Learning physics isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes is pretty hard. Luckily there are a few tricks and tips that can make learning process much easier and can help you to advance fast.
1. Go to your classes
One of the most important tricks that most people overlook is attending your classes. With today’s technology you can easily find most lectures online, some of them are even shared on social networks, and you can download them and study from it. By doing that you’re probably thinking you don’t have to attend your class; you already know what your teacher will say.
Keep in mind that physics is a natural science, and when it comes to natural science, you can’t just memorize everything and that’s it. Never underestimate the power of words; it’s always more powerful than written word. Also, if you don’t attend your class and find some ambiguity in your notes there’s no one to ask and you are stuck. Remember, with natural sciences everything is connected, if you fall behind it’s very hard to go back on track.
2. Use your materials and search for new ones
Your resources are very important for you. If you think about it, in most cases you’re studying by yourself, so you need to be prepared to find the answers when you’re alone. It’s too late for search then, you will just lose your focus, but when you have your materials prepared, your notes, your books and tests, you can find the answers to your questions within minutes. Very important thing that must be pointed out is your individual research. Don’t get the wrong idea about internet and technology and how you shouldn’t use them. It’s a fact that it can’t learn something for you, but it can provide you some new insights on the desired subject. When it comes to physics, there is always more than one approach to the problem, so internet can be useful to find the solution which is best for you.
3. Practice analyzing and solving problems
Problems and equations are in most cases the most challenging parts of physics, so accordingly you have to spend some times with them. Problems can be simple and complicated. Naturally, you will start with simple ones and move forward to complicated ones. The key solution here, when it comes to complicated problems, is analysis. When you’re sure you understand simple problems, your way of dealing with more complicated ones is to break them down to simpler parts and solve them piece by piece. Once you solve your problems, make sure you study them. You may think you’re done, but solving them more than once can be extremely helpful.
4. Study continuously
Don’t fall into the trap of trying to learn a few lections in one day or even worse in one night.
It’s very important that you have enough time to prepare for studying, to gather your sources, and to focus. If you do that you will have enough time for studying. That automatically reduces the deadline and the pressure. Remember, you are not a machine, you can’t remember something you’ve listened about for a month in just a few days.
It’s more effective when you study for one hour during five days, than one day for five hours.
It’s useful to go quickly repeat previously learned lesson before you start with new one.
Make sure you create the plan, but you must follow it. Try to study every day at the same time.
5. Ask for more help
Often time students refuse to seek help from others. They’re either embarrassed or they just don’t want anyone else to know that they have studying difficulties.
That is a completely wrong approach. As mentioned before you can’t learn everything at once. Maybe you understand 90% of the lesson but not the rest, in that case there’s no shame in seeking help. Different people notice and learn things on their own ways. You should use all the resources at your disposal without guilt or feeling ashamed.
Also, private tutors can also help you to overcome some of your difficulties. But you have to keep a very important thing in mind. You can’t go to a private tutor with an attitude “I don’t understand anything, teach me.” The purpose of private tutors is just to clarify you some things that you don’t understand, not to teach you from scratch.
6. Use visual and audio aids.
It would be crazy not to use the potential of technology to help you study. If you can get your hands on useful materials, don’t hesitate to use them. Those materials can often offer some visual assistance, and that is very much needed when we talk about applied physics.
Also, there are many different apps out there which are made with purpose to help you study.
The main purpose of all these tricks is mostly just to organize your time more efficiently and just to improve your studying. There is no shortcut to success, especially when it comes to natural sciences. You have to approach them with understanding and with an honest desire to learn something new and improve yourself. If you lack in will and motivation, it will be very hard for you to make any kind of progress, regardless of the tricks and tips you’re using. You have to know that everything depends on you, so there’s no use in blaming anyone else for your eventual failure. If you do fail, you have to admit that to yourself and check what you did wrong. Admitting your mistakes is the first step towards improvement and success. Don’t get discouraged and demotivated, and success is waiting for you.