Physics is viewed as a difficult field of study, especially for those who encounter it at the university level for the first time as a one-semester to three-semester requirement for other majors such as engineering, computer science, or astronomy, or in preparation for medical school. The following are important issues and tips to help learn physics.

I speak from experience as a student myself who earned a doctorate in physics after publishing nine peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, and who taught nine semesters worth of physics in labs, lectures, and open discussion sessions at…