Develop an oral presentation

Oral presentations can form a part or a whole of many assessment tasks that you will encounter at university. They can vary in format (group or individual presentations), time limit (anything from a couple of minutes to 30 minutes or even a whole hour), and formality (informal presentation to a tutorial group or a formal presentation to a whole class).

Oral presentations are similar to written assessments in their structure: there is an introduction, body and conclusion. But there are added visual elements that written assessments won’t have. Oral presentations are also designed for listening rather than reading, so a clear central message or idea will be crucial.

Virtual presentations

Virtual presentations, where you are required to present remotely to an audience that you will meet online, are becoming more common. Regardless of the mode in which you’ll deliver your presentation (i.e. face to face or online), it needs to be well-thought-out and well-structured. Therefore, virtual presentations are similar to face-to-face presentations in the way they are developed and prepared. However, there are also some differences, to do with location, use of technology and engaging your audience.