Too often, students arrive unprepared for lab sessions and have little opportunity to actively learn about the practicals they are about to perform. This can lead to a lack of confidence in the lab and a tendency for experiments to become ‘recipe-following’ exercises.
Staff time is often spent helping students get up to speed with the basic set-up and technique rather than supporting their understanding of why things are done and the underlying theory. This can result in increased time pressures, student frustration and a lack of engagement during the practical sessions.
Preparing students effectively before they arrive at the laboratory substantially enhances the students’ learning and enjoyment of a practical course and dramatically increases the efficiency of the lab.
We have developed a large number of interactive resources that allow students to explore a wide variety of laboratory techniques and equipment.
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These problem-solving activities and hands-on practice simulations are focused on learning objectives and provide the opportunity for students to make mistakes and learn from them.
The resources can easily be customised to closely match your experiments and can be assigned for completion before the practical session begins.
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