Let’s talk about lab reports…no shame!
This week’s diversity topic: Let’s talk about lab reports…no shame!😎
Housekeeping first: as you might have already noticed in the email, currently the recruitment for the part 1 SONA experiment has terminated. However, everyone who has engaged in the Diversity Forum (it’s you who are reading the post right now!) will have a chance to attend the 2nd and 3rd parts of the experiment and gain 2 more credits! Stay tuned – information will be released after reading week.
Now storytime: I (admin Audrey) only got a 3rd for my very first lab report! Three years since then, now I finally have no shame to say it out – because I got 80% for the last lab report in my second year – and I know you will all get there too.
Here’s what I learnt from my lab report journey: Starting low and feeling defeated is no shame! We’ve all been there. And that’s why I decided to talk about lab reports this week: I want to make such a mental journey visible.
Share your most honest feeling about the lab report below!
13 thoughts on “Let’s talk about lab reports…no shame!”
I actually feel fine :p been there done that
I am honestly so stressed about the lab report. Mainly because I have no idea what I’m doing and I feel like I’m just rushing blindly to do it. The lectures do help its just I’m unsure if I’m doing the right thing.
I struggled to start my practice lab report but once I got into writing it , I found it ok but still quite hard… I don’t think it’s very good though because I’m not sure if I was specific enough in terms of the topic we were supposed to write about :/
I found the lab report tough at first, I didn’t even know what my research question was going to be but now, I think I am getting the hang of it, I hope. I like being able to use the literature to support my hypothesis and being able to show my results through the data.
I am not sure how to evaluate other research studies used as background research in my introduction. I am also finding it quite difficult to write consciously whilst expressing my ideas clearly.
the lab report is very stressful because I’ve never written one so i feel like i have absolutely no clue what I’m doing, like with the introduction and using literature??, the guidance does help on structure though
definitely not the right move, but I’ve been avoiding the lab report because just thinking about it gets me SO stressed. I completely understand it’s the first lab report, but I want to do it right AND do well on it?? I have absolutely NO idea what I’m doing – especially with the results and R studio?? kind of stressed but taking it slow
It’s okay, sometimes the data feels overwhelming and I’m not sure how to structure it all. In general though I feel fairly fine about it.
I find it okay, not so straggling. Though it is difficult to make a start on the essay, I can draft my paper when I know how to start. Editing takes some times but can make it better!
The comments make me even more stressed as it seems everyone is on the right track. I was still stuck in some part and didn’t have any progression for two days.
I feel as though I’m doing the wrong thing and have no way of checking until we get feedback after submission. Everyone else seems to be much more confident.
When we’re in in-person lectures it is really easy to write the lab report as you have a lot of help and guidance but once you’re sitting alone in your room trying to keep writing it, it gets very overwhelming.
Submitting this first lab report is a little scary, but I am hoping that with practice I will get the hang of writing lab reports and understand better what makes a good lab report. I have tried my best writing this first one and that’s all I can do.
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