🏆 How to Get a Grade A/A* in A-level Physics

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How to Get a Grade A/A* in A-level Physics:

First thing’s first … print out a specification. It will seriously be your best friend on the course. For OCR, find it here: https://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/171726...ics-a-h556.pdf
🧠 As you go along the course:

1) Make your own detailed notes for each topic and keep a well-ordered folder.

If you are someone who currently doesn't really make notes for you to use (you do it because you are told) then you need to change that. The notes you make are to help you. Instead of copying out chunks from a textbook, summarise your notes into concise points, making sure to jot down relevant key information that links back to the specification, and making sure that you revisit this in spaced intervals of time. This will help with retrieval practice, ensuring that you revisit weaker areas more frequently.

2) Review your own knowledge and understanding regularly through self-checking.

Again, focus on weaker areas, but remember to retain your knowledge of concepts which are more solid. In physics, it helps to consistently keep on top of your maths skills; as well as being able to recall and apply laws and concepts. Revision guides and workbooks can only get you so far, you need to be able to extract the information and skills from their use, and transfer it to your brain.

3) Follow every lesson closely and ask questions when you are stuck

Physics is usually a subject that has a low take up, which works at your advantage, as you are able to access your teacher easily when you need help in and out of lessons. Make use of this!

4) Practice exam questions, on your own, without it being set as 'homework' and seek guidance from your teacher only when absolutely needed after considerable thought and effort.

There are plenty of websites with exam questions available for practice. Use exam questions sparingly, and wisely. There’s no point in just copying out mark schemes – manage your time well, test yourself more than once if possible, and upon completion of the paper, go through it with a different colour pen to highlight any marks you lost or mistakes you made. Regarding more difficult 6 mark questions (especially PAG questions), try to write in bullet points, as this will be easier when you recall knowledge, and you’ll find mark schemes are structured like this as well.

🎥 YouTube Links:

A-level Physics Online - [/b]

Gorilla Physics - [/b]

Science Shorts - [/b]

Past Paper Walkthroughs - [/b]

Burrows Physics: [/b]

Minute Physics: [/b]

Flipping Physics: [/b]

AK Lectures - [/b]

(Note: this link and the one above are American, but as long as you are covering stuff from your specification, physics is physics)

📝 Notes and Past Papers:

A-level Physics online - [/b]

Gorilla Physics - [/b]

Physics and Maths Tutor - [/b]

Isaac Physics – [/b]

Revisely – [/b]

Physics Tutor Online - [/b]

Science and Maths Revision (Sophie Drew) - [/b]

Past Paper Panda - [/b]

School Physics - [/b]

Cyber Physics (KS5) - [/b]
  • (Note: this is for international A-levels, but as long as you are covering stuff from your specification, physics is physics)

You’ve chosen physics because you are inquisitive and curious about the world around you. Maintain this curiosity throughout the course, and feed it if you need to. Do extra reading outside of lessons, and watch videos such as TedEd talks. Studying physics will develop your critical thinking, problem-solving, research and analytical skills; and will open your doors to a wide range of career prospects.

Good luck with your studies!

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