Good presentations don't happen overnight. Well, okay, there have probably a few instances where students have put their whole presentation together the night before it was due — but let's try to avoid that scenario if at all possible! Planning, researching and preparing a presentation is a process that typically takes several weeks. Getting your student to think of the project as a series of steps — each of which will take a number of days to complete — is the key to avoiding procrastination and keeping the process manageable.
For science fair projects, you can use this checklist as a starting point for developing a plan to keep the project on track: