Generally speaking, a candidate doesn’t need to take time off in order to get ready. If you have any typical responsibilities – a job, family, friends, caring responsibilities or your own needs – then viva prep can fit around everything you need to do.
If you feel pressured because you work full-time and have a life as well, then the only thing you need to do to get ready is plan and possibly start early. You don’t need to cram lots of things in your diary. A little organisation will help.
- How could you find thirty minutes to an hour most days for viva prep?
- If you can’t commit to most days, when could you make the time?
- Would starting a month before the viva give you time to spread out the work you need to do?
- Would that create a space with as little stress as possible to do what you need?
Prep is part-time. By submission there’s only a small amount of work needed to be done. If you have a full-time life there is still plenty of space for prep. A little planning and organisation helps make it less stressful.