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Using Isaac Physics for skills and deeper understanding
Parents are often concerned that their children acquire the serious skills and depth of understanding needed for top Alevel results and for university admissions.
Isaacphysics can help with both.
The only route to understanding, fluency and top results is "learning by doing". In physics and maths this means problem solving. As with e.g. playing the piano, the fluency tools to be able to express yourself come only from prolonged practice, that is over many months at least.
Core Alevel skills
Isaac has published a book "Mastering Physics" by two leading physics teachers
with about 70 problem sets each of 1015 questions. Each set is targeted on a
particular Alevel topic and consolidates understanding, revises the ideas,
stretches the student a little. Experience shows that doing these exercises
typically lifts performance by 1 or more Alevel grades. The paper copy of
the book (128pp) is available for £1 (+ P&P according to how many being
ordered) from isaacbooks.org.
All the book's problems are also available on line at isaacphysics.org where they can be answered and immediately marked by Isaac. Students should register (free!) in order that their problem sets are retained, as is their progress in the problems. Should a teacher set the same problems as homework, then they will instantly be recorded as having been done, saving the student work!
Understanding physics through problem solving
Isaacphysics.org has many hundreds of graded, demanding problems in the fundamental areas covered in Alevel that really are required for the transition to university physics and engineering. Students can select sets of problems from a filter/selector. Progress is saved for registered users. Soon progress will be able to be summarised by Isaac for CVs etc.
Warning! Most of these problems are challenging. Students move to the next level when they are no longer challenging. They require putting down the mouse and picking up pencil and paper. Even teachers and university staff generally have to reach for some paper. Do not expect to do them quickly. Physics and maths are not easy subjects. Learning takes effort by the student, rather than (as well as) by the teacher.
