One of the most awaited moments in the life of the university student is the presentation of the thesis.
This fateful day is everyone’s goal from day one. His approach is linked to particular symptoms: agitation, anxiety and loss of sleep.
But we can fight them and come out winners. By the way, here are some tips for discussing the thesis.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN: QUICK SUMMARY
You will have 10 to 20 minutes maximum. Your rapporteur will introduce your work, and probably the only person in the committee will know the subject. He usually asks a specific question, from which you will start with your speech. Be brief, specific and interesting. Try to attract the curiosity and interest of the entire commission with a brilliant speech. Take a deep breath, smile and talk enthusiastically. They will hang from your lips.
By the way, don’t spend too much time on the premises but emphasize the content of what you say.
LADDER AND SLIDES
In agreement with the rapporteur, prepare a simple lineup with: short introduction, explanation of the work done, conclusions. If you do not have questions, it will be your perfect strategy.
Help yourself with slides, but don’t create too many, and above all don’t enter too much text. You don’t have to read them, you have to explain them. Their content must be light: less text, better than images. The slides must be a reference, not a music stand.
Each slides must have a duration of 20-30 seconds, maximum 1 minute-1 minute and a half. Within them you can include the strong points of your work, the key contents, the things you are passionate about and the most original results. You can find some examples of effective slides here.
SAFETY (BUT NOT ARROGANCE)
When you talk, show yourself safe and smiling (a smile is essential, try to keep serenity). However, be careful: you are still students (still for a few minutes). For this reason, do not flaunt “total knowledge”: if you talk about the results of your work, it is better to say “I tried to prove” rather than “I have demonstrated”.
Do as in football: a nice dribble. If by chance you get a question that you don’t expect, don’t do a silent scene. Answer, perhaps by repeating the concepts expressed in the question, start with a generic answer and start with a link to a topic / aspect that you know best.
Talk, talk, talk. Better to say something like an answer than to say nothing.
The important thing is not to do a silent scene.
The capacity for synthesis is a gift, and is evaluated by the commission. If they leave you free, don’t waste it: prepare an 8-10 minute speech that tells all the best things possible about your work, listing the focal points of which you are most proud, those that will impress the commission.
Try the speech at home, maybe in front of a mirror. Then experiment with a spectator: a parent, brother or sister, your partner, a friend. In the absence of a listener, register and listen again. It will be a useful exercise and will help to ease tension.
Ok, this sentence seems to be compromised and abused, however .. Serenity. It is the key to your success.
Keep the tranquility while you prepare the discussion. Think of positive things. In particular, focus on your success. Don’t think, “What if it goes wrong?” Think of it going great. Think about how free you will be once everything is finished. Think of the vacation you will enjoy, the journey you will take or anyway those weeks of freedom (deserved) that await you.
Take a deep breath: it will be a success.
And if you need a more complete suggestion, take a look at our guide to writing the thesis!
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