An idea for Saturday: six minute viva prep workout! It’s playful, but there’s serious prep at work here too.
Got a voice recording app on your phone, tablet or computer? That’s all you need. Make sure you can keep an eye on a clock or timer.
There are four items on the following list for you to talk about. Focus on one at a time. Don’t worry if you say um or pause to think. Don’t worry if you say less or more than the indicated time. Just try.
- Talk for one minute about why you got interested in your research area.
- Talk for two minutes about the general thrust of your thesis.
- Talk for two minutes about how you did your research.
- Talk for one minute about the importance of your results.
All done? Set a reminder on your phone or calendar to come and listen back to the recording in two days.
When you listen back, what do you notice? What would you say more or? Less of? What did you forget?
Practice is key, but without reflection you don’t get all the benefits.