Last week I tweeted, asking
I’ve got one response so far:
@VivaSurvivors Be nice to hear typical pitfalls from examiners. Worst things people have said in vivas would be painful but captivating
— Sam Hayes (@samuelhayes) July 31, 2012
This is definitely something that is in my mind, and I’m going to look around my contacts and see who has experience that they can share.
I’ve also been thinking about sharing some funny viva-related pieces. Many of you might be familiar with PhD Comics, which I am sure has had some viva-related humour in the past. As well as that I was forwarded a really funny piece of thesis examination preparation, care of McSweeney’s, “FAQ: The Snake Fight Portion Of Your Thesis Defence“.
Q: Would someone who wrote a bad thesis and defeated a large snake get the same grade as someone who wrote a good thesis and defeated a small snake?
You can go and read the rest of it here – I am extremely thankful that I defended my thesis in the UK, where you simply have to know a couple of sets of Morris Dancing, rather than have to fight a snake!
To come back to my main question though: what else might be good to include in the podcast or on this site? What helpful resources or conversations could I try to provide? Let me know in the comments or email me!