Somehow, I inherited a graduate student. They were given a chunk of my project, and I was told to teach said grad. student to purify proteins using the FPLC so that I could then teach them a bunch more stuff to do with the purified proteins. In theory, this is totally fine.
First of all, the chunk of project s/he received is the chunk I didn't want in the first place. It's immunology intensive and I HATE IMMUNOLOGY with a white hot passion.
Second, the things I need to teach this student, at least for now, are not exactly difficult to master, so I don't anticipate this being a big time waster. Not to mention, that's just the way of the lab. More experienced people, teach less experienced people. Hell, I still need people to teach me things too.
However, I don't like it when things go like this:
Grad. student: "MXX, I signed us up for the FPLC at noon."MXX: "Great, on what day."Grad. student: "Today."MXX:"Uhhhhhhh, OK." I'm a little annoyed with this, but I know first year grad. students are juggling classes and typically have a steep learning curve, so I let decide to let it go and finish my afternoon experiments after the purification. "Next time, I would appreciate it if you would check with me first to make sure I have time."Grad student: "Oh. OK. Sorry."MXX: "It's OK."
Conversation #2: It's noon and we are in front of the FPLC
MXX: "Get me your solutions and we can get started."Grad. student: "What solutions?"MXX: "The solutions that were listed on the protocol that I gave you. The solutions that I told you to have prepared before we started."Grad student: "Can't I just use your solutions."MXX: "No. I don't have enough." (Which was true.) "Go make your solutions and then come and get me."
Now this really irritates the crap out of me. When you are asking someone else to take time out of there day to help you learn how to do something, then you arrive prepared. That includes reading the protocol and making the solutions required for successful completion of that protocol beforehand.