If you’re close to finishing your undergraduate, masters or postgraduate studies, you’re probably spending a lot of time thinking and worrying about the topic you’ll choose or how to develop it. It’s the time to know the best tips for your thesis presentation.
This worry is easy to understand, but take a deep breath. If you’re reading this post, you’re in luck. Here’s we’ll look at keys to achieving a truly excellent final result, whether you’re working on it in class and at a library or online.
Getting started: Choosing a topic
This is the first reflective exercise you’ll need to do. If you need inspiration to know what to include, take some time to gather information from different sources. Take a look at other theses from your field of study with an online search, talk with classmates who defended their theses last year, and think about what topics you would be able to access data for and topics where there is still room for new discovery and research.
First, choose the topic of study that you find most interesting (the more specific, the better), and then, consider what problems it presents and the determining factors for each problem. Your access to data is fundamentally important. We don’t want to choose a topic that’s so new that nothing else has ever been written on it, but we also don’t want to choose one that’s been explored to the point that we can’t add anything new. This decision will always be made with your supervisor or tutor. Some may even suggest or offer topics within their area of study and expertise.
Once you know your topic and the content you’d like to talk about in your thesis defense presentation, put the key concepts down in a mind map or concept map that will help you keep an overview of all the thesis’s sections in mind as you work. Preserve this information in a template, and you’ll be ready to start!
A bit of structure: Timeline
You know what you want to work on. Why don’t we set up some deadlines? Before finals, most students break down their study time into blocks with a calendar, and we can use a timeline to get organized and set dates to turn in and revise each section with our supervisor. This will help us stay on track with the deadlines we set.
Bibliographic search: Rediscover the library
Work with academic and scientific databases and the correct system for citing your sources. Universities have a wide array of databases, books and journals for their students. An entire universe of physical and electronic resources are available to you. You can use them to read countless academic articles related to your chosen topic. If you don’t know how to use the databases available to you, you can ask for help at your school library.
Gather a good number of articles on your topic and highlight the most important parts of each one. It’s important that you are familiar with what has already been published on your topic so you can add something new to this knowledge. Try to write short summaries of the contributions each author has made with an infographic template. The effectiveness of this method is likely to surprise you for the better and will help when it’s time to look over your literature review.
Infographics are also helpful for incorporating graphs and fieldwork results. When including quantitative data, cite its source. It’s a good idea to go a bit deeper: interpret the data, look closely at how it evolves over time and according to changing factors. In general, theses utilize one of three popular citation formats: APA, MLA or Chicago. If you’re unsure of how to cite authors and data with the format required by your department, reach out to professors who are used to working with that citation style to see if they can help resolve more difficult cases.
How can you create a interactive infographics?
Don’t ever forget to use language suited for research starting with titles and subtitles: literature review, objectives, hypotheses, methodology, data collection, discussion, conclusions.
Try to follow the plan you’ve laid out to avoid last-minute stress. It’s best to dedicate a few hours each week or two to your thesis. Before the final version is due, make sure you read through it carefully to catch any spelling or grammar mistakes.
The thesis defense presentation
The final step is to defend your thesis before a jury. It’s not enough to have solid content; you need to know how to present it in a way that impresses your audience. Take stock of your body language. If you can show confidence, your audience will feel that you know what you’re talking about: project your voice, make eye contact, don’t turn your back on the audience, maintain a posture that looks confident and use just the right number of hand gestures to stress important concepts.
We’ve all seen great work lose points due to a less than impressive presentation. It’s worth taking time to put together your slides because they’ll be your guide during your oral presentation. Remember to simplify your text and keep it to a minimum, communicate one or two key points on each slide, put your ideas in a logical order and use high-quality, free domain images like the ones Genially offers. An interactive presentation will help attract the attention of your audience whether you’re there in person or defending a thesis online. Forget your old masters thesis defense presentation ppt.
Our templates made specifically for undergraduate, masters and doctoral theses, are the perfect tool when it’s time to present. In Genially, we have many designs that are ideal for different areas of knowledge, from minimalist designs to more creative ones. Prioritize each image over the text. Be concise. Your jury has already read your work and expects you to highlight the most important parts. Once you reach the final slide, share what knowledge you’ve learned, thank the attendees for their attention and show that you’re there to answer the questions each jury member wants to ask you.
Now you’re ready to get set up for your thesis, a key process to finishing your studies and one we’ll be guiding you through with future posts. If you’ve liked this post, leave us a comment, and feel free to share it.
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