How To: Effectively Present Your Research

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Whenever you research about a specific topic or topics, it is very essential to always layout your research findings in a well-organized form. Thus, when readers look at your research, they understand the idea and all the findings that you have presented to them. Presenting your research can be done in many forms and ways depending on what type of research you want to present.

The first step in presenting your findings is to first decide who will read it. Who are your readers? It is key to know who your readers are in order to best work your research presentation around their unique comprehension level and likings. This understanding can lead to how engaging your research is. Don’t just assume people would listen or read through your research and understand it well. Your presentation needs to have some light shined into it, meaning make it so that the reader wants to read more. You want to make sure that they read throughout the research and are interested, wanting for more information.

Once you have gone through that, look through your research and see what can stand out the most and be highlighted. You want to grab the readers attention and highlighting key concepts can help with that. One important first would be to keep your research precise. Don’t try to make it seem like you’re trying to prove your point in three different paragraphs. You must present your findings in a manner that is clean, precise, and to the point. You don’t want to make the reader get bored with reading too much unnecessary   information just to prove or talk about one topic. A good idea is to always use infographics and pictures pertaining to your research so that the readers are not just looking at a bunch of words. It’s not fun looking at paragraphs of paragraphs of words. Pictures and infographics help enhance your research more, engage the reader and give a positive side to what presented. These are just a few tips and tricks to presenting your research.

Another aspect of presenting your research is understanding whether you are presenting it in front of others or letting others read. If they are reading your research, follow the dos and don’ts listed above and you should be set. Some key additional notes would be to not use fonts other than times new roman or other academically professional fonts. Using comic letters and other fancy fonts is not appropriate and not easy to read.  Additionally, use a 12-size font or larger as well. Other suggestions include to avoid writing your research in only one whole paragraph, as it could be challenging for readers to concentrate on your research, and it won’t look pleasing to read. You should write each subtopic in different paragraphs, so readers know which paragraph is talking about which subtopic. The smallest details DO matter so make sure to add the appropriate page numbers and references needed for your research. Also make sure your research writing is flawless and doesn’t have any grammar errors. Make sure it flows through the paper and is very easy to read. All in all, KEEP IT SIMPLE AND TO THE POINT!

When presenting your research through presentations, you should follow some of the tips above and keep in mind some of the others that will be said below. If you are putting your research on your slides, don’t write all your notes down but instead write them in point form notes. Writing your entire research as is on your slides may not be nice to look at and defeats the purpose of presenting. Presentations slides should have a certain minimum number of words and it should be you who is talking about your research through your presentation. Again, you should use infographics and pictures to help visualize your presentation and aid your topic. Also as mentioned before, KEEP IT SIMPLE. Keep your slides clean and to the point. Rather than using slides, you can also find other ways online to present your research. There are websites like Prezi, pikto chart, Canva and others that can help with your slides look more interactive and engaging.

As a result of following some of these tips and tricks on how to present your research, you can help make your research look better visually and in terms of reading engagement. Good luck!

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