How to make an effective thesis presentation for your finals defense.

A Thesis presentation is by far the most important presentation of a college student's life. If you are in high school, your most important write-up is your term paper. But fortunately, you won't have to present it on class and defend it. In college, however, especially when you are graduation, you have to present your research on class and defend it in a week called "Hell-Week" (a term coined to describe a week that is so unpleasant for any college life. I first heard about this term from a dorm receptionist.)

On the "Hell-Week", you start to become less tidy but more focus on what is really important. The Defense. and graduation of course.

I want to Graduate!

But for most of us, our ticket to graduation is the Thesis Defense. Usually, we focus more on our paper than on our presentation. But what is really important is the presentation. It is in fact, the most important thing of all.

A thesis adviser once told me that juries no nothing about a student's research. The only way that they will know something about the research is through the student's presentation. This is the reason why student's should make their presentations as clear and as less boring as possible. Because if you have a really boring presentation, you might end up encountering the Four Common Dreaded Juries of all.
Four Juries you don't want to encounter

There are actually four kinds of Juries you don't want to encounter during the defense. The most common jury is the most plastic jury of all. This is the jury that looks like he's very serious in listening but he's actually thinking about something else. The second jury is the jury that is so transparent. This jury acts bored when he wants to whether you like it or not. The third jury is the jury that day dreams while the fourth is as you can see on the drawing, the jury that's so busy talking to the audience you can't even see him on the table anymore.

These juries give you a low score and even fail you.

How can you prevent yourself from encountering these juries and thereby making your way to graduation?

Here are the most important tips in making a PowerPoint Presentation for your thesis defense. 

1. Fonts types
Always make sure you use two font types only. and I mean ONLY. Never use more that two because it can make your presentation chaotic looking. This is very important because old professors have old eyes too. Be sensitive to them.

2. Font Size
Use 28pt for the  Headings and 22pt for the body of the presentation.

3. Number of Lines
Use lines up to 8 only. Never put to many text/words on your slide. It'll make the jury really confuse. Leave the explanation to your wonderful brain to articulate things.


4. Use animations on text appropriately
I know animations are really fun to do but sometimes they can be annoying for some juries. Never put animations on all of the text of a slide. Like choosing a man to marry, you have to choose it right. Either you put emphasis on the headings with a DESCENT entrance animation and just put the FADE entrance animation for the text body. Blend them carefully.

5. Present you graphs well with Animations
Always put animations in presenting graphs. People want to see dynamics when it comes to this part of the presentation. Here is a tip for Presenting Bar Graphs.

6. Make your Output Dramatic
Your audience, the jury,always want to see something dramatic at the end of the presentation. This is the part when you have to awe them because this is the instant when they will decide your grade. I made a simple example on how to Present your output.

7. Make a script
Don't forget to make a script that includes when to click etc etc. It always helps especially when the presentations are on a time limit.

8. Keep it simple and Cool.
The most important thing in presenting your thesis is the entire package. This means including you. Keep things simple and Cool. Never make them feel that you made the presentation the night before the defense even if you truly did. Your face might jeopardize your presentation so wear some make up if necessary, too.



I hope you learned something. If you have any more suggestions, comments are always welcome.
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18 Responses so far.

  1. This is very helpful. :-)

  2. Thanks much. We know this one was going to be useful for people having thesis.

  3. Thanks for the thorough guide... I used to make research and other stuff like that before the computer was ever invented. it was easy but took a lot of time... note cards... piles of books... footnotes...etc. thanks to microsoft, it has become faster... but if you are not familiar with how it is being dome with computer...it's a DISASTER!!! So thank you so much!

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