𝐆𝐂𝐒𝐄 𝐏𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐬 - 𝐓𝐨𝐩 𝐓𝐢𝐩𝐬
Maximise your marks on GCSE Physics by following these key essentials.
𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 Take time to read the question carefully. Follow the instructions precisely. Ensure that you answer the question that has been set, not the one that you would prefer to answer.
𝐅𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝; Describe How State Why Note the marks awarded On qualitative answers, the number of marks awarded often indicates the number of points required. Even though you are answering in prose, starting a new point on a new line helps both you and the examiner. Don’t forget to include equations too. They will score marks.
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 Be ready to rearrange equations in the exam. Highlight any numerical value in the question and put a letter by it to illustrate its state. For example x would indicate displacement, I represents current and t is time.
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 Know your definitions word for word. For example, “Wave motion is the transfer of energy or information through a medium without net motion of the medium itself.”
𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐬, 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐬, 𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐬 Every quantity has a unit - distance is 50 metres not 50. Sometimes units will need to be converted before they take their place in the equation eg distance always has to be in metres and you may be given, in the question, a distance in centimetres.
𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐱𝐞𝐬 For example, in any equation energy needs to be in joules but you may be given kJoules where k means kilo or a thousand.