Yes, I got a proper tape measure (actually 2 from the Poundshop, yes, for £1 both of them and I am not throwing away the 47-150cm bit but will make a lanyard out of it). Last time I bought one I was waiting to finish my service in the Navy. I had 150 days left then. Now I have 46 until the viva. So I cut the tape to 46cm… this is my starting point… and I will cut 1 cm each day… yes, not inches… every day I will cut 1 cm until the big day when there will be no tape left. There is a strange satisfaction in doing this and seeing the time pass in front of your eyes.
My viva date was confirmed today. It is the 8th of September 2017 and I am pleased that I didn’t wait to start preparing for it until I knew the date. Pleased I had my own internal deadlines. The main preparation I wanted to do is done.
- re-read the thesis carefully and critically.
- created one page hand written summaries for each chapter.
- made annotations throughout the thesis, initially I thought I should keep the clean look.
- added sticky notes to help me locate things quickly… hopefully.
- I have found a few errors… things that I should have seen… frustrating!
AND, as a result of the above, I did definitely overcome the fear of reading the thesis, which is a good thing.
In a PowerPoint, I captured the following
- a presentation of the study
- questions and answers linked to the whole thesis and individual chapters
- questions which I have found with the help of colleagues and friends and the web, of course
- typed up the page summaries for each chapter
- copy of all visualisations used in the thesis and two more that will help me explain the framework and my theoretical framework, I hope…
My plan is to print this powerpoint presentation and use as a mobile revision tool in the next 45 days… The whole thesis is coming with me to Greece again this year. It wouldn’t be the same without it… but hopefully next summer I will be PhD study free…
Colleagues have offered to do a mock viva this Friday. I am very nervous.
I will also ask my boys to keep asking me viva questions on the beach. Soon they will stop asking me “Mummy, when will you get that PhD”… if I pass…
What else do I need to get ready?
Thank you all.