>>ETHAN: It’s probably just a brief introduction to all the sort of key Physics concepts that
you, sort of, approach in your Science course.>>STEVEN: Gives you kind of the ëbare-bonesí
ñ the bottom kind of level ñ if you can break it down into how things work, and then
it gives you a clearer picture of how they all mesh together.
>>JACQUELINE: You cover a whole range of subjects in it ñ such as mechanics and waves and electricity.
>>STEVEN: I found it quite interesting that they, kind of, describe how some of the instrumentation
works or the kind of cross-overs between Physics and Medical Science you wouldn’t think of.
>>JACQUELINE: Because it is quite different from the typical Biology subjects conceptually,
some of it was quite challengingñ only because itís information you haven’t come across
before.>>ETHAN: If they have never experienced . . . studying
Physics at all, itís probably always a bit challenging to start studying if you have
never done it before. But if you start getting the concepts down, I think it is always a
lot easier.>>JACQUELINE: As a very minimum ñ as with
all subjects ñthe lectures and the tutorials are a must, as well as the practicals because
they do give you a chance to practice some of the questions. You go over what the expectations
for the exams are, expectations for assignments . . . .
>>ETHAN: The best part of the course is probably the lab work. Lots of hands-on work which
is always very exciting.>>JACQUELINE: They may have done a little
bit of Physics in high school, so they come and they are under the impression that they
can get through this subject fine. But the expectations are quite different. The exam
is set up quite differently to a high school exam.
>>STEVEN: Learn the formulas, go through the lecture notes – just repetition I guess is
the key when you’re in a highly kind of mathematically formula-based subject.
>>ETHAN: If a student is struggling, the best approach is definitely U:PASS; I studied Physical
Aspects of Nature and then I went to U:PASS, and it really reinforced a lot of the knowledge
I learned in lectures.>>STEVEN: A good resource I found is they
have the Physics Learning Centre. So, you can go . . . I think it usually about two-hours
per day around exam times usually. You can go . . . the academics will be there, they’ll
help you with any questions.>>JACQUELINE: Use the academics ñ ask them
questions. Use each other as well. Studying in groups, I think, is a really good way to
do it.>>ETHAN: The best advice if you are just coming
into uni is get involved; if it is through U:PASS, a sporting club, a union or . . . whatever
it is, just get involved, you meet friends, and it just makes your whole experience a
lot better.>>JACQUELINE: Don’t be too hard on yourself,
I think. Especially for people either coming from high school or people coming back to
uni after awhile. Just don’t be too hard on yourself. Take things slowly, experiment,
and figure out what works for you.>>STEVEN: Get in there and be proactive. Be
positive, and do something and make a change.