Mistakes Students Make in Physics Exams

Whether a student is an expert or he is someone who learns slowly at his own pace, in both of these cases students feel nervous when it comes to appearing for an exam. Students find exams to be very difficult irrespective of how much they have prepared or how much they have understood about the concepts. Students have to pay special attention to the main subjects like physics, chemistry, maths, and biology to increase their overall score in the exam. Physics being the toughest subject among all has to be studied carefully and properly. Regardless of the concern for physics in every student, some mere and very common mistakes in Physics Exam have been observed among all of them.

Here are 4 common mistakes students make in physics exams:

1. Insufficient working for calculations: Students must know the correct approach to answer for every type of question which many students fail to do. Here is a brief idea of how to answer the questions.

               For any short type question, let’s say for any 2 mark question the mark allotment is as follows:

  • 1 mark for correct answer
  • 1 mark for correct formula and substitution

For any long type numerical the approach should be as follows:

  • The working should be shown in a clear and logical fashion
  • Answers should be rounded off at the end to highlight it.

If someone will solve the answer properly but without a correct answer then he/she might get less mark for the wrong answer.

2. Mistakes while writing units: This is the most common and repeated mistake of all the time by almost every student in their lifetimes. Students usually forget to write the correct unit after solving a problem or numerical from topics like Ohms Law, Ampere and etc. Units should be written properly because in physics units are vital pieces of information. There are some really important units that every student must remember:

  • Current
  • Acceleration
  • Velocity
  • Resistance
  • Potential difference
  • Mass
  • Momentum
  • Force
  • Frequency
  • Energy
  • Wavelength

3. Not reading the question properly: Time management in any exam is really crucial otherwise it might lead to rushing into questions without reading them properly. In physics, to solve any question students have to understand the motive of the question properly or else they might end up in solving it with an incorrect answer. Hence, students must pay attention to reading question rather than solving them in hurry.

4.      Leaving the easiest questions until last: It might seem appropriate to solve the difficult question in the beginning and solving the easier ones at last but it is not always a good idea. If you are solving a question in the beginning that is more difficult as compared to the other one then time might not permit to solve the easier one at the end. You should always try to solve the relatively easier questions first and then you should move to the difficult ones. This will not only boost your confidence but also will help you to score well.

It is advised that every student should keep in mind the above discussed common mistakes to secure good marks in physics without any hassle.

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