Just as quickly as the last semester ended, a new one began. You promised yourself to become more organized, get through all of the recommended readings and stick to a study schedule. One month into the semester, your desk is covered in dirty scrubs, leftover Chipotle and half-highlighted syllabi. In 30 days, your study goal has gone from hero to zero. Semester after semester, I lose the motivation to study because my desk is in the running for the next episode of “Hoarders.”
One of the most challenging parts of being a first-year dental student has been figuring out the most efficient and effective study strategies. Unlike in college, in dental school, you are expected to study large amounts of material in short periods of time. For example, a 10-question quiz on two weeks of material for one class might be on 200–300 PowerPoint slides. Is it possible to study this much material, or possibly more for every class, while still doing well? Yes, it is!
Retaking the DAT can be a rollercoaster of emotions and stress when you’re not sure how to react or prepare after receiving an unexpected score. I remember the moment after my first attempt, crying in my car and not knowing what to do. I applied to dental schools earlier that summer, hoping my DAT score would be strong enough for consideration, but it didn’t make the cut. All my plans, hopes and dreams for the next year felt crushed in a single second, and I felt so much regret, grief and disappointment for some time.
Before he became Dr. Cohen, Yermie went from MIT where exams were open-book, to medical school at UCLA, where the number of scientific terms to learn was like a daily avalanche. Existing study aids were either outrageously expensive, or too simplistic for higher education. Instead of spending an arm and a leg on test prep, Yermie called upon his MIT network to build a tool that made memorizing easy. A year later, and a third of all medical students in the U.S. were using Memorang to conquer their exams.
With the constantly looming mountain of studying, lab work, and chart management, it can be hard to make smart snacking choices. Especially when you’re stressed, planning healthy snacks can seem like one more thing you don’t have time to deal with. Here are some of our favorite picks for satisfying munchies that won’t make you regret it later! Calorie estimates come from the USDA’s SuperTracker website, which can be found