- Posted by National Dental Academy
- On August 8, 2016
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Congratulations! You’ve decided to enroll in the dental assistant program. And now… the work continues. However, don’t fret quite yet. Thanks to these 5 tips for starting dental school from the National Dental Academy, you can keep it simple. Get ready to minimize those feelings of anxiety and set yourself up well for healthy success.
1. Time Management
By now, you should know your limits. You know what drains you and what helps to replenish. Before your classes begin, make a list of ways to keep physical healthy, maintain social relationships, and pursue exterior passions, outside of class hours. List some 5-minute break activities you can incorporate into your study hours. Post your lists where you will see them, set goals, and then add an incentive to achieve those goals while maintaining a healthy balance of life in and out of dental school.
Don’t do it. Go at your own pace and use this time to practice your techniques. If you’re pursuing your passion, you are already among the brightest. You are not schooling to become the best, but to become the best you can at your area of expertise and future profession. Be respectful of your instructors and keep your disagreements to yourself. Never judge your peers, but focus most on reaching your personal goals while helping others to succeed. Worry only about yourself… and, don’t worry.
3. Ask for Help
While it may not always be wise to take others’ advice, it cannot hurt to ask classmates for help. If your technique in practice is not working, observe others. If you cannot seem to get all your study hours in, ask advice on how others manage well. Receive criticism kindly and with consideration. Then, take what works for you and leave the rest behind, knowing that what works for some will not work for others. Be willing to share your technique and advice, when asked, as well.
4. Get Involved
One of the worst things you can do as a dental student is to isolate yourself. Take advantage of the unique opportunities to participate in dentistry organizations outside of the program. Not only will this bring reprieve and some social life to your schooling, but it will naturally build a network essential to your future. Getting outside the classroom will be a welcomed change, and you’ll be learning indispensable, new things.
5. Your Physical Self
Keep tabs on your eating, physical activity, and sleep. Read blogs, sports articles, and books you enjoy. Keep up with activities which use your hands, and relax while you’ve the time.