I have a pretty broad question for any science student or professional out there.
Do you ever just feel like you're dumb?
I have a B.A. in chemistry from a good school and I've worked for nearly 13 years in the research department of a company that makes corn starch. I'm clearly intelligent enough to have done my job and done it reasonably well, but there's are things I'm clearly not good at.
I have terrible problems with dilution factors. If we're talking C1
I've got it down, but start going: dissolve 50 mg of X in 100 mL of water, take 10 mL of that, treat with 3 mL of peroxide, spin it down, inject 50 microliters into the IC and I am lost
I hate it when standard methods only show the abbreviated calculations because if you have to change the sample size or preparation method than I have a hell of a time altering the calculation as needed.
All right, now that I'm done self-flagellating for the time being, I do have a question.
What the heck am I supposed to do to get better at some of this basic crap I clearly never mastered? I feel like I need a tutor, or at least a really comprehensive textbook.
Please forgive my emotional flailing, but I seriously wonder if I shouldn't be in another line of work. I love being in the lab, but maybe I'm just not good enough.