Hello everyone! Welcome back to another blog! I hope everyone is having a good study period and getting excited about the upcoming exams. I have heard from a couple of students that they are starting to get nervous and this is great! Nerves are a good thing, as long as they don’t override your emotions, as they indicate that you care! Having put in a lot of hard work throughout the year it is natural to feel nervous about the final exam. In saying this, I think you should all be content and confident with the work you have been doing and you should be encouraged to keep working hard throughout this last phase of revision.
In this week’s blog I thought it would be good to keep it simple and give everyone 10 tips for physics at this point in time. With so much going on, the last thing you need is a complex blog, so hopefully these 10 tips can hold you in good stead for the rest of this revision period.
Ash’s Top 10 Tips for Revision
1. Schedule breaks and take some time off during study
As I have reiterated right throughout my blog posts, it is essential that you take some time off during this busy period. Studying all day every day is not going to result in optimum performance and keeping a happy and healthy mindset is vital! I highly recommend getting outside, even if it is to just go for a walk. Getting some fresh air and some sun will always do wonders!
2. Get into a good sleeping pattern!
At this time of year it is very easy to mess up your sleep schedule and sleep really late! This is completely fine in general terms; however, coming into exams getting into a routine would be great! All of your exams will be during the day, so being ready to complete an exam at 9am in the morning is a good habit to develop. See my earlier blogs to get some tips on doing scheduled practice exams.
3. Check over the physics study design
As you are probably well aware by now there are some changes that have been made to the study design for this year. I really encourage you to have a look at these changes again and ensure that you are hitting every component that could be tested. I have had to refer to it multiple times as I cannot remember which particular things have been removed so refreshing yourself is never a bad thing! I would suggest printing out a copy and having it with all of your physics material, so it is at the forefront of your mind.
4. Do VCAA practice exams!
Ensure that you are completing some VCAA exams, especially the ones from the last few years. Keeping the more recent ones till close to the exam is great, but we have now reached that point! These exams are going to be the most similar to the actual exam, so it is important for you to go through them thoroughly!
5. Finalise your cheat sheet
In an early blog post I mentioned that the first step of revision would be to form a cheat sheet! It has now been a while since that point, and I am sure that you have some things that you would like to add. I think this week is a great week to finalise your cheat sheet and make sure that it is good to go for the exam. Make sure you make a copy of your cheat sheet as well; the last thing you want is for your cheat sheet to go missing close to the day of the exam.
6. Complete multiple-choice questions
Multiple choice questions are present in physics and are sometimes overlooked. Multiple choice questions are not too difficult in physics; however, a lack of attention is what commonly leads to underperformance in this area. Give them some attention!
7. Get someone else to mark one of your practice exams
Try and get one of your teachers or friends to mark one of your exams. It is hard to know whether or not you are marking yourself too harshly or too leniently, so getting someone else’s opinion is great!
8. Complete a revision session with friends
I found revising physics with friends one of the most effective forms of study. Try completing a practice exam in exam conditions together and then mark each other’s paper!
9. Have a look over the given formula sheet
I personally chose not to use the given formula sheet in the final exam as I included all of the information, I needed in my cheat sheet. If you are planning to use the formula sheet, make sure that you are familiar with it.
10. Have fun!
Revision can get boring at the best of times so try and incorporate some fun into revision. I used to create mini contests with my friends to see who could get the most questions done within an hour and it led to some friendly competition and was good fun!
That is all from me this week! I really hope all of your revision goes well and that you are able to feel confident for Physics. I will see you all next week for the final blog!