The final flourishes that complete a piece of art. Shining your shoes before an interview. Proofreading and checking one last time.
All of these sorts of things can only make little differences, because the big difference has already been made (you’ve painted something, been accepted for interview, written something).
Viva preparation is the little differences you make to get ready; responses to things you see as gaps or absences in your readyness.
Make a list of the gaps, then explore each and think about what you could do. Why-How-What makes a nice structure for this exploration:
- Why is this a problem?
- How might you address it?
- What will you do?
Explore what stands out to you as possible areas or tasks for viva preparation. Prioritise them if you’re busy: do the things that will have the biggest impact. Remember that this preparation is building on something that’s already pretty accomplished.