Five Questions

A little exercise that might help with viva prep and getting ready.

Take a sheet of paper and divide it into quarters, giving yourself space to write notes in response to the following questions:

  1. What were your greatest challenges doing your PhD?
  2. What would you change about how you did your research?
  3. How would you summarise your thesis’ contribution to knowledge?
  4. What changes did you make during your research process?

Read through your responses. Turn the page over and write: 5. So what have you learned during your PhD?

Respond to the question on the second page while reflecting on the previous four responses.

You’ll have lots of specific and personal learning from your PhD journey, but your response to the fifth question could be summarised as a lot.


PS: One more question! If you’re looking for more viva help, can you please take a look at and support my Kickstarter campaign, running until 31st May? 101 Steps To A Great Viva is a helpful little guide to getting ready and I’m crowdfunding a print run. Any support or sharing is greatly appreciated 🙂