Hello, I am very interested in learning physics, and I think that it is one subject that I actually find interesting in school. I have already completed a year of physics (grade 11), and now I'm in my second year of physics (grade 12). I am wondering, is it enough to just read my teacher's notes, and do the homework questions in the textbook to become very proficient at physics (i.e., proficient enough to compete in physics contests, etc.)? Are there other things I can do to help me toward my eventual goal of being a world renowned engineer? :tongue: If so, what are the things I could/should do? A few more questions: - What are some good textbooks for laying my groundwork in physics (right now, my school uses Giancoli)? - How the hell do I reduce the number of "stupid mistakes" that I make. So far, throughout my time doing physics, I've only had 2 tests on which I have scored perfect. Every other time, I've come rather close, but every time, I make stupid errors that give me a mark that I know is much lower than what I am capable of. For example, I recently had a physics test on Dynamics, on which I scored 92%. That was because I lost 3 marks on a single question because I had forgotten (rather stupidly) to include the friction term in my calculation. This simple error kept me from getting a 100% score, and this was not the only time it's happened. Is practice the best and only cure for making stupid errors like these? Thanks a lot for your help!