What could you do to make your preparation for the viva better by 1%?
There’s a really great story and idea behind the aggregation of marginal gains (see here) but simply: small changes can add up to huge improvements. You don’t have to make a single massive difference, lots of small differences could be just as powerful. If you wanted to make a 1% difference to your viva prep, what could you do? What tools would you need? What questions could you ask? How big a change would you have to make in order to see huge improvements?
Some 1% ideas from me:
- Put Post Its at the start of every chapter. This will take two minutes but will make chapters and pages easier to find.
- Use a sheet of paper to cover pages as you read through during prep. You won’t skim or skip sections, and will read everything.
- Ask friends to surprise you with questions about your research. You’ll grow to feel more comfortable with unexpected questions.
- Practise pausing before you answer a question. You’ll feel more confident about that small silence.
1% improvements add up. They don’t have to have huge time or opportunity costs to implement. What else could you do?