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    Hi,

    To give a TLR of the last 3 months for me; I sat my A-Levels, I was sure I failed them, when they were over I was kind of depressed and absolutely fed up with life, so I kind of forgot about it all. Results day came and I somehow pulled out good grades, now I have a place to study Physics at Warwick and I feel woefully unprepared for it all.

    So to get down to business; what reading and studying should I be doing to get myself off to a (at least semi-)decent start? What books are worthwhile that I can plausibly read and absorb in a month? I have heard that there is a "test" shortly after beginning the course to assess knowledge, what sort of thing should I expect (examples would be good)? What materials will I need before starting (thinking any important study material, or calculator(s) or other equipment)?

    I'm quite surprised that I haven't received any information on the final point, but maybe they just haven't sent it yet, as my course starts quite late.

    Sorry if this is considered the wrong place, if it is then please moderator move it. Obviously I made my account today primarily for this purpose.

    Thanks
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    Hi,

    To give a TLR of the last 3 months for me; I sat my A-Levels, I was sure I failed them, when they were over I was kind of depressed and absolutely fed up with life, so I kind of forgot about it all. Results day came and I somehow pulled out good grades, now I have a place to study Physics at Warwick and I feel woefully unprepared for it all.

    So to get down to business; what reading and studying should I be doing to get myself off to a (at least semi-)decent start? What books are worthwhile that I can plausibly read and absorb in a month? I have heard that there is a "test" shortly after beginning the course to assess knowledge, what sort of thing should I expect (examples would be good)? What materials will I need before starting (thinking any important study material, or calculator(s) or other equipment)?

    I'm quite surprised that I haven't received any information on the final point, but maybe they just haven't sent it yet, as my course starts quite late.

    Sorry if this is considered the wrong place, if it is then please moderator move it. Obviously I made my account today primarily for this purpose.

    Thanks
    The module descriptions including recommended reading are on the website, probably looking at something from the first term as well as familiarising yourself with the assessment methods and timing.

    Couldn't see any recommended calculator for physics though I see students on MMORSE are recommended Casio fx83/85... so probably the calculator you had for your A levels will be fine (and if not you can always buy one when you get there.)

    you could always ask on the warwick forum or send the department an email
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    You should have

    - a pen
    - a pad of paper
    - a good filing system (not mandatory)
    - a calculator
    - a ruler
    - a good understanding of A-level physics and mathematics
    - a good work ethic

    Basically, go to the stationary shop, do some light revision of maths A-level, and prepare yourself to work hard in response to new challenges.
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    (Original post by Blackfyre585366)
    Hi,

    To give a TLR of the last 3 months for me; I sat my A-Levels, I was sure I failed them, when they were over I was kind of depressed and absolutely fed up with life, so I kind of forgot about it all. Results day came and I somehow pulled out good grades, now I have a place to study Physics at Warwick and I feel woefully unprepared for it all.

    So to get down to business; what reading and studying should I be doing to get myself off to a (at least semi-)decent start? What books are worthwhile that I can plausibly read and absorb in a month? I have heard that there is a "test" shortly after beginning the course to assess knowledge, what sort of thing should I expect (examples would be good)? What materials will I need before starting (thinking any important study material, or calculator(s) or other equipment)?

    I'm quite surprised that I haven't received any information on the final point, but maybe they just haven't sent it yet, as my course starts quite late.

    Sorry if this is considered the wrong place, if it is then please moderator move it. Obviously I made my account today primarily for this purpose.

    Thanks
    Do you know what physics/maths courses you'll need to take in first year?
 
 
 
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