Simple but Effective Tips for Success in Physics

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Simple but Effective Tips for Success in Physics

Postby PhysicsTeacher » Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:41 pm

Before Lesson
Spend 30 minutes (no more, no less) to do a quick overview of lesson materials ahead of time. Do not strive to achieve a complete understanding (you will surely be discouraged). But a rough mental picture of what to be thought will suffice. This is best done the day or minutes (remember, 30 minutes) before. Learning physics is all about the formation concepts. The loose mental pictures will help to facilitate this concept formation.

During Lesson
1. Pay Complete Attention to Your Teacher (assuming your teacher is a competent physics teacher) This is because physics concepts are not as straight forward as subject such as biology. Comparatively, physics is more of a thinking subject, but biology is more of knowledge intensive and memorising subject. Chemistry is between this two.
2. Mark Areas of Doubts and Ask Questions. Ask questions if in doubt. Asking question is the most effective way of learning. By braving yourself among your peers, your focus and attention are heightened. If your question asked is pivotal to your concept building (not trivial numerical calculation), not only you will immediately grasp the concept, you will remember it for a very long time!
3. Practice per Concept As mentioned before, Physics is a thinking subject. How often do you stump at solving physics problems when you thought that you would have grasped the ideas after reading the text? Suggest to your teacher to have class practices on the concept just taught. Even better, breakdown complex concept to sub-concepts and practice on the applying those sub-concepts. Head-on practice on complex concept will surely discourage great majority of students. If your teacher chooses to differ. You will have to do it yourself (discover learning!), or get a good physics specialist tutor)

Post Lesson
Physics might be the subject in which the chapters are most connected to each other. If you lost in the previous chapters, you are in big trouble! You will likely to be struggling in the subsequent chapters. To achieve long term gains, you must suffer in short term. Spend more time on Physics during the initial phase. Do not attempt past year questions now, but try to solve simple conceptual questions with answer guide. Consult teacher and friends if you are stuck.

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Re: Simple but Effective Tips for Success in Physics

Postby PhysicsTeacher » Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:40 pm

This is the Part 2 of the series: Effective Ways to Learn Physics

How to Learn from Working on Physics Problems

One of the very effective methods of studying physics is to work on problems. When you learn Physics, you start by reading. For example, Newton’s Second Law, which simply states that the force on the object is directly proportional to its mass and acceleration. You may have in mind merely a general idea of some point and hence delude yourself into thinking you have understood it. Only when you can do a quantitative problem without hesitation is it certain that you have understood the concept.

Because problems illustrate basic ideas, ideally you should work on 5 ~ 10 simple conceptual problems weekly when you first learn the topic. If you start these problems set early, you may have opportunity to ask questions in class about parts you do not understand.

In working problems, it is very important to do the work in this order:

1.Read the problem carefully twice.
2.Draw and label a suitable diagram.
3.List the given quantities and the required (asked by the question) quantities on the diagram
4.Write down the relevant principles, may be in mathematical form.
5.When dealing with equations, take note of signs of the parameters when you are substituting their values into the equations. For example, for an object that moves vertically, upward velocity is +ve; distance below point of origin (start point) is –ve etc.
6.Once you have gotten the first answer, refrain from overly happy and be contented. Read the problem carefully one more time and check if you have answered the relevant points.
7.Don't forget to check the units of your final answer.
8.Then look critically at the answer. Does it seem like a reasonable answer? Develop your technical judgment without checking answer (This is the A*Star competence you must learn to build).
9.Finally, look up the answer in the answer sections.
10.If your answer is correct, review the problem and reflect on the your learning journey. If incorrect, you need to re-start with from Step 1.

Step 8, 9 and 10 are critical steps. If you follow this thoroughly, the effect ofg solving ten problems is better than solving 20, 30 or 50 problems. Without reflecting on conceptual learning, solving Physics problems becomes numerical (algebraic) exercises. Once the problem is slight varied, you may not be able to solve it. (P.S:Please note that this steps are for learning, not for answering exam questions. But Step 1 to 8 should be fine as guide to answering exam questions.)

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Re: Simple but Effective Tips for Success in Physics

Postby messageinabottle » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:44 am

PhysicsTeacher wrote:This is the Part 2 of the series: Effective Ways to Learn Physics

How to Learn from Working on Physics Problems

One of the very effective methods of studying physics is to work on problems. When you learn Physics, you start by reading. For example, Newton’s Second Law, which simply states that the force on the object is directly proportional to its mass and acceleration. You may have in mind merely a general idea of some point and hence delude yourself into thinking you have understood it. Only when you can do a quantitative problem without hesitation is it certain that you have understood the concept.

