This chapter contains some tips on how and when to start preparing for your viva. This includes tips on writing the thesis with the viva in mind, preparing for your viva in the months before and as the event draws closer, in the weeks and days before. I include some advice on reviewing your work: how and when to re-read your thesis, defining and explaining the contribution made, the literature reviewed and the methodological approach taken. Differences between disciplines are covered, including the possibility of preparing a formal presentation, which is becoming the norm in some subjects. The custom of having a practice or ‘mock’ viva is discussed, as is the importance of presenting your work throughout the PhD process in seminars, conferences and so on. The chapter makes use of case study material drawn from students, and how they prepared for their own viva. Practical tips, such as preparing chapter summaries and summaries of papers that you have read during your PhD, are given. The issues of student well-being and how to prepare emotionally and physically for your viva are also covered.
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