There are none about the viva. I’ve been asked:
- “How many questions can I get wrong?”
- “How can I guarantee I won’t get any corrections?”
- “How can I make it as short as possible?”
- “What if I get nervous and spill my coffee all over myself?”
I’ve really been asked that final question! None of these are silly questions. Questions about the viva tend to come from either not knowing about the process, regulations or expectations, or from being worried about the situation and how to pass. None of these questions are silly. It could be that a question is the wrong question to ask about a situation, maybe there is a better focus, but no questions are silly.
If you have a question but think, “Oh no, I’m being silly,” then you need to find the right person to ask. It could be your supervisor. It may be a friend who has already passed, or possibly your graduate school. It could be me! Whoever it is, get rid of your questions by trading them for answers.
More often than not you’ll then have to trade those answers for action you have to take, but that’s much better than either being in the dark or worrying.