The Essentials Of Learning Physics: 7 Things To Consider


Physics is one of the most challenging subjects for many students: it combines the difficulties of math with theoretical concepts. If you’re struggling in your physics course, whether it is high school or college level, there are 7 things to consider that will help you succeed.

  1. Don’t fall behind
  2. One important aspect of physics courses is that they often build on previous material. This makes falling behind dangerous. If you miss one lesson or assignment, you may be setting yourself up to fail in subsequent assignments. Similarly, if you don’t understand once concept, brushing over it may make it difficult for you to learn future concepts. For this reason its important to keep from falling behind, both on assignments and on memorizing formulas or mastering concepts.

  3. Make sure you know what questions are asking
  4. Most physics courses incorporate word problems into assignments or tests. And many students struggle with them, no matter how well they understand the concepts or math behind them. They key to doing well with word problems is to make sure you understand what they are asking and what information they include. Try writing out what variable you are solving for, and what variables are provided for each to make it easier.

  5. Keep track of formulas
  6. Physics classes can involve hundreds of formulas. Make a page in your notebook where you keep track of them as you learn them, so you won’t have to go digging to find them.

  7. Don’t get caught up in the ‘how’
  8. The theoretical concepts of physics can be a big challenge to students. Its easy to get caught up in the ‘how’ or ‘why’ behind concepts when it isn’t important for you to understand them. If your teacher doesn’t require you to understand that part of it, don’t get stressed out trying to.

  9. Keep good notes
  10. Good notes are key to physics. Specifically, make sure you include in your notes a step by step breakdown of how to solve a problem when your teacher walks you through it. This will be very helpful when it comes time for you to solve similar ones in your homework.

  11. Relate concepts to each other
  12. In addition to concepts in physics building on each other, there are also lots of similarities. When you learn a new concept, ask yourself how it is similar or different to ones that you already understand.

  13. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  14. Whether its from your teacher or peers, get help when you need it!