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RTP 18-19 - Preparing for your viva


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Dr Sam Colling & Jo Phillips - Vivas

What can you expect in a viva? How can you best prepare for yours? Sam and Jo will address these questions, using their own recent experience.

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RTP 18-19 - Preparing for your viva

  1. 1. Preparing for your Viva
  2. 2. Who am I? • Samantha Colling • • PhD - The Aesthetic Pleasures of Girl Teen Film
  3. 3. • Don’t panic you know your research better than anyone • Re-read your thesis and do a mind map/make notes on each chapter • Also do summary (post-it) notes on each page -> get a copy of your thesis that you can do this on and take it into the viva
  4. 4. • Re-write your abstract -> pitching thesis at a conference • Practice telling the story of your thesis in 2mins • Practice telling the story of each chapter in 2mins
  5. 5. • Keywords – index important concepts (your definitions) • Do a mini viva with your tutors or anyone that will help • Think before you speak, listen to the question • Recognise weaknesses and be prepared to discuss them and how you would now approach it differently.