Last week I was mostly busy marking final year projects. It’s something I quite enjoy, especially when the students have been fully engaged and delivered a successful project. I have two pieces of advice to students who have to demonstrate their work.

In my view, the best strategy for demonstrating projects is to let the project speak for itself. Of course, you will likely be required to answer the odd probing question, but provided you’ve followed a good process questions should be like water off of a ducks back.

Don’t try and make excuses for your project and don’t undersell yourself. Often students are far too focused on the things that bother them, and that didn’t quite go to plan. Take a step back, and a good hard look at what you have achieved and try not to dwell too long on what you haven’t achieved.

Well done to all those students who demonstrated their projects last week!