Pause in the viva to think about what you’ve heard.
Pause to gather yourself if you lose your train of thoughts.
Pause to check something in your thesis.
Pause to make a note.
Pause to take a sip of water.
Pause to break a question down because it’s really big and needs to be considered.
Pause, but don’t stop. Don’t stop because you are almost there. Don’t stop because whatever nerves you feel – whatever you feel – you have almost finished.
Pause whenever you need to in the viva. Ask for a break, a longer pause. Don’t stop.