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How To Score An A* In IGCSE Physics

Do you live in fear of failing IGCSE Physics? Do you feel like you try your best and yet you never get the A* you deserve in IGCSE Physics?

Stop worrying now! If you are with us at Pasxcel then you are in good hands and you will get everything you need to score an A* in IGCSE Physics.

Physics is the second biggest nightmare after Mathematics for most students. If you are one of them, then you might feel better to know that there are plenty of others sailing in the same boat.

We have tips and suggestions from our expert IGCSE teachers that can save your ship from sinking and help you sail it straight towards an A*.

Read them and take note:

1) Challenge Yourself:

Your only competition in the race of getting an A* in IGCSE is you, yourself. You need to be a better version of yourself which means you must challenge your current self to be a better future self.

For this, you must challenge your skills by increasing the difficulty level of problems and practicals every time. To truly test your abilities, ask your tutors at Pasxcel to give you more difficult questions, we assure you we have plenty of those.

2) Avoid Errors:

For scoring an A* in IGCSE Physics you must watch out for errors students often commit and avoid them. You must know the difference between dependent and independent variables and you must be able to calculate what changeable variables you need.

Often errors ever committed include Parallax Error and Zero Error. Ensure that you avoid them at every cost.

3) Practice Solving MCQs: 

Paper 1 and paper 2 of IGCSE Physics comprise of 40 MCQs each. Therefore, practice as many MCQs as you can.

When you practice MCQs make sure you check your answers yourself. Moreover, look up the right answers to all the questions that you answer incorrectly. Also, mark them for revision later.

4) Practice the Practicals:

In IGCSE Physics, practicals hold 20 percent of the marks in the overall marking scheme. To score an A* you must practice the practicals.

You must also know the measurement of physical quantities such as length or volume or force and other aspects such as cooling and heating, springs and balances, timing motion or oscillations, and electric circuits.

You must also practice drawing, completing or labelling diagrams of apparatus and determining a derived quantity, such as the extension per unit load for a spring.

5) Be Careful with Calculations:

You are allowed to carry a calculator in IGCSE Physics. For better results, you must practice on the calculator you are going to take with you in the examination hall. You must be able to calculate the powers of a hundred as quickly as possible on it.

Another point to be noted is that you must always show your working in calculations as there are marks for the method, even if you make a mistake while calculating the final answer. Never forget to include units where appropriate.

6) Read Questions Carefully:

A common mistake that students commit is misreading the questions, not reading them properly, or missing parts of questions. Please be very careful and read questions at least twice to be sure.

Do take note if the question directs you to show calculation or if the question is based on a diagram then study it carefully along with the question. Include everything in your answers that is asked in the question. Also, be careful not to waste time mentioning the things that haven’t been asked in the question.

7) The Jargon of Physics:

Every subject has terms associated with it exclusively and you must be familiar with them. You must be able to answer them when asked and also incorporate as many of them as possible in your answers.

For instance, for IGCSE Physics you must know the types of energy, the difference between mass and weight, concepts such as electromagnetic induction, radioactivity, and emissions.

8) Use Drawings:

Investing in a teaching board would be a great idea to prepare for IGCSE Physics. You can illustrate concepts on the board and teach out loud to yourself making flowcharts and diagrams.

This method of self-learning would prove to be incredibly helpful for learning theories and concepts of Physics especially the long and complicated ones.

9) Break Down and Simplify: 

Physics can get complicated and wear you off. Whenever you feel that you are stuck with something, break down the concept into smaller parts, and simplify the complication.

This method will not only provide you with some respite but it will increase the chances of your understanding of the concept as well as remembering every step of it for the final exams.

10) Strengthen the Basics:

You need a strong foundation to build anything on. To improve your performance having a strong command over core concepts is a prerequisite.

If you want to master the complexities of Physics you must begin with understanding its fundamental theories and concepts and only then would you be able to proceed further.

Scoring an A* in IGCSE Physics is no child’s play but it isn’t impossible either. Just be persistent in your preparation and follow the above-mentioned tips and suggestions diligently and you will see the results yourself.

At Pasxcel, we are always ready to help you in your journey and will always have your back while you aim for A*.

Together we can do it.

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