Physics Why Do This to Yourself?
Physics Why Do This to Yourself? It seems at first glance that this may be the most technologically and mentally challenging study program.
I thought that I could not possibly keep up when I first started taking classes in Physics. I had no high school classes in Physics, no trigonometry classes, no computer knowledge and no real support system in place to help me through my first year in Physics. In fact, in addition to the Calculus class, Chemistry class, and Drafting class, I was also holding a part-time job to make life bearable off-campus. It was rough.
So how did I manage? The only way I made it through the first year of study was because I refused to give up. I believed that I could figure out a system that would help me succeed and I would gain from the experience. I was going to get my time and money’s worth.
The single most important key to my success in my first year of Physics was to realize that it was a point game. Looking at the syllabus, the majority of the points are awarded in the last month of class. In addition, if I included the Physics Lab score’s contribution, I really had an opportunity to do well if I kept my mind right about what was possible.
The second most important key to my success was to rewrite my notes from class lecture as soon as possible. Rewriting my notes helped me understand algebra better because the instructor usually derived the equations from basic relationships and I could better understand the vocabulary of Physics.
The third key that helped me succeed was maintaining a zealous attitude toward the class. While many students did well on the first and second test based on high school experience, their study skills failed them because they could not adapt quickly enough to new material. By the third and fourth exams, the class average started to go down while my test scores were going up. This is a great place to be!
Without knowing much about physics, I was able to purposely practice with excelling in the Final. As is the case in most classes, the Final tends to be comprehensive and if you’ve kept your head in the point game, this is exactly where you can excel.
The bottom line will always be: how much do you want to succeed and how open-minded are you to using available resources to achieve your goals.