What to Expect from Physics Tuition
Physics is a fascinating subject, but that doesn't mean that it is enjoyed by most students. There are a lot of students who find it difficult to understand the concepts of physics and hence end up losing interest in the subjects. This drop in grades is particularly significant when a O-level student graduates and enters a JC due to the more intense and rigorous nature of the subject at a higher level. I have seen many O-level students with A1s in physics obtain a sub-pass or fail in their JC1 tests before seeking help from me.
When parents see a drop in the quality of their children's grades, they showed their concern by asking their children to take up Physics tuition. Frequently, I do have students taking the initiative to contact me for tuition help as well.
A subject that can be understood using logic - no magic required
Physics is one subject that requires logical thinking and analytical skills. It does not help to simply memorise formulae and blindly applying them. On the other hand, if one is familiar and confident with the concepts, the formulae will come to them naturally. For instance, a kinematics equation like can be understood as finding the vector sum of the initial velocity vector and the change in velocity as expressed in , as well as from understanding the velocity-time graph well.
More than just improving grades
Having a Physics tutor is not just to improve one's grades. An engaging tutor helps in building interest in the subject. A Physics tutor can help secondary and JC students improve their understanding and logic of mathematics and practical examples of physics. Below are some of the facts for you to look into:
1. Before you decide to have physics tuition, it is important to understand that your physics tutor is no God. He/she isn't doing any magic that will boost your results. It is unrealistic to hope to them to assist to improve your results; it needs your hard work and efforts as well.
2. A physics tutor is employed to help with what you have learnt in your school. He/she is not here to show you how your school teacher has explained physics in the class. It is unrealistic to assume that having physics tuition means you do not have to pay attention in class. In fact, as one begins to find physics comprehensible, he/she might begin to enjoy learning in school more and pay more attention during lessons or lectures.
3. Attending physics tuition with the Physics Coach, there is more exposure to the subject than to what it has been taught in the class. Worksheets of progressive difficulties will be given and there will be regular assessments. During each session, the Physics Coach will devote time to each individual to address his or her mistakes or misconceptions. Once the fundamentals are sound, you will be presented with trickier problems compared what you do in the class. With the guided assistance, you will be expecting to stretch yourself and aim for excellence in your physics education.