Most of the time viva prep goes well. Most of the time nothing goes wrong in the viva. Despite concerns, most video vivas have no real problems.
But there’s always a chance that something could happen. Not unexpected, just unlikely, and definitely unwelcome.
- A last-minute crisis leaves you less time to get ready.
- A delay on your viva day means someone is running late.
- A glitch means you can’t see your examiner or they can’t see you.
There’s a chance something could go wrong; whatever that might be you can work to make it better.
And sometimes it’s worth planning just in case the unlikely happens.
- Sketch a plan for your prep so there’s space for last-minute crises.
- On viva day, be organised so there’s much less chance you’re late.
- Practise with your equipment and check your wi-fi so you can be confident it will all work – and arrange a backup plan!
There’s a possibility of disruption to your best laid plans around your viva. But you can do something about it. Either by planning ahead of time or acting when the moment comes, you can make sure your viva is the best it can be.
If something goes a little wrong, pause – be shocked, frustrated, cross – then think “what can I do?”