Preparing Students for Conferences

Author: 
Professor Steve Stern, Department of History, UW-Madison
Description: 
Many instructors find that conferences are more effective when they ask students to come prepared to discuss particular aspects of a paper.  The questions in this example help students prepare for a conference and to give a progress report about their research in class.

History 574:  "Sharing Exercise":  for Presentation of Paper Themes on 10 Nov. 20__, and for Office Hour Discussions of Papers.

 

1.     If I had to summarize the theme of my historical essay in no more than two or three sentences, I would state:

 

 

2.     If I had to phrase my theme as a question for which I hope to develop an answer, my question would be:

 

 

3.     Optional: If I had a hypothesis to share about items 1 & 2 above, the hypothesis would be:

 

 

4.     The sources we have read (both primary and secondary) that are likely to be most useful for my paper are:

 

 

5.     My biggest concern or anxiety about the paper is:

 

 

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PLEASE FILL IN AND USE THIS AS A REFERENCE IN YOUR BRIEF PRESENTATIONS ON 10 NOV. AND IN YOUR OFFICE MEETINGS WITH ME ON YOUR PAPERS. THANKS.