Topics discussed include the supervisory committee, preparing the seminar, arranging content, mental preparation, question framing, and the types of questions to expect.
At its core, the book prepares students to be the best they can be by offering insights into how to interpret and appropriately respond to explicit and implied oral comps questions.
This book benefits faculty by helping them prepare new questions, also providing tips on how to mentor their students in preparation for exams.
The training included can be used to prepare for intensive qualifying or certification exams, job interviews, and presentations.
- Describes in detail the general format of oral comprehensive exams, viva voce examinations and defenses, what to expect, and what the requirements are that students need to fulfill to pass. - Includes appendices with numerous practice questions sourced from a range of disciplines and countries for individual or group learning- Useful for Early Career academics that are supervising, supporting, and examining PhD students
Chapter 2. Why an oral exam?
Chapter 3. Goals: Why undertake a graduate degree anyway?
Chapter 4. Nerves
Chapter 5. What will I be asked in this Exam?
Chapter 6. Managing supervisory committees.
Chapter 7. Preparation time!
Chapter 10. Choreography of an oral exam
Chapter 11. Execution- Controlling your failures and successes
Chapter 12: The professor's perspective
Chapter 14. Recovery, managing delivery, and handling disagreements
Chapter 15. Outcomes and options for moving forward
Chapter 16. One for the professors and committee members
Chapter 17 The pivotal role of chairing an oral exam committee
Chapter 18. Conclusion