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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Some supervisors encourage this; they think they are being reassuring when they say things like “Don’t worry. Write yourself several hard and easy questions.

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I hadn’t even thought about some of the things I learned. Mariza rated it survkve was amazing Dec 15, It is an essential handbook for all involved in oral examinations: Perhaps the examiners were deeply interested in the thesis.

Some students approach the viva as a confrontational contest, as if the examiner is out to get them. Makebin rated it did not like it Jul 22, Open University Press- Education – pages.

She didn’t know where to start, got more and more confused and gave answers that were simply wrong. This was a fantastic help to preparing for the viva. Write your questions in different ways.

Pretty decent practice questions, several of which came up in my viva. Some see it as a formality. No trivia or quizzes yet.


Think about the many types of question that you could be asked: Writing a thesis or dissertation requires students to pull their ideas together into a unified whole; oral examinations take it all apart again. Some see the viva as a discussion: Simply accepting the mystique of the viva is to give in before it even starts.

How to Survive Your Viva Includes bibliographical references p. Return to Book Page.

How to Survive Your Viva

Faced with these horror stories, bh students push the viva to the back of their minds. Think about how you might elaborate, if they appear to want you to continue speaking. It was extremely practical and informative.

Under pressure, you let this go, lacking the confidence murtay “correct” the examiner. Structure your speaking in pros and cons, advantages and disadvantages; define your terms; support your points with specifics and evidence from your thesis.

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Open Preview See a Problem? My own viva wasn’t nearly as bad as some of the scenarios in here. Find out where these are.

However, students have to be ready to deal with the pressure. Rather than dwelling on problems with viva practices see Education Guardian. The real horror stories – for examiners and supervisors, it should be said, and not just for students – are when students do not do themselves justice, when they appear to have no effective strategy for defending their work.

Sarah rated it liked it May 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Rowena runs consultancies on Writing for Publication for universities across the UK and overseas and for other institutions, such as healthcare trusts. Students, supervisors and examiners must find a way through the mystique of the viva. 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.


Be the first to ask a question about How to Survive Your Viva. Ervinos rated it liked it Nov 01, Leanne Morrison rated it it was ok Jul 25, It is worth thinking about how you have met the key criterion of “originality”, for example.

Jul 23, Janet rated it liked it. Ask them to interrupt you, so that you can work out how to deal with this: Brandon rated it liked it Dec 26, They countered, contradicted, rejected and undermined in all their responses to the student’s answers. How to Survive Your Viva. When you have done all this, ask yourself where your strengths and weaknesses lie. 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.

Practise with different people: 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.

Be ready to package your knowledge up in different ways.