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Thread: Anyone met their examiners before viva?

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29-Apr-17, 10:14
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Is it a normal practice to meet / communicate with your examiners before your Viva at your university (i.e. asking what's their main concern so that you can prepare explanation)? I saw this video on Youtube about this presenter who has been on 60+ defenses and only saw one person failed his PhD, and she said the reason that the person failed was because he did not meet the defense committee beforehand and he was lack of preparation. Can any of you share what's your view regarding this?

Thread: Pregnant, fatigue, nauseous - while preparing for viva in two weeks.

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20-Apr-17, 06:37
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Dear DrCorinne, thank you for your supportive advice and I really hope the symptoms will be over in a few days so I may have time to really prepare mentally and emotionally. Also congratulations for passing your viva! At the moment I just use whatever energy I have to re-read the thesis and make a mind map of the important bits. For some very difficult reference papers, I record my voice reading it and listening to it for at least some of it can eventually enter my brain :)

Dear timefortea, thank you. "My memory went to pieces..." ---> THIS, exactly what happen to me that make me freak out in case during the viva I can't remember most things. So right now I have to jot down the key things, make a mind map, and hopefully during the viva I have enough energy level to be confident with my work.

Thread: Pregnant, fatigue, nauseous - while preparing for viva in two weeks.

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19-Apr-17, 08:27
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I have been advised that my viva will take place in two weeks from now. Several weeks after I submitted my thesis I found out about my long awaited pregnancy, and I thought why not, now that I have submitted my thesis and I can finally start a family. But I never anticipated experiencing such an extreme fatigue and terrible nausea that last all day, now approaching four weeks of sleeping in the bed not able to consume anything. I have done everything I could to fight this first-trimester symptom but at the same time, I still find myself not able to get things done. I am so worried about the viva preparation. I have read forums, followed their advice, and focus on the 5 key questions but I am still left becoming more anxious because I just sleep all day and I am afraid I am not totally ready for the interview. I am afraid with this energy level I have, that I am not able to defend my thesis intelligently as I should. I am afraid I am not being able to answer some questions I have not prepared for.


5 key questions: http://www.postgraduateforum.com/thread-15970

Thread: After submitted the thesis, how long does it take to be informed about the date of your viva?

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20-Mar-17, 05:19
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Hello, I have submitted my thesis at the end of last month, and currently I am still waiting to be informed about the date of the viva. After three weeks I'm getting more concerned about it. Normally the viva interview will take place between minimum 2 weeks to maximum 3 months. I don't mind when the viva take place, but I am anxious on when I will be informed of the date. I have emailed my supervisor and I felt like I am too anticipating.

Thread: Applied econometric PhDs, what kind of questions the examiner will ask during viva?

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20-Feb-17, 06:40
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Hi, I am going to submit my thesis in a week time, but I am worried if I don't cover enough materials in my thesis. I am doing applied econometrics, wrote three papers that make up one whole thesis. The major topic is labor market (i.e. labor force participation, wage determination, pseudo-panel with fixed effects ordered logit model etc). I am certain I will be asked about the technique, model specification, identification strategy, supporting theories etc. But I would like to ask any PhD econometrician out there, what kind of question that will be asked that I may have not anticipated? What should I be worried about? Thank you.

Thread: Forgetting what you have read

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09-Jan-17, 08:15
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Whenever I read an article, I always write it down (or most of the time, copy and paste items strategically). After scheming the paper to identify which part I want to focus more, first I write down full citation, and then copy and paste the important bits into Notes. Sometimes I copy the whole sentence to avoid losing out the context, sometimes I jot down important chunks of words. Then I do this for several papers under the same theme, and the resulting output is a summarized version of several articles. I save it as pdf and read in my tablet. I never trust myself to remember hundreds of articles. It's kind of like a cheat sheet, so whenever I need to cite them I know exactly from which paper I am referring because everything is written under the article's title headline.
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