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Information about VIVA VOICE TIPS FOR PHD

Published on August 16, 2017

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VIVA VOICE TIPS FOR PHD: VIVA VOICE TIPS FOR PHD A COMPLETE GUIDANCE Re-read your thesis – and keep up-to-date with research: Re-read your thesis – and keep up-to-date with research Don’t underestimate the amount of time the examiners will have spent reading and thinking about your thesis – however, you should remember that you are still likely to be the “expert in the room” on this particular topic. Check to see if any relevant recent papers have emerged since submitting the thesis and, if so, read these. Believe in yourself. : Believe in yourself . You have spent the last few years reading about, writing about and doing your project. You are the expert; you know your stuff, remember that .   Don’t see the examiners as evil torturers who get kicks out of making you suffer. They want you to pass. However, if you go in thinking that they want you to fail you’ll not only be more scared, you’ll also be more defensive, which isn’t always a good thing . Instead try to think of your examiners as people who are really interested in what you have done and who understand all the problems and pitfalls associated with research, Trust yourself Prepare a list of errors.: Prepare a list of errors. You will undoubtedly spot a few typos, and maybe worse, when you reread your thesis. Don’t be embarrassed, just make a list and bring it with you to the viva. It shows that you’ve prepared, and your examiners will be grateful that they don’t have to waste time on boring editing. ( Note: even if you find typos, don’t start editing until after your viva!) Make a list of your top 20 papers.: Make a list of your top 20 papers . Go through each of your chapters and list the papers that were most important to the research (standing on the shoulders of giants and all that). You might have 20-30 at the end. If you have time, write a paragraph on each, focusing on the methods and results. But remember, this viva is about your work. You are not expected to know every paper you’ve referenced inside and out. In the end, I probably didn’t need to do all of this extra work, but “the literature” is one of the things that PhD students often feel nervous about, I certainly did! Having done this preparation I felt confident that I could hold my own, and so it was definitely worth the effort. (It may vary depending on your institution, but I was allowed to bring these notes into my viva. I didn’t refer to them once, but it was a confidence booster and it meant I didn’t have that feeling of having to cram for an exam). Most common questions: Most common questions What are the most original (or value-added) parts of your thesis? Which propositions or findings would you say are distinctively your own? How do you think your work takes forward or develops the literature in this field? What are the ‘bottom line’ conclusions of your research? How innovative or valuable are they? What does your work tell us that we did not know before ? Slide8: THANK YOU http://

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