The final post for the prac trilogy is here! Here are some things that I have learned that will help with surviving pracs.
One shall read the prac notes beforehand
Especially when you’re in second year, and your prac notes and instructions can be as long as 12 pages. Grab a highlighter out, and highlight the important steps and concepts.
Then in a different colour – I would highlight the questions that I have to answer because most of the time, those questions will be asked again either in the post prac or the exam!
Always bring gloves to pracs!
You don’t have the luxury of your high school teacher providing the gloves for you anymore. It’s BYO at uni!
I remember in first year biology, none of us realised that gloves weren’t being provided for the rat dissection. And yes – we went into panic mode because none of us wanted to touch that stuff.
Bring the required materials
Lab coat, calculators, lab goggles etc. Don’t forget you can borrow lab coats and goggles from the information desk in Union House. All you need is your student card.
Don’t understand something? Ask for help!
There is absolutely no shame in asking your demonstrator or your lab partner for help! Prac classes are the best time to speak to the demonstrators/lecturers. So ask questions!