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Rereading thesis before viva - it's not very good :(


User: theboakster - 08 January 2016 20:29

I'm having a bit of a freak out. It's my viva on Monday I just reread my introduction and there are holes and issues and gaps, and I'm worried... I think the main chapters are better, but I'm still a bit panicked. Did this happen to anyone else on rereading?

User: chickpea - 08 January 2016 21:35

I think this is a feeling lots of people have, judging by some of the comments I have seen online. Good luck for Monday - let us know how you get on!

User: theboakster - 08 January 2016 21:44

Thanks chickpea - I guess it is just the fear of the unknown. I feel really underprepared and I just hope they ask me very general questions!!

User: chickpea - 08 January 2016 23:01

Remember you have been studying your topic for years and you are the expert :-)

User: theboakster - 09 January 2016 15:37

I just don't feel very much like an expert! But I guess I am... the main chapters that I'm reading through today are much better, so I'm feeling a bit less scared today :) Thanks for the encouragement

User: emmaki - 09 January 2016 18:44

I think it is normal or at least usual!
When I was preparing fro my viva and I read the introductory chapter I thought it had nothing to do with the rest of the viva! It felt like it was for a different research!
At the viva I was not asked any questions about the introduction and the only questions I got were about research ethics and some clarifications for the national context of the research. I got away with very minor corrections

User: Caro - 10 January 2016 12:12

Don't worry I think that's normal! I had my viva just before Christmas and found so many typos I was so panicked. At my viva no one even mentioned my introduction apart from - it seems you have read the relevant literature and they just said they would ignore the typos as they had seen I had found them myself. Although that was because they had some concerns about other chapters they wanted to spend a long time talking about haha!

User: theboakster - 10 January 2016 12:49

Thanks emmaki and Caro!
Caro - what sort of things did they have concerns about, if you don't mind me asking? How much detail did they go into?

User: DocInsanity - 10 January 2016 13:03

I think it's healthy that you can spot where improvements can be made. It is also common to be able spot issues more easily when you return to a piece of writing (or other creation) after a while - hence the term "desk time". Thankfully, the thesis doesn't have to be perfect, otherwise none of us would pass!

User: ZaoRazor - 10 January 2016 14:05

Best of luck for tomorrow! Let us know how it goes!!

User: theboakster - 10 January 2016 15:41

Thanks everyone!

User: glowworm - 10 January 2016 18:21

Good luck tomorrow theboakster - keep us posted! =D

User: Hugh - 10 January 2016 20:03

Good luck tomorrow - let us know how it goes!

User: theboakster - 10 January 2016 21:10

Will do! Eeeeeeek!

User: ZaoRazor - 12 January 2016 09:30

Hi boakster!

Hope everything went okay yesteday :)

ZR
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