This checklist may help you prepare for your viva:
- I know my thesis thoroughly
- I have written a one-page summary of each chapter
- I have continued to work with my thesis after submission or have begun to prepare a conference paper or publication
- I am able to explain how my thesis fits into the big picture
- I have kept up to date with relevant literature
- I know what the implications of my research are to both theory and practice
- I have had a mock viva with my main supervisor
- I have asked my peers to quiz and challenge me about my thesis
- I have explained my thesis to friends and family who are not familiar with it
- I have investigated the backgrounds and publications of my examiners
- I have looked at my institution's guidelines for vivas
- I have produced a list of likely questions
- I have identified areas of my thesis that are likely to be challenged
- I have marked up my thesis to help me refer to it in the viva.
Have a look at How to survive your viva by Rowena Murray (ISBN 0-335-21284-0) or The Doctoral Examination Process: A handbook for students, examiners and supervisors by Penny Tinkler and Carolyn Jackson (ISBN 978-0-335-21305-4).
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