A guide on how to do introductory physics homework
Physics homework can be challenging. The concepts involved in rudimentary physics are difficult for many students but mastering them lays the foundation for completing more advanced physics concepts.
If you are struggling with your introductory physics homework it might be time to create a homework plan.
- Start by making sure you understood the assignment. This can be a challenge if you don’t pay attention to lectures. Write down your task in your notebook or your calendar. Ask questions if you are unsure. It will be much easier for you to take one minute to ask a clarifying question in class or right after class than it will be for you to struggle later on to figure it out on your own. You can even ask the teacher how long they anticipate the homework should take to complete so that you can better budget your time for it.
- Use extra school time to start on your physics homework. Many schools offer study hall periods or break periods designed to help students get some of their school work done. This is the perfect time to get a jump start on your homework and free up your schedule later on. The more you get at school the less you will have to deal with that night.
- Make sure to pace yourself. If you are unable to get all of your physics homework done during school you might want to consider what else you have planned that day so that you can budget your time accordingly. Generally students are given between one and three hours of homework per night for an introductory physics course. If you have a homework heavy day wherein every teacher has conspired to give you multiple assignments one the same day then more time during and after school will need to be devoted to doing homework. This is why having a homework schedule can be very useful particularly for students who have jobs after school or are involved in extra curricular activities such as sports.
Remember that it takes a few tries if you are trying to memorize things such as:
That is why it is beneficial to know ahead of time what style of test you will be taking so that you can integrate memory triggers to improve your recall.
If you are going to do math problems or solve science equations you should spend your extra time working on practice problems. Pay attention to the types of problems your teacher stresses in class (this is why taking notes is good).
Some students find that it can be useful to work with a study buddy and read concepts and dates out loud to one another. Other students find that making flashcards is a great way to summarize important concepts or facts. The cards can then be used to review for a test.