Plate Tectonic Presentation to the Class

Your presentation should be a total of 15 minutes, with 12 minutes of presentation, and 3 minutes for follow-up questions. A timer will be used and the time limit will be strictly enforced!

Visuals: Geology is such a visual science that it would be odd to give a presentation without maps, cross sections, graphs, diagrams or other types of visuals. If you give me a copy of your visuals at least a day ahead I can get overheads made. There will be a limit of 6 overheads, unless there is an exceptional case. Anyone who wants to use a website or powerpoint is encouraged to do so.

Organization is as important, if not more important for a presentation than it is for a paper. See comments on organization associated with your paper assignment for some suggestions. However, you will not be able to cover all the material that is in your paper during the presentation with the same detail. One approach for a presentation is to pick out the main points you want to convey to your audience, and then structure the talk around them. You can ask the question, what is most important or interesting about this area in the context of plate tectonics? 10 points is probably to many for a 15 minute talk, while 3 points is not very ambitious.

Practice your talk! The most common mistake made is trying to cover too much in the time given. This usually results from not having practiced it before. I will typically practice at least 5 times before I give a paper at a conference.

Your peers will be given structured review sheet forms with which to critique your presentation.


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