Week starting 28 September

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another blog! I have been feeling optimistic that all these restrictions are soon going to go away and I hope you are all feeling the same way. I also hope that everyone is enjoying their break from school and taking some time out to relax and reset before what is sure to be a hectic period. For anyone who missed last week’s post, we worked through tackling light and matter and looked at how we can utilise questions in our revision. This week we will move onto something you may not have expected to hear about yet… your exam cheat sheet.

What are we up to this week?

Throughout the last few weeks we have looked at how to tackle our revision, right from the basics of getting organised to doing some questions. In saying this, I have put a focus on starting revision amongst going through other content in the Physics course. With holidays coming about, I think now is the best time for you to kick start your full exam preparation, with a direct eye on the prize (that final exam)!

Most of you have probably completed your last SACs (or are close to anyways) and getting close to doing your trial exams (if you haven’t already) and I have found this to be a time where students get stressed out. I certainly stressed out quite a bit when I heard the trial exam was the next week! It is natural to feel like you are not prepared to complete a full-blown exam; however, you have actually been exposed to all of the content. Now, you may be screaming at this post saying “I don’t remember a lot of the content Ash, what are you talking about!!!” and I completely understand. At this stage of proceedings I was worried I had forgotten a lot of things. In saying this, I found out that it didn’t take me too long at all to rejog my memory and that I actually remembered a lot more than I thought. How did I figure this out? It was through my process of developing a cheat sheet.

I believe that my physics cheat sheet was the single most important piece of revision I did for Physics. Your teachers may have discussed the importance of creating a cheat sheet for yourself and from personal experience I can say that they are 100% right. I created my cheat sheet right at the start of my exam preparation, and it forced me to go through the entire course from head to toe. This was fantastic as once I started my cheat sheet, I wanted to finish it and thus found that I got through all of the content in a relatively short amount of time. I fit a lot of information onto my cheat sheet, as I was using it to revise. My end goal was to not be reliant on my cheat sheet come the exam, thus writing small and including important formulas (which are actually on the data sheet provided) worked for me. I much preferred knowing where all of the formulas and information was rather than having to sift through the data booklet on the exam day, so this ended up being beneficial!

How do I create my cheat sheet?

In my opinion, your cheat sheet has to be unique. Whilst it is easy to nab a cheat sheet from online or from a friend, there is no better cheat sheet than one you create yourself. Why? You will know exactly what the cheat sheet contains and where everything is, which in itself will be a time saver come the exam. So how do you go about creating a cheat sheet?

In general, I think you should figure out how you are going to spilt up your cheat sheet. I had one side of my cheat sheet for unit 3 and the other side for unit 4 but you can split it up any way you like. After you do this, try creating a pattern of what you include, whether that’s formulas at the top of the page, content through the middle and diagrams at the bottom or anything of the like. Again, find what is best for you! Once you have figured this out you will be well on your way to creating the ultimate cheat sheet!

What mindset should I have for Physics this week?

A growth mindset is one that is very applicable to this week’s Physics work. Creating a cheat sheet to go over everything and muscle your way through areas of difficulty will be supported by adopting a growth mindset. For this week I’ll add in a quote which I think goes along perfectly with the mindset I propose: “Failure is an opportunity to grow”.

Weekly Tips and Tricks

That is all from me for another week! I hope that you are able to create a fantastic cheat sheet and find it helpful for your first exam-focused revision! Here are three parting tips and tricks to help you get through the week:

1. Make a note of topics you are finding really difficult

  • Working through your cheat sheet will allow you to identify these areas easily!

2. Ask a friend how they plan to do their cheat sheet

  • Sharing is caring! Hopefully you can get some good ideas from your friends that you can use in your own cheat sheet!

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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