Ascertain that it is your own work; Make sure you understand what you did e.g Define-and-illustrate; Being specific; Elaborating; Saying ‘I’; see Murray Your viva will probably start with general questions and then move to more specific. How to Survive Your Viva has 33 ratings and 5 reviews. Brenda said: I read this book a week before my Viva. It gave me some good tips on how to prepare f. Survive your viva. Don’t let its mystique terrify you, says Rowena Murray – it’s a chance to shine. Here are some tips. Rowena Murray. Mon

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How To Survive Your Viva: Alpha rated it really liked it Feb 21, They see traps in every question. Students must seek out answers to their questions and not be fobbed off with what supervisors intend as reassuringly vague answers.

Think youd how you will behave: This is a mistake. Write yourself several hard and easy questions. It is an essential handbook for all involved in oral examinations: Sarah rated it liked it Mar 26, For guidance on talking about the thesis, see chapter 10 of How to Write a Thesis Practise with different people: Be ready to package your knowledge up in different ways.


Memorise the three or four page numbers. This was a fantastic help to preparing for vova viva. Apr 07, Brenda rated it liked it.

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Think about how you might elaborate, if they appear to want you to continue speaking. How to Survive Your Viva. It is true that examiners are out to probe – that is part of their role. Writing a thesis or survivee requires students to pull their ideas together into a unified whole; oral examinations take it all apart again.

Write hwo questions in different ways. Hara Margariti rated it it was amazing Feb 25, Rather than dwelling on problems with viva practices see Education Guardian. Return to Book Page. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. My own viva wasn’t nearly as bad as some of the scenarios in here. How to Survive Your Viva Includes bibliographical references p.

For most PhD students, the viva is their first oral examination and the stakes are higher than in any other examination they have ever sat. Students, supervisors and examiners must find a way through the mystique of the viva. They bury their heads in the sand.


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They become passive, waiting to see what happens. The oral examination is a new type of communication event.

Silvan Pretl rated it really liked it Sep 28, Take any one of the “horrors” described fiva and work out how would you deal with it. Structure your speaking in pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages; define your terms; support your points with specifics and evidence from your thesis. I read this book a week before my Viva. Those who do this argue that it is their job.