Tips for the Graduation Project presentation:
1. Reference your research. What about your research influenced your choices for the presentation? Why are you choosing to focus attention on the things you are?
2. Dress for the task. Treat this opportunity as a potential job interview. Wear clothes that reflect your professionalism. Your outfit should not compete for attention with your talk. Look with a
critical eye at what others will see when they look at you. Don’t allow anything to distract your listeners. What is the message you are sending?
3. Step into a persona that speaks with confidence and knowledge about your topic. The best way to fend off nervousness is knowledge of your message.
4. Use technology as a visual tool. Don’t rely on it to fill time or add too many details. Make sure you edit for spelling errors. Check that you can clearly read the text and that it contrasts to the background. Look at your presentation with a critical eye to see it as your audience will, not just from a monitor. You will be scored on how well the technology was integrated into your talk as a part of your overall score.
5. State your argument or information clearly. Don’t leave the audience wondering what your point was.
6. Be honest. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say politely “I don’t know that particular data”, or “That was not the focus of my research”.
7. Take your time to answer questions thoughtfully and with as much information as you can. This can make a huge difference in your score.
8. Be prepared as well as you can, which means push yourself a bit beyond when you think you are ready. Once you are confident in your material, relax.
9. Attitude counts. Be interested, responsible, and knowledgeable, and you will succeed.
STUDENT GUIDELINES FOR ORAL PRESENTATIONS
1. Write a letter of introduction for the Review Board members (one copy of this letter must be included in the portfolio). Review Board members will read this letter before listening to your presentation.
2. Practice your presentation several times until you feel comfortable with its format and content. Also, time your presentation to be sure that you do not exceed the school time limit.
3. Anticipate questions that your Review Board might ask you (or ask a parent or a friend to compose questions for you) and plan the answers you would give. Your board may not ask these exact questions, but this will give you an opportunity to practice answering questions. Remember that questions should address an aspect or an extension of your chosen issue. Review Boards will be trained regarding the nature of appropriate questions. However, if you are asked a question that you feel is not appropriate, you have the right to reply politely that the question does not relate to your research.