Is physics difficult?

  • Helena Kudiabor
  • Mar 09 2023

Despite how exciting the study of physics is, some students can be put off from studying it due to its supposed difficulty. While you may find parts of the curriculum trickier than others, physics is the same level of difficulty as any other subject!


What is physics?

Physics is the study of matter and energy interactions in the universe. Physicists study the universe and key phenomena, in order to understand its origins and potential. The knowledge gained from physics can be applied to new inventions and developments in a range of fields, such as engineering and medical technology. Without the hard work of physicists, we wouldn’t have TVs, the internet or public transport.

Is physics difficult?

Many students are interested in studying physics, but are put off because they think it will be difficult. However, while you may find components of a physics course challenging, this would be the case if you had studied any other subject. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and will grasp some topics easier than others. Just like any other subject, if you spend time studying, immersing yourself in the subject and seeking support when needed, studying a physics course will be an enjoyable experience.

How can I avoid struggling with my physics course?

Just like any other subject, there will be times when you don’t understand or don’t enjoy the subject material. However, it’s important to persevere and remember why you chose the subject in the first place. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your teacher or professor for help, they’ll be more than willing to explain concepts to you or help you understand where you went wrong.

If you have friends completing the same course, reach out to them! We all have different skill sets, and what you find difficult, your friends might find easier to understand. Plus, you might find it easier to grasp the concept when a peer is explaining it to you.

How can I prepare for my physics course?

Firstly, think back to your last experience of studying physics. What skills did you struggle to grasp? What topics did you find difficult? What did you always get wrong on tests? Look over the area you’ve struggled with and try to understand where you went wrong and how you could improve in the future. It’s also important to look for study resources (textbooks, YouTube videos) so you’re not frantically searching later. Finally, read the syllabus if you have, and do some wider research into topics that interest you.