We have noticed that many schools in their attempt to maintain academic dignity and reduce cheating are coming up with new types of academic assessments, making students feel even more miserable than ever before. So today we age going to talk about creating a perfect poster presentation for your research project or college class.

Definition

Presentation poster is a form of academic assessment that requires students to present the result of their research, experiment or project in the form of a poster.

How to begin?

So you have a poster you need to create. Before you even open the presentation processor (and it doesn’t necessarily have to be Microsoft PowerPoint that costs a lot), have some time to plan your work and answer these questions:

  • What part of my research can be presented in the poster?
  • What part of the information can be presented via visual rather than textual form ( e.g. results of the tests)?
  • What part of the information can be used for the presentation (if you are required to give a speech) and whether you should add speaker notes to help you follow the presentation.

What programs can be used to create a presentation poster?

If we are talking about a regular high-school to college presentation poster, you can use simple tools, such as PowerPoint (for Windows-based computers), Keynote for Mac users or online alternatives, such as Google Slides. If you cannot afford to pay for the license, you can look for open-source alternatives, such as Impress for the Open Office, that has a limited number of options, comparing to the regular app, however, you won’t have to spend a fortune while preparing your poster. 

Sample structure of a presentation poster

This section may vary, depending on the task and the subject you are dealing with. However, the general structure of the presentation consists of:

  1. title, including your name and the school’s name (you may be asked to include your instructor’s name as well);
  2. brief summary of the research of a short abstract;
  3. methods of the research;
  4. presentation of the results, things you have found out and explain how this answers the research question or if it supports the theory behind the research;

If we are talking about the research poster for an undergraduate or Ph.D. project, you will have to include acknowledgments (mentioning the name of people who supported your research, your advisor and all those who contributed to the research) as well as present the reference base.

Layout and Design

  • Text. Depending on the requirements of your assignment, you may need to consider the presentation format. If you have to print out a big poster, make sure to use larger fonts as they are easier to read from the distance.
  • Images. Use high-quality images that are inserted directly into the presentation (because it may be quiet embarrassing if your professor opens the file and sees empty spaces because you forgot to add the images properly)
  • Data. If you have any graphs, pie charts or diagrams, it is better to insert them without any background (or if you are inserting them as an image, opt for png file) as it will make your presentation look more professional
  • Fonts. The maximum number of fonts you can use is 2. One for the headings, and one for all the texts. If you have no designing background, no previous knowledge about typography, just trust your software to help you choose font combinations (you may find suggestions while creating a new slide) or just stick with one font. It sounds be eligible and easy to read both close-up and from the distance. Do not use hand-written or creative fonts.
  • Colors. Unless you are giving a presentation for preschoolers, it might be better to avoid using bright colors and childish patters.

How to submit a poster presentation?

Depending on the assessment, you may be either asked to send the presentation file to your professor directly or print it out and then present to the class. If you have to send an electronic version of the presentation poster, it may be a good idea to send a PDF file as well. You can easily convert main types of presentations into the pdf file while saving or exporting. This way your professor will be able to open a presentation completed with a different software, and your layout will be safe. And of course, all the inserted data will be in place. You can also save every slide separately as an image to be able to work with them later.

Useful tip: if the final size of the file exceeds 10 Mb you may need to upload it somewhere else and then share the link to the presentation, as some mailing systems forbid you from sending files bigger than 8-10 Mb. You can upload it to your ICloud, OneDrive or Google Drive and that receive a shareable link, still making sure your data is safe. Never your file-sharing systems or presentation sources to store your information (at least until you publish the results or at least get your grade).

If you have to print out the poster, check carefully the requirements. What size of the paper are you supposed to work with? If it a letter size (standard size of 8.5x11in.) or you has to find a place to print a bigger size?

As you can see, presentation poster is not the most complicated form of the academic assessment, however, it requires a lot of patience and profound knowledge of the software you are going to work with. You may find it a bit overwhelming to include all the information you think is important into one poster and still make it eligible to read.

If everything mentioned above seems like too much work for you, it might be a better idea to have a professional writer work for you. If you place your order right now, not only will you get one of the best specialists work on your order, but you will receive a well-built poster with no heavy price tag attached to it.

Moreover, you can contact our support team to see if we can find a designer who can create a unique design for your presentation poster.

Bonus: Example of Poster Presentation: