Top tips for helping your students feel more prepared
1. Introduce students to the experiment and techniques with strong, engaging pre-lab exercises.
Helping students feel more comfortable with equipment and common techniques using pre-lab tasks helps take the pressure off when entering the laboratory for the first time.
2. Share your own experiences as a scientist and help them understand that mistakes happen.
Reminding students that science is not perfect and that mistakes happen can increase their confidence when performing new experiments and techniques.
3. Create a good structure and prep your demonstrators for common pitfalls so students know they’re in safe hands.
Let students know that there’s nothing you can’t work on together to solve issues. Whether it’s a experiment gone wrong or marks lost in analysis, making it clear to them that they’re not on their own is key.
Thank you to Courtney, Andrew and Callum for joining us on this week’s webcast and sharing your experiences with our community. If you have different experiences you’d like to share with us, or you have your own tips to help fellow educators, let us know on Twitter.
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