Physics – Your LAST Web Post Comment!!

PHYSICS: Can you believe it?!? This is your LAST web post comment!! This is where you put it and here are the three things I want you to talk about:

1) How did physics grow you? What did you learn about yourself?
2) What advice do you have for future physics students?
3) What could we have done different this year that would have helped you learn physics better?

Can’t wait to hear from you!! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Physics – Your LAST Web Post Comment!!

  1. During this year in physics, I have learned how to better myself for college. This year, physics has pushed me into time constraints that I did not think I would be able to meet. I learned that I need to prepare ahead of time for due dates or things to get done early so that I am not rushing to finish. Also, I learned that I am better at problem-solving, especially with design challenges, than I thought I was at the beginning of the year. Physics has taught me that life will be challenging, but that I can accomplish anything if I set my mind to it. For future physics students, I suggest that they get everything done like lab reports as soon as they are assigned. I suggest this because you will often forget the procedure of the lab which makes it harder to write. Also, future students need to get everything done when it is assigned because if not, they will be rushing to finish everything on time. I hope that future physics students know the extra time and effort that this class takes, and I hope that they are better prepared for it than I was at the beginning of the year. Lastly, I advise those future physics students to be patient and learn about themselves throughout the year to better prepare themselves for college. I would have learned the concepts of physics better this year if we had explained the “why” behind them. Most concepts we went through the definitions, but we never explained the “why” in detail for discussion questions about that certain topic. Another way to improve learning would have been to do more activities at the beginning of the year concerning what we learned in the chapter. Overall, I learned a lot from physics this year, and I feel as though this class has better prepared me for college in the fall.

  2. I think one of the most important lessons I have learned this year in physics is to always keep working, never give up. There were so many points this year where all i wanted to do was give up. But, I kept going and I’ve never been prouder of myself. For future physics kiddos, I implore you to stay on top of your work, if you think you’re ahead already, do some more. Life gets busy and school is tough. I also want to tell you to find the fun in the class. Labs and design challenges can be fun if you let them. For me, physics would’ve been better if we had more hands-on activities that weren’t so “self-designed”. Sometimes I just need a push in the right direction and loose guidelines always help. Especially in the beginning of chapters. Overall, I will miss our little seven person class a whole bunch. This class was a struggle but it was well worth it in the end.

  3. This year in physics, I learned to not give up, even when you are trying your hardest and still not succeeding. I also learned that if you work hard enough, you can have success in your weakest areas. Physics really stretched me this year, and I hope that this experience will make it a little easier when future college classes inevitably stretch me in the same way. I would advise future physics students to fully understand the amount of work it takes to be successful in Honors Physics before they sign up. I would also advise them to complete their work (especially labs) as soon as it is assigned rather than waiting until the last minute to do it. Lastly, I would strongly encourage future physics students to make a friend who can proficiently use power tools (who also has an open schedule) if they are not able to use them themselves. All I will say is that it is extremely difficult to complete some of the projects when neither you nor your family members can use power tools without suffering some sort of injury (I speak from experience). I think I would have learned physics better this year if we had sometimes slowed down and repeated explanations. I learn best by writing things down, so when we quickly went through concepts and then went on to the next, I ended up extremely lost and not understanding any of it. Overall, I think it has been an extremely challenging yet great year in physics, and it has been a bittersweet goodbye.

  4. How sad it is that Physics must come to an end. You never really truly enjoy the class until you look back at it all and realize how amazing it was. Physics certainly pushed me to my absolute limit regarding my time management and material management skills. I can say with certainty that I have grown to be far better at managing what must be done and when. My personal advice for the future physics students is to not procrastinate. This is such generic advice yet so crucial. The lab due dates are spread farther apart, and not doing them immediately causes them to pile up (not fun). Also just try to enjoy the fun parts of the class as much as possible (because believe it or not, the class is pretty fun). I wish we could have done more in-depth review of potential discussion questions. It seems I always could never elaborate enough on those. That may be just me though. Lastly, a message to my soon-to-be-former classmates. I don’t think I would be able to actually say this without crying like a baby, but you guys mean a lot to me. I will miss you all, as well as Mrs. Skinner and Mrs. Jackie.

  5. This year I learned the importance of balance. I realized that going 100% into everything, while good on paper, doesn’t work in practice. You must balance work, rest, and personal time to be truly successful. My advice for future students is to make sure you are ready. You need to be able to think fast and be on your feet for design challenges. If I had to offer only one piece of advice, just be flexible. There are certain elements of the class that Ms. Skinner will change with the specific purpose of throwing you off and making you think on the fly, so just be ready. Personally, the style used to teach this year worked really well. Everyone has their own preferred methods of teaching and being taught, and Ms. Skinner I think you’ve got mine nailed down. I really wouldn’t change anything about the year, but if I had to make a comment, I would have to request less blowing up the school! My time in honors physics will be a memory I will hopefully not soon forget!

  6. This year in physics I learned the importance of letting go. My entire life I have always held myself to an unattainable standard of perfection, and I have always faced the consequences of this expectation. Through physics, I came to understand how important it is to sometimes let bygones be bygones. Sometimes there is simply nothing you can do. Sometimes you have to just stop and worry about it tomorrow. Because of this growth, I have prevented myself from being the victim of any burnout during this year. My advice for future physics students would be to take all of the opportunities for rest that you get. School is incredibly important, but so is getting sleep and taking breaks. Your social life is important too. As honors students, a lot of us often feel like we have no room to breathe and have no time to stop, but neither of those are true. It is so important to be able to keep yourself recharged always because you never know when you will need to use all of your brainpower. My final advice for next year is to lean on each other. Your classmates are your most important resources. They can act as study buddies, homework reminders, personal tutors, lab partners, and everything in between. You must collaborate if you want to be able to succeed. I wouldn’t change this year in physics for the world, and I will forever be grateful for everyone who was a part of it.

  7. This year in physics, I learned that if at first you don’t succeed, try again! When labs didn’t turn out the right way the first day, or when the test grades weren’t as good as I wanted them to be, or when concepts were difficult to understand, I would try not to get discouraged. When I came back the next day, it would always be better! Physics also taught me to work with multiple people who learn different than I do. I am very glad I got the chance to work with different people before college. I learned that I am capable of a lot more than I thought I was. I need to be more confident in my capabilities. I also learned that I learn best when I put complex concepts with real life examples.
    I would tell future physics studies to study as you learn. Don’t wait until the day before the test to study, because this will cause a lot of stress. Also, work as a team with your class. You’re all in this together, and you are all learning!! Everyone makes mistakes, so don’t take your mistakes to heart.
    I think the best way to learn physics is to learn by examples. If we had more examples of concepts during lessons, I think it would’ve been a little easier to grasp some of the concepts quicker. Overall, the labs do a great job of demonstrating concepts!!
    I had a great time in physics this year, and I know that my experiences from this class will help me tremendously in college!!

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