Presentation Guidelines & Tips


The following is a structure commonly found in research presentations in the humanities and social sciences. It is important to note that these sections only serve as a general guide. Presenters are encouraged to adapt this structure to suit the needs of their presentation.

  1. Introduction/Overview/Objectives/Purpose
  2. Research Questions / Hypotheses
  3. Theoretical Framework
  4. Methodology
  5. Literature Review
  6. Findings
  7. Discussion
    • Has the research question been answered or hypothesis proven/refuted?
    • Application/Implication of the Study
    • Potential Follow-up Studies
  8. Limitations
  9. Recommendations
  10. Conclusion

Tips for Presenters

  • A dry run with your teammates or a rehearsal at home will be very useful especially if this is a new paper that has never been shown to the public.
  • Be aware of the time limit given to you. The final event schedule will be emailed to participants as the event draws near.
  • Do not recite from your research paper verbatim. If you don’t plan to use any software tools such as MS PowerPoint or Prezi, please ensure that you come prepared with other kinds of visual aids or handouts for the audience.
  • Your audience will most likely consist of people from different cultures and age groups. Therefore it is a good idea to avoid regional colloquialisms and sticking to globally accepted norms and etiquettes when speaking.