Physics Tutoring Overview
VCE Physics is known as being the only science subject that allows students to bring in a cheat sheet. However, this can be more of a curse than a blessing. Many students try to cram an entire year’s worth of rich content onto a single sheet of paper, then miss the nuances and foundations that Physics is built upon.
Doing well in Physics really does come down to these two elements – being aware of the caveats of certain relations and appreciating the underlying Physics concepts. The better you become at these, the better you tackle Physics problems as a whole, and the better your final results will be!
What to look for in a Physics tutor:
A good Physics tutor should be able to break down complex topics into small, bite-sized pieces and provide clear, succinct explanations. An experienced Physics tutor will also have analogies or real-life examples prepared to help you grasp abstract concepts and have a variety of methods of explaining a topic to best suit the way you learn. This is important, as different people think in different ways, so it’s vital your tutor be adaptable and have back-up explanations if you don’t get something the first time.
You should also look for a tutor who is up-to-date with VCAA questions, because many question types tend to be recycled and reused. This includes the ‘mass hanging from spring’ question that has been featured heavily over the past decade and written explanation questions for ‘Young’s Double-Slit Experiment’ and ‘Commutators compared to Alternators’. Don’t engage with a tutor that is not fully up-to-date with recent VCAA question history.
Everyone has their unique way of learning and the key is finding a tutor who can turn all their resources and knowledge into smaller, understandable content blocks.
How Physics tutoring could benefit you:
A Physics cheat sheet is much like a safety blanket – the closer it gets to exams the tighter you clutch onto it and hope it contains the answer to all of life’s mysteries. Good preparation and Physics tutoring, however, can help alleviate much of the anxiety by ensuring content is stored within your head and not written out in size 6 font on your cheat sheet.
A good tutor will also help you identify your strengths and weaknesses which means you can create a more tailored revision period. This might mean you might skimp on motion topics and focus on creating crisp, clear written explanations for the wave model and particle model. Not only will this maximise your marks, but also it will also help you overcome your shortcomings as you become aware of them.
The more you practice and work with your tutor to build up your knowledge, the less you will need to rely on your all-powerful, all-knowing cheat sheet.