I tutor students and we always spend time prior to our sessions venting and discussing still-in-school-struggles. Rude instructors, rude students, 8 tests and projects to work on in one week, failing grades, the threat of being kicked out...ah!
We’ve all heard the stories from nurses and medical students, having to work like crazy and prove themselves on zero sleep. Everyone wants to be the best of the best and are willing to do anything to showcase their skills and talents. Classes, homework, tests to study for, projects to work on, patients to prepare for, clinical exams to pass, instruments to sterilize, and oh yes, eating and sleeping somewhere in there. Well, for dental hygiene students it's almost the same...
This is usually all in the first year! Maybe even the first semester depending on how your program is. There is no such thing as “It’s only the first week of school, not a lot of work to do”. The first week of school for dental hygiene students mean to take the time to prepare and study for those 5 tests you have next week. If you slack off, well you just might fail.
Failing a class after your first two tests? You may have one more chance if you’re lucky, to go forward to the committee to plead your case. Your personal life? Your parents are going through a divorce, you’re getting into the study routine, zero sleep because you have to work every night after school to AFFORD the program, and oops you managed a 69% but need a 70% to pass. If they don’t agree with why you failed, out you go! Half your money that you’ve already paid for the program isn’t refunded and you are out of there. They could care less about personal struggles.
Is that stress? Heck yes! But, all of that doesn’t matter because as a dental hygiene student you need to do it all with a smile on your face. If you don’t, you appear weak and it will only bring you down further. The instructors may not “appreciate your attitude” and IF you ever need to plead your case (because you’re failing a class) your ‘attitude’ will be the final decision and because you show lack of enthusiasm you are OUT.
I tutor dental hygiene and dental assisting students online not only because I love to teach, but I do it because I want to provide support. I want to be there when students come to me crying from the stress and need help to pass a class. I have been there and done all of that. I have been through some crazy stress when I went to school. Crying everyday wasn't foreign to me.
The FIRST time I went to dental hygiene school (yes, I took the program TWICE), read my article here, my parents were going through a divorce around the same time clinic was starting. I was having a hard time to begin with, debridement DID NOT come naturally to me and I had a difficult time removing calculus interproximal. I had to sign up for extra help (didn’t come cheap) because if I didn't I would have failed. Yes, I am an adult, but divorce is hard for anyone. I had that at the back of my mind, having to stay at school until 6pm everyday for my extra help in instrumentation, and all the while needing to study to maintain our 70% average.
A friend of mine - her grandma had passed away, who was like a mother to her. That didn’t matter’ to our school educators because it was the time of the clinical exams and she was already barely passing. She wasn’t allowed to take additional time off because if she did, she would fail. She needed all the help she could get. Imagine, having to do a good job while your grandma just passed away. ALSO, knowing the instructors didn’t care doesn’t make it any easier. Oh wait I forgot, she was allowed to take time off to grieve but she would miss her clinicals and would need to take THE SEMESTER OVER…for an additional cost of course. Fair? I think not.
I could go on but I don’t want to depress you readers too much :). So, do you think you’re alone in feeling this way while going through school? You are NOT ALONE. Does everyone appear to be smiling, happy, and always in a good mood in your class? Trust me, they are barely scrapping by. What helps? You need a great support system. Get together with some classmates for study groups and have ‘venting’ sessions to discuss your troubles in school. Also, I hate to stay it but you DO need to adjust your attitude. Try to see the positivity in anything. When I was in school, thats what I did. I constantly thought - “This is NOT forever, I made it in here and I will make it out.”
Develop study plans and routines. Kick studying in the butt! Show your instructors you can and WILL push through no matter what. School is your time to learn and get all you can out of your instructors. Study before classes, ask questions during class time and really show your dedication. You will be SO proud of yourself in the end!!
I took the dental hygiene program twice (haven’t read that article yet, I explain what happened here), and I sure as heck wouldn’t want to take it again. I always feel a sense to nurture when a new student signs up with my program at Dentalelle. I literally want to reach out of my computer screen to hug them and let them know I am here for them.
Are you still in school? Check out the Dentalelle Student Program here, I offer support, mock exams, teaching videos, previously recording sessions, online tutoring, and LITERALLY any help you need while in your program. You can also email me anytime if you need my help. You sign up and get full access until you graduate, easy and less stressful.
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Sorry if this article depressed you but always remember you can and will do this! Read these last few paragraphs and get motivated for tomorrow’s class. Show those instructors you got this!!
