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Holiday before or after the viva?

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TomUI Fri 10-Mar-17 21:08:39


I'm planning my holidays in advance and I'll be submitting my thesis soon. I was wondering whether it is better to take a holiday before or after the viva? The holiday would either be 3-4 weeks before the viva or 2-3 weeks after the viva. Which one would you go for?

impostersyndrome Fri 10-Mar-17 22:21:38

Depends on the timing, but I'd advise taking time during the preceding week to prepare, so probably after is better.

MajesticWhine Fri 10-Mar-17 22:25:37

I would take it before. You've earned the break. Afterwards you might want to be getting on with your amendments.grin

adanac85 Fri 10-Mar-17 22:31:21

I took my holiday befire, bit it was five weeks and then i had another month or so after i got back before my viva. If it was a shorter period, id say have the holiday after otherwise you'll be stressing about tge viva.

adanac85 Fri 10-Mar-17 22:32:17

I can spell. The app im using doesn't let me spell check!!

LRDtheFeministDragon Fri 10-Mar-17 23:50:05

Before! There's nothing you can do in the dead period before the viva, except stress.

Afterwards, you might be landed with more corrections than you expected and you won't feel like a holiday - or, if you sail through with no corrections (!), you'll feel perfect without needing one.

Good luck!

TomUI Sat 11-Mar-17 08:03:40

Thanks everyone! I thought you would all say after the viva, but it seems by then people are more eager to get the corrections done than go on holiday? I'm a bit torn. It would be nice to go once viva is over and I know what the result is, but at the same time, I don't want to be too over prepared and stressed prior to the viva too ...

dinobum Sat 11-Mar-17 11:03:03

I'd go after. You won't get any corrections smile

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 11-Mar-17 12:06:57


Everyone gets corrections, pretty much.

user7214743615 Sat 11-Mar-17 12:56:27

It depends on the field, LRD. In my field it is very common to have only trivial corrections (typos) as work in theses has already been published in journals.

Best not to rely on having no corrections, though, in any field.

flumpybear Sat 11-Mar-17 13:00:07

Personally I'd go afterwards but you should have sufficient time to do them before you leave
If they're minor corrections - good luck!

Lules Sat 11-Mar-17 13:02:30

I would go before. I was exhausted after submitting and it was nice to have a break from worrying about it.

LRDtheFeministDragon Sat 11-Mar-17 16:58:53

user - I know. Even typos need correcting, though! My brother's a mathematician and in his field, corrections can be very minor, too. But you still don't want them hanging over you, do you?

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