If you feel nervous about your viva there is a reason. Don’t try to put it to one side or squash it down, because that feeling is trying to draw your attention to something.
- If you feel nervous because you don’t feel ready, then take time to prepare for your viva.
- If you feel nervous because of something that doesn’t seem right in your thesis, then talk to your supervisor and figure things out.
- If you feel nervous because you don’t know what to expect then find out more!
And if you just feel nervous but can’t put your finger on why then most likely you are recognising that the viva is important. This matters to you. Still, don’t push away your nerves, but instead focus on building your confidence, a counter-feeling that will help bring your nervousness into perspective.