If you haven't started your portfolio yet, you aren't the only one! I was audited several years ago and had the best of intentions. I planned to start my portfolio in January and work at it a few hours every month. Fast forward, and what did I actually do? I started my portfolio in November and worked like a crazy person to get it done before Christmas. I couldn't get it done before Christmas and worked on it until about December 29th...AND SEND.
Why couldn't I get it done before Christmas? Well, because I love Christmas! I didn't want to miss out on the christmas shopping, christmas decorating, christmas baking and family gatherings! Who wants to be stuck at home, papers everywhere, working on their portfolio? Not me!
So, it's November now and I want to show you how you can get your portfolio done in ONE MONTH. Yes, even if you haven't started. It's entirely possible with the new SMILE portal system. We had to write the typical day out by hand when I was audited, now you don't have to. This will literally save you about 5 hours.
I do offer a Portfolio Workshop which is a full course valid for one year. I upload two new webinars each month to add to your continuing education, provide goal examples and learning activity examples each month, guide you on chapters to read in your textbook, and offer teaching videos! Also included is access into a private facebook group to network with others AND a free portfolio review by me at the end.
In the meantime, get started with these ideas to get that portfolio of yours done in one month:
1. Want free continuing education?
Go to www.vivalearning.com and browse the webinars they offer. All free and you can watch them anytime. You can take a test afterwards as proof that you watched the webinar. You can take as many as you want for your hours.
2. Open a textbook
Open any textbook you have and read a chapter! Make detailed notes on that chapter and furthermore browse online for that topic and research some more. Reading and browsing online will be at least two hours of continuing education. Free again!
3. Set aside time
The key to getting all this done in a month is to set aside time. Whether it be 5 hours every Saturday for a month, or one hour everyday until it's done, set aside time that works for you.
Those three things are easy to get started right now! If you need some help you can reach out to me or check out Dentalelle's Portfolio Workshop where I guide you every step of the way!
This is my first official week (well short week because of Thanksgiving) that I've left my dental office in London where I worked for almost 13 years. I was able to do this and teach full time from home. It was a hard decision to leave my office of 13 years but it was mainly hard because more recently I become a Restorative Dental Hygienist. I spent $10,000 to learn this skill at school and now walking away from it? Well, yes. My time is NOW to see how far this teaching can take me and what's to say I can't do both? :). First things first....
This week my days have consisted of waking up at 7am to let the doggies out to pee and feed them. I relax on the couch infront of the fire with a healthy smoothie, and afterwards a tea, I watch a show or movie on Netflix while the puppies nap (yup, they seriously nap after walking up). By 9am I start teaching my dental hygiene/dental assisting students whatever the topic is for that day. I do this, with little breaks until 2pm.
Afternoon consists of taking the dogs for a walk, probably having another snack (I'm always hungry), tidying up the house and maybe recording a video or two for my YouTube channel.
Sometimes I work until 2pm, sometimes 4pm, or sometimes 5pm when Tom gets home. I enjoy cooking (sometimes haha) and usually start prepping or dinner around 5pm.
That's it :). I'm home, not crazy travel time, no gas being spent, and I can basically change my hours if needed. Our lives are way too busy to be chained to a 9-5 job, which usually means waking up at 6am to get ready and leave, travel time, being exhausted by 3pm, leaving from work at 5:30, coming home even more exhausted, having to make dinner, talk to your significant other about your exhausting day, and sleep.
I prefer working from home :).
These days its hard to find 'older' and more 'experienced' dental hygienists who are passionate about this profession. I remember in school, even my instructors didn't seem to have a passion for it. Some did, but usually every chance they got they would add comments like "be careful who you work for," "make sure to start in a great office," "don't expect to get paid a lot right away," things like that. Not very encouraging! Right?!
Younger dental hygienists, and newer dental hygienists I find are extremely passionate! They are excited and ready to work. They are nice to their patients and ready to take on anything. I think those who have been working for 10+ years are burnt out and discouraged by the profession. The solid truths are we aren't being paid as much, we seem to have more responsibilities and less time per patient to do them, and our yearly association fees have gone up. I could go on here, but you get the idea.
However, I will be the first one to tell you that I love this job! I have been working for 12+ years now and I consider it my mission to inspire and motivate my students to love this profession too. Don't let anyone tell you how you should feel and how you should work. Be excited! This profession is wonderful and especially when you are first getting started there is so much to learn.
