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Creating an Academic Poster [update]

Presentation Practice

  • Be concise: practice 1-, 3- and 5-minute versions of your presentation.
  • Your poster is the basis for your presentation: follow its structure to highlight important points – if 40% of your poster space is your Results section, then spend 40% of your time talking about that section.
  • Consider your audience’s prior knowledge of your research topic. Do they have a common understanding of the terminology and theory you use? Or will you have to put your ideas into more accessible language?
  • If you’re unsure if you’re using language and terminology that will be familiar to your audience, ask a student in your course or program to listen to your presentation to see if they understand.

Resources to help with presentations

Guide: Present like a ProVideo: Present Like A ProHandout: Presentation Planning 101

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