Think of three things that you’ve got better at by doing a PhD.
- First list them: how would you specify these skills, processes or knowledge areas?
- Write a few sentences for each about how you started your PhD: how would you qualify your ability or awareness then?
- Write a few sentences for each about where you are now: how good are you today?
- Write a few sentences for each about what made the difference: how did you get from where you were to where you are?
You have to get better at lots of things during a PhD, but progress and change can be so small day-by-day that it’s hard to see. Look back now, reflect and convince yourself.
Your development can be one of the roots of your confidence for your viva.