A final test ensures research was actually really decent stuff;
Btw, researchers excel at testing, hard experiences!
Reflect and ponder,
Why? How? What? When? Where? and last:
Who? (that would be you)
Think about everything you did, from as many angles as possible, but remember: you did it. That means a lot.
A thought: you and your examiners are more similar than you are different.
Similar: all researchers, all interested, all capable, all talented, all there in your viva for a good reason.
Different: they have more experience than you, you have more expertise than them. They’ve read your thesis, you wrote your thesis.
All of these points help the story of confidence you can tell yourself about the viva.
What do most books have that most theses don’t? Cover pictures! Novels and non-fiction use cover images to help tell their story, sell themselves to readers and convey some information. Theses tend to just have a title. Hmm…
Quick exercise for today: what would be on the cover of your thesis? What would it have to feature in order to communicate something of your work?
Long exercise for today: mocking up a cover might be a useful (and fun!) tangent to explore while finishing your thesis or preparing for your viva 🙂