My Viva voce was last week. It was a strange experience and I am still occasionally kicking myself for not saying things in certain ways. I used the final chapter of John Finn’s book, Getting a Phd, to prepare. He lists a set of general questions that are commonly asked in vivas. I used this, getting my husband to ask me the questions, which forced me to verbalise the thesis. This was quite good preparation and I would recommend it to anyone else in the same situation.
The viva seemed to fly past. The examiners were very positive and, with just a handful of typos to correct, I will soon submit the final version of the thesis for the library. What next? Part of me wants to put the thesis away completely for a while. However, I am now trying to convert some of my thesis into possible papers. This involves some re-working of ideas, and a lot of re-writing. To do this I am using parts of Belcher’s Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, which gives you weekly working targets. I’m hoping that this will help me get through this post-thesis and post-viva slump.