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    I have a problem with physics at as level. I think I understand the syllabus in class but when I try to solve a question, sometimes it's whether I got stuck or I got the wrong answer. Helpp!


    The secret for doing well is to UNDERSTAND the Q, ANd to THINK!

    A lot of schools just teach poor students to substitute values in equations, without understanding the reason for doing so; therefore, the student only knows that particular Q(s), and when a different Q comes up, they do not have the foggiest what do do!

    I would suggest:-

    1. Do a lot of example Qs for practice - if you can, buy a book that gives many many worked example Qs, invest in that - the book I recommend is Physics For Advanced Level by Jim Breithaupt - it has smaller sections explaining things clearly; there are MCQs that test your knowledge and understanding; worked examples showing full methods step by step, so you follow easily; interactive CD explains the maths further - PLEASE DON'T BE FRIGHTENED by its size - you do not need to know eveything in it. Second proviso: I have an older edition - I do not know if there is a more recent one available - even if not, basic principles of what the guy upstairs created (I don't mean your baby bro upstairs in his bedroom ) do not change - just our knowledge of the universe, so the astrophysics and electronics in the book might need updating.

    2. Get a good tutor who can explain concepts clearly - then change your style of learning to thinking and working out things rather than working like a robot (sorry, not meant to be an insult!!).

    Mukesh (Science tutor)
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