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How to cram physics

  1. Feb 14, 2014 #1
    is there a way i could cram physics definitions and concepts.i know that i have to understand and learn but in my school we are asked to write exactly the textbook words just like a poetry or something.only if we write each and every in the textbook we are given good grades otherwise they are failing us in the examination.if we fail then we have to waste a year by studying again.

    the same thing goes with the hand writing as well.even if it is understandable but not neat no marks are awarded for that answer.in short we must write exactly as in the text book and draw the exact diagrams if necessary neatly and the problems too must be done only in the textbook way and not in any other method.so everything has to be from the text book and no changing even 1 or 2 words even if they are grammatically and scientifically correct and make sense.

    the only way is to cram the whole textbook.but it is too vast.have you guys memorized a book like this.if yes please give me some tips and strategies.

    all the questions are only from the textbook.the worst part is that the ones who dont understand and cram everything are considered brilliant here.the same goes to chemistry and other science subjects as well
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  3. Feb 14, 2014 #2
    Flash cards can really help with memorizing terms and definition.
  4. Feb 14, 2014 #3


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    Wow. That is just ..... sad!

    And we wonder why so many students are turned off by physics.

  5. Feb 14, 2014 #4
    This literally sounds like a nightmare to me. Can I ask what is your level in school and/or the country you are from?
  6. Feb 14, 2014 #5
    it is high school 12th grade physics.we learn electronics,optics,electricity,manetism and mechanics
  7. Feb 14, 2014 #6
    You two (Zz and jbrussel) sound surprised. I am taking physics in high school (I am studying physics by myself on the side) and it's a similar situation every where. The OP's school seems a bit unorthodox, but most math and science subjects at school are equivalent to memorizing formulas and knowing how to plug the numbers it.

    smart_worker, if that is the case, then I presume you have no choice other then just memorize. I can suggest just memorizing the formulas and do some application problems. But the best thing you can do is get a good text book and actually work on understanding the subject.
  8. Feb 14, 2014 #7


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    The plug-and-chug I know of and can semi-understand why. The memorization and regurgitation of definitions word-for-word is what I find puzzling.

  9. Feb 14, 2014 #8
    all the questions asked in the exam are 100% form the book and directly.all the self evaluation questions are provided answers at the end of the textbook.the homework they give us is just copying the textbook problems.

    so no use of doing any additional problems and buying another book
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  10. Feb 14, 2014 #9
    science is now a literature
  11. Feb 14, 2014 #10
    When I was in high school 10 yers ago this was the standard. Science classes in 6th grade were interesting but from grade 7 to 12 it was all memorization and copying things out of a book.
  12. Feb 15, 2014 #11


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    as a matter of interest, what are the author and title of the physics textbook?
  13. Feb 15, 2014 #12


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    What you have to do is carefully learn what the methods of different teachers are(I mean different teachers may give marks differently.That's how it is.).I don't think you should copy-paste all of the book into the brain.Ask the teachers about how they give marks.(You may get a tip)

    Physics equations formulas etc are not so hard to learn but they are hard to just rote- memorize.Understanding it will automatically get itself copied to the brain.
  14. Feb 16, 2014 #13
    name is "physics 12"

    education system here is different.it is not 1 author who had wrote this book but a group of them.

    actually practicals are also in same condition.you dont do any experiment you just simply cram and write things down.

    for instance if you are working with a circuit in which you need to find the resistance using ohm's law you need not take any reading you just simply write the crammed values that you already got when you did before the exam
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  15. Feb 16, 2014 #14
    education system here is different.you write an exam at a different school.the papers are corrected at another different school anywhere in the state
  16. Feb 16, 2014 #15


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    Still ask the teacher.He/she may know about the general marking scheme.
  17. Feb 16, 2014 #16
    Memorising formulas is fine, indeed an easy way to memorise laws, like Newton's laws of motion.

    Memorising the exact wording in textbooks is ridiculous - your teacher cannot be a good teacher if he is asking you to do that. Tell your parents and get them to complain to the headmaster or board of governors.
  18. Feb 16, 2014 #17
    ha ha ';;;lol:rofl: the education system here is different.all the schools follow this process

    well nothing can be done
  19. Feb 16, 2014 #18

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    Smart_worker, unless you are from North Korea, odds are that you are not the first person here from your country. Yet you are the first person to say your entire country does things this way. Why might that be?
  20. Feb 16, 2014 #19
    I also want to know, where are you from actually?
  21. Feb 17, 2014 #20
    i am not saying the entire country does this.the country has different educational boards.each board has its own unique way of training students.each state follow different educational board.

    one cannot switch over from one board to another in grade 12
  22. Feb 17, 2014 #21
    Smart_Worker is probably from India by the 'Same boat theory'.

    I understood this just by reading the question. :D
    I keep hearing it all day long...yawns..
  23. Feb 17, 2014 #22
    what do you mean by 'Same boat theory'.

    what do you keep hearing all day long
  24. Feb 17, 2014 #23
    This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. India does enforce some rote learning, but boards such as CBSE also enforces a high degree of understanding the concepts in a very rigorous form. Please don't make statements over small anecdotal evidence.
  25. Feb 17, 2014 #24
    If smart_worker is referring to the physics books published by the NCERT.India , I think his statements are ridiculous. These are perhaps the best physics books published in the country.Every physics nerd here swears by the ncert books. The tone of the book never suggests rote memorisation, infact the foreword itself warns against it.Fault lies in the way his teachers handle the subject.
  26. Feb 17, 2014 #25
    I don't know whether smart-worker is in India (is was just a stereotypical guess from shawrix). I agree that the NCERT books are very good (well, it depends on the school though as to how they use them).

    Anyways, back to topic, smart_worker, if you knew the requirements from the start, then you should have started memorizing 10 months ago (as ridiculous as that sounds). Good luck on your exams though.
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