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Old 09-05-18, 04:27 PM
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Any tips for following multi-step directions?

I'm currently in a lab course and am having the same troubles I've always had in lab courses. I'm provided a written list of directions for an experiment, yet I somehow always fail to do them in order, do them correctly, and simply sort out the directions in my head. It's kind of like my brain gets overwhelmed by all of the steps and then I have trouble getting started. Typical ADHD, I guess. Does anyone have tips for how to combat this? I'd really like to improve my lab skills this semester.
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Re: Any tips for following multi-step directions?

So the list is written and in sequential order? If so, would it help to highlight/cross out what you finished as you go along. That way you can see exactly where the highlight ends so start at the task right after that?
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Re: Any tips for following multi-step directions?

Don't you have a lab partner? I found that I had to frequently ask others for help in figuring out exactly how to go about science lab procedures. If lab partner isn't more knowledgeable, ask others and if necessary, watch what they are doing. Quite often the written-out lab procedures we had were inadequate and confusing. For one lab, one single person in the lab knew how to do it. The rest of us followed his procedure. Might help to look at the written procedure the day before so you can try to figure it out.
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Re: Any tips for following multi-step directions?

When reading through the exercises, try to form a habit.

Maybe make some lists:
1. Preperations: What do you need.
2. Expected results: What do you record, when, where.

Perform the "motions", so you know when you might get distracted, or need something new, (this way, it is not unexpected anymore)

Ask before things get out of hand. That's what tutors (or assistents or whatever you call them are for)
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