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Simple study tips to prepare for MDS exams

If you are a dental student aspiring to become a registered dental specialist, pursuing MDS (Master of Dental Surgery) courses after BDScan be the next step. MDS is a postgraduate degree in dentistry that offers you the opportunity to specialise in oral medicine and radiology, periodontology, and conservative dentistry and endodontics. An MDS course can open doors to many job opportunities in public and private hospitals, clinics, and research laboratories. You can even set up your dental clinic. However, it is important that you make the most out of your MDS course by putting your best foot forward. Here are some simple study tips to prepare for MDS exams:

Tip 1: Start you preparation early

It is advisable to start your MDS preparation early. The best time to start the preparation is from the beginning of the fourth year of BDS. An early start will provide you with an edge over others. Another important thing is to have a clear idea about the MDS course details. Having an idea about the course details will help in deciding the area of specialisation during MDS. This exam requires at least 10 months to 1 year of preparation. So, you should devote your time accordingly.

Tip 2: Refer to the previous years’ question papers

Another important thing that you need to do is to go through the last 5 years question paper. This will give you an idea about the type of questions asked and help you identify the major areas to focus on.

Tip 3: Prepare your basics then move to advanced books

It is not advisable to jump directly to an advanced book. To clear the MDS entrance it is essential to have a strong hold on the basics. Basic knowledge helps in solving advanced problems. Only after completing the basics move to the higher level problems.

Tip 4: Prepare your notes

Notes preparation is another important thing that is often missed out. Prepared notes help a lot during the final revision before the exams. Before the exams, it is not possible to study from books. Through the notes, you can do a quick revision.  So, the notes should be made in a way that they are easy to read – use colour highlighters to highlight the major areas. You can also use sticky notes to add some extra informational points.

Tip 5: Revision is essential

Before the final exam, you should have done at least 2 to 3 revisions of the entire syllabus. During the time of the revision, your personal handwritten notes play an important role. Revision boosts confidence and also helps in identifying areas where you need improvement. It has been found that handwritten notes are better for understanding and remembering things.

Tip 6: Solve mock tests and sample paper for improving efficiency.

After completing the syllabus, it is advisable to give as many mock tests as possible in the same exam-like situation. This will help you work on your speed and you can complete the exam in time. Another benefit of giving mocks is that it helps you identify the areas you need to work on.

Tip 7: Analyse your test performances

After giving every mock it is essential to analyse the test paper you gave and understand your mistakes and shortcomings. The analysis will help you better yourself and perform efficiently on the final exam day.

Looking for the best dental colleges in Gujarat?

Karnavati School of Dentistry is among the leading colleges for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programme and MDS programme. We are at 31st position in India and 1st in Gujarat in the NIRF ranking.

Our specialisations include:

  • Oral Medicine & Radiology
  • Prosthodontics and Crown Bridge
  • Periodontology
  • Conservative dentistry & Endodontics

Spread over 33 acres of land, Karnavati School of Dentistry,  our campus has appropriate  learning centres, laboratories and museums. The high-tech library is open for students 24X7. For details regarding MDS admission, click here .