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What differences are there between lab practicals at university and sixth form?

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    I've heard that practicals at uni are nothing like those at A-level. What differences can I expect for biology and chemistry practicals?

    They'll be more advanced for a start as uni labs are much better equipped than school labs. You'll either work in pairs, groups or alone, be expected to work fairly independently as there are fewer 'teachers' and more students.

    (Original post by Laurasaur)
    I've heard that practicals at uni are nothing like those at A-level. What differences can I expect for biology and chemistry practicals?
    Having taught biology undergraduate lab courses for the past 3-4 years, here's some tips (applicable to both biology and chemistry):
    Read the lab manual before hand. 95% of my students have shown up with no idea what was going on.
    Pay attention to the safety briefing. It is called a safety briefing for a reason.
    Be aware of what's going on and where things are placed.
    Label your stuff. What Little Johnny thought was H2O was H2SO4 has never been truer.
    Be one with the Bunsen burner. It is not your enemy. It is your friend. Well...most of the time. It's only bad if you decide to stick your hand in it. Or lab coat. Or glove. Or petri dish. Or anything non-metallic/glass. Or knock it over...
    Know what you have handled previously, and handle it carefully. Students have screwed up experiments by spilling some of their dilution.
    DO NOT TOUCH YOUR PHONE WITH GLOVES ON. Biggest pet peeve ever. Actually...that should read DON'T TOUCH YOUR PHONE WITHOUT WASHING YOUR HANDS. Or stick it in a Ziploc bag and take it out when done.
    Don't be afraid to ask questions.
    Pay attention to your demonstrator. Sometimes we show a little trick that will make life easier, or could end up being information useful for your report.

    Also, if you want to make life easier, read up on how to do dilutions before hand.
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