As a new school year opens it is timely to start a conversation on the fundamentals for successful learning in physics and mathematics. Many students say "I do not understand physics" or "I cannot do maths". What can be done to remedy this? The solution is to go back to basics and pursue steady step by step practice in each subject with regular testing. If a test reveals that a physics concept is not understood or a mathematical technique is not correctly applied then we zoom in on this area and practice it again until it is mastered. Learning involves dialogue between teacher and student with encouragement to aspire to new levels. This is the heart of education. The tutorial method had its origins with Socrates in ancient Greece and is followed today at the best universities in the world. The journey to academic success comes when students embark on a regular program of study and revision and the best time to start the journey is now.
Physics and Mathematics
What are the concepts in Physics and Mathematics that students find difficult? In this blog I will post tutorial points that I hope will stimulate thinking and so broaden the knowledge and understanding of students allowing them to write thorough examination responses. Tutorial sheets, structured from a student's point of view, will be posted on the HSC, IB and university level topics of Relativity, Electromagnetism, Mechanics, Quantum Physics and Calculus. The overall purpose of these pages is to encourage and promote learning in Physics and Mathematics and so open new horizons in learning.