5 Smart ways astute students plan their projects
Starting a new project can be quite daunting, with so many variables to take into consideration, and that is even before you get to the work in the lab. A simple to-do list can get you off to a great start, allaying any concerns you have and ensuring you are in full possession of all the information you need.
So as the song goes, we’ll start at the very beginning:
1 – Ensure you have the reagents best suited to your particular needs.
There are numerous resources available that can help you identify the reagents best suited to your needs, from Whitepapers, References, Datasheets, Certificates of Analysis and Protocol/User Manuals. Being able to freely download datasheets and/or protocols in your own time is definitely an advantage, and you’ll be able to make your selection knowing exactly what you’ll get.
2 – Make the most of free expert advice and knowledge.
Having access to people within your own organisation for advice is probably most people’s first stop. Still, you can also make use of free expert advice from a range of sources outside of your environment.
Ask as many questions as possible, because as they say knowledge is power. That’s because the more knowledge you have, the more power you have to ensure you get the best results. Although you may not need technical support immediately, simply knowing you have access at every point in the process to scientists and product specialists who speak your own language and who are in your own time-zone can make all the difference.
3 – Know when your reagents are going to arrive.
Arranging orders for a wide range of reagents, ensuring access to equipment and the 101 other things you need to do in a specified timeframe can be a challenge all on its own. Knowing the delivery timeframe for your reagents upfront can ensure you do not have any costly delays. Once you have placed your order, knowing that all the logistics (including customs clearance), specialist carriers and paperwork are taken care of for you, will free up time so you can focus on your work.
4 – Get the most out of your budget.
Grouping orders with one supplier could afford you a discount on your reagents and save on shipping costs at the same time. Check whether agreements from your organisation are already in place, there may be benefits you are not even aware of. Creating an online account takes just a few minutes and is an excellent way to see your organisation’s pricing and special offers. Additionally, if you use a new supplier, make sure all the costs are clear before you start. Administration charges as well as delivery and customs charges can soon add up and you want to avoid any unexpected costs in order to maximize your investment. That’s why it’s important to choose a supplier who offers clear pricing and who is trusted by major Universities, Biotech and Pharmaceutical companies Europe-wide.
5 – Use products that come with a guarantee.
Always check that your reagents come with a guarantee, in the unfortunate event you have an issue with any items, you do not want untimely delays or additional costs. This is another reason why having a local contact is so important.
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