I will also tell you that working in one office over another will make all the difference! Unfortunately when you first start out you have bills to pay and will work anywhere, this is OK! Once you pay off those student loans though, if you quickly realize that office isn't for you make sure to move on. Perhaps you feel the staff never truly 'accepted' you, or you have 30 minutes per patient and you feel like you're working in a factory assembly line, maybe you don't get paid for no shows or cancellations, does your boss give you a major guilt trip when you take a vacation, or maybe you haven't had a raise in 5 years? I hear these stories all too often...
On another note, my famous line to anyone who knows me is - "If you aren't happy, change it, only you can." This rings true for your job. You work 40 hours a week, you need to love it!
If the dental office is stressing you out and you're working your butt off, change it! I'm not suggesting changing professions but you should try another office first. I can count on two hands hygienists I know personally who weren't happy in their jobs, changed offices and are thanking their lucky stars! They love it there and they have a newfound love for their career.
I tutor dental hygiene and dental assisting students for the board exam. More than that though, is I help them when they first graduate, pass the exam, and start working in an office. I guide them through what could be scary time for them. I am passionate in this profession and I want others to be just as excited and passionate as I am! Patients need 'happy' hygienists! You need to love your job for your patients if nothing else. I recommend this Full Dental Hygiene Resource Manual, you can print it out and keep it with you! It goes through everything you need to know when you start working in an office.
Remember, don't listen to what others may tell you - if they are unhappy in this profession it doesn't mean you have to be or will be! Dental hygiene is an amazing extension into the health care field - you will help people, make them less nervous and make someones day :). It's incredibly rewarding!
This FULL Dental Hygiene Manual includes 104 pages of periodontal cases, special needs conditions, AB's explained, common medications, eruption charts, wheelchair transfer information, oral pathology lesions, radiography, and more! Click here to learn more.
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--I'm so glad to see other students talking because trust me when I say YOU ARE NOT ALONE! School is tough, seems impossible, and stressful. That's all an understatement but it will be worth it.
--It's actually really inspired me to start something new...perhaps a YouTube channel specifically for helping students get through school and push through the stress. Would anyone watch it? :)? Lets all get together, share your stories, your struggles and help each other out while in school. You CANT become a dental hygienist or assistant without getting through school right?!
Whats stressing you out? Clinical? Exams every week? Other students? Other TEACHERS?....it's a safe place here. Let's chat!
Hit reply and email me! Would you be interested in watching more videos? I will talk, and be open and honest. Have questions about an upcoming test? Teacher problems? Student problems? Sleep deprived? Need help? Need advice?
I would love to invite you all over here and have a major chat session about dental hygiene school life. Let's unwind and chat, get all the stress off your chest! SEE that you're NOT ALONE! But...I live in Woodstock ON and I have a feeling not all of you would come down here, so lets do a YouTube channel instead?
What do you think?
I wish I had someone to talk to when I was in school - I've said it before but I had the worst time. Not only having to take the program TWICE but I constantly felt I wasn't good enough. I failed a lot of clinic tests because I swear my one instructor hated me...I remember failing a final clinic exam because my arm was "too high". No joke, this is what she said. It was a test on scaling and I failed because the instructor felt my arm was too high and it would hurt me in the long run. I remember going to the clinical director and appealing the case, even she said "Andrea, I don't know why you're here this is just embarrassing. I'm signing you off as a pass...but keep that arm lower".
Can you IMAGINE? I remember for the appeal I had to come in on a Saturday, I had to book it off work (so I was losing money), travel an hour by bus to school..actually a bus and subway in total for her to pass me after a 5 minute conversation.
Don't get me wrong, I was thrilled to have that pass but I also knew she would pass me. I felt all along that other instructor failed me for a stupid reason. Did she have something to prove? I really think so.
Oops...did I say that?...sorry but it's true. I've always had a problem with authority though, especially when I know I'm right :):):). I wouldn't shy away from giving an instructor the evil eye when I wasnt being treated fairly. You should have seen me in school two years ago for Restorative Hygiene..same situations. I guess being 30 years old didnt change me haha. I am convinced one instructor in particular 'hated' me too that I even spoke to the Dean with how I was being treated unfairly. Seriously got me no where but I needed to speak my case. When all my classmates could see it and felt sorry for me I knew I had to do something.
Another story for another email? You bet...:). I have tons of them! I'm a tutor now so haha to them!
