Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Dear Dr Grumpy, I got the sampler stuck in a tree, what should I do?
According to my notes you borrowed a soil sampler. Please, can you tell me how it got into the tree? With pictures if possible???
And what do you expect me to do about it?
Dear Dr Grumpy, my research plan said that I would collect 27 purple fleems and 27 red fleems however I have only got 25 purple fleems and 26 red fleems have I wrecked my project???
Statistics Are Your Friends. And we agreed you only needed ten of each way back in May. Calm down, you're fine. Or are you showing off? Just a leetle bit?
I've worked really really hard all summer and only got three samples, this is still enough to get an A right?
Remember when we collected samples like this in class, and each group did eight in an afternoon? Yes, I do know that you had to walk further to collect your project samples, but really, ALL summer to get THREE? I'm amazed. Did you maybe walk backwards and barefoot, and collect them with a leaky teaspoon? And as She said, it's not how big it is it's what you do with it that gets you an A... although your case may be exceptional.
I went back to my study streams to get the last set of readings but stream A has been covered with tarmac, stream B had a dead sheep in it, stream C had been diverted to a new drain and there was a bull in the field with stream D in it who chased me up a tree and I had to wait until it was dark to escape. Can I change projects?
There is always one. No, seriously, there IS always one student who has something this calamitous happen. Sucks that it's you, but don't panic, a solution can be found! And yes, if your summer went really badly, a lab-based project alternative can be set up.