Back to School #6: How to Study Literature, Physics and Chemistry



hi everyone and welcome back to my back to school series today I'm gonna give you some basic tips on how to study for language and literature courses physics and chemistry I already have a video up about how to study for math so go check that out if you're interested I thought about making separate videos for each of these topics but I realized I don't have an awful lot to say about how to study specifically for that subject as most of it is pretty general so I decided to just mush it all together if you're only interested in hearing about some of the subjects and not all of them I'll have the timeline of the video in the description box so you can just skip directly to the subject you are interested in so let's get right into it and start out with a language or literature courses my first step would be to actually do your readings because it's very easy to do even if it's a lot of reading just try to go through as much as possible before you get to class because otherwise you will be sort of lost in the discussion and help with the purpose of being in that class disappears my next thing would be to actually annotate your book very detailed now I hate writing and books but it's sort of something you just have to get over with and I prefer using a pencil because of the purpose I feel like I'm reading the book less if I'm using a pencil than with a pen or highlighters so um this is an example of how I would annotate my book it's basically anything important going on in the page any good sentences if there was any descriptions of someone is there anything they said that was repeated if there was anything I thought might come up as a symbol anything like that I would underline that see like this is in a regions if you can't understand I'm sorry at the sides for each sometimes there was a long paragraph that I was around something very specific I would write on the side of what it was about I'm under the top of every page of them write a very brief summary of what the page was about by doing this you see have a lot of times instead of having to read through every page to find something you can just read on the top and there you have a summary that's also great for a revision time so you don't have to read through the entire book if you're completely lost and don't remember anything you just read through what you've written on the top and you'll sort of get an idea off the front a lot chronology is that the right I don't think that's a real word in English um you will sort of get a good overview off the timeline of the book and all the events in it when you go to class what very often you will discuss the book or the readings you've done so far or for that lesson so what I would suggest is taking very good notes that would be if anyone participates in the debate if you say anything if the teacher sort of point at something or hints that something might be important make sure to write it down names who people are everything like that write it down in your notes also all sort of like historical references everything like that that you didn't know that brings that a lot of meaning and the novel or poem or whatever that other students or teacher your teacher comes crunchy bits with write that down make sure that you link what you're reading now to other novels or poems that you've read premising class in the idea especially that's what your exam will be about you will have to compare and contrast two or three different novels and if you do that in your notes or as you read that would be very beneficial for you my final tip for literature classes east through learn terminology and use it so my I know my vocabulary isn't very great for terminology in literature in English but in a region I know quite a lot because our teacher was very on that we have even had like a specific book with just terminology that was very helpful make sure you learn the proper definitions and you can sort of drop it out throughout your essays or your exam paper let's move on to physics one is to do more exercises than reading so by doing more exercises than readings I mean that of course you need to read the chapter and the book but instead of going over it and reading again and again and again to try to understand do more exercises look at the problems look at the sources solved examples and stuff so you can be able to understand how to apply what you read about on tests or exams and physics you're often doing a lot more exercises than sort of definition stuff of course make sure you learn the definitions properly and know what's going on but it's more important that you understand the math grammys not more important but it's more important that you can use the math another thing for physics is that you should try to learn by doing or seeing someone else do something and this is I'm not talking about big surf experiments or labs but just sort of think about how things apply in a real-life situation like if you put a hot item next to cold item what will happen will both become hot will both become cool and sort of try to understand because physics is very practical even though we may not seem like it when you're in class it's very much it's linked to everyday situations if you drop a pen what happens now explain that with these following terms or equation so I spent a lot of time thinking that physics was way above me that I you know I couldn't grasp it but it's just sort of ringing down to earth that's gravity for you guys oh it's sort of bringing it down to earth and sort of trying to apply it and real life situations will make you much more able to understand and do it correctly it's also a lot easier if you think about it that way that sense so make sure you learn the very broad and basic skills so you were able to make reality checks with your answers learn formulas how to manipulate them and how you can use them or what you can use them for in the IV you have a data booklet but even so you will need to understand what the different letters that for what the constants are when you can use them like when you can use a formula when you cannot if sort of the is the constants meaning or the letters variables mean different things and different situations can you insert one formula into another sort of try to really spend time menu plating and figuring out how to get from one formula to another because you will often have to do that especially in paper ones in the IP and you will also be a lot more more flexible homework able to sort