Christopher (on the left) and Edward (on the right) are brothers-in-law, who live under the same roof with six other “extended” family members, to include Christopher’s sister (Mervis), Edward’s brother (Patrick), Patrick and Mervis’ two children (Joel & Esther), Patrick’s sister (Triza) and Mervis’ niece (Glory). Did you get all that? Yes, it’s a diverse collection of family members, but they are all deeply committed to the welfare and well being of one another. Several years ago, Disciplers International, started Operation Education as a means to educate members of the Readson household. What follows is a story written by Christopher about a useful seminar that he and Edward recently finished. Both will complete their college degree programs very soon, and are excited about the future. They invite you to share in their excitement by learning a little bit about what they learned:
We (Christopher and Edward) had an opportunity to attend a seminar that focused on how to present a good dissertation. Learning how to convince an audience through lecture was a new and very helpful experience for the two of us. We learned that there are two types of Dissertation Presentation:
1) MID-RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS – students present their dissertation work at mid point in their research. These presentations are usually made to a panel comprised of various faculty members from your department. The purpose of mid-research presentations is to provide students with an opportunity to show their progress and identify any weak areas that need to be addressed.
2) ASSESSMENT PRESENTATIONS – students present dissertations as part of their overall assessment. In this stage, instructors assess research projects of each student and test the level of scholarship demonstrated by each student.
Good grades are very important to us, so the session on HOW TO EARN A HIGH MARKS was especially useful. Edward and I learned that high marks are earned when the following are practiced:
– Knowledge of the subject matter and good presentation skills (e.g. speaking clearly and concisely)
– Professional Behavior, to include staying calm and focused throughout the presentation
– Answering questions with objectivity and professionalism, and avoiding debates with listeners
– Referencing subject matter experts and scholars whose work supports that of the presenter
– Taking time. Many students rush through their material and answer questions too quickly
Lastly, our instructors talked about the importance of being yourself when presenting, and not being afraid of the audience. They said that presenters should never be shaken by the views of others, but have a courageous spirit, maintaining good eye contact at all times and remaining alert and ready to respond at all times.
It was an excellent learing experience for me and Edward, that will be useful to both of us in our career fields!
Submitted by Christopher Readson, Malawi, Africa