Physics Tuition

Whether you need a private Physics tutor at home or online, our tutors build confidence and improve grades

For twenty years in Edinburgh, our tutors have delivered success based on three fundamental pillars:

Knowledge

A ‘wide and deep understanding of the syllabus content, is of course the first requirement. Knowledge gaps or a lack of understanding, not only put students at risk in exams but also impact negatively on general confidence in the subject.

Study Skills

The knowledge and skill to organise, prioritise and plan study. Even very smart students can find themselves overwhelmed by the subject and the syllabus, leading to panic, a collapse in confidence and poor results.

Exam Technique

How to answer the questions fully, concisely, to the point and in a way that immediately resonates and pleases the examiners. Top achievers are practised at acing exams, it’s a skill that comes from practice and knowledge.

Tuition is based on the individual needs of each pupil, and a tailored mix of the three pillars designed to meet those needs forms the basis of tuition. For example, some students will need to concentrate on improving exam performance, others will need help organising revision and study or in some cases help with elements of the syllabus will also be required.  The right mix will be unique to each individual student.

We understand these 3 pillars of success and our tutors are selected to be able to deliver tuition and guidance to optimise exam results. Contact us for a free and informal consultation, if we can help we will if we can’t, we’ll say so.

High School Physics: How and why an Edinburgh Physics Tutor can make a difference

Physics courses are similar to other sciences in many respects, with a concentrated focus on practical investigation and problem-solving skills. Many students, however, find the high mathematical content particularly challenging, and the support of a Physics tutor with this material can be extremely helpful. Physics tuition aims to demonstrate how numerical techniques are relevant and applicable to real-life contexts; important in the development of technological devices and electronics. This emphasis on the interaction between theory and practice should prepare students for practical work, as well as foster an interest in the interactive and progressive nature of the subject. Students should develop the ability to critically evaluate taught principles, with an open-minded attitude, as they consider the condition of a society increasingly dependent on science and technology.

How to Improve Grades:  Exam Technique

Physics examinations test knowledge and understanding, as well as the ability to tackle problems and find comprehensive solutions. Physics tuition rehearses students ability to use quantities and principles correctly, describe applications, and select and evaluate information in experimental processes. Students are required to explain scientific phenomena with findings and justify their conclusions, and practical class work might include measuring a physical quantity, demonstrating a physical law or testing a hypothesis. The ability to plan and carry out investigations needs to be followed up by coherent report writing skills, the quality of which can be reviewed and enhanced by a Physic tutor. The importance of this subject in modern society and its potential to revolutionise everyday life makes it a highly valued and inspired area of study for young people.

Area of Study: Electricity and Electronics

The foundation of this area is to teach the principles behind electricity, such as electric circuit theory, before developing into the fields of microelectronics, digital and analogue electronics and more advanced circuit theory. Candidates are expected to analyse a variety of circuits by applying the principles they have learnt, and answer a range of theoretical exam questions. Working with a Physics tutor in a comfortable environment to practise these skills is extremely beneficial.

Area of Study: Mechanics

Early courses in this area may include topics on transport, including safety mechanisms and vehicle stopping distances. As students progress they are expected to apply theoretical principles to a range of motion-based activities, and to interpret macroscopic and microscopic behaviour of matter. Physics tuition provides a variety of tasks for students to consolidate their abilities and test their theoretical knowledge.

Area of Study: Telecommunication and Space Physics

Telecommunications teach students about radio and television, communication satellites and fibre optics. This learning extends beyond the earth to the wider Universe; humanity’s attempt to venture into it and communicate across it. The physical basis of space travel is an area many students find fascinating, and Physics tuition aims to nurture this enjoyment whilst grounding it in strong theoretical understanding.

Other Areas of Study

Other topics include the use of Physics in Healthcare, such as ultrasonics, optics and radioactivity, and the study of Energy, Radiation and Matter. As students grasp the basic principles at work in these units, they are able to progress onto more complex material, including recent additions to the syllabus such as Rotational Motion and Astrophysics, Waves, and Electromagnetism. As they reach this advanced level, a Physics tutor can be especially valuable to explain difficult theories and formulae, working through example questions and ensuring numerical accuracy.

The Edinburgh Tutors personal tuition service includes all SQA syllabus exam subjects and levels of tuition

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