I’m a 2014 Graduate of Fort Road Excessive College, the place I ranked first in Physics in 12 months 11 & 12. I additionally accomplished an Matrix Vacation Acceleration program for HSC Maths Extension 1 which helped me rank first inside my cohort and obtain an HSC mark of 98.
Matrix has helped me phenomenally, and I used to be even in a position to increase my faculty Chemistry rating from 50+ to second place after becoming a member of Matrix’s Chemistry course in Time period 3 of 12 months 12.
How I ranked first place in Physics
1. Getting Forward
I joined the Physics courses at Matrix in direction of the latter half of my Time period 4 of 12 months 10, when Matrix started masking the Preliminary Physics course.
It was this early begin that helped essentially the most as a result of senior Physics is a frightening expertise for those who don’t have the boldness increase you get from understanding your content material nicely earlier than your trainer teaches it in school.
Along with masking content material a time period forward of faculty, Matrix was additionally in a position to go in-depth into all 4 modules of the 12 months 11 course, masking it over 4 phrases as a substitute of the simply three phrases, like they do in school.
This was particularly helpful as my faculty spent a great term-and-a-half on the third module simply to finish up referring to the fourth module in a few week earlier than the tip of 12 months 11.
While you get to 12 months 12, everybody steps up their sport so sustaining my rank was not straightforward.
In my case, it was the Matrix Physics Vacation Accelerated Course that gave me an edge over everybody else. The two-week course drills the course content material into you over the college holidays.
Indubitably, it was price it as a result of the Vacation Accelerated Course construction helped me bear in mind the content material extra simply compared with the time period course construction, and likewise allowed me to release time throughout the time period to review.
The three-hour courses have been intense however the lecturers – primarily Anant, saved me awake together with his nice Physics-related jokes.
2. The Secret to my Success
What set the highest three Physics college students of my faculty aside from the remainder of the grade was the truth that we understood the topic.
The character of the highschool’s syllabus is that it can not go into an excessive amount of element to clarify the idea behind sure ideas, so many college students simply blindly settle for what they’re taught.
For instance, the band principle for solids proposes an summary notion to college students. It actually helps to know the rules behind the creation of bands and the band gaps, particularly Pauli’s exclusion precept, which is barely launched, albeit briefly, within the choice matter, Quanta to Quarks (one of the best factor you’ll ever be taught in highschool if you find yourself doing it).
So, I spent a whole lot of time going round asking lecturers and consulting Professor Google PhD to clarify issues like quantum chromodynamics within the hopes that I might higher perceive what the Board of Research (now NESA) meant by all of the binding power and robust power nonsense in Quanta to Quarks (though this can be a bit extreme and was achieved extra to fulfill my curiosity).
However why would I recommend you transcend the syllabus? I discovered studying issues not addressed by the syllabus however nonetheless related makes the topic intuitive so that you simply not must spend hours at your desk memorising ideas you don’t totally perceive.
All of a sudden, you may reply all these outside-the-box questions the Board throws at you.
Additionally, you will discover it helps with writing prolonged responses in exams as an in-depth understanding will guarantee your well-structured responses have the required depth to tick all of the packing containers of the marking standards.
An incredible instance of that is the slingshot impact. The syllabus says to merely determine the way it occurs however it’s completely essential to clarify the impact by means of the regulation of conservation of momentum, as I’ve seen a number of previous papers ask for this.
In a nutshell, that’s how I topped Physics for 2 consecutive years.
Principally, be taught to by no means cease asking ‘why?’
After you have irritated your lecturers, ask them once more. As soon as they throw you out of sophistication, seek the advice of your greatest pal, Google.
Lastly, one other factor that helps is to show others. After trial exams, your cohort’s efficiency within the HSC could affect your mark. So, serving to others is a good way to, not solely maximise your outcomes but in addition, consolidate your information and make sure you really perceive the ideas that you’re educating.
How I jumped from rating 50+ to second place in Chemistry
I joined Chemistry at Matrix in Time period 3 of 12 months 12. On the finish of Time period 2, I used to be ranked 50+ (nicely outdoors the Band 6 vary) inside my faculty.
However fast-forward to the tip of Time period 4, my faculty rank jumped as much as 2nd place after getting 94% in my trial exams.
What received me there? It was the Concept Books from Matrix that completely lined all of the dot factors and made making notes a lot simpler. The exam-style questions within the homework booklets additionally made doing previous papers a breeze as a result of I used to be already uncovered to so lots of the questions by means of Matrix.
One other good factor Matrix encourages is to be taught examination method as memorising content material just isn’t all the pieces. There can be lots of people within the state who’re in a position to memorise content material, however not everybody can write an eloquent and appropriately structured response to a 7-mark query on the social and environmental influence of chook excrement, in any other case often known as fertiliser.
Bear in mind to:
- Know your verbs
- Be taught the equations/diagrams
- After every previous paper, pay shut consideration to the marking standards.