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How to Learn O Level Pure Physics in Singapore?

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

Physics has always been considered by students to be one of the most difficult subjects, but as long as you have a good grasp of the methods, learning it well is not as difficult as you think. There are different ways of learning at different stages of study, so let's start with how to learn physics well in secondary school in Singapore.

1. Be clear with the concepts, be familiar with the laws, and be skilled in the basics

You must be familiar with the textbook and remember the knowledge points clearly. At least the illustrations in the textbook should have a clear impression in your mind. It's not necessary to remember which page it's on, but at least to know whether it's on the left or right page, what it is about, what phenomena it demonstrates, what conclusions it draws, and to be able to extend your understanding of the knowledge point.

2. Complete a certain amount of homework independently

To do some exercises independently (meaning without relying on classmates or teachers) and with quantity and quality. There should be a certain number of exercises, not too few, and moreover a certain quality, that is to say a certain level of difficulty. Anyone learning mathematics, physics and chemistry cannot learn well without passing this hurdle. Solving problems independently may sometimes be slower, sometimes involve detours, and sometimes not even make it, but these are normal and are the path to success for any beginners. It will be very rewarding to understand the topics that you do not understand and to extend your knowledge.

3. Attach great importance to the steps in physics and diagram drawing

It is important to have a clear understanding of the steps in physics, whether it is theoretical steps in deriving formulas or practical steps in carrying experiments. If you are not able to visualize and understand the processes, you are bound to encounter hidden "dangers" in solving physics questions. The problem, no matter how difficult or easy, should be solved using diagrams as much as possible. Some diagrams can just be sketches, while some have to be drawn precisely using a compass, protractor, and trigonometry set, etc., to show the geometric relationships. Drawing diagrams can change abstract thinking into visual thinking and provide a more accurate grasp of the processes in physics. Diagrams will help with the analysis of the current state and dynamic state. The analysis of current state is a state that is fixed at a particular time, while the analysis of the dynamic state is the state that is constantly changing with time.

4. Pay attention in lessons

In class, you should listen carefully and not get distracted. Do not think what the teacher says is simple and give up listening, if this really happens, you can take it as a revision, consolidate, and keep yourself in sink with the teacher. If you have a different opinion, you can ask questions in the class, and you should not keep your own way of different thinking without discussing with teachers, otherwise you might have understood the concepts in a way that is completely different from the syllabus. After you have a solid physics foundation, you can explore and develop your own processes and shortcuts.

5. Be persistent in taking notes