Say More, Do More

That’s the viva in a nutshell.

You invested years of work into research and months into writing up. Now, for a few hours: say more, do more. Say more about your work; do more in thinking and understanding and demonstrating that you’re a capable researcher.

Not for long, not on the same timescale as before. It might feel pressured but remember that the years of work help you to say more and do more for a few hours more.

Do More

Viva prep is more.

More reading to help you remember and recall what you need.

More writing to help you bring everything together.

More thinking to help you figure out that you’re ready.

But, for all of these and everything else you do to prepare, only a little more – only a little more work, a little more effort, a little more time. You don’t need much. Not by the time you’ve submitted. Not with so much done already.


A little contrast to this post from November 2020.