I wasn't alone, I know other students were feeling that way too.
How is your program/teachers/tests going for you???
I'm always here to listen!
*Original post from August 2014
Welcome to Dentalelle's Blog! Surprisingly this is my first blog post with Dentalelle even though we have been online for the past 5 years. Why do you ask? Truthfully I simply did not have the time and for students who know me, I do it all and I do it all myself :). NOW however, I do have time, or in other words I am making time! Let me start off by introducing myself and why I started Dentalelle Tutoring in the first place...
My story is quite an interesting one so read on! Basically when I started college for my dental assisting course, about 10 years ago, I realized after that first week how much I love anything dental and learning about oral health. I will always remember the instructor putting a stack of papers on my desk the first day, I took one and passed the remainder of this large stack to the student beside me. My instructor quickly replied "Oh no dear, this stack is for YOU..for the month". A month??!! Ok, wait a minute..what kind of program is this??!!
But, who are we kidding, I loved the fact that I would be learning a stack of information in a month and of course needed to memorize it for WEEKLY tests (yes you read right, we had WEEKLY tests).
11 months later I had graduated from dental assisting college and began working at an amazing office which employees currently 6 dentists. More about this office later, oh yes..I will be going into detail about what working has been like first as a dental receptionist, dental assistant, and now a dental hygienist. I need to save some information for my upcoming blog posts! It will be an exciting read for you all every week.
When I went to dental hygiene college, this is where I quickly realized how much I loved teaching other students and even being there for them to display a positive attitude when things got rough.
Let me say dental hygiene school IS stressful, and if you want to go home and cry everyday this IS normal! Oh how I would have loved to have someone to listen to my venting (we all know our families, spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends, friends DO NOT understand). To make my long story short (too late? :), this is why Dentalelle is here! I will listen to you vent and help you remain positive during this tough time. Seriously - email me when you feel like giving up or when you have been studying for 4 hours straight and think you can't do it anymore. I am here to help :).
I first started Dentalelle Tutoring because I wanted to help students, plain and simple. In my school - additional tutoring was $60 an hour and as a student working only weekends that is certainly something I couldn't afford. In fact, I didn't know any students who could unless mommy or daddy happened to be paying their full tuition and living expenses (gosh how that would have made things so much easier for me!).
For any student out there currently in dental hygiene school you know one hour of tutoring isn't enough, more like 4 hours AT LEAST are needed to really understand something. So basically you are paying $60x4=$240 for tutoring...umm no way! Needless to say in school I did not receive tutoring instruction if I needed it and neither of my friends did either. We kept saying "why isn't there anyone out there who can tutor us on weekends for a reasonable price and better yet online so we can sleep in for a change!"
This is how Dentalelle was born! I literally started designing the web site, developing course content and tutoring students a few months after I had graduated. This took TIME! Think of it this way, each 2 hour tutoring session or course took me at least 4 hours of prep (and still does, I am a perfectionist!) The program and material was still fresh in my mind and I really wanted to help make things easier and less stressful for students. We all know, if our marks are good (or GREAT) we are less stressed and can actually sleep at night right?!
So here we are - I tutor for individual class courses (pharmacology, oral pathology, radiography, etc.,), board exam preparation full courses (see the popular Board Exam Prep Academy here, which includes full tutoring and prep for the board exam until you graduate AND pass the exam), and continuing education courses for dental hygienists. We offer a discount for students who sign up together also. Email me if you have any questions anytime or you need to vent. I really am here to help and make your life as a dental hygiene student less stressful!
Also, did you know....?
I took dental hygiene school TWICE, yes TWICE! Imagine the stress of that?! A common saying I had for students when I went to school was "Hey, at least you are only taking this horrible, stressful program ONCE, remember now I took it twice!" :).
When you finish your college or university degree, you are willing and motivated to work work work! This is true for any degree. Students don’t want to sit around, they want to work in their field and make money. Student loads, OSAP, whatever the case may be…money doesn’t grow on trees.
Dental hygienists aren’t any less so. A pro about the profession though? Dental hygienists can easily temp at other offices which may not be the case for many occupations. Can accountants temp at other practices? Probably not. Even dental assistants can’t really do that, you either work in an office or you don’t.
Some hygienists don’t see temping as a good thing - new offices all the time, new patients, new trays, new office policies, new dentists to deal with, and not to mention constantly having those ‘butterflies’ when working in a new place for the first time. Temps tell me you get used to it but I'm sure it takes time for everyone.
