It can take a candidate some time to read their whole thesis. A mock viva is hours of prep and then the event itself. Sitting with your thesis to add notes to the margins and other annotations can also take a while.
These kinds of work are necessary. There’s no substitute for them but you can also improve your preparation – and how ready you feel – by doing little things too.
- Write down one thing every day that you are proud of in your research.
- Check one list or short summary that you have recorded previously.
- Re-read a single page of your thesis that is really good.
- Listen to one song or piece of music that helps you feel confident.
There’s a lot more you could do. Little things add up. There are big tasks you have to complete to be ready for the viva, but lots of small tasks that help too.