10 Tips for a Good TOK Presentation


Our student bloggers are invited to write in their own words and to hold nothing back –we promise we won’t edit them. Read Farah Walter's blog on 10 tips for a good TOK presentation on our From Students to Students blog:


Dear Readers, 

I held my very first TOK presentation in class today. To be honest, I was overwhelmed by the work, and ravaged my brain to find “philosophical” and TOK related arguments. Nevertheless, I was inspired to create 10 tips and tricks for a good TOK presentation in hopes that these will help all of you:

  • Choose a good Real Life Situation. Helpful are classroom discussions, debates, and ultimately encounters that you have experienced.
  • Create a reasonable knowledge question that is not too easy but not too hard. Remember your knowledge question should be extracted from your RLS and should aim to draw linkages.
  • Use TOK terminology throughout the entire presentation. Specifically, the ways of knowing, areas of knowledge and TOK concepts. These will make your presentation more TOK based and accordingly boost your grade.
  • DO NOT TALK ABOUT YOUR REAL LIFE EXAMPLE TOO MUCH. This is key! Your aim is not to analyse your real life situation as you would in an FOA, but to establish TOK links and to reflect on how this produces knowledge.
  • Include multiple perspectives. These can either be yours, those of an expert or based on gender, race, culture, or the upbringing of an individual. Make sure to evaluate why different people might have different perspectives.
  • Structure your presentation coherently and establish a “flow”. There is nothing worse than an unorganized PowerPoint and no transitions between points. Structure your presentation the same way as you would structure your arguments.
  • When evaluating the implications focus on the long and short term effect as well as the global impact.
  • Do not use too many RLSs. Of course every group will vary in how many RLSs are used, however using too many may cause you to lose track and therefore create weak arguments.
  • Do not read off of your flash cards! Apart from the fact that the presentation will be very boring and monotone, IB examiners might believe you do not know your material and therefore deduct points.
  • Do not stress. Probably the hardest tip to follow, however the best advice I can give you. This is because your stress is transferred to your peers, the teacher and the examiners. By the time you present you know what you are going to talk about and therefore have no need to worry! 

Best of luck,
Your Farah


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