Take those cons above though. Temp hygienists who temp all the time turn those cons into pros! They love seeing new patients, new offices and things always being different. They feel their schedule is more flexible, because they may be taking over vacations for a few hygienists and then they may have a few weeks off. Even if an office calls you, do you have to say yes? No. You could tell them you have plans. If you work in an office, your hours are your hours. Temp hygienists can be more flexible.
We see temps come and go in our office all the time. With 6 dentists at any given time, we need a lot of hygienists! Someone calls in sick? We call a temp. Someone taking vacation or away having surgery? We need a temp.
I have put together a list though with what makes a good temp and what makes a GREAT one:
1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions - if you don’t know something, ask! We may have forgotten to show you where the x-ray room for development is for example, but that doesn’t mean you purposely don’t take x-rays on your patients if they were prescribed!
2. Help out - do you have an opening or no show? Take this time to help someone who may need it! Bring their patient back, wipe their room, take their trays, help an assistant, anything you can do. Sitting in your operatory texting will ensure you won’t get a call back :).
3. Know your role - will you be booking appointments? Will you be posting the treatment for the day? Every office is different. In my office we don’t expect temps to post or book but we do expect them to call their patient if they don’t show up. Also find out if you will be cleaning your own trays or if an assistant is responsible for that.
4. Dentists - know who they are in the office, who you go to when you need a check, how to let them know you need a check (do you tell them beforehand, do you leave a note in their room, does the assistant let them know?), and talk to them! When they come into the room for a check, talk to them about the patients gingival condition. Did they have a lot of plaque, or very little? I also leave the gloves out for the dentist and pass them the explorer/mirror if the opportunity presents itself :). Sitting there waiting is just awkward without saying anything.
5. Payment - know how the office pays you. Cheque or cash? Make sure to collect when you leave. Some offices can set up an automatic payroll into your bank if you temp at the same place often.
I probably should write a book because there is A LOT more to go through but these are the basics. Have you joined the facebook group yet? Join here, and feel free to ask questions if you have them! Good luck!
Are you not sure if you're ready to take the board exam? Or are you confused on what and how to start studying? The best and easiest solution to that is to take a few mock exams! It works whether you have studied for months and want to test your knowledge, and it also works if you are starting to study for the exam but have no clue where to start.
Why does this work?
Taking mock exams test your knowledge and is a great example of what the format of the board exam is actually like! Hard multiple choice questions where only one answer is correct. That's not something you can create yourself because you don't know what you don't know yet :). Makes sense? Mock exams show you that a few answers are right...but ONE is the most correct. Practice makes perfect and honestly the more practice you have, the more confident you will be on these board exam questions in no time.
Which Mock Exams?
Dentalelle has a variety of mock exams - currently on Amazon we have some for $3.89! These mock exam booklets are the exact questions we ask and discuss in our live sessions for The Board Exam Academy and The Blueprint Solution. If you are a member you get all these booklets for free when we have our live sessions! Both courses help prepare you for the board exam and you get full access to tutoring and materials all year! So it's perfect to sign up a year before you take the exam because you can study a little each week if you wanted to.
Everyone wants the newest Periodontal Mock Exam Booklet, you can see that on Amazon here!
More Mock Exams
You can try something even better and get the full mock exam packages. The full mock exam packages are different than the booklets because it includes mock exam questions and answers, and also a full powerpoint discussing that topic in detail! That way you can go back and re-study the material all in one place. You can see the full packages here.
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We are want to pass the board exam the first time because it will be less expensive, less timing consuming, less studying and you can start making the big bucks as soon as possible!
When I was a student I wanted a tutor ASAP. When I started the dental hygiene program I was already thinking about the board exam and looking here and there for a tutor, or any course out there to help me. Nursing students have courses they can take to prep for their boards so I thought why not me to? Money of course was an issue though, as I'm sure it is for any student.
At the time I could only find one company available and they were charging about $400 for a two month course. I get it however, here is another..'but' ..they didn't offer a guarantee and they only had sessions in the evenings. I was in school full time and working in the evenings so that wouldn't work. It was online and therefore I did ask if could view the recordings afterwards. At first they said sure but the catch was only for two weeks. Two weeks wouldn't work for me. To pay $400 and not have access to the full course didn't make sense since I would miss the live sessions and not be able to view the recordings as often as I wanted to. I was quickly discouraged.
