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How to take good seminars?


Outline of a typical presentationThe first slide has the title, the date of the paper and/or the talk, and your affiliation. If you have a co-author, this is the time to make that clear.
Try to provide a perspective (a puzzle, an empirical regularity, an historical example, a casual observation, a curious gap in the literature, etc.) that you can use as a "hook" to get your audience's attention.

Give an outline of the presentation.It's not necessary to read from the slide each of the steps of your talk (e.g., literature review, model, data, results, conclusion)--most of those present in the audience can read very well without your help. However, if you want to emphasize a particular part of your talk (e.g.. "I really want to get to the results so I'll skip quickly over the model during my talk. For those interested, the details are contained in my paper anyhow"), point this out right away.

Don't spend too much time on the literature review.The point of the review is to put your paper in perspective. Avoid getting into a long argument about whether you've cited the right group of papers or whether you have misrepresented a literature. You want to talk about your own work, not someone else's.

Present your main contributions right away. It's extremely important that you emphasize your contribution and distinguish what you've done that adds to the literature. You may want to repeat your list of contributions at the end of the talk, but don't try to keep the audience in suspense! Let them know your contribution immediately. This helps the audience focus on how to assess your paper and means that even those in the audience who leave early will have a good idea of what you want them to take away from your talk.

If you have a model in your paper that is involved and difficult to follow, try to present a stripped down version in the presentation that you can use to develop the intuition for the main findings. Then you can say that in the paper you show that the intuition extends to a richer setting.

If you put up a slide with an equation, make sure that you read through it so that the audience can follow the notation that you are using. If it's not standard (e.g., "F is a production function with inputs of capital and labour") try to give an economic interpretation of the equation.

If you put up a graph, make sure that it's clear what's on the two axes and that you describe what the graph demonstrates.

If you put up a table, make sure that you take one entry and explain clearly what it means in detail and then briefly indicate how to read the remaining entries.

You should have some planned 'slack' in your talk. That is material that you don't plan to cover but that you can include if for some reason you receive fewer or briefer questions than usual. Also, there may be parts of the talk where you anticipate that some audiences will want additional clarification and/or detail. Have it ready, but don't plan to use it unless it comes up in the talk.

Always keep your eye on the time remaining. If you start to fall behind in your planned pace you should try to adjust your talk by eliminating the least important remaining parts of your talk. Always aim to finish a few minutes early.

End with your conclusion slide. If you have started or plan to begin related research, mention it. Then prepare to kick back and think beyond your paper if that's what the audience wants.

How to take seminars effectively?


Scientific Method

1) Please communicate clearly with your audience in this area - your presentation should demonstrate that you have evaluated the scientific merits or faults (as discussed in this course) of the research you are presenting, at least for Round 1 (where you present on a scientific paper)
2) For Round 2, please present the results of your project (either the 3 or 9 credit honors project or guided readings) in a way that makes it clear you have developed one or more hypotheses, deduced predictions from it/them, and tested it/them. If you are doing guided readings, you can present your work by beginning with the question or hypothesis that motivated the readings you did. Then, describe the scientific results you found in those readings and whether the results supported your initial hypothesis.


1) Be straightforward and logical, think of it as telling a story - you want a less expert audience to be able to follow along
2) Be certain to start with a brief introductory summary of what you will cover (outline!!!)
3) Provide sufficient background so that the audience can appreciate the significance of the paper (who cares???)
4) Use visual aids as appropriate, flow-charts can be very helpful when explaining methods and experimental designs
5) At the close of your seminar be certain to summarize the main conclusions and provide the audience with the most significant point(s) from the seminar* (don't leave the audience wondering why they sat through the seminar)


1) Speak clearly and 'speak up' - project your voice without shouting at your audience
2) State the objectives, hypotheses and rationale of study right at the start of the talk
3) Be certain to relate the seminar to the larger context (Can we predict something better because this study was conducted? Do have better knowledge of a basic pattern in nature?)
4) Your seminar should be understandable to a general audience (remember: you have read paper or done the research - the audience won't have the same degree of preparation as you)
5) Be certain that you understand the work yourself and do not use a word that you could not explain! (avoid "bafflegab", especially if you don't get it yourself).

Advantages of Good Seminar

Seminars have become a part of curriculum in almost every field, right from Engineering, Science, Management and Arts. Finding good seminar topic is a challenging task for most of the students. By ‘GOOD’ I mean, a topic that represent the current trend and direction in the respective field, like Engineering, Science…etc.


There are lots of advantages of spending sometime on finding a good seminar topic to fulfill ones academic requirements. Few of them are:
  1. It shows your dedication to learn new techniques in your domain.
  2. Improve and update you knowledge.
  3. Helps you during placements.
  4. Exposure and insight into latest technology makes you more confident during interviews.
  5. Will help you in deciding and researching on final year project.
  6. Helps to secure good marks and improve your percentage.
  7. Indirectly help to improve your search skills and use of internet for research and studies.
  8. If you conduct a good research on the topic you can also participate in IEEE seminar contexts conducted in different colleges. This will help you both academically and professionally.

VTU Engineering Seminar Topic



The Engineering Course is generally is of 4 years. During the first year the Students will be given the lessons from all the basic engineering subjects. That is Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics branches,Computer science lessons as well as workshops on survey, foundry, smithy, carpentry, and electrical wiring and electronics circuits are done in the first year of the Engineering course. In the second and third year, detailed study of the core subjects will be done. In this period the students will be exposed to their specialized area. They will conduct research on their subjects and formulate their own theories and assumptions. Experiments and observations are done on the proved one of great scientists. The final year of the Engineering is the year of Project, Seminar and Industrial visit. It is during the time of project and seminar, the true talent of a person comes outside. He will constantly work for making his project and seminar the best.When an Engineer sits before an Interview board, the first thing he needs to explain is about his seminar and project.                                                                  

The seminars and the projects are having that much importance. An Engineering student needs to work hard for the selection of a good seminar topic and project. The topics chosen must be unique and update. He also need to perform great researches to make the project and seminar successful. Internet is the best area for a technology aspirant to conduct his research. There are various websites favors the research and the doubts of the students. Discussions about every recent topic can be seen at various websites. The only thing the student has to do is to choose the best.

It is through Engineering, the creation, maintenance as well as destruction takes place. Engineers are the factors behind the new inventions and thus the progress of the country. There are various branches of Engineering such as Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Applied Electronics, Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering etc. The branches of Engineering are innumerable. The areas that need the service of Engineers are very vast.




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