NBDE I: How I pass my board

NBDE I: How I pass my board

Hello!

It has been a stressful summer because I have been studying for boards. I recently found out that I passed! I am elated. This post will be all about the study aids that I used and my study plan for NBDE I.

Study aids:

  • First Aid: At first, this was very overwhelming for me so I switched to B & B dental (I’ll talk about this in a bit). However after using B & B dental, I felt a bit more confident and I went back to first aid. I read this twice.
    • This has a lot of information (possibly too much), but it has great visual aids. I read all of the sections except for pathology.
    • This does not have enough on dental anatomy. You’ll need to use another resource.
    • Conclusion: Read this if you have time or if you need visual aids.
  • B & B Dental: This is a new program where they provide a book with videos and flashcards that go along with the study aid. There are errors within the book. I went through this book once, but I read the pathology section a few times. That section was straight to the point. The flashcards are to reinforced what you have read, and they are not formatted like the NBDE.
    • Conclusion: I would do this if you don’t have enough time. However, it does not have enough info on head and neck and dental anatomy. Several of my classmates bought this program, and they passed their boards. Again, they used supplemental materials for the head and neck and dental anatomy.
  • Dental decks: My school provided this and the only thing I used was the case-lets. When I was going over the case-lets, I realized how easy it was and I remembered hoping that it would be similar type of questions on the board.
    • Conclusion: I didn’t use it so I can’t really comment on it, but the questions that I got on my scenarios were very similar to the case-lets. I would use it if you have access to it.
  • Dental mastery app: These questions go along with the first aid book. They are similar to the board questions. I went over all the questions at least once and the ones I did not know a couple of more times. Dental anatomy questions are easier compared to the real test. I would use a supplemental resource for dental anatomy questions.
    • Conclusion: Get this app and use it. There were several questions that were exactly the same on the board.
  • Crack the NBDE: I used this as practice exams. I made a simulated testing environment and took the exams. Then I review it the next day. After I went through all the test once, I focused on the first two exams because they were the hardest and my lowest scores. Again, the dental anatomy questions were really easy.
    • Conclusion: Get this app. Use it as a practice test.
  • Youtube: Know these facts like the back of your hand.
  • Dental anatomy: Most of my resources are from my dental anatomy professor. For this section, I would see if you professor has any study aid for you.

Study plan:

  • I had created an amazing study plan, but of course, nothing goes according to my plan. Originally I wanted to start at the end of March, but I got sick so that took me a while to get better. School work started picking up so I did what I could throughout April and May, but June was when I focused and went through what I need to work on.
  • April-May: I did dental anatomy throughout these months, and I practiced to draw out my picket fence, occlusion, and eruption charts.
    • Weekdays: I had to balance school work with board study so I do as much as I can.
      • Per day: 30 questions from mastery app, read 20 pages
    • Weekends: This is when I went into overdrive, but again, I had to balance it with school work.
      • 90 questions from mastery app, read 50 pages
  • June: I had three weeks from when school was over to my test. By this time, I went through most of mastery app, B and B dental, and first aid already so I was going over questions and concepts that I could not grasp. I also took two practice tests a week. Again throughout this month, I was reviewing the 300 dental anatomy facts.
    • Everyday: I made a quick study sheet for concepts that I that I did not understand and I reviewed them. Answered 50 questions the days that I was not taking a practice test.
    • I remembered I took 1 or 2 days off where I did not study because I was getting burnt out.
  • Day before my exam: I re-read the 300 dental anatomy facts and certain pathologies that I could not remember.

Before I end the post, I would like to mention that dental anatomy and head and neck are two areas that they don’t curve so please know this very well. Also in recent year, they have increased the passing rate from 70% to 75% and reduced the lunch time from 1 hour to .5 hour.

If you have any other questions, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Part II: How to survive 1st year of dental school

Part II: How to survive 1st year of dental school

Hello!

This is a continuation of part I on the tips that I have gathered that has made my life more manageable in dental school.

  1. Semi-meal prep: The reason it is semi-meal prep for me is that I don’t want to eat the same thing every day and I want to have the opportunity to modify it based on my cravings. (I’ll do another post regarding my meal preps later.)
  2. Notability: This has been my savior in terms of taking notes. Most of my professors would upload their lectures and I would import those lectures onto this app on my Ipad, which then I use to take notes. It is so compact because the only thing that I carry is my Ipad to class. (I’ll do another post about technology and apps that I have found useful in dental school.)
  3. Don’t overwhelmed yourself with extracurricular activities: I say this because I was that girl in college that was involved in everything. This past year, I did something that was unusual for me. I did not join that many clubs and I got to sit back and enjoy school.