So that was it. To tutor through my school they charged $66 an hour. Ahhhhh no way. I was at a loss and had a full fledged plan to stay organized through school, take notes weekly on what I did learn, and review monthly. Sounds great right? Well that sure didn't happen! Heck I was a student, I was busy and before I knew it clinic came and went..
At the end of all that hard schooling I passed the board exam the first time thank goodness. Those that took the tutoring course I mentioned didn't all pass but you know what? Most of them did. I decided I wanted to start my own tutoring company to offer fair prices, study resources teaching students how to study and the best time when to study. I've always been a good 'studier' and did very well in school. And now considering I had just graduated, the board exam was fresh in my mind and I started creating notes and power points based on the exam.
Previous board exam questions are worth their weight in gold right?!
Dentalelle Tutoring took a few years to fully create. I went from tutoring individually a few times a month to now hosting full on courses and group sessions almost every weekend. I don't believe in sessions in the evenings because students have fallen asleep on me because they were so tired! Poor students..
I tutor on Saturdays and Sunday's because students are usually less tired at that point. Sessions are 1-1.5 hours so I'm not taking up their entire weekend either. If they miss a session? No problem! They get access to all recordings for an entire year, as many times as they like! They also have access to a private Facebook group for students of Dentalelle so they can network, and ask questions. I live and breathe dental so I post daily extra study resources, tips, and questions to get their minds thinking!
Each session is as fun as it can be! We go over multiple choice questions every time to really prep you for the board exam. Think of being in a tiny classroom but it's better because all online! Sit in your pajamas and relax! You can be interactive and participate or sit back and watch the others :). It's all audio and video so you can see/hear me but I won't be able to see you.
You may ask about a guarantee? I can never guarantee someone's pass because it depends on how you study, the work you put into it, and many other factors as well. But I do offer you full access to the course until you take the exam. That's right! Full access to new sessions, mock exams, videos, notes and everything included. I want you all to pass, that's my mission!
I am always here for my students either by Facebook message, email..whatever you need! Interested in a free trial of Dentalelle before you commit? Go here: to check that out.
Hope to see you inside! Don't delay and start studying with our study plans now. You need focus to make the most of your time! Don't study blindly you are only wasting your time and will get frustrated. Dentalelle tutors both dental assisting and dental hygiene students year round so check us out!
'See' you soon :).
How to study when you feel like you can't anymore? That is the question. Your test, exam or board exam is fast approaching - how do you study when you feel like you've studied it all? You want to study, and feel if you don't you're missing something. Here are some tips to get back on track:
1. Mock exams
Mock exams are perfect! Whether you make them, have a friend, or tutor make up some questions for you, go for it!
Why this works -- Doing random questions on the spot helps to test your knowledge. You may think you know something but you won't know until you see it in multiple choice format and have several answers to choose from. Remember, there is only one BEST answer. Mock exam-type questions give you random ones that you aren't expecting. The board exam will give you unexpected questions too right?! Perfect way to test your knowledge.
2. Random chapters
Open your text books and randomly read a chapter. If you pick a small chapter, read two more!
Why this works -- you have no idea what's on the board exam so choosing a random chapter is almost the same thing. Read it and if you find that you're reading new material or material you feel less then confident in, you know you need to study that topic further. Bam, problem solved :). This results in more focused studying, and focused studying is the best kind!
3. Study the most at the beginning
I find the closer students get to the big exam they can study less. You won't need to spend 8 hours everyday the last week studying. Have a set study schedule! Your tutor can help you with that too :). I have a set schedule for all my students in The Board Exam Prep Academy with weekly study plans.
Why this works -- having a set schedule and sticking to it means you're retaining information better. You also don't feel pressured to study 24/7. You will find reading your notes a lot faster than usual and quickly breezing through. However, if you feel stressed and have trouble reading and retaining your material, you know to study those areas again!
It's a win win because you won't spend time studying the same material you know but instead you will be studying stuff you SHOULD be studying.
Good luck students. I have a quick video if you wanted some study tips before the exam and what NOT to do before any big exam. I'm talking specially about the boards here but helpful tips can apply for any test or exam.
Feel overwhelmed? I have a 99.3% success rate helping dental hygiene and dental assisting students pass their board exam! Don't feel stressed or overwhelmed! Check out The Board Exam Prep Academy here - register for immediate access to all topics and materials needed to study for the exam, mock exams to test your knowledge, and live sessions here.
Happy Studying as always :)
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