Filed under: Uncategorized — 99 Comments March 28, So this is the most common question for all beginners on how and where to study from, or better still a blueprint of the study material. Then most common problem which we all have faced taking this exam is which is the best material to stick to. The answer is going to pose as much dilemma as much as I faced while deciding which material I used for my preparation. I will start by listing the material which are most popular along with the less popular ones.
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Filed under: Uncategorized — 99 Comments March 28, So this is the most common question for all beginners on how and where to study from, or better still a blueprint of the study material.
Then most common problem which we all have faced taking this exam is which is the best material to stick to. The answer is going to pose as much dilemma as much as I faced while deciding which material I used for my preparation. I will start by listing the material which are most popular along with the less popular ones. Few have been from Indian writers as they were the books we followed in the dental studies in India.
Kaplan Review Notes: This is one of the most sought after material released by Kaplan. It is the most comprehensive review of what we need to read for the exam and if you are through with this book at least times I can guarantee that you will cross the mark of 85 percentile and up confidently.
Make sure you solve each of the paper atleast 3 times before exam. And solve not cram, it will help you phenomenally. Series runs from 1-A released in year to 1-N in Except for I-M and 1-N, all comprise of questions.
Keep your 1-L, M and N papers unsolved till the last month and access you preparation using these as mock tests. They are available at the ASDA website as well as for sale as used copies. You can also try downloading them from links available online, if not possible you can contact me, I can send them too. You can also try to get old paper copies from previous test takers if the paper copies are essential for your preparation. ASDA link 3. I had used the original decks as well as the reprints but I feel especially in the picture section of the decks the flash cards are more useful.
If you anyhow decide to use the printouts then try to put together few pages of each section and finish those sections alongside the main reading from Kaplan notes, so as you do not have to repeatedly read the decks apart from your notes. Just like Kaplan review you can follow decks entirely but then it is an individual choice. I feel Decks are not very organized from the comprehensive reading viewpoint, they are more suited for US graduates who have very strong basics while in school and all they need to do before taking their boards is go through material like Decks or NBDE First Aid.
Some of my friends swear by it in terms of quick one liners and its point to point approach but I personally find this one good in terms Anatomy section but deficient in many subjects, like microbiology and biochemistry which have been finished in just a few pages. Major reasons being the comprehensive system by system approach it has for all subjects. But I will try to rest my case by saying, a combination of the two. It is so that some subjects are better described in the lecture notes than the review, viz the microbiology, pathology, biochemistry and immunology if done from the lecture notes are totally worth it for your understanding and in turn your board scores.
Anatomy and physiology are way concise in the review book. If you want to skip immunology diagrams and jump to the cramming, you can stick on the review book for it.
At the end of the day I feel no book is wholesome for this exam and the key us to pick up the best from the best ones. The review book has a total of 33 chapters which encompasses everything in anatomy cover to cover. Few diagramatic aids and barring few details here and there you are good to go even with all that is here.
Will elaborate more on each subject,section wise in the study technique post. Your B. I might miss out on a few but will try to fit in all the books which are very good writes from Indian as well as foriegn writers. OR General pathology by Harsh Mohan. But once you are through with it you can master your biochemistry and pathology at your fingertips and to a certain extent microbiology too.
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