How to Survive a Physics Course

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Physics is the scientific study of matter, energy, force, and motion, and the way they relate to each other.

Physics traditionally incorporates mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, and thermodynamics and now includes modern disciplines such as quantum mechanics, relativity, and nuclear physics.

Besides being a terror subject in our third year as Scientians, this subject also served as a burden to other batches before us.

But there is one question that rises in our minds when we hear the word chemistry: "How could I survive this year without going insane?"

I asked some alumni of Scientia (especially batch 04 and 06) and here are some of the tips I got from them:

Tip no. 1: Relax. Take a deep breath. Chemistry won't bite. Just take your time studying the concepts and if you can't understand something, feel free to ask.

Tip no. 2: Take down notes. Your notebook serves as your summary, so that what you have read from the book will not jam with what you have obtained from your teacher.

Tip no. 3: Read your book. It contains the essential information you will need to enhance further what you have obtained from your teachers.

Tip no. 4: Do an advanced reading. Be prepared. Self explanatory, right? If you bought the book just for display and you will not read it, then why did you bought it anyway? To avoid being scolded the next day, follow this tip.

Tip no. 5: Jive with the subject. As they say, if you jive with Chemistry, it will jive with you too.

Tip no. 6: Don't be afraid to ask questions. Your teacher would not eat you. But be sure that your question is sensible for it will surely ruin the...