Presentation Tips & Guidelines


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 guideline. Presenters are encouraged to rename, remove or add to 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 quick dry run with your team or a rehearsal at home will be greatly beneficial especially if the paper has never been presented before.
  • Be wary of the time limit. The final schedule will be emailed to participants as the event day nears.
  • Try not to read directly from your research paper. If you don’t plan to use any software tools such as MS PowerPoint or Prezi, please ensure that you have sufficient visual aids or handouts for the audience.
  • Your audience will most likely consist of people from different cultures and age groups who might not share the same background as you. Therefore it is a good idea to avoid regional colloquialisms and sticking to globally accepted norms and etiquettes when speaking.