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What can I expect from Physics?

Asked Cincinnati, Ohio

I will be taking Physics next year along with organic chemistry. I'm an average student. Should I be worried about this course load? #physics #science

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Katie’s Answer

Updated Baltimore, Maryland

I was an average student in college, and I had to take Physics and Organic Chemistry in the same semester. It wasn't easy; I made it through these courses and many other tough combinations.

Take advantage of all the resources available to you--study groups, tutoring, office hours.

It is also important to stay organized. Be sure you are aware when assignments are due and when tests are scheduled. You don't want to hurt your grade because you are taken by surprise.

Katie recommends the following next steps:

  • Find out what resources are available to help you through the courses.

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

Physics can be challenging and interesting. The relevance of Physics to the course work related to your future career area is important for you to consider, as it could make the course more rewarding and interesting, as you can relate it to a specific area of use. A very important thing for you to do is to determine how your personality traits and interests area related to the career areas in which Physics might be used and to talk to people involved in those areas to see what advice that they may have that was helpful in their study of Physics. Keep in mind that the most effective way to develop such relationships is through such interpersonal communication means such as in person conversations and phone conversations, which allow for two way communication through dialogue. People are relying too much on such electronic means as internet and messaging which only allow for disjointed one way communication with not dialogue and no effective real time exchange of information. Through my many years in Human Relations and College Recruiting, I have developed the following steps which have been very helpful to many.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
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