Dec 19, 2013
Hi guys,

i need advice on how to study for physics. i had my first midterm, and i got a 56 (avg was 53) not so great. can someone give me any pointers. my professor is horrible at teaching. so, if you can help me with learning external sources, that would be great. thank you
Jul 8, 2014
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
Get a tutor or a study partner. I've found that students can often explain things better than teachers to other students who are totally lost. Read your textbook and do the problems in the book until you get them right.
I didn't need any outside resources for physics, but hopefully someone else will be able to recommend something.


All grown up!
7+ Year Member
Sep 18, 2013
Status (Visible)
  1. Resident [Any Field]
Im finding Chad's videos awfully helpful.
So maybe find some kind of video lecture online that could help. Maybe Khan academy?
About the Ads
Oct 22, 2012
I'm also taking physics. One helpful observation that I just noticed is that physics is math. When we started, I was thinking of it like general chemistry (tons of concepts, can't solve problems without reading the book) but physics is different. It's all about math, learn the equations and apply them to questions. Pay attention to critical concepts only (ex: projectile motion when symmetric, how to get the highest delta y .. Etc)

Good luck! Physics is pain in the ass and I can't wait to get rid of this class.

Edit: I should mention that the physics I'm taking is calculus based. I'll guess that the advice should apply to any kind of physics course, but I may be wrong


7+ Year Member
Aug 10, 2011
City of Angels
Status (Visible)
  1. Medical Student
Just some thoughts as a physics and engineering major: physics o's all about developing a little intuition about the different problem types and using it to apply the right equation. Especially with intro physics you should be able to do well just by knowing all the equations and playing "find the equation" as my high school physics teacher liked to say. So essentially just practice a ton. It will become second nature after a while and then it is just an easy math class. Best of luck!
This thread is more than 6 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.
About the Ads