If tomorrow was your viva and you’d not done much to prepare, what could you do? This sounds like a weird question, but it’s one I’ve faced on occasion from a candidate who seems very worried. So, some ideas for someone with a rapidly approaching viva:
- Put Post Its at the start of every chapter so that you can break your thesis down and make it easier to navigate.
- Give a good friend a call and ask them to help you unpick your thesis through discussion.
- Use the questions in these three posts to help you think about your research.
- Recognise that you are supposed to be at the viva: you’ve not got this far by accident!
Don’t leave it to the last minute, but if you’re short on time remember you can do a lot with a little time.