• Question:

    Asked by Shane Earls on 7 Dec 2021.
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      Ohood Alharbi answered on 23 Nov 2021:

      Never get discouraged by your marks, and try to enjoy the course. Lectures are always different than practicum. I remember during my undergraduate degree, marks were so important to me as I was working hard to secure a scholarship, but I was not able to get A in Microbiology, and that was so devastating as I was studying hard. Once I started my practicum, I got A in the course and I received multiple award in the microbiology Lab, and I was the only intern that was given a permission to work in Tuberculosis laboratory alone, where my work is signed off by the laboratory supervisor, I was in training .. almost 12 years late I completed my PhD analysis by including some background on microbiome affect on lactose fermentation.

      Always believe in yourself and find the joy in what you studying and doing and it will take you to the right micro speciality in Science that works best for you..

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      Cyrille Thinnes answered on 23 Nov 2021:

      Hi Shane, 3 words: practice, practice, practice. Science is a dynamic and practical field. While ‘information’ can be learned from books, I find the more valuable approach is proactive: do problem sheets, sign up to workshops, go to seminars.

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      Pawel Rulikowski answered on 24 Nov 2021:

      Try to understand concepts of the things that you are learning and learn how to make good notes. Lots of different systems for that pick one that suits you – I like the system of flashcards (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flashcard) . And I do not give up easily and at the same time do not be afraid to be wrong – after all you are learning. I like to use technique of repeated, iterative explanation known as “Feynman technique” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f-qkGJBPts . Basically, you are trying to explain ideas to yourself and correct your mistakes. For timing Pomodoro technique is quite useful as it sets a habit of learning in defined chunks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNBmG24djoY .
      Be consistent in your effort and DO NOT GIVE UP easily but know the limits of your understanding.
      Treat it as a journey where you discover new things.

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      Justine Mathoux answered on 1 Dec 2021:

      Be patient, be rigorous and be optimistic. Sometime things don’t work, but you will find a solution.