Talking about Physics, I would like to emphasis on one thing that is common between all the so called Toppers that *They Love Physics* (either just because they score high in it or they really like the subject). The main reason behind it is Physics is simple. It really is! And why am I asserting that? Well this is the definite case because, Physics is practically wholly conceptual. A part that memory plays in Physics is meager, very limited in true sense. Memory might just come into play for Physics only to remember the key steps that should be followed while ensuing a specific procedure or attempting some sort of a specific question.
Veritably, this recalling of steps can also fall under intuitiveness, which is again accustomed ‘memory’. What I mean by this cognizance is that many students try to memorize assorted formulas in Physics. These are not actually formulas, but are just results of some sort of derivation or manipulation. One should stress upon the procedure part (derivation) of these results and not on the result itself, because then only will the formula look meaningful to your brain and will sound conceptual and not concrete, reducing the role of memory there itself. Mostly, these derivations are easy to work out and can(should) be performed each time you solve a question demanding it’s use (which eventually makes you faster and confident each time you do it), on the other hand when these manipulations are complex, either that formula is so very coherent that you by-heart it just by practicing deliberately or if it seems neither easily derivable nor coherent, then believe me, first, these type of questions are uncommon in real-time examinations, so reconsider it with a different thought and second, if the question still looks tedious, then comfortably leave that question and move on laboring on others before overworking on them. On the contrary, if you are attempting that tedious unconventional sort of a problem during your homework (the cardinal part of preparation), then devote your full energy at once while attempting the problem for the very first time without taking any time boundations into consideration and try and work out (or rather overwork) that problem at that moment. This is, what I believe, the indispensable mantra to adept Physics.
But , Hold Up ! There’s one notch here, while I am asserting that Physics is simple, it’s because this subject requires the least account of memory and practice, however this subject is highly cumulative and requires abundance of patience. There’s nothing like a new topic in Physics, it’s always an extension of previous concepts. It’s not like you wake up on an odd day and decide to master Physics attending all the lectures religiously from that day leaving the past records. This might work for Chemistry on a new topic, but undeniably not for Physics. To have an acute improvement in Physics, a solid base of previous foundation knowledge is a precondition. Furthermore, believe me, this is not at all a cumbersome process, many shall consider it to be a huge task: to cover the entire previous syllabus! No my friend, that is not the case. This is a wrong perspective of looking into this. To add, rather it is simple, very simple to cover the basics as you might admit that the initial content(or the basics and fundamentals) of any topic/subject are relatively very easy to understand and follow in comparison to their applications(questions). Just have patience, keep it simple, by just following the indispensable mantra of working intensively on every problem that you face right from the initial phase. The reason of mentioning the ‘that you face’ part of last sentence in bold is to remark the minor role of ‘Practice’ in Physics. This subject, unlike others, requires subordinate use of both: memory(Chemistry) & practice(Mathematics) and more of patience and cumulative understanding which are far simpler to embrace than the previous two.