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Stress Free IB Physics

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

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This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

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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 Click here to listen! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I truly appreciate the time you put into helping IB Physics students succeed!” If you feel that same - I'd really appreciate a review. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast.. Subscribe now! LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST: www.gradepod.com/study for the IB Physics Starter Study Kit OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: Read the transcript below Download on iTunes

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12 Aug 2021

Rank #1

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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!) Click here to listen! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I truly appreciate the time you put into helping IB Physics students succeed!” If you feel that same - I'd really appreciate a review. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast.. Subscribe now! LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST: www.gradepod.com/study for the IB Physics Starter Study Kit OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: Read the transcript below Download on iTunes

17mins

26 Aug 2021

Rank #2

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

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2 Sep 2021

Rank #3

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5 Lies That You Have Probably Been Told About Your IB Physics IA

I know I'm old (42 - ancient right?) but I'm also quite geeky. I can while away hours on subreddits and discord servers reading random nonsense. When it comes to nonsense in the IBO subreddits and discord servers - I often can't believe what I'm seeing! There are so many lies flying about about the IB Physics IA. It's like these forums are a breeding ground of misconceptions and the main goal is to make you think that the IB Physics Internal Assessment is a PhD dissertation that is worthy of a Nobel prize! In particular, I've identified 5 lies that are repeatedly told and believed WORLDWIDE! I'll blow apart this nonsense and tell you the truth about the IB Physics IA to make is a much simpler, and even enjoyable, process. Sound good? In this podcast, I'll take 13 minutes of your days to highlight the five biggest misconceptions about the IB Physics IA and I believe I'll relieve you of the stress that accompanies this (honestly straightforward) task. So grab your headphones and click to listen — just wait until you see what’s possible! Here’s a glance at this episode… [00:40] What happened when I met Debbie Harry of Blondie fame [01:40] Lie #1: Do you really need to find a unique research question for your IB Physics IA topic? [03:20] From the words of the examiners mouth.... believe them - not me! [04:15] Lie #2: How do you really get the personal engagement marks? HINT: it's NOT that way you think....! [07:52] Lie #3: You're an HL student - so you need an HL idea - right? [08:50] The topics you should DEFINITELY steer away from - especially if you are an HL student. [10:52] Lie #4: Titles pages, word count and page count [11:59] Lie #5: This is a "WHITE LIE"! Find out why! [15:48] The free book that will solve every problem (not acne though - I can't fix that. I should know I had it for 3 years from the age of 20 to 23...) Click here to listen! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I truly appreciate the time you put into helping IB Physics students succeed!” If you feel that same - I'd really appreciate a review. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast.. Subscribe now! LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST: https://www.gradepod.com/ultimate-physics-ia-guide OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: Read the transcript below Download on iTunes

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9 Sep 2021

Rank #4

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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  Click here to listen! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I truly appreciate the time you put into helping IB Physics students succeed!” If you feel that same - I'd really appreciate a review. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast.. Subscribe now! 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 OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: Read the transcript below Download on iTunes

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23 Sep 2021

Rank #5

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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! Click here to listen! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I truly appreciate the time you put into helping IB Physics students succeed!” If you feel that same - I'd really appreciate a review. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast.. Subscribe now! 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 OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: Read the transcript below Download on iTunes

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30 Sep 2021

Rank #6

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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! Click here to listen! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I truly appreciate the time you put into helping IB Physics students succeed!” If you feel that same - I'd really appreciate a review. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast.. Subscribe now! 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 OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: Read the transcript below Download on iTunes

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7 Oct 2021

Rank #7

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How Realistic Is Getting A 7 In IB Physics?

