I prefer during exams to not copy from phones or chits because that will not give you the confidence of writing an exam later.
Enal Prafull Porwal
Pravara Institute of medical sciences
II YEAR 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. First of all Thank you so much for your wishes..!!
Myself Enal Prafull Porwal studying in Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, resident of Shirdi.
My individual marks are
Pharmacology – 125/200
Pathology and Microbiology – 139/200
Dental Material Science – 134/200
Prosthodontics practical preclinical – 63/100
Conservative practical preclinical – 62/199
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. Yes, that’s really true, whenever we enter new year of the course, new subjects, new books really put us in depression but the main thing is start reading the books slowly and with concentration so you get the thing in one go. No need of reading it 10-10 times.
And take one subject at a time, don’t get confused with other subjects.
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 didn’t have like a proper time table type schedule, just used to decide that I have to complete this much today. And I had no such study hours, I used to study mostly at evening or at night as I am very lazy to get up in the morning :p
4.Did you have a different methodology of tackling the subjects? Any special notes that you prepared?
4 .I am very bad at making notes so I used to highlight the important text in the book itself.
And I like referring different books for the subject so I used to stick notes in the textbook if there was any extra information from other books.
5.Do you have any special pointers for specific subjects? The do’s and don’ts of it?
5 . I think the best way to study pharmacology is mnemonics and writing the classification and rewriting it without seeing.
Pathology is like taking the points out and either making notes or learning directly from the book. I also had made flow charts which made it easy to learn. It is not a subject of ratta, it is like if we read it properly we will get the text immediately.
“I think one should not scribble and write spaciously in neat handwriting as presentation matters !
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.Yes. Of course the demonstration for prostho and cons was amazing for us given by our professors but still youtube videos can help you if you didn’t get the thing in one go. I too have watched those videos for some extra knowledge: p
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. Question bank is of utmost important as it helps us to know the important topics for the exam but as far as knowledge of subject is concerned one should really read the text thoroughly and should read the question bank only before exams.
8.How do you propose the students study and what kind of discipline should be followed during exam time?
8.It is our duty to study but one should have proper sleep, diet, enjoyment and fun. I study daily but I also watch TV for an hour without which I can’t survive I guess :p
And I prefer during exams to not copy from phones or chits because that will not give you the confidence of writing an exam later.
So whatever we have studied should be written so that we know our real score and can improve if needed in further exams.
9.Could you give some important pointers on Exam writing skills? And also how should one prepare for a practical exam?
9.I think one should not scribble and write spaciously in neat handwriting as presentation matters !
Practical exam is like we have to practice during regular practical timings. Once we get a hold of it, there is no any problem during the exam and should keenly listen to the teachers when they give us some hint or any information about practical exams.
10.Any special tricks and tacts for the students of your college who would be reading this?
10. Hehehe…I just want to tell that be prepared for the worst …good will surely come.
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.Nothing like that but I do believe in prayers.
But one thing I would like to tell that listen to the instincts that your heart gives you ..for my case they are always correct :p