5 Tips To Stay Focused and Motivated While Studying Physics

When it comes to revising for our Physics examinations, there are usually two things that plague our mind. Firstly, the inevitable stress of exams approaching with the thought of having to learn and absorb an overwhelming amount of information in a limited period of time.

Even leisure time spent with friends and family can act as a reminder of the exam you’ll be sitting for eventually, and the work you could have done. Second, the feeling of prolonged boredom that comes with the knowledge that the next few months or weeks will be spent studying.

There will be highs and lows, with some days spent feeling like you’ve achieved a lot. And equally, there will be bad days as well, when we’re faced with a difficult topic, or when progress is slow, or when you just can’t seem to focus. So, here are some study tips to help you stay focus and motivated while you study!

Teach one another

In small groups of two to four, break a subject down into parts before going off to learn the part assigned thoroughly. Then, your study group can come back together to share what you’ve learnt.

Not to mention, there are many ways to spice up the session!

The “teacher” can prepare a short PowerPoint presentation as a visual aid, or even engage participation from everyone by working on some questions together. This creates a collaborative environment, similar to group-based Physics tuition.

Engage your sense of hearing

Instead of rewriting notes over and over again, try recording yourself explaining certain concepts and definitions! This way, studying won’t be confined to the classic pen and paper. Besides, it’s something you can do while walking to school or relaxing in the evening.

Change up your study routine

While everyone else is sleeping, wake up early to catch the worm! Instead of studying in the afternoon or the evening, try studying in the wee hours of the morning. There are barely any distractions during that time of day.

So, try changing up your routine by waking up at 7 am to work or revise, but ensure that you have a good eight hours of sleep the night before.

Incentivise your experience

Break down what you plan to revise in smaller chunks. Once you complete each of them, reward yourself with a treat! Even if you’re studying at the library, you can set your mind only to leave the library once you complete what you had set to achieve.

Recognise, not track your progress

Tracking refers to taking note of your progress while recognising means taking time to look at the big picture to understand where exactly you stand. On days when you spend hours solving only a few questions because of the difficulty level, it can feel pretty discouraging as compared to other days where you’re more productive!

But if you take the time to recognise your progress, you’d notice that despite the small number of questions completed, you’ve overcome your greatest hurdle in Physics learning.


We hope the factors mentioned above helps! Even though not all would work, it doesn’t hurt to try! For those sitting for their GCE A levels soon, we wish you all the best. Put in your best effort and reap the rewards. But if you’re struggling with some tough concepts, then it’s never too late to sign up for JC Physics tuition. We at Physics.com.sg would be more than happy to help you!