9 episodes

Looking at study strategies and tips to make IB Physics as easy and enjoyable as possible (while still getting top marks!)

Stress Free IB Physics Sally Weatherly

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Looking at study strategies and tips to make IB Physics as easy and enjoyable as possible (while still getting top marks!)

    5 Tips For IB Physics (Year 1) To Help Overcome That 😱 Feeling…!

    5 Tips For IB Physics (Year 1) To Help Overcome That 😱 Feeling…!

    Do you ever have that feeling when everything is just WTF?
    It's tough to keep up with your IB Physics homework and it seems like there are never enough hours in the day.

    If you don’t think it’s possible to feel totally on top of your IB Physics classwork AND be confident of getting that coveted 7 in IB Physics …you’ve never met me!

    I've been teaching IB physics for 12 years. I’m also the author of “7 Simple Steps to Achieving a 7 in IB Physics” which teaches students the strategies needed to achieve top marks in IB Physics in the most efficient and effective way.

    In this podcast, I’ll share 5 tips that will help you get started on your IB Physics journey. Listen closely because these five tips will make all the difference!

    So grab your headphones and click to listen — just wait until you see what’s possible!

    Here’s a glance at this episode…

    [00:10] What might drive you to the WTF moment in IB

    [00:43] The hard fact you’ll have to face to succeed in IB Physics

    [01:29] You probably won’t want to follow this super practical tip but I promise that only 15 minutes will change your exam preparation for good!

    [02:27] Unlock your passion for problem-solving

    [03:36] Make it your mission to find these resources to revolutionise your ability in IB Physics class tests

    [04:04] What NOT to say to your IB Physics teacher!

    [06:20] How to get your hands on your own free IB Physics: Starter Study Pack AND get more help from Sally Weatherly

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    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:


    www.gradepod.com/study for the IB Physics Starter Study Kit

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    • 6 min
    Why You Should Throw All Your IB Physics Class Notes In The Bin!

    Why You Should Throw All Your IB Physics Class Notes In The Bin!

     
    This may come as a bit of a surprise.... but I think you should throw all your physics notes in the bin. Now. Before your exams.
    If you are being honest with yourself, are your class notes organised, useful and structured? Do they contain all the vital information you need to memorise before the exams? 

    OR

    Are your class notes made up of lots of different piles of 'stuff'? Maybe come calculation answers on some pages, some random class notes on other pages, some is marked by your teacher, some isn't.....?

    Honestly. Throw it all in the bin and I'll show you how to get organised.

    I'll show you how to get EVERYTHING you need to know condensed into two sides of A4 paper.

    Sound good?

    In this podcast, I’ll share how EXACTLY to condense every IB Physics topic into one piece of paper. I'll also explain why you should do it. Listen closely because this advice might revolutionise the way you study ALL of your IB subjects.

    So grab your headphones and click to listen — just wait until you see what’s possible!

    Here’s a glance at this episode…

    [00:56] Why my birthday has been ruined since I was 17

    [02:16] Why I answered in French for many of my final physics exams questions in high school

    [03:33] The 'know-it-all' who I disliked at school but changed the way I study FOREVER!

    [02:27] Unlock your passion for problem-solving

    [04:30] How condensing my notes into 2 sides of A4 completely changed my academic study

    [06:25] WHY you should NOT use pre-written revision notes (or somebody else's)

    [08:26] HOW exactly to write these condensed notes (FREEBIE INCLUDED!)

    [15:48]  Am I the Maria Kondo of class notes? Throw them in the bin (or burn them!)

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    www.gradepod.com/study for the IB Physics Starter Study Kit

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    • 17 min
    The IB Physics Supernatural Force That Will Make You Believe In Magic!

    The IB Physics Supernatural Force That Will Make You Believe In Magic!

    Do you believe in magic?

    I do!

    I’ve been teaching the International Baccalaureate (IBDP) Physics specification since 2004 and I believe in magic…. (not sure about ghosts though - they freak me out!)

    Today, all you IB Physics students out there - I have the supernatural force that will make you believe in magic too.

    I have my magic marking grid

    Sound good?

    In this podcast, I’ll share how EXACTLY how to use my magic tool to overcome this common problem in IB Physics:

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    Despite the fact that you understand the material fairly well, you don't seem to be able to apply it thoroughly in exam questions

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    So grab your headphones and click to listen — just wait until you see what’s possible!

    Here’s a glance at this episode…

    [00:30] What supernatural forces are at play in IB Physics

    [01:19] Why you should focus on improving your problem-solving skills in IB Physics

    [02:00] The two main questions I am asked by IB Physics students all over the world

    [04:13] My GUARANTEE when using the magic marking grid

    [04:42] Where to get your own free copy of the magic marking grid

    [05:11] How to use the magic marking grid to improve your scores in IB Physics questions

    [12:22] I promise it works BUT, and there is a BUT...

    • 13 min
    How To Improve in IB Physics Multiple Choice Questions Quickly!

    How To Improve in IB Physics Multiple Choice Questions Quickly!

    In this episode, Sally shares the secret the success in multiple choice questions after years of analysis of all the past papers.
     

