New Researchers Beware: Learning Curve Ahead

New Researchers Beware: Learning Curve Ahead

For almost everyone, research turns out to be more complicated, and take more effort to gain skills and accomplish the objectives of a project than anticipated. So, if you struggle to learn a technique, or you don’t immediately understand a concept your research mentor explains, remind yourself that such challenges are to be expected.

If you’re committed to doing your best, you’ll learn what you need and might even end up teaching a technique or explaining a concept to the next new person who joins the lab. For most hands-on research experiences, it’s time, repetition, and dedicated focus that leads to expertise. And after you overcome the challenges in learning the fundamental techniques, you’ll find that each new one takes less time and effort to learn.

New to research and need more tips on what to expect? Check out 10 Things to Expect Your First Semester of Research and for some insight on just what the whatyour mentor is thinking read 6 Things Your Research Mentor Wants You to Know (But Probably Won’t Think to Tell You)