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3 tips to winning Visualise Your Thesis 2020 | Competition News

We’re in the final days of the Visualise Your Thesis Competition 2020 at the University of Melbourne – is your entry ready to win? Here are 3 top tips from the VYT team.

It’s been an impressive line-up of entries received thus far in the local University of Melbourne’s Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) competition. We know many of you registrants are nearing that finish line to submit your VYT entry on Wednesday, and we’re here to help you get across that line. There’s still time to refine your entry before the submission deadline this Wednesday 12th August, 2020, so here are three final tips for you 2020 VYT champs!

1. Get feedback.

You’ve shown your entry to your supervisor, family, friends, colleagues, and even your pet/s. It’s time to get a final round of feedback from members of the original team that started the Visualise Your Thesis Competition. Virtual drop-in sessions are running Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th afternoons from 2pm, so zoom in to test your entry from the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s a copyright question you need answering, or just a second set of eyes, the VYT team are here to help. With librarians from the Law, Fine Arts and Music, Arts, and the Health and Life Sciences faculties, you can be sure to receive a good mix of advice and feedback.

Join a virtual drop-in

2. Use the checklist.

It can be easy to lose track when you’re focused on creating the best submission possible, so we’ve made a list for you to check twice before submission. The submission checklist is a part of your digital entrant pack received when you registered for the competition. You can also do a quick check in from our FAQs page:

View the Checklist

3. Remember: gotta be in it to win it & other competition cliches.

As with any other work you might produce, it can feel as though it just isn’t ready, and that it might never be quite what you envisioned. (Here’s looking at you, our fellow perfectionists.) Here’s the most important piece of advice we’d like to share: it’s OK. What you’ve done so far is OK, even if it falls short of your ideal. After all, research, writing, creating and success – these are all iterative processes.
So, if you’ve taken that first step of joining VYT this year, if you’ve put together an entry, take the next step and submit your entry to share your research story with a broader audience. This is just the next step in your exciting journey to get your research out there, and we cannot wait to see and hear about your research story thus far.

Bonus: Get a final dose of inspiration

Who else has walked this path of VYT victory? You can explore entries from previous years from the VYT website.

Get inspired

Want more resources?

Hear from these experts on different facets of digital storytelling and research communication:

  • Effective Video Storytelling for Researchers – A 3-part series of 2-minute videos created by filmmaker, Mariona Guiu Pont on maximising your research story and available video tools for impact. Mariona recently authored a post on ‘Digital Storytelling‘ as part of the 23 Research Things blog series, and also worked with Learning Environments on a how-to series on video production for beginners.
  • Presentation Design for Researchers – Check out this webinar recording of designer, Anitra Nottingham‘s recent design session; slide deck also available from SlideShare.
  • Keep it short, sharp and to the point – Refine your written communication skills with writer and trainer, Simon Clews by watching this recording of his recent webinar.
  • Copyright 101 – Five short videos that cover copyright FAQs for your VYT entry (and beyond!).

More resources

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