrounds, apply shaped frames to the images, embed videos and use colorful shapes to create separations.

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Tips for Scientific Presentations

Presentations about scientific topics are usually full of data and information. For processes and cycles, try using Visme's data widgets, such as the flowchart tool or circular process widgets.

Charts and graphic organizers can really help get the idea across on the slides.

Take a cue from our friends at Presentation Guru,

Using timeline infographics for history presentations

If you want to create a presentation about a history topic, use a timeline to visualize the passing of time. The timeline can continue from slide to slide. Just make sure the horizontal line is at the same height on every slide.

Here is a video about how to use Visme's timeline maker to visualize timelines:

 

Tips for Delivering a Presentation

When it's your turn to hand in the presentation, you will need to deliver it in front of the class. You will need to give a speech and show the slides at the same time. Here are some tips for giving a great presentation:

  • Practice the speech and the showing of the slides at least three times
  • Memorize the order of your slides
  • Memorize what is on each slide so that you don’t even have to look at them
  • Create a flash card for talking points; One flashcard per slide is best
  • Try and memorize your speech so that you won’t even need the flashcards
  • Delivering a presentation will be nerve wracking but it will also make you feel great when you’re finished

 

Create Beautiful Presentations with Visme

Here at Visme, we love helping students create better presentations.

We have resources on how to use presentation templates, how to design slides from scratch, how to maintain consistency between slides, how to present data visually and how to successfully present to an audience.

Here are some articles to help you design and deliver your presentation:

Once you’re ready to start designing, just open up the Visme dashboard and select one of the many presentation templates. You can also create a presentation from scratch, there are lots of tools to help you out along the way.

We hope you were able to find the perfect presentation topic idea for your presentation on this list! Let us know how you did and link to your presentation in the comments.

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Orana is an artist of many trades, currently working as a graphic designer for bloggers and small businesses. Her love of art and travel create the perfect artist-nomad combination. She founded Orana Creative to help freelancers, solopreneurs and bloggers master a better visual strategy. She is passionate about eye happiness and loves constructive criticism.

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