Sabeen’s Physics IGCSE…

Sabeen just found out that she got an A* in her Physics IGCSE (UK 16+ exam).

Aged 10, she’s the youngest girl in the 30-year history of the GCSE to have achieved this!

But, and if you’ve been reading this blog you’ll know this, Sabeen is no genius – in fact, she isn’t even particularly naturally talented at physics – she just used a technique that you too can use in your work and life.

Essentially, it’s the same technique Tiger Woods used to become great at golf, Albert Einstein leveraged for his physics, and Jeff Bezos used to become the richest person in the world.

So, Sabeen did the 2-year course in 5 months – studying around 3 hours a day, 7 days week – she put in enough hours per day which rapidly increased her rate of learning. 1.5 hours a day for 10 months wouldn’t have been nearly as effective.

For the most part, Sabeen just did past-papers – practising what she wanted to become good at – and looking up stuff on YouTube when she was stuck. And that’s another part of it – she had the drive to go figure things out. If you aren’t driven, nothing will work.

But at its basic level the technique is incredibly simple – to become great at something focus intensely on it – and actually do it rather than observe.

Author: Asim Qureshi

Passionate about tech startups, home schooling, barefoot running and squash.

4 thoughts on “Sabeen’s Physics IGCSE…”

  1. Hello. When your kids study for those 3 hours. Do they focus and study the entire 3 hours or is it more of studying for 25 minutes and taking short breaks. Thanks!

    1. They tend to study for around an hour at a time (not timed). But everyone is different. I used to study intensely for 10-15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of kicking a football around, and then repeat. You have to find what works best for you – it’s really important to keep trying things.

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