25 Aug The BEST study method for Physics Revision is…?
“Most people assume that it must be talent or ‘flair’, but as an educator for over 10 years, I know from personal experience that it’s not.
In fact, top scorers and scholars are not born... but bred!
The secret lies in how well they understand the concepts and the TYPE of questions they practice when revising for papers…”
- Mr Dave Sim
Former RJC Lecturer and Founder of The Physics and Maths Café
As students, our time management might go into chaos due to various personal commitments and school activities. However, it is also our responsibility to keep ourselves in check. Planning ahead and doing work in advance has been proven to be efficient especially when it comes down to the last few weeks before the exams. Thats when some of us would start cramming everything we had learnt before as well as find it difficult to recall. Sure, different people may have different study abilities but its never wrong to be safe than sorry, or rather, prepared and confident.
Here are some tips on how such planning can be done!
1. Allocating your time properly
Come up with a timetable to allocate your revision time well. Do also take into account of other commitments such as revision time for other sujbects, family events etc. By planning ahead, you won’t be pressured by time constraints. Moreover, you are more likely to be able to revise all the topics more thoroughly and consult your teacher/tutors to clarify your doubts. As you know, you should never snowball your doubts. Otherwise, it will led you to more confusion and stress when exam dates are around the corner.
2. You cannot build without a foundation
Make sure to get build a strong and solid foundation. When you know the main concepts well, all the subsequent topics building on this foundation will then be easier to comprehend. Some tips for visual learners, draw out the concepts to see the linkages. It will help you to see the relationship between the topics.
As saying goes “Practice makes perfect”. Ample practices can expose students to the different type of questions. As such, you are less likely to be stunted by the exam questions. More importantly, doing many questions the content will be easier to be committed to your memory. Even the relatively simpler definitions or equations play an important role! Don’t let your guards down!
Come up with a summary for all the concepts learned. A flow chart or mind map can effectively help you to link your concepts together and allow one to the relationships of the different concepts at one glance. With such a concise summary of all the content, it facilitates the revision process. Keep in mind, this is a SUMMARY! Don’t put everything down, keep it on point and concise! Not everything learn in school are examinable, only 20% are really very important. If you aren’t sure what are the necessary content or equations to put down, go consult your Physics tutor.
Lastly, prepare yourself for the last lap by doing past year papers under exam conditions. It will give you a gauge of how to pace yourself and develop some exam strategy along the way. Knowledge is essential for one to do well but exam strategy is what decipher the As from the Bs or the A+ from the As.
All these techniques and tips mentioned are difficult for school’s teachers to help you with because they need to cope with many classes of students. If you aren’t confident to plan out your exam strategy well, enrol yourself in the Physics and Math Café’s Gold Class. The excellent tutors are able to tailor the teaching plan according to student’s needs. Tutors are also capable to spot where you’re lacking in and provide more help catering to your needs.
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