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Free advice. Also, love. [20081209|17:13]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Dear Students,

When I ask you if I can inspect your lab notebook, you say yes and you hand it over. Things you do not do include:

  • Say it isn't organized well enough. See point below. It's not supposed to be beautiful.
  • Say you haven't brought it. You are a third-year university student. Surely you have figured out by now that the point of your lab notebook is to make notes in it whilst you work on the lab.
  • Claim you didn't know it was part of your mark (grade, for the Americans reading this). In which lab course exactly was your lab notebook not part of your mark?
  • Tell me you weren't expecting to have it inspected. Especially if I specifically requested to inspect it last week, whereupon you promised you would bring it to me this week.
  • Get upset with me for asking.

When you do these things, I have visions of your marks descending rapidly, like a hooker's cat-o-nine-tails onto Max Mosley's buttocks.


Dear Anonymous Amazon gift-giver,

I'm sorry I'm too impatient and curious to have waited til the appropriate date to open it. Thank you for the aural pleasure. (Har!) Oh, and don't you dare spoil the fun by telling me who you are.

Happy dance,

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-12-09 21:37 (UTC)
Thanks! I thought long and hard about it. Okay, not really, I just wanted to say "long and hard".
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[User Picture]From: guyinahat
2008-12-09 19:12 (UTC)
I was tempted to take false credit, just for the fun of mortifying the real anonymous gift giver.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-12-09 21:53 (UTC)
It's terribly magnanimous of you to restrain yourself.
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[User Picture]From: leidan
2008-12-09 21:03 (UTC)
Also it helps to make sure that it is not word-for-word identical with your neighbour.
Bonus points if it is obvious that only one of you turned up as you were talking loudly about how drunk you were at a student function during yesterday's lab just minutes before handing in said lab book.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-12-09 21:49 (UTC)
Too true. Although I've got two students in the other group who are sharing their lab notebook. They are both very bright and so similar that I don't think we'll penalize them for it because it often does seem as if they share a brain.

Coming to lab when you're "ill", where ill == clearly hung over & discussing the drinking session that resulted in the hangover, also makes your mark drop. Why students think their demonstrators & lecturers can't tell when they're hung over, I will never understand. Do they really think we've never been hung over ourselves?!
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[User Picture]From: ironed_orchid
2008-12-09 22:25 (UTC)
They forget that getting to be a lecturer requires years of studying, and years of studying requires some serious drinking.
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