Useful Recommendations On Doctoral Thesis Defense


Doctoral Thesis defense is one of the most “dreaded” features of the entire preparation process. Many people have gone through it describing it as one of the hardest things they have had to do in the whole world of study. But in truth and fact, is it all that technical and hard? Couldn’t a few recommendations help in the whole process of making it more comfortable and easy? There are indeed a few recommendations that can be applied which will make it easier for the defense to go through smoothly. Based on previous observations of defenses, there are a few recommendations that can be added to make the whole process much more productive. When considering and preparing for your defense, you can apply a few of these tactics as aids:

  • Practice your talks personally
  • The best way to know for sure if all is in place and if all will go well is if you practice by yourself as if you were in the actual presentation room. Try to build your confidence in the mirror at home so you can view and identify your weaknesses and strengths and see what needs to be worked on. Also, this will give you the opportunity to review your presentation (slides, charts, etc.) and identify if any faults or discrepancies are present.

  • Browse samples of other defenses
  • Getting hold of a few samples of how the whole defense process is done will help to guide you in the right direction. When you have an idea of how it should be done, you can adjust your presentation to fit in line with the sample.

  • Formulate or let others formulate sample questions
  • Reading through your thesis and allowing close friends to review will give the opportunity for them to formulate sample questions that could be asked so you will be fully prepared for any facing questions. When you have a full practice at hand, it reduces the risk of tensions and fear while you make our final defense.

  • Relax
  • This comes with a lot of tasks but ones that are vital to you doing well. It involves getting enough sleep to calm your nerves, ensuring your diet is intact and preparing you physically and mentally ready for your task.

The defense is not as hard as it seems and though it may seem a dread task it is not that complicated. Applying a few of these tips will give you the assurance that you will do well. Others have put them into practice, and the results have been positive. They may seem simple but they are indeed powerful recommendations.

Do Not Panic!

It is a common cognition that most PHD students face a lot of depression when composing their dissertation. This is especially evident in dummies who find it difficult to fight it off until it becomes habitual. As a matter of fact, this can cause adverse upshots such the author might easily compromise on the quality of the content and fail to meet the expectations of the lecturer.

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