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Author Foote, Lee, author

Title Oral exams : preparing for and passing candidacy, qualifying, and graduate defenses / A. Lee Foote, University of Alberta
Published London : Academic Press, [2016]
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Contents Front Cover; Oral Exams; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction; Exam Types; Chapter Notes; 2 Why an Oral Exam?; Intent and History of Oral Exams; Types of Oral Exams in Academia; MSc Defense; Comprehensive Oral Exams; PhD Dissertation Defense; Viva Voce; Symbolism and Tradition in Oral Exams; The Pre-exam Seminar; Chapter Notes; 3 Knowing Why You Are Undertaking Graduate Study; Chapter Notes; 4 Nerves; The Physiology of Nervousness; Overcoming Nervousness; Visualization Exercises; Fuel Management, Habits, and the Perfection Problem; Chapter Notes
14 Managing Delivery and Handling DisagreementsWhat If the Exam Is Not in Your Native Language?; Chapter Notes; 15 Outcomes and Options for Moving Forward; What If The Decision Is "Fail"?; Chapter Notes; 16 One for the Professors and Committee Members; Conditions That Can Work Against Students; How to Reduce Failure Traps for Students; Chapter Notes; 17 The Pivotal Role of Chairing an Oral Exam Committee; Chapter Notes; 18 Other Oral Exams-Job Interviews, Boards, Hearings, Testimony; Research, Teaching, or Academic Job Interviews; Medical Board Exams
5 What Will I Be Asked in This Exam?Chapter Notes; 6 Managing Supervisory Committees; Chapter Notes; 7 Preparation Time!; Graduate Students; Textbooks; Important Books and Papers; The Last Five Papers Published by Each Committee Member; Key Word Searches; Memorization Matrices; Flash Cards; Your Committee; Previous Exam Questions; Chapter Notes; 8 Exam Day Preparations; Chapter Notes; 9 Positioning, Personality, and Presumption; Wounded Bird; Foghorn Leghorn; The Honey Badger; The Clever Coyote; The Dependable Hound; Chapter Notes; 10 Choreography of an Oral Exam
Parliamentary, Legislative, and Senate TestimonyExpert Witness; Chapter Notes; 19 Conclusion; Chapter Notes; Appendix I; Wildcard and Old Standard Questions; Synthetic Questions; Questions Requiring Illustration, Written Formulae, or Visuals; Theory Questions; Philosophy; Statistical and Quantitative; Conceptual (Mostly Natural Sciences); General Science; Natural Resources and Ecology; Wildlife Ecology; Aquatic and Marine Ecology; Microbiology; Genetics; Archeology; Veterinary Science; Fisheries Science; Chemistry; Psychology; Range Science; Resource Economics; Geochemistry; Sociology
The Roles of Committee MembersOrder of the Exam; Committee Deliberations Following the Exam; Chapter Notes; 11 Execution-Controlling Your Failures and Successes; Presenting Yourself; Critical Listening; Discrimination; Correcting Mistakes; Chapter Notes; 12 Managing Time During the Exam; Structuring Answers; Bridging to Your Comfort Topics; How Much Detail to Put Into Answers?; The Impossible Question; Promote Your Work; Promote Yourself; Hitting the End of Your Rope; Chapter Notes; 13 The Professor's Perspective; A Personal Note; Chapter Notes
Summary Oral Exams: Preparing For and Passing Candidacy, Qualifying, and Graduate Defenses provides guidance on how to prepare for oral comprehensive and viva voce exams. Topics discussed include the supervisory committee, preparing the seminar, arranging content, mental preparation, question framing, and the types of questions to expect. At its core, the book prepares students to be the best they can be by offering insights into how to interpret and appropriately respond to explicit and implied oral comps questions. This book benefits faculty by helping them prepare new questions, also providing tips on how to mentor their students in preparation for exams. The training included can be used to prepare for intensive qualifying or certification exams, job interviews, and presentations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Examinations -- Study guides.
Oral examinations.
Test-taking skills.
Genre/Form Study guides.
Study guides.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0128026715 (electronic bk)
9780128026717 (electronic bk)