5 Ways To Study Physics Effectively
- Oct 25, 2016
- Sudipto Das
Physics isn’t an easy subject to study. It’s the cause of headache for many students because of the inclusion of complex concepts and mathematical problems. There are a few ways to study physics effectively. A few of them are listed below.
Master the very basics of the subject
Physics has a number of central theories. Everything else develops from these theories. Therefore, it is very likely that these problems will be based on these core concepts. So it is always necessary for you to master the basics so that you do not face any trouble with complex concepts when you get into higher classes.
Another point that we should mention in this context is that you should also strive to improve your math skills.
Mathematics and physics are closely interlinked with one another. So if you want to improve your physics grades, you must improve your math skills. That means you would master physics easily if you can tackle multiple formulae and problems with ease.
Simplify the situation
You should try to simplify your current situation as much as possible. The Physics problem might appear to be pretty difficult but do not just give up on the basis of that thought. Calm down, take another look, analyze the problem and you’ll come to the realization that the problem’s easier than you thought.
Always remain calm and try to bring the problem to a situation that you are familiar with. There’s a thumb rule here that you can follow. Do not think of the “problem” as a problem. It might be a little difficult at the start, but with practice, you’ll definitely be able to overcome your frustration and fear of the subject.
Physics incorporates a lot of drawings. You’ll seldom understand a physics concept clearly without diagrams. So when you are immersed in practice, refer to the diagrams (if there are any related to the context) as much as possible. You’ll surely find the diagrams convenient, thereby finding the topic easy to learn.
Do not memorize derivations
In higher classes, you’ll be required to work on derivations of specific formulae and concepts. That is undoubtedly pretty difficult. But if you implement the tactic of memorizing each and every derivation included in your syllabus, you’ll be in a world of pain (psychological). There are many, and you would surely not be able to memorize all those intricate characters, the steps, etc. involved in the derivation.
So better not venture into that way. Try to understand the steps. Understand the math behind each and every step to that final result. You’ll surely perform much better in that manner.
Implement Physics Flashcards
Take a note of those new words, measuring units, general principles and other concepts that you feel problematic. Keep it close so that you can refer to them as much as possible. You’ll see that with constant reference, you’ll problems will become less of a problem and more of a solution.
The five methods highlighted above can definitely be effective for physics students at any level. Professional tutors can also be an option for effective physics education. With that, we’ll sign off for now. Hope you had a good read.
Sudipto writes technical and educational content periodically for wizert.com and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got a B.Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation.
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