On Tuesday we’ve had a special lecture on the Dissertation Presentation we will have to deliver. This will be my last university presentation! At least until I do my master (or PhD, who knows). I’ll talk about my future plans another time, right now I’d like to “revise” what they told us on Tuesday.
The presentations will take place between the 9th and 20th of February, will be 8-10 minutes long and will account for 10% of our final dissertation mark. The audience will be composed of other students, the first marker (my supervisor) and a second marker, who in fact is going to be the only unfamiliar person there… not too bad, considering the presentation I had to give as an Italian high schooler, with an audience of all teachers, half of which I had never seen. I don’t even want to remember those times!
I guess this is the main reason why I am not too nervous about this presentation. Famous last words, I bet I am going to shake like a leaf on that day. But for now I can still be rational about it! 😉
Apart from giving us practical information, the lecture was all about revising presentation techniques.
I am lucky, since I’ve never had much difficulty in presenting a topic in my previous university years. I guess attitude is the key. Then things like: speak clearly; look everyone in the eye; create a story that will flow when you tell it; sound enthusiastic about what you are talking about, but at the same time use technical terms and try to be as well-spoken as possible. That is a bit of an issue for me, as I tend to get carried away and use colloquial speech. Whoops. I usually manage to get away with it though. 😛
See, if it was a normal presentation I would not be thinking about it now. But..!
What really worries me about this is the fact that at the end of your presentation, the markers are entitled to ask you any questions about your research area. And I’ve researched my topic a lot, but it was a while ago, before I had to focus on exams! Now I find myself in the position of having to revise all the papers and books I’ve read, while at the same time work on my next essay (which I am quite excited about, info to come soon!) and start testing participants.
I have to admit, every day I am more convinced I cannot take another university year right after this one. I always thought I would apply for a master right away, but the thought of it makes me feel ill.
Good thing third year was supposed to be easier than second year…yeah right.