How to Succeed in a Physics Class (revisited)

Kevin Pitts
1/18/2014

Sometimes I wonder if anybody actually reads this blog. It turns out that the answer is yes!

A couple of years ago, I wrote a rather lengthy post about how to succeed in a physics class.  The bottom line is this:  physics is not a “memorization” subject, so cramming doesn’t work, practice and interaction work.

I recently got this email from Shontelle:

Dear Kevin,

Just wanted to reach out to you regarding a post from 2011,” How to succeed in a Physics course.”

I am a 40 year old who has decided to go back to school and pursue Grad School. I have been in the medical field for several years however this is a whole new ball game for me. I was never that great of a student in HS and early on in college. I was your typical of average intelligence kid that was lazy and tried to do the minimum to get by. Which I can honestly say never worked out well for me. ;-)

Anyway, I am pursuing an Anesthesia program that requires Physics 1 and 2, as well as 4 Chem courses. I took Chem 1 last semester and barely pulled out an A, but I did and it was a huge confidence builder. I did have an amazing professor which absolutely helped as well. My point is that many of the things you wrote in your post where things that I figured out the hard way and you hit them right on the head! It’s about the slow steady climb, day in and day out not cramming before a test. Definitely a marathon and not a sprint! I wanted to tell you that I really appreciated you taking the time to write this post. Lots of great information that is incredibly helpful!

Thank you,
            Shontelle

I’ve been writing this blog for about 2.5 years, and that one email made it all worthwhile.   Good luck Shontelle, and good luck to everybody else who is studying hard in their physics class!