– This article was written in collaboration with Saloni (G11) –
If you’ve ever done a lab in science class, you’ll definitely be able to relate to what you’re about to see:
- Donning your lab coat and pretending that you’re a professional scientist.
- When you know nothing but you nod because you’re supposed to do SOMETHING!
- Aaaand the teacher ends up having to do the whole lab themselves by “demonstrating” it to the class *heave a tiny sigh of relief*
- Then comes the lab report.
- When the personal engagement is not so personal.
- Procrastinating so much and having to do the background research and hypotheses AFTER the lab.
- Not knowing the difference between background research and scientific research.
- When you forget to take qualitative observations, so you hound your classmates for pictures and describe in exceptionally vivid detail what you see in those pictures.
- There’s nothing more satisfying than rejecting the null hypothesis.
- Changing the data “slightly” so that you can point out a pattern.
- Trying to come up with five sources of errors, and determining their significance, as if your life depended on it.
- When “more trials” is always an improvement.
- Coming up with a nonsensical conclusion to make sense of your “interesting” data and using “reliable” sources to back your work.
- Putting more effort into the cover page than the whole lab combined.
- Bringing out your inner VA student when customising and choosing colour schemes for your graphs.
- Changing the “date of access” on the Works Cited. Admit it.
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