Idea by idea. Paper by paper. Day by day.
There’s no other way to put your PhD together than keep showing up, good days and bad, and work your way through. Learn more, do more, achieve more and find your way to becoming a good and capable researcher in your field.
When the time comes, this approach is what helps you prepare for your viva too. There’s no single activity that flips the switch to “ready”.
And, really, it’s how you get through the viva too.
Question by question.
Chapter by chapter.
Response by response.
Minute by minute you demonstrate the capable researcher that you became bit by bit.
And that’s enough.
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