If you have an interest in the subject, however small, you should definitely consider Physics. The course is a manageable size, and has many upsides, such as the lack of essays! Whether you love the subject, or can’t wait to never glance at that textbook again, you can absolutely get something from it and use it to maximise your points.
Marina got a H1 in last year's Leaving Cert Physics Exam. Below she shares some tips, and you can read her full guide on getting a H1 here!
Make the most of your log tables, they can get you lots of marks! You can get the marks for many of the above pesky definitions by defining the terms in a formula. You can also check units in them, find the starting points for derivations, and relationships between variables. Some answers will even be contained in them (e.g. what are two negative leptons bar electrons? The negative muon and negative tau, all found between the covers of the log book). By using them as you study, its familiarity can also jog your memory in the exam.
Incorporate new study methods!
Use acronyms and mnemonics to aid your revision. For example, I used the phrase “Granny wears eccentric stuff” to remember the order of the four fundamental forces in increasing strength: gravitational, weak nuclear, electromagnetic and strong nuclear. Make the mnemonic personal to you, and draw on humour to make it stick in your head.
Test Yourself To Prove You're Learning
In addition to practicing past papers, a great way of testing yourself is trying out our Quizzes feature. Based on past exam questions, our Quizzes are a great tool for gauging how much you know on a particular topic and what you still have to learn. Why not give one a go?
The physics exam may ask you for many diagrams so make sure you’ve practiced drawing them beforehand. This isn’t an art exam so don’t worry about making them look too nice. The key is that they’re large and clear. Label all your parts and make sure to avoid mistakes like whether an ammeter or voltmeter is in series or parallel.
During the exam...
Write all over your exam paper: highlight, circle, jot points, etc. My personal trademark, writing in bright red GO BACK TO AT END! It’s your paper, so use the space as you need it.
Remember: you've got this.
Get excited about the subject – it’s much easier to study something when you can find a little joy in what you’re learning! This could be watching a YouTube documentary such as Brian Cox’s A Crash Course in Particle Physics or explaining to your little sibling/cousin/neighbour how a rainbow or mirage is formed and having them think you know everything.
Best of luck, and most importantly, enjoy the subject!
Marina and The Studyclix Team :)