‘How to ace your HSC Physics Trial Exam’ is a comprehensive guide that teaches Year 12 students the most effective way of studying for their HSC Physics exams.
By following the process outlined below, your chance of acing your HSC Physics Trial Exam will be significantly higher.
As you are preparing for the HSC Physics Trial Exam for the first time, it would be smart to follow a process that has been tried and tested by other students in the past.
If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, then you don’t really know what you’re doing.
Adopting an effective process allows you to repeat the process in an orderly manner and identify the areas for improvement more efficiently. It also ensures that you avoid the mistakes other students have made in the past.
The proven process that has helped many students ace their HSC Physics Trial Exam is outlined below
Let’s look at each step in more detail.
Most schools will only include some of Module 8 content blocks in their Physics trial exam. This is because most schools can not complete the Module 8 course contents before the HSC Physics trial exam.
If you have never read the HSC Physics Syllabus, you should take the time to do it now as exam questions can be derived directly from the syllabus dot points.
Here is a sample Module 8 question derived directly from the syllabus dot point:
“Analyse the contributions of Schrödinger to the development of the current model of the atom.”
Physics concepts that thousands of students have struggled with in the past are listed below.
|HSC Physics Modules||Concepts|
|5. Advanced Mechanics|
|7. The Nature of Light|
|8. From the Universe to the Atom|
You can use the following HSC Physics Module based practice questions to identify the gaps in your knowledge and understanding:
Using tables, flowchart and mind–maps are recommended over conventional note making approach for two main reasons:
Tables are useful for comparing two or more things.
A table of comparison for alpha, beta and gamma radiation is shown below. Note that to compare three things, we require four columns.
|What is it?||Helium nucleus||Electron||Gamma photon|
|Energy (typical)||10 MeV||0.03 – 3 MeV||1 MeV|
|Speed (typical)||0.1c||Up to 0.9c||c|
|Penetration (typical)||Stopped by 5 cm of air|
0.5 mm of paper
|Stopped by 0.5 cm of aluminium||Intensity halved by 10 cm lead|
|Deflection by magnetic field||Yes||Yes, opposite direction to alpha particle||No|
|Deflection by electric field||Yes||Yes, opposite direction to alpha particle||No|
Flowcharts are useful tools for:
Here is an example of the use of flowchart for summarising Rutherford’s atomic model in a logical and sequential manner.
The final step of the process is to gain exposure to exam style questions early and test your exam readiness by
It’s critical that you start doing past exam papers as soon as possible for the following reason.
It takes 4 hours time to complete an exam paper: 3 hours for each exam paper and 1 hour for marking. This means you are not able to do more than a couple of exam papers per day without compromising its effectiveness. What about the time and efforts required for addressing the knowledge gaps identified from completing the exam paper?
In order to measure whether you are making progress or not, you will need to measure and track your exam scores. One way to measure and track your exam-readiness is to use a table like the one shown below:
|Exam Paper||Exam Score||Time Taken|
|2019 HSC Physics Exam Paper||Section I: 15/20|
Section II: 70/80
|Section I: 45 min (+10 min)|
Section II: 2 h 30 min (+15 min)
|2020 Learnable HSC Physics Trial Exam Paper||Section I:|
By recording and tracking your exam scores, you can gain actionable insights about your performance in terms of accuracy and speed.
Thousands of students have already accessed our 2020 HSC Physics Trial Exam Paper with detailed solutions written by experienced HSC teachers.
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