Top 20 tips to ace your Physics exam!

I believe Physics is not a difficult subject if you are willing to put effort into it. I hope the following tips that i have compiled through my years of experience will help you. Enjoy.


1. Look through your lecture notes before going to lecture. This is so that you have a general idea of what your lecturers will be going through later.

2. Do not sleep in lectures/tutorials. I know this can be hard.(especially with those lecturers with monotonous voice) My suggestion is to bring some sweets to keep yourself awake.

3. Pay attention to the lecturer! Do not chat with your friends about the show last night! Stay focus on the lecture. It will save you many wasted hours later on when you are trying to understand what the lecturer had went through days ago.

4. Take notes if you think you cannot remember the important parts that your lecturer had went through.

5. Ask questions if you are unsure of something. You will be helping your fellow course mates too. If you are unwilling to speak up in a lecture room filled with people, write the question down. After the lecture, go straight to ask the lecturer while the question is still fresh in your head.

6. Read through the notes on the very same day after your lecturer had went through. This is so that you will retain the information and tips in your head longer.

7. Do not forget to convert the given units in a question to the units used in the equation! Example: km or cm into m, if the equation uses m. If you do not convert, your answer will be off by potentially several orders of magnitude.

8. Do not get distracted! Restrain yourself from going to watch television or play games when you are studying.

9. Teach others if you are able to. By teaching others, you will understand the topic better.

10. Keep practicing! Practice many different difficult questions to stretch your mind. The concepts will stick longer if you keep using them to solve problems.

11. Make your own notes. If you feel that your lecture notes are overly cluttered with useless things, overly long explanation, make your own notes! It will help when you are studying for your examinations. Your own notes will be thinner and more concise than the bulky lecture notes.

12. Make “flash card” notes on the important equations and key concepts. These notes will be small and easy to carry around. You can bring them along and study them on the bus, train, everywhere! You will be surprised at how effective they are. (Alternatively, you can just read through this website if your have a mobile data plan.)

13. Understand the key concepts! This is very important. If you do not understand, consult your teacher immediately!

14. Memorise the key equations of each topics! You WILL need them, even those “not so frequently used” equations.

15. Do not be careless! Do not throw that precious 2 marks away by forgetting a 0 or a decimal point. Stay focus.

16. Read the question carefully. If you missed a sentence or two, your idea of the question will be totally different! Furthermore, there might be some pesky one liner sub-part of a question hidden just below the main text. (E.g. asking you to draw the electric field lines on the diagram) You can miss the sub-part if you just jumped straight into the main question.

17. Draw diagram if you are unable to visualise the question. It will help you in the process of answering the question.

18. Do not cram at the last minute! It is not effective and may do long term damage to your health.

19. Read more advanced text only if you are able to cope with it. If you are able to cope with it, the concepts will help you greatly. You will be able to understand the topics much better than your peers.

20. Be motivated. You will find things progress 10 times better when you are motivated. Keep a positive attitude and you’ll be scoring well in no time!

If you have tips that are not listed here, feel free to share by commenting on this post.

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