Change your approach to excel in Biology, Physics and Chemistry! Important for Medical stream students!
November 23rd, 2012
Are you strong in Biology but hate Organic Chemistry? Or Physics is what excites but Chemistry and Biology do not. This might be because you are approaching all the 3 subjects in a similar fashion according to your strengths. To know how to ace all the 3 subjects, read on...
Biology is the science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution, distribution, and taxonomy. So, proficiency in biology is measured by our ability to understand and remember how different processes take place and interact with each other.
Biology requires us to memorize the processes and additionally practice the whole process with pen and paper to efficiently remember them. Students who are weak in biology typically spend a lot of time in trying to find shortcuts to understand the process but are not making efforts to memorize it.
Physics is the study of matter and its motion through space and time and all that derives from these, such as energy and force. Proficiency in Physics is measured by our ability to reconstruct or model the physical world through the application of various laws it follows, and predict the outcome of a given situation. Application of formulae to solve problems in Physics requires modeling of the problem into solvable mathematical equations.
Typically, the mathematics involved in solving the problems is very simple, but where most students get stuck is in the modeling of the problem. They are generally not aware of the method of applying the formula to arrive at a mathematical model to solve the equation. Physics requires reading, thinking, visualizing, integrating and understanding. If one does not understand the problem and application of the formulae in this subject, no amount of practice can help. Just knowing and remembering the concepts as written in the books may not be enough.
Students who are weak in Physics generally do not spend time in reading and understanding the concepts. They may be spending a lot of time in reading, remembering and practicing the problems instead, which is not the right way.
Chemistry is the science concerned with the composition, behaviour, structure and properties of matter, as well as the changes it undergoes during chemical reactions. It is the study of various atoms, molecules, crystals and other aggregates of matter whether in isolation or combination, which incorporates the concepts of energy and entropy.
Chemistry requires reading, integrating, learning and revising. Students who spend time in reading and learning naturally do well in chemistry. On the other hand, students who are weak in chemistry do not read and remember, and might be spending time in trying to understand the system or practicing the problems instead.
Now, if we break down various sections of this subject and how to deal with them, we see that:
Physical chemistry requires a thorough understanding of concepts to solve problems.
Inorganic chemistry requires knowledge of properties and reactions.
Organic chemistry requires understanding as well as knowledge of the compounds and their reactions. It is in essence, more vast than the other two.
All in all, we find that there is a lot more to learn in chemistry than physics and biology combined.