Heard of the feedback sandwich?
It’s when you tell someone something good about their presentation/book/paper/whatever, then offer something constructive or negative, followed by something good. Good-“bad”-good.
A feedback sandwich – it has another name, but this is a polite sort of blog…
This good-“bad”-good construct got me thinking about viva prep, and I wonder if there’s a useful sequence we could follow when getting ready for the viva. As a series of activities, maybe something like the following would be useful.
- Start with something that digs into something good about your work: say, reflecting on the value of your contribution or exploring ways that you could continue your work.
- Follow that with something trickier, more difficult or potentially negative: how do you know your methods are valid? What might your examiners or someone else find contentious? What about your work could be “wrong”?
- And finally consider something else about your work that’s good: take a positive step to annotate your thesis well, ask yourself some more reflective questions or make notes on the papers that support your thesis.
A viva prep sandwich, of sorts.
And perhaps tastier than the feedback sandwich, because you get to decide what it is made of?