You’ve probably knew, or eventually found out, before beginning your career in Physics that it isn’t a walk in the park. Are you finding it easy or are you struggling? If it is the latter, then you must be wondering if you are cut out to study physics. But there is no need to worry. With these tips, you will soon find your footing and be on your way to success.

1. Identify the topics you are struggling with

The first step to solving a problem is to identify the root of the problem. Like every subject, physics has some topics that are easy, and some that are hard. Identify the topics you are struggling with and create a list. Are you struggling with projectile motion? Put that on the list. Are you struggling with the second law of thermodynamics? Add it to the list.

1. Tackle the topics one at a time

When trying to solve any problem, taking a piecemeal approach is the best course of action. Once you’ve got your list, tackle each topic one at a time. Start with the one you find the easiest. Do not jump to the next topic without understanding the previous one thoroughly. Give yourself enough time to memorise the laws (such as the laws of motion), constants (such as the value of acceleration due to gravity, ‘g’), and equations (such as KE = 1/2 * m * v2). Practice deriving the equations until you know the process thoroughly.

1. Talk to your friends and peers

Quite often, friends are the best people to go to when you are in trouble and need some assistance. They may know a thing or two that you don’t know. Don’t be afraid of being ridiculed for your lack of physics knowledge. Discuss your problems with them. Ask them to explain the things that you don’t understand. Ask them to teach you how to derive equations. Sit down with them and try to solve problems together. Physics becomes a lot easier when you have friends and peers who are there to help you.