Magical Viva Prep

I don’t have a magic wand or secret spell to help you get ready for the viva. It’s fun in something like Harry Potter or Dungeons & Dragons when the name of the spell almost literally describe what is going to happen. Expecto patronum, and whoosh, there’s a Patronus. Magic missile and, well, a magic missile!

Alas, viva preparation isn’t as simple as saying Read thesis with a wand flourish.

The magic of viva preparation is more like the witches in Macbeth. They take their time stirring ingredients together… Some thesis reading, a few hours of question practice, five chapters of annotation and let it simmer…

The magic of viva preparation is slow, patient, organised.

Still, if it worked… Preparo viva!