6 Tips to Survive Grade 11 Physics
By Rahul Gigi
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Grade 11 physics can be a rigorous course of study, combining concepts covered in both math and science in previous years to create new challenges that are unique to the subject. Transitioning into a new semester with this course on your timetable can be strenuous and at times seem demanding; however, this guide will provide you with tips to create an excellent comprehension of the fundamental material needed for continued studies in this field. After gathering real advice from those who took the course this past semester, here is a list of 6 tips I compiled to help you achieve your goals and succeed in physics.
Tip #1: Time Management is Key
Before we speak of the specifics with regards to the course material, we need to set a foundation that will lead towards a successful semester, as a whole. With a subject presenting a moderate to high workload like physics, it is important that you divide your time appropriately to accommodate all your subjects. In addition to this, you may also need to consider the time needed for extracurriculars, leisure, as well as a good night’s rest. This is why it is vital to organize your time and begin your work fairly early. Subsequently, you will find yourself alleviated of stress and given more time to allocate towards other activities. Ultimately, with subjects such as physics, time management is necessary to balance the demands of your academic calendar and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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Tip #2: Homework Completion is Essential
Receiving homework from physics is inevitable, however it is a central component to being successful. Homework completion develops your ability to answer questions by applying the concepts that have been taught in class. It is crucial to establish a thorough understanding of the questions and how to answer them as you will get an idea of what is expected of you in the course. From first hand experience, many questions that are found in the textbook are revisited in assessments. On multiple occasions, familiar or exact copies of problems from textbook homework have been placed on tests. Knowing you have completed problems of a similar fashion will provide you with a sense of relief during a stressful test scenario.
Tip #3: Ask Questions!
This is a basic and fairly obvious tip, however sometimes it can be difficult in practice. Throughout the course you are going to have questions concerning the material. As important as it is to have questions, it is equally as important to find answers. Communicate with your peers and teachers, expressing any inquiries into confusions you may have. Circle any homework questions that you do not understand and write down general questions regarding concepts that puzzle you. If you do not have access to the teachers assistance at the moment, websites such as the www.physicsclassroom.com are great resources to resolve any withstanding issues.
Tip #4: Understand Each Unit
There are 5 main units of study in Grade 11 physics which all require you to learn new equations and concepts, however some will refer back to those which have been covered in previous units. This is why it is invaluable to be able to recall past concepts and examples in order to properly answer new questions. For example, the connection between the kinematics and forces unit require the same kinematic equations to solve for variables. Be able to easily refer back to your notes and use prior knowledge to contribute to your current lesson. Retain the information you have learned in past units as you never know when they will be used again in a future lesson.
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Tip #5: Review Lesson Examples
During lessons you will be given sample problems that will be done as a class. These examples are a convenient way to grasp how the concept that you have learned is applied. The lessons mainly consist of introducing new equations and defining new terms being used. The sample questions directly tie the concept to real world applications and how they are applied in major assessments. In addition, when preparing for tests, reviewing lesson examples supplementary to doing the review can assist in retaining information.
Tip #6: Lab Participation
Physics labs are an excellent way to test the new concepts you have learned and your ability when it comes to applying your knowledge. Lab assignments are hands-on learning opportunities that will provide first-hand experience on the topic that is currently being learned in class. These labs are often done in groups and require everyone to serve a specific role, however, it can be essential to focus on everyone’s role to ensure that you have a clear understanding of the lab. After the lab you will complete written questions, most often independently, so it is important to understand the task you just performed.
These six tips have been curated through the experiences of others that have taken this course and is geared towards helping you establish the groundwork for success. Enjoy your experience in physics and there may even be a pathway for you to pursue after taking this course. Remember to use these tips as they help decrease stress and increase productivity. Good luck!