A few practical questions for your viva day:
- Where is your viva taking place?
- Do you know what to expect from the building and room?
- When do you need to be there?
- How are you going to get there?
- Where are you going when it is done?
Little things for the most part; less important than the viva and what you’ll need to do there. It makes sense though to answer these questions in advance. Know the room you’ll be in and check it out. Decide in advance what time you’re going to arrive and when you need to set off. Decide how you are going to get there. Explore your options. If you need to, ask a friend for a lift or to keep you company.
Have your escape route in mind for after the viva as well. You don’t need to have an exit strategy to really escape. It can be useful – after a period of thinking, discussing, wondering and maybe worrying, when you could be tired – to have a plan already. Where will you go? How will you get there? Who will you see?
Consider the logistics of your viva day beforehand to save energy and focus for the viva itself.