What do you do if you feel something like this – afraid, nervous, worried – about the viva?
Let’s ask another question: what would you do if you were unafraid, not nervous, not worried about your viva?
You would prepare – and if you don’t feel great, you need to prepare too.
- If you’re afraid, you need to prepare. If you’re not, great! But you need to prepare.
- If you’re nervous, you need to prepare. If you’re not, that’s cool – but you need to prepare!
- If you’re worried, you need to prepare. If you’re not, I’m happy for you, and you still need to prepare for the viva.
However you feel about your viva, the courses of action you have to take are the same. You need to read your thesis, write and think about your work, find opportunities to practise unexpected questions and do what you can to be confident.
You might feel that you need to do more or less of things because of how you feel. Doing something won’t just help you get ready, it should also help you feel ready.