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Services for Students Preparing for their Thesis Defense

Oral Defense Advising

If you are preparing for your thesis defense but are feeling a bit nervous, we can help. You can use any of the individual services discussed in the other sections of the web site. However if you think you would benefit from more structured assistance, this is the place for you. We will work together to help you attain the competence and confidence to excel during your oral thesis defense.

What We Do and What You Do:

I will personally advise you regularly and directly about all steps in the preparation of your oral thesis defense.
  • We will communicate regularly about what you need to do and how to do it.
  • We will discuss how to present your data graphically so it is accurate, attractive, and appropriate for your discipline.
  • I will teach you to use PowerPoint and help you make slides for your presentation that are clear, consise, captivating, and considerate of your audience.
  • You will make the presentation slides with my guidance, editing and suggestions.
  • Then we will discuss oral presentation styles and skills, and work together to develop your talk.
  • After you've had a chance to practice on your own, you can practice with me usuing video chat.
  • During this process, I will be available by email, and we will schedule regular (usually weekly) phone or video communication as well. We can work together until you feel competent and confident about giving an oral presentation.

    Special situations:

    We can also assist you with special situations, including
  • Tight timescale before your defense is scheduled
  • English is not your strongest language or you are not completely comfortable speaking English
  • Stage fright. You are not comfortable speaking in public
  • Balancing school with family and/or work. We can schedule our communications for mutually acceptable times
  • If you feel you are in one of these situations, or have other special or unusual circumstances, just let us know. We can probably help you address these needs.

    Contact information:

    Please contact us if you would like any additional information, including an estimate for your project.
    Please provide information about the date of your defense, where you are right now in the process, and describe the level of assistance and interaction you expect to want or need, and if you have any special circumstances that might affect the amount or focus of the work we will do together.

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    Thanks for your consideration,
    Becky Talyn