In A level exams, students always think that physics is probably the easiest subject to study as it has the least content to be memorized. However, this perception has been constantly proven to be false through the various physics exams in schools. How to study for a subject which doesn't have a lot of content to be studied. In this article, we will discuss it thoroughly.
1. Read the school notes again and again
The purpose of reviewing the school notes is to consolidate the foundation. Many students will say that the difficulty of the physics exam is not at all on the same level as the school notes' knowledge. The majority of students who don't do well in physics because they don't have a firm grasp of the basics. Many students fail to remember or understand the basic concepts, theorems, formulas, and different types of examples. So when you look at the school notes again and again, you will deepen your understanding and draw inferences about other cases from one instance.
2. Do simple exercises
Starting with basic questions is a strategy that may be overlooked by students in Junior College. Students may feel that simple questions are useless, but they are not. It is an important process to strengthen the fundamental knowledge of the subject after learning from the school notes. Don't think simple questions are useless, but whether or not you can thorough grasp on these simple questions will have a impact on your ability to apply them later on.
3. Study the examples in the school notes
The examples in the school notes are not too many, but they are representative, moderately difficult, and come with complete solutions. The purpose of studying these examples is to think through the ideas and apply them in practice. Don't just read or even memorise the solutions, but think more about the cause and effect of them.
4. Try to do difficult questions
To a certain extent, most JC students have developed fear and anxiety when encountering difficult problems. However, for difficult problems, we only need to have a try and understand the way to solve them! There are only a few difficult questions in the Cambridge-Singapore A level H2 physics exams. 70 to 80 percent of the questions are easy and moderately difficult. Students do not have to score 100 percent to get an A in physics. All you need is to be able to tackle most of the easy and moderately hard questions and some difficult questions. These will help you to get an A in H2 physics. It is important to continuously do difficult questions and build up your capacity. It is completely alright to answer the questions. There is a limited number of the types of application questions in each theme of physics. When you have tried out these type of application questions again and again, you will find patterns and tricks in tackling these questions.
5. Know what must be memorized and what must be derived
In A level physics, some of the formulas are not provided in the formula list, we must remember. Moreover, there will be always a few definitions questions, we should have a list of definitions to memorize.
Although some formulas and commonly-used numbers are provided in the data booklet, it is wise to be so familiar with them so that they are at your fingertips. This will save you a great amount of time and improve your accuracy, most importantly, your confidence when solving questions. Knowing these formulas and numbers will remove your hidden fears and anxieties. In Power Physics, we recommend all the students to understand and memorize all the formulas in the data booklet.
There are some formulas we should know how they are derived. By knowing and understanding the process in the derivation, we really have made a connection with the concepts and developed a solid understanding in these concepts. Only with a solid understanding in these concepts, we'll be able to apply them in most calculation questions and explanation questions.
The five tips listed above have helped many students to improve their physics greatly. The tips seem to be simple and easy, but what is not easy is that these tips should be applied in your study throughout the two years in Junior College. If you find these tips useful, or if you have other great tips, feel free to share with us by emailing to Enquiry@powerphysics.com.sg. All the best to your A level physics!
If you would like to have a peace of mind in preparing for A level H2 physics exam, you can join the weekly group lessons at Power Physics. The above five tips will be infused in the teaching and learning of each lesson.
In the group lessons, you will get:
The notes are systematically designed so that the students can absorb the knowledge.
The question banks will provide a thorough practice to the questions of all levels of difficulties that will come up in all your school exams and A level exam.
The deep learning experience where you are able to connect all the dots and have a thorough understanding of all the physics concepts, formulas, and definitions.
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