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    so i'm doing A2 physics and i am pretty bad at it, getting majority of the questions i do wrong. my friend who gets consistent A's (now A*'s) says to get better at a topic do as many past paper questions on it as possible. the only problem is i absolutely HATE it when i get something wrong and then cant understand why which completly de-motivates me. i know that if i actually do the questions itll help loads as "im a very smart person" according to all the teachers but i just cant bring myself to do it as i feel like ill always be crap at it.
    I'm fairly bad with words but if anyone has had this kind of experience and has gotten over it can you give me some tips, would be greatly appreciated.

    Oh friggin hell, apolgies for the poor spelling of "need", you know what i mean :P
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    Sounds more like a motivational issue... probably you should try and concentrate on the payoff for getting things right rather than beating yourself up excessively over mistakes. calm yourself - count to ten or whatever and do it again.

    analyse at the type of mistakes you're making and if you're falling down frequently in the same areas come up with a strategy to fix it... e.g. if you make a lot of unit errors make it an unbreakable ritual to convert everything to SI before you do any calculations.

    tbh the people here on the physics forum love it when someone's tried a question and can't work out what they've done wrong so you can ask here if you're stuck.
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    (Original post by Toasticide)
    so i'm doing A2 physics and i am pretty bad at it, getting majority of the questions i do wrong. my friend who gets consistent A's (now A*'s) says to get better at a topic do as many past paper questions on it as possible. the only problem is i absolutely HATE it when i get something wrong and then cant understand why which completly de-motivates me. i know that if i actually do the questions itll help loads as "im a very smart person" according to all the teachers but i just cant bring myself to do it as i feel like ill always be crap at it.
    I'm fairly bad with words but if anyone has had this kind of experience and has gotten over it can you give me some tips, would be greatly appreciated.

    Oh friggin hell, apolgies for the poor spelling of "need", you know what i mean :P
    As Joinedup said, conserve your energy for congratulating yourself with the things you get right and channel that energy into cracking the next problem without beating yourself up over it.

    Physics and maths require the learner to conquer the foundation topics before moving on to the higher stuff.

    That means understanding 'why' it works the way it does and not simply trying to remember an algorithm to get to the answer. Often it shows that AS learning may need to be revisited because you may have missed something vital required for A2.

    Try posting a question here on TSR including the answer you got wrong in it's entirety.

    People will be only too pleased to guide and help you understand how to get to the correct answer and improve your knowledge of the subject.

    Stick with it - you can conquer it.
 
 
 
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