In the year before your viva you don’t need to do much to get ready. Your focus is on finishing research, finishing your thesis and thinking about life after the PhD.
In the month before your viva you can start your prep. Read your thesis, make notes, check details and take opportunities to rehearse.
In the week before your viva make a to-do list of anything that remains. What are your priorities? Who can help you? Remind yourself of what you’ve done to get his far.
In the day before your viva you might want to do some final prep, but equally it could just be time to rest and relax.
In the hour before your viva it’s a good idea to check one more time that you’ve got everything you need. Remember as well that you have a challenging couple of hours ahead – but you are ready for this challenge.
In the minute before your viva remember to breathe. Any nerves are about the importance of the day; they are not a negative reflection on your talent or contribution.
In the second before your viva you might blink-
-and then realise that it’s all done. Your viva flew by. You were there, but you were engaged and weren’t thinking about how long it was.
Success in the viva is a long time coming, but doesn’t take very long on the day.