Viva

The Viva: Who? What? How?

This is a guest post by Dr. Nathan Ryder. Dr. Nathan Ryder is a freelance skills trainer, working mostly with postgraduate researchers and research staff and a good friend to STEPS.

What is this?
An ebook. Twenty-seven chapters, nearly 20,000 words, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about the PhD viva in the UK. I deliver viva preparation workshops, and over the last five years I’ve gained a great understanding about the questions that distract PhD candidates.

What sorts of questions?
Questions about the process, questions about who is involved and how, questions about what to do and how to do it. More importantly I’m providing ANSWERS to these questions: in workshops people ask me “How…?” and I tell them. My goal as someone passionate about the viva is to help candidates get to the point where they go in and feel confident about talking to their examiners.

Specific questions answered in The Viva: Who? What? How? include:

  • What makes a good examiner?
  • Is a mock viva essential?
  • Is there a “standard” viva format?
  • How can I avoid nerves?

Where can I get this?
The Viva: Who? What? How? is £4.99 and is available from the Amazon Kindle Store and from Payhip. As STEPS readers you get an exclusive 10% discount when using discount code MANEPS10.

In the UK, The Viva: Who? What? How? is in the Kindle Store.
In the UK and around the world, The Viva: Who? What? How? is available from Payhip.

Thank you for letting me share this with you!

Nathan (@DrRyder and @VivaSurvivors)

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