of play around with the numbers because very often you get very often you're supposed to find something and Yung knowing you have to do it because the standard formula doesn't fit with the values you have so then look for another formula that has some of the same variables so you can sort of manipulate it and put them into each other moving on from those constants I don't do like make sure you learn all of them even though the constants that are in your data booklet even though a lot of them are not make sure you understand what they are when they're applied and so forth when you're working on a topic go through the IV syllabus point by point and make sure you can answer all of it if something seems weird draw it out draw the different forces acting on the body in which direction this minus and positive that's very often something you will get confused and your number numbers will turn out wrong so often it's easier for you to draw it out and sort of label everything on it so you make sure you don't forget anything so that's all for physics moving on to chemistry number one is to learn from the examples in the book so there are a lot of calculations in chemistry a lot more than you would think and they're often quite simple that they're not very obvious so make sure you look at the worked examples in your book and figure out where different numbers come in how to sort of subtract things there are a lot of small details that are easy to mess or easy to forget so make sure you write everything out that you look at the examples and that you really try to understand what's going on make funny rules to memorize there's so much stuff you need to memorize in chemistry high level and also biology is subject you need to memorize a lot in so it's very practical to make sort of easy fun sort of jokes or funny memorization techniques or you know use all the first letters of something and make up a little rhyme or anything like that so you will remember things chemistry is a great subject to make posters and because there are a lot of things you need to remember and be very often deserve get the hang off so make flashcards for definitions or make drawings on them make posters I've talked about earlier my room was covered in posters that I made for chemistry with like bond angles and you know orbitals shape and space everything like that put them up so you can sort of see them very often if not all the time very often and work on memorizing it or you know putting it into your long-term memory next thing is that you need to use that you need to use the chemistry so do exercises do tons of exercises I didn't do enough make sure you know all the basic stuff because chemistry it just builds on one another like the next one chapter it leads to the next to the next next and very often it's a lot easier to understand everything it's like when you've finished your syllabus so when you really know everything you're supposed to know it's a lot easier to tie things together because some things don't really make sense unless you've done sort of a later chapter but make sure you really understand the basics of moles and concentration and things like that because if you don't know the very basics you will mess it up and mess it up and mess it up as you go and you will suffer greatly I would say print out two copies of the syllabus for chemistry one you will have free information time one you will have as you do things in class so as you go through the chapter so as you're working with the topic go through a syllabus point by still at this point and make sure you completely understand what it is about make small drawings write things right annotations my syllabus was covered in ink and drawings and highlighters and pens and I was done but it helps so much if you if you're sure you know it from beginning it's a lot easier I only did it at the very end which means– meant a lot more revision for me but go buy sell this point for syllabus point make sure you understand everything writing everything down don't don't fool yourself like you don't say yeah you know what when you don't really know it because you're gonna pay for that later on if there are some syllabus points you don't completely understand I will link Richard thorne Lee's channel down below he's a great guy who does IV chemistry still this point by s'il-vous-plait videos on YouTube explaining things he's playing this computer game just sort of illustrate some things so it will make you remember there's a lot of fun he's extremely good at explaining it as so definitely check out richard Thornley link down below if you're doing IV chemistry high levels send a little anything he's great see how some physics make sure you're learning your constant and also make sure to draw things out in chemistry you're more likely to have to actually draw things on your exam and it's a lot more I don't know abstract but some things are very specific I don't know how to explain it but with chemistry there are a lot of things you should be able to draw like you know how like the how an atom looks with a core the nucleus and then the different shells going out there different orbitals everything like that make sure you really draw it out so you have an understanding of how it looks cuz you will most likely be asked about that on your exam has anyone else noticed how the mass spectrometer really looks like dragon I mean look at it and my final tip is to teach yourself now this is something that can be applied for most subjects that I especially needed it in chemistry also some in physics and that is to really go through things and try to teach it back to yourself so I would either like use my whiteboard or just have a flowing conversation with myself but I would try to explain a certain friends and syllabus point or I would try to do an exercise or solve an exercise while I explained what I was doing along the way that way is very easy for you to find floss if there's anything you don't matter properly understand it's very easy for you to detect that early on so that was the things or tips and tricks I had for studying for languages for physics and for chemistry I hope it helps some of you guys out if you have any more questions or any more doing ideas on how to study for the different subjects that I haven't mentioned make sure to leave it down below and leave any requests make sure you like this video if it was helpful and 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16 thoughts on “Back to School #6: How to Study Literature, Physics and Chemistry

