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15 Tips For Planning Your Elective

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1. Plan EARLY! Like from 1st year (kidding), but seriously at least a year in advance.

 

2. Shortlist countries in the world that will actually let you practice…

 

3. Find out which vaccines you’ll need for your travel.

 

4. Make sure you have a valid passport…Duh!😂

 

5. Ensure you have the correct Visa(s) too!

 

6. Double and triple check your dates, just incase your have to miss clinics or need special leave.

 

7. Check if you need specialist insurance/indemnity or if it’s included by your elective practice or hospital.

 

8. Budget accordingly and then add an extra amount just in case!

 

9. Check if your elective practice needs a confirmation letter from your university.

 

10. Check if your university needs a confirmation letter from your elective practice.

 

11. Various dental charities offer student elective programs, so check them out beforehand!

 

12. Lots of prizes and funding are available, so be sure to look around.

 

13. Know where the British Embassy is in the country you visit, just in case you fancy some proper tea and biscuits. No seriously, their tea is amazing!

 

14. Double check what cards or currency they use and what your bank will charge you. (Monzo is a great alternative)

 

15. Don’t forget your floss!

 

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13 Things You Wish You Did During A Viva

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1. Prepped more…

 

2. Should I have worn my tunic instead?

 

3. Should I have worn a tie?

 

4. Maybe I should have spent more time on this question instead?

 

5. How did I not know the answer to that?!

 

6. Should have polished my models more…

 

7. Should have shaped that composite better…

 

8. Wish I had reflected more…

 

9. I knew I should have spoken about occlusion!

 

10. Should have shortened that answer…

 

11. Should have lengthened that answer…

 

12. Did I mention the perio?!

 

13. Should have mentioned long term maintenance…

 

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10 Signs Your Tutor Has Your Back

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1. They actually value your input on treatment planning

 

2. They don’t look over your shoulder 24/7

 

3. Always on hand when you need them

 

4. They actually help you understand why you do what you do

 

5. Instead of just saying stuff at you 🙄

 

6. They’ll have tips and tricks for days

 

7. They inspire you to be the best you can be

 

8. Encourage you to tackle more complex cases

 

9. Give you clinical autonomy

 

10. Actually has useful exam tips 🤔

 

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12 Mistakes You Always Make in an Exam

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1. Forget your candidate number

 

2. Forgetting which location the exam is in

 

3. Forgetting your seat number

 

4. And then sitting in the wrong seat…

 

5. …Then the person comes and asks you to move

 

6. Forgetting to take stuff out of your pockets

 

7. Forgetting to turn your phone off

 

8. Forgetting your stationary

 

9. Misreading the question

 

10. Not paying attention to the time

 

11. Forgetting to turn over the page and realise there is another question

 

12. Forgetting to actually revise 🙈

 

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