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7 Pointers To Help You Prepare For Your Master’s Dissertation Defense


Defending your thesis is important and there are different reasons why this is done. Students are expected to know what their thesis (main idea) is and how to present findings that show it is true or it has meaning. The defense gives others a chance to review evidence that works to defend your findings. Once the thesis is defined and supporting details are established, it is a matter of putting together a presentation with logic details that show your unique understanding in what you found. Here are tips to help prepare for your master’s defense.


  1. Prepare defense ahead of time. In order to really prepare it helps to get your content together prior to the presentation. This is a time to gather information you want to mention and get an idea of how to organize it.

  2. Practice defense in front of others or in the mirror. As you develop a rough draft or basic idea of what you want to mention practice in the mirror. This gives an idea of how your presentation will look in front of an audience. Doing so gives perspective on how your content sounds and how others will receive it. Time yourself to get an idea how long it takes to present main information.

  3. Think about questions others will ask about your findings. To draw ideas on what to mention in your defense think about common questions others may ask about your work. This is an opportunity to present something new and different along with information others may be familiar with.

  4. Develop a rough draft before finalizing content. A rough draft gives an idea of what information you have overall to present to the audience. Double check your details and make changes before finalizing.

  5. Keep supporting points short, simple, and to the point. Important information you want others to know should be kept simple to ensure they understand significance of your work. You are also more likely to stay within your allotted time frame.

  6. Know most significant points you must defend. Before writing your rough draft think about most important areas of your project you feel people need to know and why.

  7. Don’t get nervous or stressed over the assignment and try to make the best of it. If you plan ahead you have little to be nervous about and you’ll likely be ready to give a good presentation.

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