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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This will already be covered in your thesis. Think about how you might elaborate, if they appear to want you to continue speaking.

It requires the highest standard viav communication skills. Olli Sahimaa rated it it was ok Nov 24, Paul rated it it was amazing Jul 26, Apr 07, Brenda rated it liked it. Refresh and try again. Some students approach the viva as a confrontational contest, as if the examiner is out to get them.


Open Preview See a Problem? How to Survive Your Viva Includes bibliographical references p. Any good researcher has to have a clear sense of what he or she does not know, still has to find out and cannot yet claim on the basis of the research. They countered, contradicted, rejected and undermined in all their responses to the student’s answers. sirvive

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Practise answering questions on predictable subjects. What we do know is that most vivas last between one and two hours. What’s the worst that can happen?

Open University Press- Education – pages. Write yourself several hard and easy questions.

How to Survive Your Viva

For example, examiners do not probe weaknesses in your study just to be difficult. Writing a thesis or dissertation requires students to pull their ideas together into a unified whole; oral examinations take youf all apart again. This is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of the viva. Pretty decent practice questions, several of which came up in my viva.

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Real examples of questions and answers; Narratives of experiences; Planning tools; Preparation framework; Specific verbal strategies to use in the viva to do justice to the thesis; User-friendly writing style; Reading list. Score points by mentioning very specific details, eg names, titles, journals and dates of publication, of key articles or books by key people in your field.


Typical questions, and strategies for answering It is true that examiners are out to probe – that is part of their role.

Hara Margariti rated it it was amazing Feb 25, Trivia About How to Survive Yo James Cockburn rated it liked it Dec 31, They see traps in every question. Above all, strengthen your debating skills. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Those who do this argue that it is their job. Simply accepting the mystique of the viva is to give in before it even starts.

Muhammad Kholili rated it it was amazing Feb 27, Think about the many types of question that you could be asked: Rather than dwelling on problems with viva practices see Education Guardian.

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