Most candidates will be asked to complete corrections after the viva.
Most candidates will have other things to do which could make doing corrections feel like a tricky task.
Being busy won’t excuse you from corrections; here are some ideas to help you get them done.
- Check the conditions of various viva outcomes in advance. How much time is given for different corrections? Factor that into your plans.
- Ask for a list of what your examiners expect after your viva is done. Nearly all examiners give this anyway; if you have any doubts, ask for a list of required amendments.
- Ask for clarification of what is expected. Ask your examiners for details of what might satisfy their requests (how much detail about a reference, say, or what wording they think is unclear).
- Check your current plans. If you have a month after your viva to complete all of your corrections, when could you schedule time to work?
- Check who needs to approve your corrections. Is it just to the satisfaction of your internal, or for your external as well? And what is the effective deadline?
- Make a quick plan. What are you going to do and when are you going to do it? Create a clear checklist so you can mark tasks off when they are completed.
- DO THE WORK! Once it is done then you’ll be over 99% finished with your PhD.
It is also useful to check what you need to do after your thesis is corrected. Some institutions have short periods between when corrections are approved and the final thesis submission. Be sure of the timeline so you are ready to meet your institution’s requirements.
Corrections are an opportunity to make your thesis as good as it can possibly be. After your viva, go do that. Get it done, then go on to the next great thing you’ll do with your life.