1.Congratulations on achieving such an amazing feat. Tell us a bit about yourself. Please also tell us your individual marks in each subject.
Hi I am Shruti Singh, studying in Y.M.T dental college.
My individual subject scores are :
DADH : 138
Gen. Anatomy : 147
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?
I was very patient.I knew I couldn’t ‘master’ the syllabus, as you put it, in the very first try. My goal was to understand the smallest details of each subject by the end of the year, cumulatively.
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 ?
Yes, I stuck to a schedule during the PL, before the university exams.
4.Did you have a different methodology of tackling the subjects? Any special notes that you prepared?
I prepare my own notes.It is a combination of the professors’ lectures, standard textbooks and a little bit of Google.
5.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.
I have found that it is usually the ‘little tit bits’ of the professors that make all the difference, especially during viva.
6.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?
I only opened the question bank in the month of May to test myself.
Like I mentioned earlier, it is important to understand the concept of the subject.
7.How do you propose the students study and what kind of discipline should be followed during exam time?
Just don’t be lazy!
I have always been laid back about completing journals and carvings, and to my disadvantage, it interfered with my exam schedule.
So my advice to anyone reading this would be to finish your submissions on time so that you’re left with ample time to study at your own pace.
8.Could you give some important pointers on Exam writing skills? And also how should one prepare for a practical exam?
Once you do the theory well, practicals are a breeze. Practicals sum up the entire textbook, and test your knowledge in depth. So if you’ve left anything out during theory, you must cover up before Practicals.
9.Any special tricks and tacts for the students of your college who would be reading this?
No, Boost is not the secret to my energy (hehe 😀 ).
On a serious note, it is important to balance your studies with extracurricular activities as giving time to your hobby will revitalize you. But too much of either is undesirable.