So you did not do as well as you had hoped on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT), but it’s not the end of the world. With proper preparation and a good attitude, you can redeem yourself. If you are planning to retake the DAT, pay attention to these lessons.
Dental school is an exciting, yet overwhelming time for most future dentists. Developing good study habits at the start of each semester will ensure you feel prepared and organized.
On my first day of Organic Chemistry, our professor handed each of us a packet containing the major functional groups and their corresponding pKa values. We were told to memorize them. Many students frantically made flashcards, and quizzed each other out loud. Meanwhile, I studied by watching football.
When I looked at the functional groups, I not only saw ketones, esters and carboxylic acids, but to me, each structure resembled an NFL team and my favorite fantasy football players. I make these associations subconsciously. It’s been second nature to me my entire life.
Congratulations to all the first-year dental students all over the United States. You have all worked very hard to get to this point and must continue to do so to to earn your degree. Starting dental school marks not only the start of an important chapter in your professional career, but also the beginning of many new lifestyle choices. In this transitional, yet critical, point in your dental education, I’d like share some tips to help you survive your first year…
As students, we often find ourselves spending our time between one of three places: the clinic, the classroom and the library. Unlike college, “social studying” with friends is no longer a viable option. As much as I miss spending hours sitting on the quad pretending to reading “Introduction to American Literature” while actually talking with my friends about our plans for the weekend, the rigor of dental school demands different study habits. Now that the focus is on efficiency and time management, how can we find new ways to study and stay focused?
Is the DAT stressing you out? You’re not alone. Preparing for the DAT is probably the most intimidating part of the dental school application process. But don’t get lost in counting cubes or memorizing reactions! Below are tips on how to succeed at the DAT and stay calm at the same time.
Read on for DAT study tips…
Studying for the Dental Admission Test is a daunting rite of passage that all dental students and dentists have faced and overcome. The DAT covers multiple topics: Natural Science (comprised of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biology), Quantitative Reasoning, Perceptual Ability, and Reading Comprehension. Since it is required for admission to dental school, it’s never too early to start learning about the contents of the test, study techniques and available resources.
Also, next week starts ASDA DAT Week. Read on for information about free webinars, tips and more!