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The Week Before My Viva

Sue Lynn Mah shares her experience preparing for and passing her PhD viva in her article. In the week leading up to the big day, she re-read her thesis, had a mock viva with her supervisor, practiced explaining her work to people outside of her field, and printed out a physical copy of her thesis. Her tips for viva success include picking out your outfit in advance and practicing your elevator pitch.

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Vanessa Corcoran (she/her) is an advising dean and adjunct professor of history at Georgetown University. Her memoir, "It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint: My Road to the Marathon and Ph.D." is now available. Follow her on Twitter: @VRCinDC
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