Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

ADEA/ZIPS D1 Success Panel Recap

Many thanks to the members of NYUCD ADEA and ZIPS for putting together their recommendations for success in D1!  Keep reading for general study strategies and course-specific tips.
From left to right: Lindsey Atiyeh, Stephanie Colaiacovo, John DiMaggio, Bing Wang, Victoria Lee, Varun Nakhate, Shuran Liang, Dennis Chang

General Study Strategies:
  • Vitalbook
    • Review End of Chapter questions from Vitalbook, as many classes use similar questions on exams.
    • For Basic Tissues, review figures/pictures as you’ll have an exam where you’ll need to recognize histological slides.
  • Podcast
    • Try to use this sparingly as one can fall into the “I can always podcast it later!” trap. Best advice is to KEEP UP with the material. An easy way to stay on track is to simply go to class.
  • Note Taking:
    • Old notes: 
      • Ann’s notes can be helpful for Anatomy, Biochem, Basic Tissues, Neuroscience, Craniofacial biology and Organ Systems - they provide an outline of lectures that make it easy to add in your own notes/new facts (just watch for errors and be sure to correct them)
      • Don’t solely use old notes to study, as material can change from year-to-year.
    • Macbook users: 
      • The default preview program for pdfs can be VERY useful for note-taking as you can write directly on slides, circle, highlight and use arrows to point at specifics on slides.
    •  Study Groups: 
      • Reviewing material as a group and talking out quiz/test questions can really go a long way for your understanding. Once you get to the point in your studying where you can teach others, you know you’ve got the material down.
  • Time Management
    • If you ever told yourself “I need to get organized,” dental school is THAT time. Having an organized schedule, study space, apartment, and life does wonders for surviving D1.
    • You get awkward 1-2 hour time blocks midday, so use that time efficiently so you don’t have to stay up late studying.
    • Treat this as your new full-time job, and do your best to schedule study time and stick to a routine that works for you. A 40 hr work week is the norm from week-to-week but when exam/practical weeks hit, you’ll be doing over-time for sure!
Course-Specific Tips:
  • GDS Dental Anatomy
    • Dental Anatomy Charts in the appendix of Woelfel’s Dental Anatomy book in Vitalbook (pg 475-494)
    • Using your typodont to help study dental anatomy can be useful as a visual aide.
    • Reorganize Dr. Bucklan’s powerpoints into your own notes or use old notes, as it can help keep dental anatomy organized by tooth rather than by lecture number.
  • Anatomy
    • Lab time is VALUABLE time. It can be a fun break from sitting through lectures, but stay on task and learn from the plastinate models and slices.
    • Pay attention to the anatomists tips during class as they often will hint towards what’s on the post-lab quiz.
    • Go to class as the amount of material can be staggering, and professors will also give put emphasis on what to study.
    • Anatomy is very much for visual learners. Draw out structures and attend extra lab hours to use the plastinates.
    • Whiteboards can be useful if you like to draw out and test yourself by labeling things.
    • Ipad/iphone users: apps can be downloaded from iTunes that give you a 3-D peel away representation of anatomical structures (ex. Essential Anatomy)
  • Biochem
    • Dr. Guttenplan’s Textbook, Blond’s, is a useful resource.
    • Draw out reactions, pathways, and mechanisms ad nauseum.
    • Make flashcards for amino acids.
  • Cell Organelles
    • Focus on material Dr. Kinnally puts asterisks on in her slides, they’re more likely to come up on exams.
    • Know apoptosis and necrosis inside and out, it comes up in many classes.
    • Attend Dr. Kinnally’s review sessions, and come PREPARED. They’re MUCH more useful when you’re familiar with the topics as she’ll ask relevant exam questions during the review.

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