Want to know what the common denominator is between students who state rank HSC Physics? Here is what we found!
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 staffroom at recess or lunch to ask your questions.
If your teacher won’t answer your questions — they should, if they don’t talk to your principle — 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.
Pro-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!
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.
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.
They 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.
Pro-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.
Hopefully these tips will help you achieve the success you want! We have heaps more HSC Physics content to help you get that band 6!
- If you have any more questions about HSC Physics, we’ve probably answered them in this article: HSC Physics FAQ
- Just started studying HSC Physics? The place to start is at the syllabus: Using the Syllabus to Get Extra Marks, and Our Definitive Guide for Studying the Course.
- If you haven’t already started writing notes, there isn’t a better time to start than now. For those of you who have already developed a portfolio of notes, here’s a list of things to look out for: Three Big Mistakes with Study Notes
- Want to smash the extended response style questions, you can find out: What Makes a Band 6 Response here, and How to Write a Band 6 Response here
- Had a bad test result? Here’s how you can get back on your feet and get that band 6!
- If you’re all set, and just want some questions you can find all the past papers you’ll ever need, with ANSWERS right here
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’.