The 9 BEST Study Tips (backed up with Science)

Welcome back to another academic year.

Our friends over at ASAPScience have a new video – with the BEST ways to plan and manage your studying. Take a look…

Mr G

Sources – ASAPScience YouTube



P1 Revision – Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

A quick video clip covering the origin and meaning of the Cosmic (Microwave) Background Radiation

Minute Physics have many more very useful clips… Go have a look-see…

Mr G

Source: YouTube – Minute Physics

GCSE Revision Videos – myGCSEscience



As recommended by my Year 11 GCSE Physics students – is an excellent site that has video clips on all areas of GCSE science, sorted into modules for the AQA Core Science (B1 C1 P1), Additional Science  (B2 C2 P2) and Separate Sciences (B3 C3 P3).

Here is an example from P3 on Convex Lenses

Each video comes with a pdf you can print, with pictures of the slides and spaces for your  own notes – so you can build up your own revision guide.

Plus – since all videos are hosted by YouTube – you can use your mobile or tablet to watch them.

Mr G

Sources –, YouTube



P2 Chapter 7 Revision – The Life Cycle of Stars

Here is a clip on the Life Cycle of Stars put together by the Institute of Physics

Mr G


P2 Chapter 7 Revision – Black Holes

Another BBC YouTube clip from Wonders of the Universe – which covers GCSE Physics 2!! – This time on Black Holes.

Mr G

P2 Chapter 7 Revision – Where do the elements come from?

Professor Brian Cox – teaching you GCSE Physics 2…

The Big Bang made hydrogen – but where did the other 91 natural chemical elements come from? These clips from the BBC’s Wonders of the Universe by Brian Cox answer the questions…

How do we know there are only 92 elements – even out in deep space?

All atoms give out only certain colours – a spectrum – based on how their electrons behave. They also absorb only those colours too. You might have seen this by doing flame tests or looking at gas discharge tubes using a spectroscope.

How did all these elements get made?

Every element in nature was made in stars, during their “life and death” by a process of nuclear fusion which gives out energy up to Iron (so these are made as stars live and die) but needs energy for heavier elements (which means these are made when a star explodes)

Not little stars like ours – but HUGE stars!!

Mr G

Sources: BBC Wonders of the Universe

Physics Revision Videos – AS Unit 1

Below are the topics of AS Physics – Unit 1.

Where possible links to videos (e.g. Khan Academy) have been added – more will be added over time – Units 2, 4 and 5 to follow

Mr G

AS Unit 1



  • Density
  • Laminar and streamlined flow
  • Turbulent flow
  • Viscous drag
  • Upthrust
  • Terminal velocity
  • Stoke’s Law
  • Viscosity and temperature
  • Elastic and Plastic deformation
  • Brittle
  • Ductile
  • Hard
  • Malleable
  • Stiff
  • Tough
  • Force-extension graphs
  • Limit of proportionality
  • Elastic limit
  • Yield point
  • Hooke’s Law
  • Stiffness
  • Tensile & compressive stress
  • Tensile & compressive strain
  • Breaking stress
  • Young’s modulus
  • Elastic strain energy

Link Key

K – Khan Academy – Physics

Khan Academy – Science Revision 2012

I first mentioned the Khan Academy back in 2010. It is even bigger now, over 3000 videos and much more famous. For those of you with an iPad there is even an app so you can download the video clips for viewing offline.  Now they have an iTunes U page too for iTunes and the iPad iTunes U app.

Over the next few days/weeks I’m aiming to find videos for each unit of A2 and AS Physics (and show Biol and Chem how to do theirs too…) After that I’ll be working through the GCSE Physics courses from the New P1 upto Old P3.

MIT for Free!!

Anyone want to stretch their brains to the MAX????

MIT (Massachusets Institute of Technology – one of  THE best Universities) has put their past course materials online for FREE.

Even more useful – they have set aside a section for courses suitable for High School students (and teachers!!)

Have a look and give your brain a work out!

Mr G

Source: MITOpenCourseware

Khan Academy

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

Whilst drifting around the internet I found the Khan Academy website.

Although it’s in “American” – there are YouTube video clips of an American guy Salman Khan  teaching topics in Math(s), Science (Including Physics, Chemistry and Biology) and other subjects.

These are very useful for revision and self-study – particulary for 6th form classes.

Here is an example video – on 2D Projectile Motion – something AS Maths and Physics students often struggle with.

Hope it’s useful!

Mr G