Tips on how to defend your thesis


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These guidelines shows what you need to do before, during and after the thesis defense.

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Tips on how to defend your thesis

  1. 1. How to defend your thesis like a pro<br />
  2. 2. BEFORE THE DEFENSE…<br />
  3. 3. Arrange the schedule of your thesis defense.<br />Make sure that all panelists are available.<br />Make the proper reservations.<br />Inform your thesis coordinator of the venue, date and time.<br />
  4. 4. Give a copy of your thesis to the panelists at least one week before the defense. <br />
  5. 5. Don’t forget to give the evaluation forms to your panelists together with your thesis.<br />
  6. 6. Prepare your slide presentation<br />no glaring errors<br />appropriate illustrations<br />enhances the oral presentation<br />
  7. 7. Do your homework. <br />Master the part you will be presenting. <br />
  8. 8. Plan out your presentation as a team. Thoroughly discuss the sequence of the presentation.<br />
  9. 9. Support your teammates.Don’t put them down, try to show you are better than they are or compete with them. <br />
  10. 10. Try to come up with possible questions from the audience.<br />Then answer those questions.<br />
  11. 11. ON THE DAY OF THE DEFENSE…<br />
  12. 12. Make sure you brought everything with you. <br />Make sure all the parts of the thesis are in place (including Appendices, References)<br />
  13. 13. Remember to pray.<br />Prepare well but don’t forget that there are many things that are beyond your control. <br />
  14. 14. ON YOUR PERSON<br />Dress well!<br />
  15. 15. Put on a name tag. <br />ANNIE<br />
  16. 16. Be confident but not arrogant.<br />
  17. 17. Be animated! Project your voice well or else use a microphone.<br />
  18. 18. Subject-verb agreement<br />Correct propositions<br />Use correct grammar and proper diction.<br />
  19. 19. Ah, umm, <br />I mean…<br />You know. . .<br />So…<br />Like…<br />Actually…<br />Basically…<br />Okay!<br />Right<br />Medyo<br />Siguro<br />Parang<br />Avoid verbal tics.<br />
  20. 20. Don’t go beyond 45 minutes in your presentation. Remember, your panel has already read your thesis. The most essential parts of your presentation are your overview and the most important findings of your study. <br />
  21. 21. Defense does not mean to be defensive.<br /> You don’t have to defend your thesis “to the death.”<br />To “defend” your thesis means to justify the decisions you have made in choosing the variables and methods of your study.<br />No one can make a perfect study; there is always room for improvement.<br />Don’t be defensive.<br />
  22. 22. Show full knowledge of the topic<br />Evidence that you conducted the research<br />Cite specific experts to support your viewpoint<br />
  23. 23. Record the comments and suggestions of the panelists. You can also ask a classmate to write down the comments.<br />
  24. 24. AFTER THE DEFENSE…<br />
  25. 25. Show your appreciation for the help of your panelists by giving them some snacks and thanking them after the defense<br />
  26. 26. Transcribe the comments and suggestions of the panelists and give a printed summary to your thesis coordinator. Revise your thesisaccordingly.<br /><br />
  27. 27. Consult with your adviser, bringing the copy of comments.<br />Show your revised thesis to your thesis coordinator and adviser.<br />
  28. 28. Write your abstract based on the approved revised thesis.<br />Write your acknowledgments—remember to acknowledge your respondents.<br />Make your table of contents, cover page, and approval sheet.<br /><br />
  29. 29. Submit to your thesis coordinator for a final review<br />Show your final thesis (unbound copy) with approval sheet to thesis coordinator.<br />After thesis coordinator has signed the approval sheet, let the adviser and panelist sign.<br />
  30. 30. Submit your final revised thesis in a digital form(3 CDs) and in hard bound form.<br />Submit your self/peer evaluation forms.<br />Deadline is October 5, 2011, 5:00 p.m.<br />
  31. 31. IF YOU ARE LATE<br />
  32. 32. In fairness to those who defended and submitted their thesis on time, the highest grade received for those who are late is 3.5.<br />The longer the delay, the lower the grade will be.<br />You should all be finished a week before the last day of enrolment or the last day for completion of INCs.<br />
  33. 33. If you cannot meet the deadline for the completion of INCs, you need to enroll:<br />If you were supposed to graduate in October 2011, you will have to enroll in Thesis Direction and pay for the other fees. You will be able to graduate in March 2012.<br />If you are graduating in March 2012 or later, you need to enroll in Thesis Direction.<br />Your grade for PY 111 for this semester will be “in progress”<br />You cannot graduate with Latin honors or be an area awardee.<br />
  34. 34. Happy Thesis Defense!<br /><br />