Troubleshooting During Prep

Whatever the worry, issue or problem, if you find yourself concerned by something during your viva prep just pause and reflect on three questions:

  • Why is this a problem?
  • How could you fix it?
  • What will you do next?

Ask “why” to diagnose what it is and how serious it is (because maybe it’s not that big a deal but you feel stressed).

Ask “how” to imagine a space where the thing is not a problem any more.

Ask “what” to start the process of solving the issue – or maybe just stepping away from it if you really don’t need to do anything.