Defending your dissertation is a very stressful time for a graduate student and it is hard to think about how it might go. But you don’t have to worry about that if you prepare your defense for your dissertation ahead of time. Consider all of this before you defend your dissertation.
Start early preparing your dissertation for your presentation. It takes a long time to make slides and talk about it. You want to practice your presentation so you get it right.
Go and listen to other people give their presentations on their dissertations and see how they defend theirs. This will give you an idea of some of the questions that you might be asked at yours.
Use your friends to help you prepare. You can do your presentation and then have them ask you questions. This will prepare you for the questions that you might be asked at yours.
Read over your dissertation and make a list of questions that you think that they might ask and then you can use them to prepare your defense.
Don’t get distracted when you are preparing for your dissertation defense and practice distractions so you can avoid them during your dissertation defense.
Make sure you get enough sleep and take care of yourself before you have to defend your dissertation. If you are well rested and healthy, you will be in a better mind set to do your defense.
Stay calm and confident when you are giving your presentation for your defense. You can practice this when you are practicing your presentation. You don’t want to be too afraid to do your presentation.
Don’t focus on what the party after you nail your defense. This will make you over confident and then you will screw up the presentation.
Make sure all of the slides match up and go over your presentation a few times and time yourself. You don’t want to have a major screw up, where you have the wrong slides or you slides don’t work right and so on.
See yourself giving your presentation everyday. Imagine what it is going to be like, run over everything in your head. This will get you in the right mind set to do it. This will give you confidence and help you complete your defense with flying colors.
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