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!

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13 thoughts on “Let’s talk about lab reports…no shame!

    • Admin Audrey

      I actually feel fine :p been there done that

    • silverwolf7850

      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.

    • Author gravatar

      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 :/

    • Author gravatar

      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.

    • Author gravatar

      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.

    • moo28

      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

    • strawberrydog

      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

    • Author gravatar

      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.

    • Author gravatar

      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!

    • Author gravatar

      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.

    • Author gravatar

      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.

    • zcjtoon

      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.

    • duck

      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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