Because problems illustrate basic ideas, ideally you should work on 5 ~ 10 simple conceptual problems weekly when you first learn the topic. If you start these problems set early, you may have opportunity to ask questions in class about parts you do not understand.

In working problems, it is very important to do the work in this order:

1.Read the problem carefully twice.
2.Draw and label a suitable diagram.
3.List the given quantities and the required (asked by the question) quantities on the diagram
4.Write down the relevant principles, may be in mathematical form.
5.When dealing with equations, take note of signs of the parameters when you are substituting their values into the equations. For example, for an object that moves vertically, upward velocity is +ve; distance below point of origin (start point) is –ve etc.
6.Once you have gotten the first answer, refrain from overly happy and be contented. Read the problem carefully one more time and check if you have answered the relevant points.
7.Don't forget to check the units of your final answer.
8.Then look critically at the answer. Does it seem like a reasonable answer? Develop your technical judgment without checking answer (This is the A*Star competence you must learn to build).
9.Finally, look up the answer in the answer sections.
10.If your answer is correct, review the problem and reflect on the your learning journey. If incorrect, you need to re-start with from Step 1.

Step 8, 9 and 10 are critical steps. If you follow this thoroughly, the effect ofg solving ten problems is better than solving 20, 30 or 50 problems. Without reflecting on conceptual learning, solving Physics problems becomes numerical (algebraic) exercises. Once the problem is slight varied, you may not be able to solve it. (P.S:Please note that this steps are for learning, not for answering exam questions. But Step 1 to 8 should be fine as guide to answering exam questions.)


are you a tutor? if yes, could you pls pm your contacts. looking for a A lvl physic tutor.thanks

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Re: Simple but Effective Tips for Success in Physics

Postby messageinabottle » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:44 am

PhysicsTeacher wrote:This is the Part 2 of the series: Effective Ways to Learn Physics

How to Learn from Working on Physics Problems

One of the very effective methods of studying physics is to work on problems. When you learn Physics, you start by reading. For example, Newton’s Second Law, which simply states that the force on the object is directly proportional to its mass and acceleration. You may have in mind merely a general idea of some point and hence delude yourself into thinking you have understood it. Only when you can do a quantitative problem without hesitation is it certain that you have understood the concept.

Because problems illustrate basic ideas, ideally you should work on 5 ~ 10 simple conceptual problems weekly when you first learn the topic. If you start these problems set early, you may have opportunity to ask questions in class about parts you do not understand.

In working problems, it is very important to do the work in this order:

1.Read the problem carefully twice.
2.Draw and label a suitable diagram.
3.List the given quantities and the required (asked by the question) quantities on the diagram
4.Write down the relevant principles, may be in mathematical form.
5.When dealing with equations, take note of signs of the parameters when you are substituting their values into the equations. For example, for an object that moves vertically, upward velocity is +ve; distance below point of origin (start point) is –ve etc.
6.Once you have gotten the first answer, refrain from overly happy and be contented. Read the problem carefully one more time and check if you have answered the relevant points.
7.Don't forget to check the units of your final answer.
8.Then look critically at the answer. Does it seem like a reasonable answer? Develop your technical judgment without checking answer (This is the A*Star competence you must learn to build).
9.Finally, look up the answer in the answer sections.
10.If your answer is correct, review the problem and reflect on the your learning journey. If incorrect, you need to re-start with from Step 1.

Step 8, 9 and 10 are critical steps. If you follow this thoroughly, the effect ofg solving ten problems is better than solving 20, 30 or 50 problems. Without reflecting on conceptual learning, solving Physics problems becomes numerical (algebraic) exercises. Once the problem is slight varied, you may not be able to solve it. (P.S:Please note that this steps are for learning, not for answering exam questions. But Step 1 to 8 should be fine as guide to answering exam questions.)


are you a tutor? if yes, could you pls pm your contacts. looking for a A lvl physic tutor.thanks

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Re: Simple but Effective Tips for Success in Physics

Postby AcaNCafe Learning » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:20 pm

I agree with all the steps and of course, practicing an array of questions do help to strengthen the subject mastery.

However, do not do all the practices blindly. Also look at the approach you used and reflect on the similarities between the approaches used in each question.

Have a fun Physics learning journey ahead :)

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Re: Simple but Effective Tips for Success in Physics

Postby bright-culture » Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:26 am

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