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Success in Seminars and Tutorials


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Preface and Acknowledgements 1. Introduction to Success in Seminars and Tutorials 2. Preparing Presentations The Most Fear-Inducing Part of a University Course? Common Types of Presentations Presenting a Research Paper from the Literature A Quick Note on Research Proposal Presentations Planning Your Presentation Mind Mapping for Success Designing the Presentation Putting the Slides Together Practice, Practice, Practice. . . and Practice Some More! Recommended Further Reading 3. Delivering Presentations If I Had a Penny for Every "I'm Sick" Email I've Received on Presentation Day. . . I'd Be Rich! Remember Your Goal for the Talk Presentation Style Get Inspired Coping with Nerves Leading and Contributing to Group Discussions Recommended Further Reading 4. Writing a Paper Writing as a Vehicle for Idea Transmission Written Papers in Seminars and Tutorials The Personal Nature of Writing Researching, Planning, and Structuring a Paper An Overview of the Funnel Method A Note on Referencing and Use of Unbiased Language Proofreading and Editing Plagiarism Recommended Further Reading 5. Group Work Playing Well with Others: A Skill for Life Forming a Group The Emergence of Roles in Newly Formed Groups Everyone Wants to Play a Leading Role....and if It's Done Right, They Can! Group Ethos Co-operate, Don't Compete Structuring Group Meetings Common Pitfalls of Group Thought and Decision Making Conflict in Groups and Working with Difficult Group Members A Quick Word about Culture Recommended Further Reading 6. Planning and Time Management Time Never Comes Back: Plan to Use It Effectively! A Quick Preview Knowing Yourself and Defining Your Goals From Long-Term Goals to Concrete Actions The Pitfalls of To-Do Lists Scheduling: Deciding How to Use Your Time Putting Things into the Calendar Something Cannot Do Without: Daily and Weekly Reviews The Beauty of Extended Cognition Something You Cannot Do Without: Constant Access to Your Organizational Information The Importance of Brainstorming for Project Planning Can You Be Creative on Demand? Planning and Scheduling Are Half the Equation; the Other Half Is Doing! Other Things You May Find Helpful Recommended Further Reading Appendix 1: Sample Presentation Appendix 2: Sample Research Paper References Credits Index

About the Author

Sukhvinder S. Obhi is an associate professor at McMaster University, as well as the director of the Social Brain, Body & Action Lab. He has published over 45 peer-reviewed articles and 3 book chapters and has a book, Shared Representations: The Sensorimotor Foundations of Social Life under contract with Cambridge University Press. He is an associate editor for Acta Psychologica and is on the editorial board for the journal Experimental Brain Research.


"This book should be mandatory reading for any Honours program. . . . Perhaps having a book like this to walk them through the expectations in a seminar will ease any anxiety of the unknown and help them better understand how to excel in a more competitive setting." --Larisa Cornelius, University of Saskatchewan "[Success in Seminars and Tutorials] fills a gap in teaching courses with a seminar component in that most texts focus on core material versus how to create a presentation in a seminar. That's a welcome addition. The examples are detailed, practical, and written at an appropriate level for 1st and 2nd year students, who are most likely to benefit from this material." --Anthony Volk, Brock University "It doesn't just cover how to handle seminar courses--it's really a guide on how to be a successful student in the social sciences!" --Lacey Fleming, University of Alberta

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