Every student has a different learning style and a preferred way of
learning. Try to understand your own learning style.
If you can learn by reading or hearing, books or lectures will be very
If you learn by discussing, working with fellow students will be helpful
If solving problems is difficult for you, spend more time learning how
to solve problems. Remember, it is necessary as well as important to
understand and develop good study habits.
Ask the following question from yourself:
Am I comfortable with basic concepts of the subject learnt in lower
classes ? If not, spend sometime in understanding these concepts. Do not
hesitate asking your teachers or friends.
Am I familiar with fundamental mathematical concepts from arithmetic,
algebra, geometry and trigonometry ? If not, learn these concepts and
formulae through practice.
Do I understand the subject better if I read the book before the lecture
? One may learn better by skimming the textbook in advance, going to the
class and then studying the learning material in detail.
Do I study every day and regularly and devote adequate time for studying
Physics ? If not, make it a habit to devote adequate time for self-learning
Am I an active learner ? Do I ask questions and participate in class
discussions? Remaining mentally active and alert in the class helps in great
The following actions on your part may help you understand and enjoy
learning of Physics:
Try to interact with your fellow students and friends. Do not hesitate
to raise and clarify your doubts. You can have more fun in learning physics
through discussions with friends.
Take your class notes in outline form and fill in the details later.
Listening to the teacher attentively in the classroom and understanding the
content of the lecture is more important. Taking notes blindly does not help
Do not miss lectures. If for some reasons you do, ask a member of your
study group to provide you with notes so that you remain in touch with the
‘flow’ and ‘development’ of the topic.
Solve as many numerical problems of different variety as possible. This
will immensely help to understand concepts and their applications.
Supplement your classroom learning by reading additional books. The
additional learning material has to be carefully identified.
Attend your practical classes regularly. It will give you hands-on
experience of the concepts learnt in theory classes.
Try learning the technique of translating mathematical expressions and
graphs into ‘word- interpretations’ and vice-versa. This would surely help
to improve your grasp of the subject and your ability to feel thrilled and
excited by the finer details and intricacies of the subject.
The ‘Internet’ has certainly opened-up a host of possibilities and
opportunities for extended learning. Try visiting various sites suggested
here and elsewhere to develop a passion and taste for the subject. This
would not only widen your horizon but provide you a higher level of
‘built-in confidence’ about the subject.
Perhaps, the most important favour you can do for ‘yourself’ is to set
aside adequate, regularly scheduled, study-time in a distraction-free