Week starting 12 October

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another blog! I hope that you have been able to return to school and catch up with all of your friends. It has been great to take some lectures at schools where the students are back! Without sounding too cringe, make sure you take in the time you have left and enjoy every moment as it passes. From experience, I can definitely say that you will miss school in one way or another!

Last week, we had a look at the means of revising physics, specifically looking at completing questions and practice exams. I highly recommend going and having a read if you missed the post! This week, we will have a look at what components of the exam you should keep in mind when completing your revision.

What aspects of the physics exam should I be thinking about?

Whilst the exam is still about a month or so away, most of your focus will shift to the exam period very shortly with the completion of your final SACs and assessments at school. As such, I think that it is a perfect time to talk about the importance of recognising aspects of the physics exam and keeping them in mind while completing your revision.

First and foremost, the physics exam contains both multiple choice and short answer questions. Whilst this may seem obvious, I found that I took this statement too lightly throughout the initial stages of my revision. Typically, in textbooks and other sources, short answer questions are abundant and hopefully come exam time you have had the chance to go through many questions. This is great; however, there is great value in completing multiple choice questions in your revision due to the simple fact that these questions will be on the exam. You are very likely to approach multiple choice questions very differently to short answer questions, thus despite short answer questions helping you cover the content, not completing multiple choice questions is detrimental. This is particularly evident in the sense of time management. In physics, multiple choice questions still require a bit of working and thus time management is essential when it comes to this section of your exam. Furthermore, utilising skills such as “the process of elimination” is vital for multiple choice questions and such skills are only developed by attempting these types of questions. As such, I would recommend that you incorporate multiple choice questions when you are attempting practice questions for physics. Make sure that when completing practice exams, you revise over any mistakes that you have made in the multiple-choice section thoroughly as these questions are based on important content as well.

Moreover, I stated last week that timing yourself while doing questions is a great way to simulate exam conditions and become aware of how you are tracking in terms of completing all of the exam questions in time. This week I want to add to this idea by saying it is a good time to experiment with some different exam techniques. Whilst completing question sets or practice exams, it is great to trial different means of completing the questions at hand. For example, in one practice exam you might try starting with the short answer section as supposed to the multiple choice section. I used to always just go from the front page to the back page of any exam. Whilst this didn’t trouble me too much, I found that for me, completing questions that I found easy was a great way for me to start exams, as it got me into a good groove. Each and every one of you are different, thus your exam technique will differ too. Whether you realise it or not, there is probably a method that works best for you and the only way to find this method is to experiment and see what works best. Therefore, I encourage to move out of your comfort zone this week and try something a little bit different when it comes to completing a practice exam!

Lastly, be aware of the time the exam will be held. Trying to complete exams at around the same time in the day is a great habit to get into in your revision. Whilst you may be at school for the next week or two, once this period finishes you can start completing physics exams in the time slot of the actual exam. Doing this will help your body tune into physics and will hopefully aid in correcting some of your sleeping habits which may have gone out the window during online learning! This is a minor aspect of your revision but is something I found really useful! Hopefully it helps you too!

What mindset should I have for Physics this week?

A growth mindset is one that will be ideal for this week! In attempting to reach out of your comfort zone and experiment with some different techniques and methods, this week is a great week to adopt a growth mindset! Seek to actively improve and I guarantee that the results will come!

Weekly Tips and Tricks

That is all from me for another week! I hope that you are able to incorporate some aspects of the actual exam into your revision. Here are three parting tips and tricks to help you get through the week:

1. Mix up your revision

Utilising different sources of questions helps break repetition in questions!

2. Study with your friends

Try and organise a group call with some physics friends to get through some of the content! Maybe all of you can do a practice exam at the same time!

3. Have plenty of breaks (same as last week)!

With everything that is going on, it is very important to ensure that your health and wellbeing is flourishing! Make sure to take plenty of breaks and have some fun in between attending classes and studying

Have a question?

In the final weeks before exams Ashane will be hosting 2 Live Q&A sessions to help everyone get fully prepared for exams. If you have a question on how to best get prepared, have been stuck on an exam question or want to clarify an area of content send it through here, and Ashane might answer it live!

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