a Dissertation. Perhaps you have already given the essence of the defense in group or department seminars. Strive to manage these fears through strong psychological conditioning backed by your ready mastery of your thesis and some systematic preparations. The old adage "Practice makes perfect" still holds. It is not necessary to carry a heavy baggage inside the examination room, but it is certainly assuring to have with you "everything" that you might think will be helpful. You had years of studying your subject. After all, you are defending a topic in front of experts! Understand each question well and/or clarify before making any response. Certainly, a masteral thesis is relatively more comprehensive in scope and normally defended in front of an examining panel or a committee.
What then can be more assuring on your part? Visiting classmates, colleagues and members of your committee must be first in your plan. Your final hints to your potential performance can be gauge from here. The members of your committee have already read it, so there is no need to go over every detail. Simply, you cannot afford to be ruined by mere fear of one examination! Say the words youre going to say during the defense process to use a muscle memory of the tongue afterward. Skip the details, it may seem that this dissertation is the work of your life and you can talk about 24 hours a day. Stay on the topic and wait for the additional questions if theres something that needs to be specified. This will give you a sort of unconscious muscle memory of the tongue that will stay with you during the presentation. On your examination day, these are the remaining final preparations: Do not overdress yourself. Your committee wants you to pass. Begin by setting aside a comfortable amount of time for your preparation, say, a month.