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Presentation Tips: Presentation Tips

Things students should pay attention to:

* Plan on 2-3 slides per minute of presentation time at most, less if the slides are very detailed.

* Don't put too many points on a slide, for example, no more than 6 or 7 "bullets", and keep them short - no paragraphs!

* Summarize and synthesize the key points of your paper on the slides, don't go into it in detail.

* Mix pictures and text - a good example picture, figure, or chart (without too much detail) is worth a lot of words.

* Don't read the information on the slides, use it as background for what you say.

* Use examples and stories rather than just a listing of "dry" facts - why is this subtopic important, what does it mean?

* Think about your audience - what do other students typically know, what might be surprising or interesting for them?

* Saying something controversial can be OK and may get people to pay attention to your presentation.

Atomic Learning

Loyola offers access to Atomic Learning, which is an online, on demand, training site that offers over 50,000 tutorial videos on over 250 technology applications, including PowerPoint and other presentation software.

Log into Atomic Learning with the same username and password you use to log into Sakai or Outlook.

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