How are you better now than when you started your PhD?
Because you must be: as talented as you were when you were accepted and began your programme, you must be even better now that you’re near the end. Progress and development can be hard to see without reflecting though, so I imagine there are times or situations where you still feel the same.
Here’s a short reflective exercise that I hope helps:
- Make a list: five things that you can do now or know now that you didn’t when you started your PhD.
- For each point: write a sentence for how this has helped you through your PhD (because it must have).
- For each point: write a sentence to say something about how this helps you for the viva (because it will do).
What stands out to you? What helps you feel confident for your viva?
(that list can probably be much longer – start with five, and keep adding as more thoughts occur)