Swathi Yennemadi GDC Mumbai topper

1.Congratulations on achieving such an amazing feat.   Tell  us  a  bit  about  yourself. Please  also  tell  us  your individual  marks  in  each subject.

1) My name is Swathi Yennemadi.  Currently I am doing my BDS from Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai.

2.So, when all of  this  is  new  and the  rest  of  us  are  still  busy  figuring the  head and tail  of  the  subject,  how  did you tackle  and master  the  syllabus?

2) The subjects were difficult for me as well.  Initially, it was hard for me to understand but after repeated reading, I could follow what the subjects were and why they are important for us to know.

3.Did you have  a  set  schedule, a time  table  that  you stuck to?  What  were  the  daily  hours  that  you put in self study  ?

3) The initial half of my first year was spent in figuring out the subjects after which I developed a pattern to study them. I did not have a  time table as such, but I used to read the chapters in sequence so that there is continuity and no chapter is left unread. My daily hours of study would fluctuate but I feel that after you finish your college an hour of rest is a must following two hours of study regularly, if not daily.

4.Did you have  a  different  methodology  of  tackling  the  subjects?  Any  special  notes  that  you prepared?

4) Our subjects demand good memorization and understanding.  Silent reading is what most of us do but for those difficult chapters I preferred reading it out loud or writing them, making note of certain chapters which were hard to remember.

5.Do you have any  special  pointers  for  specific  subjects?  The  do’s  and don’ts  of  it?

5)General anatomy consist of a lot of diagrams which is good..diagrams help us remember things easily..I prefered drawing them by myself which helped me retain it better.
For Dental anatomy focus on carving will help in understanding the subject better .again visual memory aids in good retention.
Biochemistry & physiology ,I study mostly by writing down and making notes and flow charts for the complex processes

6.Was there  any  help  that  you acquired while  exam  preparation?  Like  any  visual  aids  any  professional guidance?  Or  those  little  tit  bits  that  the  professors  tell  us  but  none  other than the  toppers  pay  attention to? Please  share  with us.

6) Our college staff was very supportive, I did get a lot of guidance from my  teachers, friends in clarifying doubts. It is very important to surround yourself with positive people, your friends and family who always bring out the best in you.

7.How vital  is  the  Question bank during  exams?  Does  it  come  highly  recommended  or  you advice  thorough reading  of  the  text  and having confound knowledge  of  the  subject?

7)The question banks are of some help during or just before exams for quick revision or to check important questions but you should not depend on them if your seek for long term knowledge, text books are definitely the only option.  It is difficult initially but in the long run, repeated reading of standard text books is beneficial.

8.How do you propose  the  students study and what kind  of  discipline  should be  followed during  exam  time?

8) It’s good to revise the whole portion which gives us a sense of completion but that does not mean studying one day before the exam.  Exams are meant for us to know how much information were we able to absorb throughout the year and this has to be understood by the students.  Adequate sleep and remaining calm are the two most important things we should remember.

9.Could you give  some  important  pointers  on  Exam  writing skills?  And also  how  should  one  prepare  for  a practical  exam?

9) The way one presents a paper is also important.. A good legible hand writing and well spaced answers with diagrams where ever possible helps the examiner to correct the paper with ease.

10.Any special  tricks  and tacts  for  the  students  of  your  college  who  would be  reading this?

10) I genuinly don’t feel that they need any tricks or tactics, they are well informed about how to study.

11.So, do you have  any  parting thoughts?  Like  disclosing that  secret  mantra  that  you  chanted  or  that  special brand of  energy  drink  you savored?  Just kidding.  Seriously  though, anything at  all?

11) Studying to score in the university exam is good but studying only to score is not what we should aim for….what matters is how much knowledge  we have gained and are going to carry with us from the subjects we study.

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