Monday, September 8, 2014

In Support of Self-Testing

Check out this New York Times article on the benefits of testing:


Why Flunking Exams Is Actually a Good Thing

To learn how to study, start by bombing a pretest.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

D2 Fall Course Tips from ADEA at NYUCD

Special thank you to Annie Quratul Malik and James Long-Giang Chau!

Go if there are bonus points!
Stay on track on your own.

Gen Path
  • Figure out the big picture: read the lecture objectives to give you a 'map.'
  • Do the study guide!  (very important)
  • Review immunology from time to time so that you don’t forget.
  • Youtube videos are great help in learning immunology.
  • Study old exams so you know where you stand. (not a night before)
  • You need to know this for clinic. Learn this now, and learn it well.
  • The recommended Endodontics textbook is very good.
  • Know Phemphigus, Phemphigoid lesions well. 
  • The recommended Radiology textbook is very good: there are study guides at the end of every chapter. Do them!
  • Don't blow off the anatomical landmarks. You will need them not just for the exam, but for clinic also.

  • Make tables, memorize culture media. Pay attention when Dr.Sexana says “important”, you will see it in exam.    

Other classes
  • You tend to be drained after exams in the largest credit-bearing classes, so a lot people blew exams for other classes off.
  • Study for these, too, because some have exams worth 100%.
Make use of the weekends and practice!!!

  • Play everything by-the-book in CR I. Tie your hair back, wear your PPE, and know what’s on the syllabus to be done each day (see above).
  • Practicing is super important in fall semester.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • On practicals, don’t fall into the trap of “I have a 2nd chance, so I'm going to just relax for the first attempt." Practice a lot for the attempt #1, and nail it - then you have no stress for the second attempt, and that means more studying and more relaxing.
  • READ THE LAB MANUAL. The quizzes ARE GRADED (they are not just an attendance grade). If you are serious about your grades, you need to lock down a good grade on the quizzes. They are very easy if you just READ THE LAB MANUAL.
  • Know that it's very hard to get an A on practicals, so this isn't where you want to spend your stress. Once you've run your work by faculty, you can ask Dr. Moghadam to critique your work, since he does 100% of the grading.
  • Is similar to GDS in D1.
  • Learn about treatment planning/progress notes.