Subject Study Tip Series

Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its motion and behaviour through space, time and the related entities of energy and force. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves.

But what can do you with Physics in the real world?

Physics is in every aspect of human activity, including: The development of sustainable forms of energy production. Treating cancer, through radiotherapy. Diagnosing illness through X-Ray or MRI imaging. Developing computer games. Designing and manufacturing sports equipment. Understanding and predicting earthquakes. And much, much more. So how do we study for Physics?

Subject Study Tips for Physics (11 of 11 in the Series)

1. General Advice

    • During lessons record key information in your notebooks. Write down any examples or problems that are done on the board. They are templates for you to follow on how to set out and answer questions, especially in examinations.
    • Actively listen to instructions. This means that you should be thinking about the explanation given by the teacher, asking lots of questions to clarity any uncertainties, and then practicing what you have been taught at home.
    • Do heaps of practice. That includes in class and by completing all of your homework. Then see your teacher about problems that you’ve had during your practice. It’s not as rewarding if you don’t correct your errors. So correct your work regularly.

2. Specific Advice

  • Students are generally given a course outline at the beginning of each new topic or semester. This contains the specific objectives for each topic from the syllabus. The topic outline is useful as a checklist. You can also check for textbook references and homework questions from course outlines.
  • Examiners are looking for evidence in the student’s work that matches the criteria. For this reason, it is important to attempt every question on the exam using clear setting out and showing all working.
  • Students may get through half of the examination with just procedural knowledge skills (picking the correct formula and substituting). However, this approach will not work for complex reasoning processes. So understanding complex concepts will make learning, and the end of year exams, a lot easier.

In Summary

  • Note Crucial Information
  • Actively Listen
  • Do Heaps of Practice
  • Check the Course Outline
  • Learn the Complex Processes
  • Attempt all Exam Questions

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