Many believe that the key to a successful coursework presentation is competent research work and well-prepared speech. Undoubtedly. But I will allow myself a little clarification: without a bright, exciting, and useful presentation, you will hardly be able to get the maximum rating. So, do you need a presentation for your coursework?
Why do you need a coursework presentation?
The presentation is an essential element of preparation for defense. As a rule, it accompanies the report of the researcher, visualizes what was said.
The presentation is a set of slides with the help of which the presenter fully demonstrates the content of the coursework and helps the reviewer familiarize himself with it faster.
It makes sense to prepare a presentation because it is much easier to present a report with it – this way, you are guaranteed not to forget anything and maintain a logical sequence of presentation.
What the presentation consists of
The presentation is not a mess, but a clear and orderly system. It consists of slides:
- Everything is standard here: information about the educational institution, student, topic, and discipline. Be sure to indicate the year of protection;
- With the goals and objectives of the study, subject, object, and relevance;
- With the methodology and theoretical basis of the research;
- With the central part of the work. Highlight all of the main points of the study;
- With the conclusion and conclusions. Tell us what you have achieved during your research work;
- With thanks. “Thank you for your attention” is the best ending.
In which programs to create
The best option is PowerPoint. It’s the most uncomplicated and most straightforward tool to create excellent presentations today. One can download it for free. There are many ready-made templates in PP. The program allows you to insert text, video, photos, diagrams, tables, etc. It’s easy to understand the interface.
“The technical side is not the most important thing in the presentation. Pay more attention to the content: the information should be simple, logical and useful.”
You can create a presentation in Word and then convert it to PDF. Also, one can convert PowerPoint to PDF. I have already written how to do this before.
Sequence of creation
The process of creating a presentation can be roughly divided into three stages:
Planning. At this stage, you should determine the purpose of the slide show, audience characteristics, think about the report’s structure, think over how and when to refer to the demonstration of the material.
I have sketched for you a specific sequence (you can use it or make your own):
- We define the goals and objectives of the report;
- See who our target audience is (target audience);
- Think about an idea. In contrast to the goal, the concept focuses not on research but presentation;
- Select the optimal templates in the program chosen for work;
- Schematically present the material;
- Think about the structure (I already wrote about the design above);
- Make sure the created visualization matches the speech.
Development. At this stage, you choose the program to work with (in most cases, this is PowerPoint). They think over the slides’ format, the sizes of objects, the fonts of the text, etc. In general, all the technical issues.
Repetition. It is essential to rehearse your speech before the defense. See if it matches the slides that are shown.
Requirements for slide design
What do you need to know to design a presentation correctly? There is little information, and it is simple:
- The minimum number of slides is 10-12. The maximum is up to 30;
- The presence of headers;
- Heading font size – 28-32, body text – 18 = 24;
- The number of words on a slide – up to 40;
- The most optimal font is serif (Georgia, Palatino, etc.);
- Formatting – justified (centered in layouts).
Here are the top 10 tips for creating a killer presentation:
- Present information briefly and concisely. Best of all, in the form of tables, graphs, charts, etc.
- Try not to say the information from the slides. Speak in your own words, disclose this information.
- Track your time. The optimal time for defense is 5-7 minutes. Speak clearly and to the point.
- Choose a visual that is relevant to the topic. Avoid overflowing infographics, ridiculous pictures, and complex graphs.
- Maintain a consistent slide style. Don’t jump from one class to another.
- Leave the background of your presentation white, or choose a set with cool tones and shades.
- Do not use more than three vibrant colors. It is distracting.
- But the animation will come in handy.
- If possible, set up automatic slide switching.
- Highlight the most important (color, underline, etc.).
A handout is needed for the examination committee to see your research result on the screen.
Quite often, you have to place complex data, tables, calculations on a slide. By flipping the slide, you deprive the reviewers of the opportunity to understand the information you have offered. And the handouts remain with them – this will help them approach the work more thoroughly.
- Sloppy design (crooked tables, unequal elements, etc.);
- Large text boxes;
- Small and inconspicuous headings;
- Lack of graphs, diagrams, drawings;
- Unevenly placed material;
- Lack of signatures;
- Cluttered slides;
- Long and complex sentences;
- Too much information;
- Text “sheet”;
- Excessive animation.
Remember and try not to do this. Better yet, order a sample presentation for your term paper.