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Physics degree in about 3 weeks what to expect?

  1. Sep 4, 2007 #1
    Ok might sound bloody silly but who cares this is a forum and none of you know me. Ok im about to start uni in 3 weeks doing a physics degree at nottingham university. and i know that none of you will have done this degreee at this uni but im sure it dosnt change much.

    What should I expect? How much work should i expect to do? What is the nest way of working etc... please any advice or tips on how to be goos would be helpful.

    Many Thanks
     
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  3. Sep 4, 2007 #2

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    I studied maths at nottingham, so firstly, congratulations on choosing nottingham. I'm sure you'll love it there; I did!

    As for the actual course, I'm not sure how much help I can be. I knew a few people who studied physics, and the maths and physics schools are pretty close (they're based in the same building). I think the standard advice holds-- don't worry too much about the first as it doesn't count, but you will learn a lot of skills that are useful for the rest of your degree, so at least try and go to as many lectures and labs as you possibly can! Apart from that, enjoy yourself, get involved with as many or as few societies as you like the sound of, and good luck!
     
  4. Sep 4, 2007 #3

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    Ok, I've just remembered the other thread you posted a while ago, in which I said pretty much the same, so this post probably hasn't been much help!
     
  5. Sep 4, 2007 #4
    When you study (or are working on a problem set) do so in optimal conditions. Concentrate fully on what you are doing. I like going to the physics library because it is free of distractions. Make sure you are fully rested when you are working or else you will not retain information or be able to think through problems. Also, take 15 minutes or so extra some time in the day after classes and look over your notes.

    This may seem obvious, or you may already work like this, but I didn't grasp the importance of efficient work til my junior year, long after ive forgotten all the information ive crammed before tests.
     
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