# 5 Strategies to Do Well in JC Physics

1. Make sure that you allocate the same amount of time as you do with other H2 subjects.
This may not mean spending the same amount of time each day, but over the long term, such as the same average time over a week. An over-emphasis on subjects that are perceived as more “challenging” may cause some to neglect subjects that are supposedly “easy to score” when in reality, Physics is not as easy as it was in the O levels. It involves a lot of time spent trying to comprehend concepts (and how they are inter-connected) and practice (just like Maths).

Speaking of Maths, the solving of Physics problems employs a significant amount of Mathematical skills, ranging from basic calculus and trigonometry to vector additions and even arithmetics. You can check the list of mathematical skills needed in the syllabus details (pg 25-26). Examples include sine rule $$(\frac{a}{\sin A}=\frac{b}{\sin B}=\frac{c}{\sin C})$$ and cosine rule ($$a^2 = b^2 + c^2 – 2 bc \cos{A}$$).

3. Start Simple
For students struggling to pass Physics, it might be better for you to start with strengthening your fundamental concepts before moving on to more challenging questions. Take half an hour to make sure you at least understand the worked examples in the lecture notes before attempting the tutorial questions because those are the simplest questions you can get. Diving into the deep end straightaway will only serve to discourage you or worse, “drown” you.