Let's look at the statistics behind the IB Physics exams and analyse how likely you are to obtain a 7 in IB Physics. Should you even bother aiming for top marks?? I have an unwaivering belief that a 7 is achievable for all IB Physics students. BUT... What if only I believe you can achieve that top marks? What if I am completely deluded? What if the statistics are completely against you and it's high unlikely you'll get a 7 in IB Physics? WORSE.....! Maybe you simply don't believe in your own ability and you don't believe you can get a 7 in IB Physics. In this podcast, I'll look at the facts, figures and statistics since May 2016. I'll analyse the likelihood that you will achieve a 7 in IB Physics and I'll answer the following questions: Is IB Physics the hardest subject? How likely is getting a 7 in IB Physics? Is it easier to get a 7 in SL or HL Physics? How hard is it to get a 7 in IB Physics? What can I do to improve my chances of getting a 7 in IB Physics? REMEMBER - I 100% believe in you all! I 100% believe that you can all achieve a 7 in IB Physics! Sooooo.... in this podcast, I'll put all my optimistic beliefs to one side and I'll analyse the facts. I've gone through every subject reports and statistics report since May 2016 and I've reported the cold truth behind the IB Physics grades. Are you brave enough to listen more? Click here to listen! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I truly appreciate the time you put into helping IB Physics students succeed!” If you feel that same - I'd really appreciate a review. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast.. Subscribe now! LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST: www.gradepod.com/study for the IB Physics Starter Study Kit OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: Read the transcript below Download on iTunes

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19 Oct 2021

Rank #8

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4 Simple Exam Hacks To EASILY Improve Your Grade In IB Physics

PLEASE NOTE: I'm uncomfortable using the word "hack" 😂 However.... I'm just here to tell you what works. These are the 4 essential tweaks every IB Physics student needs to be implementing (but most aren't!) for a higher IB Physics grade in class tests and exams. They're simple tips. They're tried-and-tested. They work. In this podcast, I'll show you how to: Get that EASY additional 1-2% in Paper 1 Just memorise 'stuff' for 9-11% extra on your grade One simple exam command word for 6% more in Paper 2 Know what IMPOSSIBLE and get an extra 1-2% YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE A FREE GIFT! I have compiled a RIDICULOUSLY USEFUL reference sheet of exam command words used in IB Physics exams and what they actually mean. I have an unshakeable belief that a 7 is achievable for all IB Physics students. This video will make it easier for you to share my unshakeable belief that YOU can achieve a 7 too. Can you afford to miss out on these? Click here to listen! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I truly appreciate the time you put into helping IB Physics students succeed!” If you feel that same - I'd really appreciate a review. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast.. Subscribe now! LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST: Click HERE for the IB Physics Exam Command Word Reference Sheet www.gradepod.com/study for the IB Physics Starter Study Kit (contains the revision note template) www.gradepod.com/ib-physics-revision-course for Ace Your IB Physics Exams OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: Read the transcript below Download on iTunes

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26 Oct 2021

Rank #9

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How to study LAST MINUTE for a class test of mock exam

How can you make the most of that last day before your exam? What EXACTLY should you do to make sure that you are fully prepared for that mock exam tomorrow - with only one day to prepare? I have an unwaivering belief that a 7 is achievable for all IB Physics students. OK - you may not be thinking anywhere near a 7 yet - but it's only your mock exams.  BUT... What if your mock exams will be the base for your predicted grade? What if you haven't done any revision for your mocks? What if you only have one day to prepare? In this podcast, I'll walk you through five steps for being perfectly prepared for your mock exams. I'll tell you exactly what to study and how to study it. I really think you need to listen to this.... Click here to listen! Rate, Review, & Follow on Apple Podcasts “I truly appreciate the time you put into helping IB Physics students succeed!” If you feel that same - I'd really appreciate a review. Click here, scroll to the bottom, tap to rate with five stars, and select “Write a Review.” Then be sure to let me know what you loved most about the episode! Also, if you haven’t done so already, subscribe to the podcast.. Subscribe now! LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST: www.gradepod.com/ace-ib-physics-forever to become a member and join GradePod  www.gradepod.com/study for the free IB Physics Starter Study Kit OTHER WAYS TO ENJOY THIS POST: Read the transcript below Download on iTunes

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20 Jan 2022

Rank #10