    From Day 1 of IB Physics, it's likely that you will have to tackle multiple choice questions. Let's face it, they are super easy to mark - so they are a firm favourite when setting homework for teachers!

    The irony is... in a multiple choice questions, the answer is right in front of you! So they should be ridiculously easy. BUT THEY ARE NOT.

    The other issue is that 20-30% of your FINAL IB Physics grade will be down to your performance in multiple choice questions. So it's important you improve this skill soon.

    How would it feel to be so good at multiple choice questions that you knew you had 20-30% of your final grade IN. THE. BAG?

    Sound good?

    In this podcast, I’ll share a free recommended resources (not GradePod) for practicing multiple choice questions (mapped exactly to IB Physics specification) AND I'll share my easily actionable tips to improving in answering multiple choice questions quickly.

    So grab your headphones and click to listen — just wait until you see what’s possible!

    (I'd also recommend grabbing a pen and paper - you are going to want to take notes!)

    Here’s a glance at this episode…

    [00:21] How I let the U15A Lacrosse Team down

    [02:25] Why you need to be good at multiple choice questions

    [02:57] How 2021 and 2022 IB Physics exams are affected

    [04:31] Facts about Paper 1 in IB Physics exams 

    [05:50] Why you will DEFINITELY find 50% of multiple choice questions very difficult....

    [07:19] Which topics are most heavily examined in IB Physics paper 1 exams

    [09:55] The free resource I recommend to practice IB Physics multiple choice questions

    [11:42]  My actionable tips and tactics to help you improve when practising multiple choice questions 

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    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:


    www.gradepod.com/study for the IB Physics Starter Study Kit
    Below is an example of ratio questions in Paper 1. I actually have a video on YouTube explaining EXACTLY how to complete 'ratio' questions. You can watch it here: https://youtu.be/KrBw7QPyx0c?t=100

    EXAMPLE "RATIO" QUESTION

    Planet X has mass M and radius R. Planet Y has mass 2M and radius 3R. The gravitational field strength at the surface of planet X is g. What is the gravitational field strength at the surface of planet Y?

    A: (2/9)g

    B: (2/3)g

    C: (3/2)g

    D: (9/2)g

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    • 19 min
    Everything You Need To Know About Topic 2: Mechanics

    Everything You Need To Know About Topic 2: Mechanics

    I like to simplify IB Physics into an easy, step-by-step method.

    I start with the most heavily-weighted topic in the final exams and I teach that topic first.

    For IB Physics, the most heavily-weighted topic is Topic 2: Mechanics.

    I break Topic 2 down further in the most frequently assessed concepts and I concentrate on them first.

    My step-by-step strategy is designed to improve my students grades in Mechanics in the most effective and efficient way - and it works!  

    Today, I thought it would be useful to share some of the facts that my step-by-step strategy is built upon and I'm going to focus particularly on Topic 2: Mechanics.

    In this podcast, I'll discuss:


    How heavily weighted Mechanics is in the final exams
    Which Mechanics concepts are most frequently examined
    Mistakes most students make in Mechanics
    Which formulae are NOT in the data booklet (memorise these!)
    Why we need Mechanics in real life anyway!

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    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:


    www.gradepod.com/study for the IB Physics Starter Study Kit
    Ace Your IB Physics Exams Online Program: https://www.gradepod.com/ib-physics-revision-course 

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    • 15 min
    8 Questions To Ask A Potential Physics Tutor To Guarantee Success in Your IB Physics Exams

    8 Questions To Ask A Potential Physics Tutor To Guarantee Success in Your IB Physics Exams

    Are you feeling any of these worries when it comes to IB Physics?

    You’re falling a little bit behind on the IB Physics course content.
    You've done a couple of class tests and found that they've not borne the grades you were hoping.
    You understand the content, it's just that applying that knowledge into exam-style questions is tricky for you
    You're not really seeing the results you had previously achieved in IGCSE or MYP physics.

    If this sounds like you, it's totally natural that you might consider hiring a physics tutor.
    In this podcast episode, I'd really like to talk about the questions you should ask a potential physics tutor to make sure you're getting value for money.

    Sound good?

    So grab your headphones and click to listen

    (I'd also recommend grabbing a pen and paper - you are going to want to take notes!)

    Here’s a glance at this episode…

    [00:09] Reasons you may be considering a physics tutor

    [01:30] Why does the Big Bang Theory matter when trying to find a tutor!

    [02:13] The most obvious question to ask a potential physics tutor

    [05:39] How to check if a physics tutor is legit 

    [06:56] The different strategies your tutor might adopt to ensure your success

    [09:14] How to manage costs and expectations of your physics tutor

    [11:07] What to do to get answers to your questions from your physics tutor between weekly sessions

    [12:24]  How has COVID affected tutoring?

    [13:41]  The all important Internal Assessment. How should your tutor help you through this vital 20% of your final mark.

    [17:34]  I lay out your options and I tell you that I care!

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    LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST:


    www.gradepod.com/study for the IB Physics Starter Study Kit
    Join the free masterclass here: https://event.webinarjam.com/register/1/pqw9ksx 

     

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    • 18 min