Vaishnavi Dubey Kolhapur 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. Hello to all the medicos ! I am Vaishnavi Dubey, student of second year MBBS at R.C.S.M. Government Medical College, Kolhapur. I scored 158/200 each in Anatomy and Biochemistry and 157/200 in Physiology in First year MBBS University examination. My grand total was 473/600 which rounds up to 78.8%.


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. It took quite a bit of time to actually get to know Anatomy because we do have some part of Physiology and Biochemistry in 11th and 12th standard. But the actual insight into every subject began after we give the term end examination.


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. I did not have a set schedule as such. I had it prepared only 10-15 days prior the examinations to cover most of the topics of every subject. Having said that, otherwise my only plan and aim was to at least have a preliminary reading or ‘go through’ of the topic that was taught in college each day. Average number of study hours would be 5-6 hours in the evening and 1-2 hours in the morning.


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

4. Most of the notes I prepared were in the classroom itself. I did prepare notes for Physiology for some chapters just for last minute revision sort of. Anatomy I practiced the diagrams thoroughly since a good diagram can not only fetch you good marks but also it saves your writing time and you get a clear picture once you look at diagrams.


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

5. Since first year subjects are the foundation of other subjects in coming years, I feel that once must at least read every topic once. However owing to the time crunch at the time of exams, one must keep the notes handy for the important topics. Like in Anatomy preparing a table for origin, insertion, nerve supply and action of muscles.


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. 99% of the help I got were from the books. Remaining 1% would be watching videos on internet when I didn’t understand a particular topic. 50% of your understanding the topic can be done in the classroom itself when the professors stress on some words or some topics.


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. Reading of the text should be the 1st step and next step should be question bank at the time of exams to get to know the type of questions asked in exams. It gives a much needed direction to your studies.


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

8. Study for knowledge and apply that knowledge in your future medicine practice. Cheating in exams will fetch you marks no doubt, but what is the use of such marks if they don’t lead you anywhere. Getting poor marks will only motivate you to study harder. There is always a second chance.


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

9. Be neat and write in legible handwriting. Try to depict answers with the help of diagrams wherever possible, especially in Anatomy and Physiology. In practical exam, professors ask many application based questions. So make sure that you cover most of the applied of all the 3 subjects and make sure you know what you say because the further questions are based on your previous answers.


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

10. The only trick would be to take interest in what you are studying. You can even have group discussions on topics that you find difficult to understand.


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

11. Got it covered in the previous answer.

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