Study Tips for College Physics
Shared by current or former Allied Sciences students
When it comes to working on the homework and preparing for the upcoming exams, working
with one or a few other people can make a load of difference. I used to think studying by myself
was the way to go, but being able to consult and work with classmates when I was having a
difficult time understanding the concepts, helped me to learn more of the material. It was also
comforting to know I wasn't alone in the College Physics battle! And, the worst thing you could
do is feel physics-defeated; therefore, having your fellow classmates/friends there right along
beside you not only rids you of feeling defeated, but also motivates you as an individual student
and as a group member.
And, definitely take advantage of any "Pre-Exam" study sessions put on by the instructor. Not
only does it help clear up any confusion you may have, it also provides you with the opportunity
to ask questions you wouldn't feel comfortable asking in a large group during class hours
(however, no question is a dumb question!). I was the student that asked questions on a regular
basis because Physics was a hard subject for me to understand. The professor, the lab instructor,
and the Physics graduate students are there to help, and they do! I was definitely one of the
struggling students when I took College Physics, and I asked questions all the time!
--Abby, Radiologic Sciences
The thing that helped most for me is to doing the homework problems myself and trying to
understand the basic concepts as best I could before getting help, and not giving up too quickly
on the difficult problems. It's tempting to work in groups or with people who have the
answers just to get the homework done, but that won't help you out AT ALL come test time!
(speaking from experience) Try to find a group that works together to solve problems and tries to
understand the all the steps and concepts, not one where they just teach other the answers.
The test questions are like the homework questions most of the time, so by doing them yourself
and understanding the steps you took to solve them, you will definitely remember the concepts
and ways to the solutions so much better. Also, each chapter builds off previous chapters, so try
not to fall behind- get help when you need it! ACE is huge benefit or going to the TAs for
tutoring. Also, try not to wait until the day before the test to do the homework and study!
--Angie, Radiologic Sciences
To get a good grade in Physics you need to attend lecture. In lecture you get helpful notes and
tips on how to do the problems. I recommend working with friends to solve the Lon Capa
problems. There are different ways to solve the problems so it is helpful to get other opinions
from friends. When working on the Lon Capa homework I would either be at ACE tutoring or at
South Engineering in the physics tutoring room. These resources were very helpful because I had
a hard time learning the material just from lecture. To study for the exams I would focus on
learning how to do all the Lon Capa homework. I would also read the lecture notes to understand
the concepts. My professor had review sessions before the exam and I recommend going to them
to prepare for the exam.
--Stacey, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
I would first say always attend class…Second I would say find a solid group and work on the
Lon-Capa online assignments together. It’s really hard to solve them on your own but working
with others it’s easier to try different ideas. Lastly go to ace tutoring for help. I found a really
great tutor that helped me with my homework each week and went through the problems, helping
me better understand. For the test make sure you look over the Lon-Capa problems, notes, and go
to the review sessions. At least 50% of the examples from the review will be on the test!
--Breanna, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
My best advice for students in physics is to put forth the effort in order to get the grade you want.
I was never exposed to any physics so everything from the beginning was completely new. The
best advice I can give is to go to ACE and get help with Lon-Capa along with making sure to
study and re-do Lon-Capa problems before the test. Also it helps to go to the review sessions.
--Rachel, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
I was nervous about taking physics because I have never been very good with math, but I did
really well in this course. Some tips for excelling in physics would be to attend class so you have
complete notes and also the extra credit questions on the tests could pertain to a video or
something the professor showed in class. Also make sure you go to the review sessions because
the professor usually does an example of each problem that will be on the exam. After the review
sessions I always practiced the problems that we went over a few times. Make sure to review the
notes a few times to get the concepts down. Don't be afraid to go to ACE to get help on the
homework problems. Also you can usually find an example of the homework problems online
(Google was my best friend for this class!). This may be a time consuming class but it's not hard
to get through!
--Katelyn, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
My best advice is to attend every class. The instructor goes over example problems that help
tremendously with the assigned homework. Also, attendance at review sessions gives great
preparation for exams. It is also a great time to ask questions.
--Heather, Pre-Radiologic Sciences
To be successful in Physics 211, make sure to go to class and keep up on the online homework.
The notes help with the homework and the homework is good preparation for the tests. But most
of all, find another student or a group of a few students in the class to work with. Helping each
other is beneficial for everyone involved. The problems are clearer when you hear them
explained from a different point of view, and they become clearer when you explain them to
someone else. ACE is also a helpful place. Before each test, go to the review session and go
through the homework and be sure you can do all the problems on your own. This refreshes your
memory. The homework also tends to be slightly more difficult than the test, only because there
is not enough time in the allotted period to do such in-depth problems, so if you can find your
way through the homework, you're in alright shape for the test!
--Victoria, Pre-Radiologic Sciences