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So, you may not be cut from the same cloth as Galileo, Curie, Newton or Einstein. Maybe the theories of movement, thermodynamics and relativity are complete beyond your comprehension; and sure, you can’t make head nor tail of the words coming out of your physic teacher’s mouth let alone translate them into higher grades at school or college!
Don’t worry, and certainly don’t panic! You’re not the only one, nor are you doomed to fail all your physics exams and coursework. In fact, the solution could be as simple as seeking a little academic support with a private physics tutor. Browse through our pool of Physics tutors offering online and in-person academic support to make those first steps from physics flop to physics phenomenon – all you need to do is ask!
Physics can be a difficult subject to get your head around, but it’s well worth it to persevere through the tricky areas of the subject. Whether you’re hoping to study physics in university, combine it with other subjects or simply bump up your grades a little, there’s plenty to gain from developing your understanding of the subject.
Interested in science? Well, science started with physics! Not only is physics the basis for many other scientific areas of study, but it’s crucial to understanding the world around us, inside us and beyond us, as well as the fundamentals of science. Your studies will cover a broad range of topics. Sure, you’ll learn about the universe and planets - exploring why the world moves, the laws of the universe and why planets and black holes exist in the first place - but you’ll also contemplate the tiniest subatomic particle that make up... well, everything. And then there’s everything in between! In fact, physics is usually broken down into the following branches:
At school, your studies will be more general, and you’ll probably study elements of each branch. Opportunities to specialise further will arise as you advance in your studies.
For some jobs and areas of study, good grades in physics will be highly regarded on your application and sometimes even essential! Study physics if you want to research the fundamental processes governing the universe as an astronomer, investigate the physical aspects of the world as a geophysicist, or predict the weather as a meteorologist. Budding clinical scientists, renewable energy engineers, sound engineers, metallurgists, acoustic consultants, nuclear engineers and software engineers (to name but a few) will also benefit hugely from studying physics. And physics graduates can be found in any one of the following sectors:
As well as learning about how the world works, you’ll develop an impressive set of transferable skills through studying physics, which certainly comes in handy in the world of work. Physicists are required to tackle problems of all sizes, from the super-colossal microscopic, and often take a rational, analytic and methodical approach to finding a solution. Reasoning skills are also key to the study of physics as students learn to grasp complex problems and construct logical arguments; and the research and data analysis skills that they cultivate enhance their abilities to undertake research and apply analytical skills in any professional scenario.
Physics also fosters practical skills that will give you a boost in your personal life: teamwork and communication are key to conducting scientific research and students often see a boost in their capacity to plan, execute and report on practical activities within a group.
Or maybe you’re just looking for a challenge, fancy working overseas, or want to progress to postgraduate study… Whatever your motivation to focus on physics, when better to start than now?
So now you’ve got the motivation, but how about the means? Opportunities to boost your grades in physics are everywhere, it’s just a matter of knowing where to look.
If in full time education, asking your teacher for advice on how to improve your attainment in physics can be a good place to start. Although your teacher may well not have the time to offer individual tuition in the subject, they’ll be able to talk you through where you could do with improving, or even give you some extra reading or exercises to work through. This is a great starting point for progression, as you’ll then know where to concentrate your efforts in your supplementary studies.
Your teacher may also make you aware of the many online resources available to you to help you brush up on Newton’s 3 laws or the 7 laws of the universe. Studywise.co.uk is a free revision resource providing revision videos made by other students, key summary notes for important topics, forums where you can discuss subjects and revision with other students, and links to other handy revision websites. Other websites do exist, such as alevelphysics.com, however many come with a paywall if you want to access more ‘premium’ study resources.
These resources are an excellent supplement to your formal studies, especially if you need a bit of help getting your head around a specific topic or law. But if you’re delving into a new topic, it can be hard to know where to start; a more structured approach will probably be more effective.
Many students choose to sign up to physics courses when exploring new avenues in physics or studying the subject for the first time.
Physics is often a subject in demand by employers, so many educational bodies are undertaking initiatives to encourage more people to pursue physics in Higher Education. This is great for learners, as it means there are a whole lot of learning opportunities available out there. Websites such as FutureLearn and MIT Open Courseware offer courses from beginner level curriculums (How Things Work: An Introduction to Physics) to specialist advanced courses, such as The ABC of Plane Mechanics to Atomical and Optical Physics or Systems Biology.
These courses are usually free, give structure to your learning and ensure that your understanding is comprehensive and accurate. There is, however, a downside: online courses are impersonal, providing little in the way of feedback or progress monitoring, and in no way indulging your individual learning needs or aspirations.
Study groups can be a great way to improve your grades in class all the while developing your communication and teamwork skills. The benefit of joining a physics study groups is that you can talk through elements of the subject with your peers, building your confidence in group discussions on the subject. However, study groups take discipline (it can be easy to go off-topic) and it’s important to work with peers who are around your level: it’s not always enjoyable when you’re always asking questions and never providing answers!
For this reason, many students find that hiring a private tutor is the most effective and efficient way to improve their attainment in physics, whether they’re looking for a boost in the run up to exams, coursework help, or general support through the academic year.
An undeniable benefit of private tuition is that your sessions are focused: your tutor can tailor your class to your personal goals. They can even help you to create your goals if you don’t already have any. You can ask your private tutor any physics-related questions that have been plaguing you and your physics tutor will give you individual feedback on how you can improve, monitoring your progress to help you stay motivated too.
Unlike in a group class, you can choose when and where your private physics tuition takes place so that it fits into your schedule, meeting your tutor as often or little as you need. If you choose for your lessons to take place online, you can learn from the comfort of anywhere in the world!
It can be hard to find a private physics tutor who suits your learning style and preferences, and there are a lot of different avenues you can explore. Superprof makes finding a private tutor simple.
Superprof is a platform dedicated to connecting people who want to learn with people who want to share their expertise, and we have a database of over 52,000 private physics tutors based across the UK.
Our tutors come from a range of professional backgrounds, from academics working on cutting edge new research to professionals with substantial experience in the field. Each tutor sets their rate according to their location, experience, the ability level taught and the demand for their subject, so there are prices available to suit every learning need or budget. Superprof tutors usually offer a first taster session for free so that you can get an idea of their methodology.
Explore the universe’s unanswerable questions or unlock your inner Newton by finding a physics private tutor on Superprof!
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