Want to know what the common denominator is between students who state rank HSC Physics?

Let us take you through the top 3 tips that state rankers in HSC Physics have suggested!

Tip #1: Ask Questions at the End of Lessons
Tip #2 Read One Lesson Ahead in the Textbook
Tip #3: Writing Notes on Today’s Lesson, Read Notes on Yesterday’s Lesson

Tip #1: Ask Questions at the End of Lessons

Good students, never leave questions unanswered for more than 24 hours.

The easiest way to achieve this goal, is to ask questions to your teacher straight after the lesson! Keep a little notepad/diary with all your questions and uncertainties in it.

You might have some from the night before, during the lesson you can add to any doubts you have from the day’s lesson.

At the conclusion of the lesson approach your teacher, and reel off as many as those questions as you can!

If your teacher is short of time, and your school has multiple teachers for HSC Physics, go ask them! In the event neither of those options are suitable, ask your teacher if you can pop by the staff room at recess or lunch to ask your questions.

If your teacher won’t answer your questions ask a coach or friend. We have heaps of HSC Physics coaches at Art of Smart who will be happy to help you with your questions.

Tip: Write down your questions in a diary so you don’t forget. Always ask your questions, don’t leave them lingering for more than a day!

Tip #2: Read One Lesson Ahead in the Textbook

You shouldn’t be in the classroom to learn!

Yep, you read correctly. You should be in the classroom to revise and clarify, to ask questions!

You can read a textbook in your own time, the reason people have teachers and coaches is to ask questions and receive guidance.

The student’s who state ranked HSC Physics, would read the textbook to learn the content the night before!

When they got in class, they had an expectation of what was going to be covered in the lesson.

Since they read the textbook yesterday, they already knew what parts were simple and what parts were potentially challenging or confusing, and could pay extra attention where necessary, so they knew they wouldn’t miss anything important!

It’s so easy to tune out in a lesson, even when you really want to focus. Somehow the moments we tune out, always turn out to be the must crucial. It’s cruel, but if you follow this advice that will never happen to you again!

Pro-Tip: Read the textbook the night before, so your HSC Physics class becomes revision, instead of a place where you’re learning things for the first time.

Tip #3: Writing Notes on Today’s Lesson, Read Notes on Yesterday’s Lesson

The final thing almost everyone who did really well in HSC Physics said they did was write a comprehensive set of notes.

The notes was their go to reference for all the things they needed to know for the exams. A custom textbook made for them, by them.

They wrote down what they learnt, as well as what confused them and how they solved the problem.

This way months later if they came across the same problem they had a record of how it all worked.

If you’re looking for a way to easily memorise HSC Physics content, check out our other article here!

Top students also didn’t just write notes at random times, they were very specific about the process.

They did it on the night of every physics lesson they had. That was when the information was still fresh!

Not only did they write notes on the content they had learned that day, they also read the notes from the previous lesson. This allowed them to consolidate the information they were learning each week.

Tip: Write your notes on the same day you have your physics classes. Read the notes from your previous lesson to help consolidate the information. You can find more about writing notes here.

And that rounds up our top 3 HSC Physics tips to getting a Band 6! Good luck!

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Vamsi Srinivasan is looking to uncover the next hidden truth of the universe. He was fascinated by the beauty of Physics and Mathematics during his HSC. Now, he’s in his third year of a dual degree in Physics/Computer Science. Vamsi wanted to share his passion for Maths and Physics and has been an Art of Smart coach for the past 3 years. He coaches students in Physics as well as all ranges of HSC Maths from General to Extension 2. In his spare time you can find him watching Tennis or listening to his favourite podcast ‘Hello Internet’.