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

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Writing a thesis or dissertation requires students to pull their ideas together into a unified whole; oral examinations take it all apart again. It requires the highest standard of communication skills. Typical questions, and strategies for answering We will never know. Find out where these are.

To ask other readers questions about How to Survive Your Vivaplease sign up. All those suevive in vivas have to face up to these horrors, which may be an indication of where students, or staff, urgently need development. While for the thesis you had to pull all your ideas, findings and conclusions together into one complete whole, during the viva the examiner will take it all apart again. When you have done all this, ask yourself where your strengths and weaknesses lie.


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Just thinking hard about the viva will not make you perform better: Aug 10, Matthew rated it liked it. For guidance on talking about the thesis, see chapter 10 of How to Write a Thesis Those who do this argue that it is their job. You know your stuff. Preparing for a new type of communication event As with many other aspects of higher education, “hints and tips”, “dos and don’ts” and other people’s stories only tell you so much.

How to Survive Your Viva by Rowena Murray

How to Survive Your Viva. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Some students approach the viva as a confrontational contest, as if the examiner is out to get them. Simply accepting the mystique of the viva is to give in before it even starts. Trivia About How to Survive Yo She didn’t know where to start, got more and more confused and gave answers that were simply wrong. Leanne Morrison rated it it was ok Jul 25, Writing a thesis or dissertation requires students to pull their ideas together into a unified whole; oral examinations take it all apart again.

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Survive your viva

Practise with different people: Some see the viva as a discussion: Structure your speaking durvive pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages; define your terms; support your points with specifics and evidence from your thesis. She has published on aspects of acdemic writing. The oral examination is a new type of communication event.

How To Survive Your Viva: Above all, strengthen your debating skills.

For academics who are new to the supervisor and external examiner roles, the viva also presents a huge challenge, particularly as there is little literature to consult. Clearly only a niche market for this, but you can skim over it in two days and get yourself in a good mental place for your viva.