Social Science Student Success


Social Sciences students are frequently required to give presentations of their work, of ideas, or of the work of others. Verbal presentations can range from brief, informal events in front of small groups, such as Pecha Kucha, to larger, more formal occasions with larger audiences, more visual accompaniments such as PowerPoint slides, or longer time requirements. Verbal presentations are often dreaded by students, many of whom lack positive past presentation experiences. However, presentations do not have to be an source of undue anxiety – presenting is a skill that can be acquired with practice. The Student Success Instructor can provide coaching on all aspects of verbal presentations.

For a few ideas on verbal presentations start with Speaking Effectively by Carleton College, Presentation Tips by Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen, and TED Talk: The secret structure of great talks by presentation expert Nancy Duarte.

Many students are provided with opportunities to present their work online. This may be in the form of blogs, online comments, e-portfolios, infographics, Wikipedia entries and so on. Presenting with technology employs tools in an ever-evolving landscape; for a few ideas, see Writing for the Web). The Student Success Instructor can provide helpful suggestions on using technology to present your work online.