Day 17: Don’t worry about what the examiner wants to see

60/60: 60 short videos for PhD students in 60 days

When you’re writing, it’s only natural to worry about what the examiner wants to see. But this puts you in a defensive, fear-based position, focusing on what you don’t know instead of what you do.

The examiner doesn’t have a pre-determined list of expectations, and they would rather read about what you want to show (not what you think they want to see).

If you focus on what you’re good at and interested in, then it’s easier to write, nicer to read and easier to defend (because choosing what to write about is the same as choosing what you defend).

See also
how to write a PhD thesis you can defend easily

5 thoughts on “Day 17: Don’t worry about what the examiner wants to see”

  1. OMG!!!! Thank you!!! After watching this video in like 5 minutes I was able to transform the structure of a chapter that has been tormenting me for months. Now it doesn’t look flaky anymore. It is starting to look good! Infinite thank you!

  2. Thank youu!! I’ve been worried the last 3 years about this issue and trying to identify the best theoretical insights to please not only the examiners but my supervisors… :S
    Nothing better than self-confidence and empowerment and trusting the rich analysis of our projects

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