This topic occurred to me as I sat in on a couple of examinations vivascompletion seminars and a confirmation or two in recent weeks. I have sat through literally hundreds of assessment presentations if you count my years in purgatory architecture school. I see it most often in completion seminars where the student has a full draft and can no longer see the forest for the trees.
After 3 months of intense thesis writing, revisions, and successfully defending all while working a part-time job in industryI want to share with you Part 1 of 3 of this series.
Part 2 will be how to finish your thesis in a timely manner and write a good quality thesis. Part 3 will be life after a PhD, making the transition into the workforce, and how to prepare ahead of time i. First, what does it take to give a successful PhD Defense?
How can you prepare, keep the stress levels low, and make sure you have the highest chance of success? And you cannot fully prepare for all the endless possibility of questions. If you wrote a page thesis, your thesis commitee can pick apart an error bar on a graph on page They can ask you what you meant by a word in a random sentence in any given paragraph.
Keep in mind, this is all just apart of the PhD hazing process, and in a sense is just to humble you. At the end of the day, if you wrote a good quality thesis and are CONFIDENT, you should have no problem successfully defending and leaving that room with a sense of relief.
If you already have most your slides ready to go, then you are lucky.
I ended up getting data at the last minute and my story changed. I had to make many model Preparing and presenting dissertation from scratch. If you want to give a GOOD thesis talk, you need to practice multiple times.
You need to give multiple group practice talks. In between, you need to practice on your own. There is no limit or requirement on how many practice talks you should give, but give as many talks as it takes until you feel like you are ready.
You might be surprised when you play it back to yourself.
You should also time your talk. I noticed that I tend to talk faster by about 5 minutes when giving the actual public talk vs. The length of the talk can depend on many departmental factors. Make sure you use the full two weeks to perfect your slides, polish your talk and be very concise about your wordsand review material you are unsure about.
I actually went and got a few talks on DVD the good ones that I remembered. If their research is on a similar topic as your own, this would be more ideal-but take what you can get. When you watch the talk, ask yourself what makes it good or bad?
Were they enthusiastic and sincere? Did they keep the energy throughout the talk? Were there some rough areas of the talk? When nerves are running high, talks may not go as expected.
You can battle this nervousness by showing up well-prepared. If you are, the thesis defense talk is just a formality. If you cannot obtain any thesis defense talks on video, make sure that you go to actual public thesis defense talks.
At least go to one so that you have a good idea of how to TIE the whole story together and give your audience the big picture. Keep in mind that you are giving a talk to a general audience. This means that use of jargon and highly technical terms will only put your audience to sleep.
Make sure it is clear and understandable. Simplify it the best that you can and put it in the larger context of your research field. Use cartoons or model slides if necessary to give your audience the general, overall picture.
Have others that are familiar with your work drill you with questions. It also builds your confidence. And the questions that your labmates or friends ask you may just be the same question you will get asked on your defense day.
I actually read over my entire thesis multiple times during my final two weeks and came up with my own list of questions that I thought my committee would ask me. In addition, I also came up with a list of questions that I had of my own questions that I was unsure of or that I thought were a weakness of mine.
If you cannot come up with a list of good questions, then you are not trying hard enough. And it was a confidence booster in disguise.1 This Dissertation/Thesis Guide has been created to assist graduate students in the successful Writing and Presenting Your Thesis or Dissertation 1 S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D.
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5 classic research presentation mistakes. Will be preparing my confirmation pressie over the Christmas/New Year period, so this is very timely and helpful. Also, concluding the dissertation is of vital importance, to give a good taste.
Its a factual ending on what we really attempted to say in all of this. Prepare PowerPoint slides by using information in the dissertation’s first chapter (which actually is the overview of the dissertation) as a framework or outline that reflects the logical sequencing of information.