A few seconds to make sure you’ve heard and understood something.
A few seconds to make a note.
A few seconds to check a detail.
A few seconds to be sure your examiner has stopped talking.
A few seconds that are a little awkward over Zoom.
A few seconds that feel like a lot more than a few seconds.
Or a few seconds that might need to be a moment or two, to really check something over.
A few seconds pause here and there are needed in the viva. Pauses are essential for getting your thoughts in order, for determining what’s next, for checking that everything is OK, or for just thinking and appreciating what’s going on.
And you’re not the only person who might need to pause in the viva.
When you take all those little pauses together they’re still just a small part of the viva.
Maybe one way to help you be fine with pauses in your viva is to think of them as a lot of little things that help the big things go well.