Key thoughts from our guests about making the most of lab time:
- Communication can be difficult when there's so many students to one demonstrator or instructor. With around 15 students to a staff member, there isn't a chance to talk to every student, so it's essential to streamline communication before, during and after using as many methods as possible to ensure students know what they are doing and where to seek help.
- Providing resources and sessions pre and post-lab is beneficial and makes the lab more efficient. It ensures students arrive with a base level of knowledge, and you can spend more time on advanced questions and additional activities.
- Ensure students have a base level knowledge before they work in the lab. Even with pre-lab information, safety briefs in the lab are important for avoiding dangers. The benefit is that these work along with interactive activities such as quizzes and lab simulations to help solidify knowledge of safety and techniques.