Agh, I lost my post! Here's the short version:
Building circuits aside, I find it very hard to absorb and remember information regarding electricity and shock value. So many laws, rules, and equations it confuses me so much, especially with the weird symbols. I understand how to apply ohm's law, parallel, etc. but stuff like cathodes, anodes, polarity, especially magnetism itself just confuses me to the max, and it hurts me so badly during an actual competition. Tips?
Re: cathode and anode, there are mnemonic devices to help you...
RED CAT, AN OX (both are animals, note)
uction occurs at the cat
idation occurs at the an
ode. I'd bet there are some nice web animations out there for wet cells.
Electrons flow from the anode to the cathode because A comes before C. A
Re: magnetism, the right-hand rule helps solve some problems. And make sure you can ground--hard as it may be--whatever you're studying in reality. magnetic fields are a bit abstract, but there are all of those iron filings pictures out there. Do some searches; I'd bet there are some nice explanations out there. Magnetism wasn't my strongest area, either. Good luck!