You can prepare for your viva like you’re getting ready to fight: it’s a desperate struggle and you have to be ready for anything!
But how much time will that take? What does that say about how you feel about your thesis? What does that say about how you view your examiners?
You can prepare for your viva like it doesn’t really matter: most vivas end in success, and besides, your examiners have probably made up their minds anyway!
So is there nothing left to do? No value you could take away from the viva? Nothing that your examiners could surprise you with?
You can prepare for your viva like it’s just another day in the office: you know all you need to know, you’ve done all you can do and now there’s just one more day!
Which is the right ball park, but perhaps a bit fatalistic…
Or you can treat the viva as a milestone in your journey, and prepare for one more chance to show your qualities as a researcher in your field.
You can demonstrate, with a little preparation to get your thoughts in order, anything your examiners need from you in the viva.
Four ways to prepare for the viva. You get to pick which way you take. Totally your choice.