Explaining Your Work
The Stanford CREATE (Creating Research Examples Across the Teaching Enterprise) has suggested that it is useful for all researchers, but especially students, to be able to talk about their work in the following ways:
Each presentation, even the title, should make the case for what you're doing and why anyone should care when you've done.
These are probably good exercises for all graduate students (and faculty!); but they probably should be done fairly formally to work well. (Otherwise it's too easy to think that you know what to say, without actually having to figure it out, and see whether it really works).
This is actually quite a good exercise for a course as well (i.e. can you explain at varying length the point of a course and why anyone should take it).
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