Thesis Defense Tips

Congratulations for all your hard work. To succeed at the final step, the defense, here are some suggestions:

  • In preparation, check and recheck your slides for errors.
  • Make sure you know the answers to the difficult questions from your proposal defense.
  • Don't overuse abbreviations in your slides or at least make sure your audience understands what they mean.
  • Look at the construction of your graphs. Make sure they are an exact representation of what you are talking about.
  • Be prepared with names and references to back up facts and assumptions.
  • Make sure you know you know how to pronounce the vocabulary you will be using.
  • Think of ways to pull your defense apart. Maybe friends can help.
  • Once you are in the room, turn off your mobile phone. Your friends may want to wish you luck at the last minute. Very embarrassing!
  • Before you start to speak take a deep breath, try to relax, speak slowly and clearly.

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