In the days leading up to the viva your big picture checklist might look a little like this:
- Research? Done!
- Pages? Written!
- Thesis? Submitted!
- Prep? Completed!
- Confidence? ………
Your confidence might be the last thing you have to check off. It’s hard to mark as “done” with a simple tick. Unlike the previous items you can’t simply see confidence.
Confidence can be found by reflecting on all of your experiences of research. It can be seen in the progress you’ve made. Confidence is nestled amongst all of your writing and your finished thesis – proof that you’ve grown in ability. Confidence is built up through preparation for the viva and realising that you’re ready.
It isn’t always simple to check confidence off your list, but you can do it.