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Part I: How to survive 1st year of dental school

Part I: How to survive 1st year of dental school

Hello!

I have been MIA lately because dental school has taken over my life. As I am wrapping my first year, here are some tips that have helped me with my first year of dental school. Some of these tips are obvious things that everyone knows, but there are a few that I discovered that works for me. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you if you are about to start your first year of dental school or if you’re planning to go to professional school. This is going to be a lengthy post so I have decided to break it up into two parts.

  1. Sleep: For the first month of school, I was getting a minimum of five hours of sleep. Needless to say, I did okay, but nothing spectacular and I could not figure out why. I studied and studied, but I was still getting very similar grades. Then I decided to get more sleep and that was when I saw a huge difference. I was getting grades that I wanted. So now, I get a minimum of seven hours especially the night before an exam.
  2. Exercise: At the start of school, I wasn’t exercising on a regular basis and that was very abnormal for me. I started to feel sluggish, fatigue, and depress. Then, I started going to exercise classes that the school offer or at least squeeze in a 30 minutes workout every other day. I saw a difference in my energy level.
  3. Keep up with my study: There were certain days that I did not study because I needed to take a mental break. However, I knew that if I did that then I had to make it up. So on a regular basis, I study every day for 2-3 hours after class. Another tip that helps is being attentive in class. I realize that whenever I am attentive (so no facebook or instagram) in class then after school, I am quickly reviewing what I have already learned.
  4. Have “Me Time”: I take Friday nights off and I do what makes me happy. That range from catching up with all my shows to cleaning my apartment. Whatever is happening- Friday nights are reserved for me and what I want to do. Whether it is going out with your friends or staying in, it is imperative that you take a night out for yourself and do what you want to do to reenergize.

Stay tune for Part II next week! Let me know if you have questions or want me to do a post on a particular area about dental school.

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Review | J.Crew Edit Bag

Review | J.Crew Edit Bag

Screen Shot 2017-04-27 at 9.47.46 PM Won’t this bag look wonderful with my spring wardrobe? That was my thought purchasing this purse, but my opinion on it changed completely when I received it. Above is a picture from an online retailer. It looks beautifully crafted and with the brand J.Crew, I expected quality. However, that was far from it.

When I opened the package, I noticed the horrible quality of the leather and the horrendous craftsmanship. Below is some snapshots of the bag.

Looking at this bag, I can tell that it is not real leather. The texture and hardness reminds me of a hard cardboard box that has been shaped into a purse. The trim is painted on and the stitchings are uneven. For the price and J.Crew name, it is a disappointing purchase.

Final verdict: Not worth it. Returned!

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Review: Tatcha Polished Rice Powder

Review: Tatcha Polished Rice Powder

Tatcha-Polished-Classic-Rice-Enzyme-Powder     As I walked around Sephora with a friend, I came upon this powder which reminded me that I hadn’t written a review for this powder. I bought this powder as a part of the travel kit from Tatcha. It caught my eyes because of its use of rice as an exfoliating agent. I remembered my mom used to tell me to use rice water to wash my face because it would brighten my skin. I didn’t think much of it until I started using it.

It is formulated with rice powder and traces of crushed pearl. To me, that sounds extra luxurious. It claims to be a cleanser and toner which leaves the skin polished and baby soft. I usually use this whenever I’m traveling because it takes away the dullness of my skin due to the change in environment. I use half a dime size amount for my whole face. I gently let it exfoliates my skin. After I wash it off, my skin has a subtle glow. I highly recommend this product if you want a gentle exfoliate that you can use daily. I will definitely purchase the full size once I run out of the travel size.

Tatcha Exfoliating Rice Enzyme Powder

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi

Review: Emu Australia Platinum Stinger Hi Boots

Review: Emu Australia Platinum Stinger Hi Boots

I stumbled upon the Emu brand when I was researching about Ugg boots. As I did my research, I found that Ugg Australia was an American company, Decker’s Outdoor Corporation. I realized that I did not want to pay a huge amount of money for boots that were not authentic. Here’s a great blog post that dive deeper into the topic: http://www.elleandish.com/2013/05/20/from-my-australian-vacation-what-i-learned-about-ugg-australia-boots/

I decided on the brand Emu because they had great customer service and free shipping. I received my product promptly. When I opened the box and felt the boots, I knew it was money well spent.

The pair of boots was beautiful. It was soft and comfortable. The sole molded to my feet as I wore it. I love the water resistant feature because I don’t have to worry about getting it ruin. I have wide feet so it made the boots look a bit wider than what I want, but I can overlook that.  I usually ordered 1/2 size up for winter boots, but from the review I ordered my usual size six. I cannot wait to wear it during the winter months!

Until next time…

XoXo GiGi