A Learner's Guide

How do you learn from a textbook? What does the teacher want? How do you analyze word problems?
Are you ready?

How do you learn?
Physics is a large, rich, and sophisticated subject -- filled with aesthetics, subtleties, logic, contradictions, beauty, and endless details. Physics is a way of looking at the world -- of asking questions and finding answers.

But there are many facets of physics which give people difficulties as they start this fascinating exploration of the world in which they live. For most people, doing well in physics will require a change in the way they view, and think of, the world. For some it is a minor change and for others it is a dramatic alteration.
How do you study in a group?

How/when do you speak to the professor?
Why are the concepts so hard to learn? How do you take notes? How do you solve problems?

Other Sites to Find Help Studying Physics

Some of these sites may be useful to you. But do not confuse an hour browsing the WEB for an hour of study.

Other Sites for general study skills advice

Disclaimer and Warning:

Since you are visiting this site I assume that you are a student wanting to improve your effectiveness studying physics. That is good and I maintain this site for just that reason. But I will have to speak about things in general that should not be talked about in general. What that means is that you should not depend only (or primarily) on this page. You should talk to your instructor and check out the counseling and study skills resources available to you. The sites I use for references are good sites but may not be the best and the list is certainly not exhaustive. I express only my own opinions on this page and they are not meant to reflect an endorsement by either the department or the college. Please let me know if there is something I should know.

Juan R. Burciaga

Last updated 9/6/2011