Biolsi, James

KEYS TO SUCCESS IN PHYSICS 

   STUDY TO LEARN AND THE GRADE WILL FOLLOW

EFFORT AND MISTAKES ARE A BRIDGE NOT A ROADBLOCK

PROCESS AND PROGRESS

PERSEVERANCE OR GRIT


GROWTH MINDSET –
the goal is to learn!  It is exciting to learn and understand.  Evaluations are not judgements on your ability (ability is not fixed) but feedback on how to improve.  Take charge of the processes that will bring success.  Read "MINDSET - The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck. 

ATTENDANCE – no amount of at-home work can completely replace the vital knowledge conveyed during lecture, lab and demonstration.  In-class explanations often present a clear interpretation of the concept.  Write what I write, write what I say and Write things in your own words. 

COOPERATION, COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION- in conjunction with their individual studies, students need to complete their lab tasks jointly and wisely choose their study groups.  Undoubtedly, the best way to learn is to teach. 

HOMEWORK – reading, writing and problem solving are essential out-of-class activities.  Students must train themselves in the “sport” of physics by developing and sharpening their skills.  Looking for themes and principles in the solutions is helpful.   

SHOW YOUR WORK – students are required to clearly display all evidence of the laws, logic and mathematics utilized to solve open-ended problems.  The final answer accounts for a very small fraction of the credit. 

TEST-TAKING TACTICS – One needs to complete these "feedback opportunities" with efficient and effective test-taking techniques.   

APPLICATION – students must not simply be capable of regurgitating that which they were told and shown.  Applying these methods, laws and concepts is the essential and difficult task. 

ALGEBRA, GEOMETRY AND TRIGONOMETRY – mathematics provides the tools to construct our solutions.  Our calculators supply the power. 

 "WHO WANTS TO GET SMARTER TODAY?” Mr. Biolsi

"Intelligence is not an innate, immutable, and strictly inherited capacity, but instead is a repertoire of learnable cognitive functions. Although genetics does have a role in shaping intelligence, the acquisition of competencies composing intelligence depends profoundly on experience." —Michael E. Martinez, Education as the Cultivation of Intelligence

 http://thetalentcode.com/2013/09/05/the-three-word-study-tip/    

 http://thetalentcode.com/2014/09/05/five-simple-back-to-school-study-hacks-for-kids/ 

http://ideas.time.com/2012/04/25/why-floundering-is-good/ 

http://anniemurphypaul.com/2013/03/your-iq-is-a-record-of-your-cognitive-history/