Physics Advice to Freshmen

I had a great physics experience in the 9th grade, and I believe you can, too! All you need to do is read the syllabus, listen, and follow Mr. Lonon’s directions. For guidance, here is what I did. I paid attention at every little moment when Mr. Lonon was speaking in class. This may seem obvious, but in physics you don’t want to miss a detail in an important concept or a step in the process. It is A MUST to pay attention. If for whatever reason you miss class, you should do the assigned readings.

While in class, be sure to write down the definitions he writes on the board! Also, be sure to write down some of the important details he gives in class! You will definitely need these notes for the future. You’ll see why later on in this article.

Second, I had a collateral: task points. But, how are task points a collateral? Well, with task points, if you get above 19 (roughly, don’t count on me, check the syllabus) you get a +1 mark to your grade. This means if you have a B- in physics, you will get a B. If you get 24-32 task points you get +2 marks (B- into a B+.) Then finally if you get greater than thirty three task points, your grade will move up by a LETTER. You could be a B+ student and get an A+ in physics! If you didn’t know this by now, you need to go back and read the syllabus. I cannot stress this enough.

Third, Mr. Lonon has a class website for a reason. He wants you to do the assignments and task point assignments on there. It is no coincidence that your quiz scores will rise after doing these assignments. Also, on the class website are the class readings. These are incredibly useful to go and read, even if you have paid attention (as it never hurts to double check to make sure you know the concept). And finally, Mr. Lonon puts incredibly useful practice problems on the website. And SOMETIMES (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), he literally copies the practice problem and puts it on the quiz and modifies the problem slightly. The modification may be multiplying 3 by 4, instead of multiplying 3 by 5.

You may be wondering now, “How do I study for physics?” Well, here is what I did. I asked Mr. Lonon when we’d finish the current skill. Then, two days before we finished it, I started studying it. I’d first read the notes I took. Then I’d print out the class readings and read them. After I was done with that, I would do the practice problems. If I got a problem wrong, I’d go over it with Mr. Lonon. And just to make sure I absolutely knew the content, I’d go to Mr. Lonon and review over the whole skill. Anyways, that is what I did in physics and I ended up having a good experience. Hopefully, this advice will help you, too! Don’t give up!

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