Physics as a subject is a tough nut to crack. Numerous surveys have been conducted around the world to understand which subject children find the most difficult to grasp. And guess which subject was voted the most difficult in each and every survey? Yes, Physics! Physics is the number one subject when it comes to scaring the hell out of students.
So, what is it about Physics that makes students sweat? Physics aficionados will tell you it is a fascinating science that gives you so much information and knowledge about our world and our universe. It’s just a matter of how you approach the subject.
Well, if Physics is your Bête Noir too, then this article is perfect for you. Read on for some practical tips on how you can easily catch the Physics bull by the horns and get on top of the subject-
- The three most important things in Physics are- concepts, concepts, concepts. Physics is all about concepts, my friend. Understand the concepts well, and the study of Physics becomes a cakewalk.
- Make sure you understand a new topic, chapter or concept a soon as it is introduced in class. It’s best to study Physics daily and consistently in order to not be fazed by it. Putting it off to another day will only make you forget what the topic was all about.
- Let the concept get well-entrenched in your mind; and do whatever it takes to achieve this- hound your teacher for re-explanations, dig deeper into the topic by looking up more information, surf the net for easy explanations, watch related videos on YouTube (YouTube is bursting at the seams with innovative videos that beautifully explain physics concepts- from Newton’s Laws, to electricity and resistance, to sound, radioactivity and everything in between), read and reread the chapter until you get the gist of it, and so on.
- Stay up to date with your Maths skills too. Physics concepts are loaded with mathematical concepts. When you study Physics, you will find that it incorporates numerous mathematical elements. You can, therefore, easily master the concepts if you are skilled at understanding formulae and problems.
- The next three most important things needed to master Physics are practice, practice and practice. The more you practice the formulae, derivations, problems and principles, the better you’ll get at it.
- Get a firm grip on all the equations, formulae, units, constants and values of the various factors that make up the subject. For example the speed of light, acceleration due to gravity, and so on. It really amps up your confidence manifold when you know these like the back of your hand.
- Physics is not a subject to be crammed at the last minute or to be mugged up without first understanding it. Last minute mugging up will do nothing to dispel your Physics phobia. In fact, it is sure to have a reverse effect and cause you to panic before the exam.