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27-04-2014, 00:38   #61
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Do you have your presentation sorted and rehearsed? (if you have to do one that is?)
No, but I was going to throw together four slides just to summarise the key findings of the work (even just as a handout really in the form of bullet points), more of an 'executive summary' type of thing. But we're not required to do one though.

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For my viva, myself and my supervisor came up with questions that we thought the examiners would ask (and then prepared answers for those questions).
I've noted a few key questions that might come up, the supervisor is a lot like the examiner (same generation, same research background etc...) so his comments when correcting the thesis came in handy in terms of clarifying methods etc... I've got some generic questions noted so hopefully they'll come up!

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Also, have you read through some of your external examiner's articles that relate to your topic. It's important that you have a good depth of knowledge about their research.
Yeh, I've gone through some of his articles but we're slightly divergent in our focus. He's more 'big picture' and I've gone into detail (about 600 pages of detail), but in saying that he's seen my work so he's got some ideas, I'll try and relate them back to his work (e.g. "I see x and y these might relate to z in your work on...").

Thanks for the advise man, really appreciate it.

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Better for you to be aware of the typos going into the viva than to have the examiners bring them to your attention. Take the list of known corrections into the viva with you.
Brilliant, I'll definitely do that one alright.

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That's certainly less than ideal - I'd try and get out of it if I were you. Some would argue that it might be good to take your mind off things for a bit - I might agree with them if you got back a little earlier than the day before the viva.
Well my internal examiner is leading the fieldtrip so that might be worse if I pulled out with it being three days away. It's the timing of everything, found out I was going about six months ago; found out about my viva about a month ago. May just bring the beast with me and see what I can get done.

Thanks again for the advise, really appreciate it. Not sure what to think at the moment, it's just a really unnatural thing to prepare for in a way. Sure, we'll see how it goes!

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Passed my viva, minor corrections. Went extremely well, very positive, very fair, a very good discussion. Few things to sort out but nothing overly major or fundamental (spelling, grammar, add a few sentences to clarify points). I did do a PowerPoint presentation on a laptop and the examiners enjoyed that. The chair of the viva said it was one of the best defences he's ever seen, so aye, good craic!!!
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Passed my viva, minor corrections. Went extremely well, very positive, very fair, a very good discussion. Few things to sort out but nothing overly major or fundamental (spelling, grammar, add a few sentences to clarify points). I did do a PowerPoint presentation on a laptop and the examiners enjoyed that. The chair of the viva said it was one of the best defences he's ever seen, so aye, good craic!!!
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Got my viva tomorrow morning. Just trying to relax a bit tonight, I've read all that will fit in my brain at this stage. Fingers crossed!
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Well all that relaxing worked, passed with minor corrections! Examiners were tough but fair, which is all you can really ask for. Just some typos and clarifications of certain aspects but otherwise all good. Delighted!

Now how long does this elation usually last before you realise that you have to go and get a 'real' job now?
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Well all that relaxing worked, passed with minor corrections! Examiners were tough but fair, which is all you can really ask for. Just some typos and clarifications of certain aspects but otherwise all good. Delighted!

Now how long does this elation usually last before you realise that you have to go and get a 'real' job now?
Congratulations! Hopefully that's me three years down the line.
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I have mine on September 9th. Quite nervous about it, as I have never interviewed particularly well.

At the moment I'm putting together the presentation which I have to give prior to the questioning. I have a skeleton structure, but in case I'm omitting anything important, I'd love to hear what others have put into theirs (those who have done presentations; I understand it is not always a requirement).
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*thread bump*

Submitting my thesis in afew days and my viva is in 2.5 weeks time. I have one publication and one in the process of submission for peer-review. Any tips for me?? Feeling nervous already...
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Congrats on the publications! That's a big deal and should stand to you. Submitting is the bigger event, you know your stuff inside out at this stage so try to enjoy the defense
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Congrats on the publications! That's a big deal and should stand to you. Submitting is the bigger event, you know your stuff inside out at this stage so try to enjoy the defense
Thanks! I know the thesis well but I'm still a little rusty on the background theory. .if that makes sense..
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Thanks! I know the thesis well but I'm still a little rusty on the background theory. .if that makes sense..
It does, I recall stumbling a little over the background intro stuff myself! Defo go over that. Do you have to give a public talk or anything beforehand? If so, be sure to blab about the publications!
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Thanks! I know the thesis well but I'm still a little rusty on the background theory. .if that makes sense..
It does, I recall stumbling a little over the background intro stuff myself! Defo go over that. Do you have to give a public talk or anything beforehand? If so, be sure to blab about the publications!
Yeah 40mins presentation before the private viva! More nervous about the defense than the thesis editing in the coming days!
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Well the talk should set you up nicely before you go in. The time will fly by when youre in the room, honest. The hard work is all done at this point
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Just to give an update on my viva..passed with minor typos and graph fixing. I was in the room with the examiners for 1 hr 20mins max. The external was happy with the standard of work and asked very basic questions..or told me the answers to many! It turned into a discussion in the end.

The presentation itself was the most nerve wracking, I was very emotional and holding it together was tough.

Anyway I agree with everyone else, the work is already done once you have your viva so be confident in your findings.

Now I can sleep soundly at night!
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I had mine recently. It went well

It was quite convivial and lasted 2-2.5 hours.
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