  1. Hi i have a question, how did you put it the images of Mr.Blair Waldorf and the other one on that cupboard? with glue or Scotch tape ?

  2. I am taking a Pre-ap course on Chemistry in HS and I love the subject. What bugs me though is how the school never gave us a chemistry textbook. Fortunately my teacher makes quick YouTube videos over the units. Do you have any tips for listening to lectures/ lessons because I tend to get unfocused during the teacher's lessons. I am not as strong of an auditory learner as I am as a visual learner, that's why I learn better through her videos.

  3. @denislelin I would say go for the subjects you're the most interested in. You will do better if you like what you are doing (: Of course make sure you have one subject from each category and the right amount of HL/SL subjects, but overall, go for what you like. I, for instance, wish I had chosen history instead of chemistry, because I liked history going into the IB. I would probably have done better with that, because I had no interest in chemistry. 
    Good luck!! 

  4. Hello! Thx for your videos, they are very helpful. I wanted to ask u a question, how should I choose my subjects in the best way? I am half a way through the pre-IB in Denmark and we have to choose our IB subjects before the 20th of February. So I am panicking . There are so many options… :/
    Thx a lot 🙂

  5. Hei! Jeg er en 2IB elev fra Norge, og jeg vil bare si tusen takk for alle de hjelpsomme IB-videoene og så spørre deg om Norwegian A. Jeg vet ikke om det er fordi jeg snakker og skriver så mye engelsk fortiden (duh), men jeg føler at norsken min bare blir verre og verre (spesielt skriftlig). Opplevde du noe lignende? Også lurte jeg på hva navnet til den norske terminologiboka var? 🙂

  6. @miraniitti At least you understand the theory! I basically just spent an awful lot of time doing questions, talking to my teacher and fellow students about them, and eventually, I just learned to recognize the questions and knew what answers they wanted. Doesn't sound too good, but in the IB, you can and should do that. Take time going through all the answers when doing paper 1s, and work to understand why the answer is one and not the three others. For paper 2 and 3, learn to look in the data booklet for an appropriate equation, and try not to overthink things. I spent a lot of time doing paper 2s, then looking at the mark scheme and trying to understand what they did, why they did it and how. I know it's frustrating, and it does take time, but you'll get there! Practice makes progress!

  7. Hey this helps alot. Im currently taking physics HL, and i totally understand the theoretical and reading stuff, but when it comes to doing ib practice questions… Its so difficult and theyre so purposely tricky! How did you learn how to do them? It seems as if im never getting them even though i do them all the time and i go through worked solutions with the teacher.

  8. How amazing 🙂 I was just browsing for some videos on studying literature.
    I speak Norwegian too. I studied scandinavian literature, culture and languages the last  years and now I'm doing english literature. Originally I'm from Germany. It's so hard for me to answer in English now because I'm so used to Norwegian. It's the language I think and dream in.

  9. @GabriellaZhao Awww, thank you girl! People like you are the reason I still make them! Good luck with everything<3

  10. Thank you SOOOOO much for all your videos! I love them so much and honestly they inspired my A LOT. I'm starting IB this year (well we haven't cos our teachers r still on strike lol) Anyways, I was super nervous before but after watching ur videos I feel like I'm ready to do this. Pls don't stop making these videos! THANK YOU! ;D

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