Physics/Chemistry study advice
I was once told that physics is like being a mathematician except with more ego and concepts. Being in my second semester of physics, I decide to create a collection of study strategies for my subjects.
1. Study about a week in advance. Reduce the amount of cramming and stress.
2. Make a study guide… this was a slightly issue I had earlier in the semester, I believed that I only had to understand problems… but that is not physics… it is understanding concepts and acing problems. So I made a Cornell note summary packet. For example
- I will be tested on chapter 20-23, that is 4 chapters, so I forced myself to condense my notes for each chapter to one page of notes, condensing notes, and putting it in my own words is the best!
- Redo most homework problems, using the equation sheet from the exam
- Taking the practice exam, early enough to meet with the professor, and pin point my errors.
Other methods I have heard of is:
Section off by chapter/lecture//Cornell//Draw figures/ diagrams, color coding is your friend
3. Color coding, Equations in one color and concepts in other. Use different fonts: bold, all capital letters.
4. Physics is math mixed with information. I recommend taking it with Calculus. I wish I did. The subjects go hand and hand.
5. Be familiar with equation sheet, use it for your homework and practice problems. Understand the concept- when/why to use equations as well as - helping you ace the exam.
6. It is easy to get intimated by problems. First break it down
- Preform all of the lecture notes problems. That is core, the foundation from the professor himself. You want to understand these
- Do all the homework once and check answers. Then do it again, then circle and make note of the problems you cannot solve by yourself. It is important to preform the step of redoing. If you miss a minus sign or even a slight error, is the difference between the strong and weak students.
- Write the formulas you may need when preforming your homework. It will help you memorize. A blogger by the name hexaneheels, recommends learning over time (best tip!)
- Units are so important!
My advice can be used for “Technical science - courses” like Physics and Chemistry