UPDATE: Sorry, it seems a number of people are getting the wrong idea from this post. Hehe, oops. So let me explain: I have passed, I will be getting my MScEng in March. “End” of my academic career: refers to the fact that I’m particularly unlikely to do another degree, but I can never be certain. “Ugly”: I have high standards and seriously dislike the quality of work I delivered for my Masters’. If my defence was better prepared and polished, it’d be a beautiful end to a mediocre Masters’. As it stands, the defence was mediocre, just like the thesis. Me under-performing.
Well, it is over. Some pieces of advice, on the odd chance my past self finds some way to read the future, in order to improve my past. Though what difference would that really make to my present? I should rather be hoping to improve my future…
- Give yourself more than 24 hours to prepare for a thesis defence.
- Don’t accept contract jobs until your thesis defence is a thing of the past. You will use it as a reason to start preparing too late
- If you end up with only one day, try to not still be distracted by other things. And don’t panic. It’s bad for productivity.
- Try to get around to practising your presentation the day before. Doing so for the first time in the morning before a 9am appointment should be considered foolish.
- Ideally sleep more than three hours (achieved by adhering to the previous advice).
- Don’t underestimate traffic, don’t pitch at your 9am presentation at the very last minute.
Um, well, yea, I know, this might all seem like “common sense”, but that is generally more rare than the “common” adjective seems to indicate.