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hi i dont usually ask things on here but i would really appreciate advice from this. Im not naturally a smart person , I have to revise hours on end every single day to achieve moderately good grades , however even times I will revise for weeks and hours and still end up with very low grades . Despite this, I am always determined to put in work no matter how long , but this will decrease my work:life balance which could also result in a low grade either way.
Is dentistry the right path for me? Ive wondered this as Id love to do dentistry but I very highly doubt that I am fittest for this path. I am currently not doing so well in maths no matter how hard I try . What if I try the same amount in dentistry and just cant seem to get anything out? Dentistry is already competitive and hard is my not very naturally smart self even fitted for this career? Please be brutally honest thank you. For refrence I am in Y12 , first year of A levels
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What are your GCSE's and year 12 mocks like?
What revision techniques do you use?
Have you gotten work experience?
Natural intelligence only gets someone to a certain point, everything else they do to reach their goal will be from their own work and effort and you sound like you have a decent work ethic.
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(Original post by nikta)
hi i dont usually ask things on here but i would really appreciate advice from this. Im not naturally a smart person , I have to revise hours on end every single day to achieve moderately good grades , however even times I will revise for weeks and hours and still end up with very low grades . Despite this, I am always determined to put in work no matter how long , but this will decrease my work:life balance which could also result in a low grade either way.
Is dentistry the right path for me? Ive wondered this as Id love to do dentistry but I very highly doubt that I am fittest for this path. I am currently not doing so well in maths no matter how hard I try . What if I try the same amount in dentistry and just cant seem to get anything out? Dentistry is already competitive and hard is my not very naturally smart self even fitted for this career? Please be brutally honest thank you. For refrence I am in Y12 , first year of A levels
In terms of revision, you may find that you are not revising effectively. How do you revise?

For the dentistry part Mesopotamian., could you help? (you're the only dentist I know on here)
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In terms of revision, you may find that you are not revising effectively. How do you revise?

For the dentistry part Mesopotamian., could you help? (you're the only dentist I know on here)
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you're one too?
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I thought you applied to medicine?
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:creep:My bad
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1st year dental student
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Ooo. I thought I've seen you on medicine threads, how are you finding it? What uni are you going to?

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Ooo. I thought I've seen you on medicine threads, how are you finding it? What uni are you going to?

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Yeah I post on the medicine forum as well because most dentistry advice applies to medicine.
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It's also because I know too much about medicine as I was the only dental applicant at my school; everyone else applied to medicine so all the discussion with them always end up being about medicine.


I have exams next week that I feel ok about. It's just a alot of content to memorise right now and having to find techniques to study anatomy as we don't study that at A-level.
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Yeah I post on the medicine forum as well because most dentistry advice applies to medicine.
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It's also because I know too much about medicine as I was the only dental applicant at my school; everyone else applied to medicine so all the discussion with them always end up being about medicine.


I have exams next week that I feel ok about. It's just a alot of content to memorise right now and having to find techniques to study anatomy as we don't study that at A-level.
Ahh fair enough, I thought you might be one of those scary people who do dentistry and medicine to do maxillofacial.

Yeah, I'm looking forward to dealing with anatomy (I can't think of a better way to phrase that at 2 am) but not learning it. I have only heard bad things about it:cry2:

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Ahh fair enough, I thought you might be one of those scary people who do dentistry and medicine to do maxillofacial.

Yeah, I'm looking forward to dealing with anatomy (I can't think of a better way to phrase that at 2 am) but not learning it. I have only heard bad things about it:cry2:

Best of luck
I mean I'm trying to keep an open mind to all dental specialities but maxillofacial already intimidates me. Anatomy is interesting but it feels like learning another language with all the latin. I found that flashcards and 3d models are really good at helping you revise anatomy.
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I mean I'm trying to keep an open mind to all dental specialities but maxillofacial already intimidates me. Anatomy is interesting but it feels like learning another language with all the latin. I found that flashcards and 3d models are really good at helping you revise anatomy.
I had a bursary in 6th form and I got a tablet with the intention of using it for anatomy because of how intricate it is. YEah not looking forward to the Latin, at least science nomenclature makes sense most of the time
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You don’t need to be smart to be able to do dentistry, and neither do you need to come out with the top grades whilst doing the degree it self - I know people who have survived their entire degree by just/comfortably passing. You do actually need to pass every exam however.

However, you do need to have reasonably good grades to actually apply for dentistry. You will need at least AAA (in some schools, A*AA) to apply and a good set of GCSEs.

Maths is not required for dentistry so you could consider swapping it for another subject if you’re allowed to do so (although it might be too late given the timing).

Why exactly do you have trouble academically? Is it a problem with understanding content or executing exam technique?

(Original post by chris01928)
In terms of revision, you may find that you are not revising effectively. How do you revise?

For the dentistry part Mesopotamian., could you help? (you're the only dentist I know on here)
Thanks for the tag
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You don’t need to be smart to be able to do dentistry, and neither do you need to come out with the top grades whilst doing the degree it self - I know people who have survived their entire degree by just/comfortably passing. You do actually need to pass every exam however.

However, you do need to have reasonably good grades to actually apply for dentistry. You will need at least AAA (in some schools, A*AA) to apply and a good set of GCSEs.

Maths is not required for dentistry so you could consider swapping it for another subject if you’re allowed to do so (although it might be too late given the timing).

Why exactly do you have trouble academically? Is it a problem with understanding content or executing exam technique?


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Hi thanks for replying , Im in year 12 and still havent mastered all of the exam techniques yet and i often make a lot of small mistakes . my problem is that i take a very long time to master small concepts and with dentistry that has such large concepts im not sure how i would manage ? Im just a little scared seeing as how hard dentistry can be
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Hi thanks for replying , Im in year 12 and still havent mastered all of the exam techniques yet and i often make a lot of small mistakes . my problem is that i take a very long time to master small concepts and with dentistry that has such large concepts im not sure how i would manage ? Im just a little scared seeing as how hard dentistry can be
You still have time to learn exam technique but you need to do a lot of past papers and understand what the mark schemes want you to do.

Ultimately, your past and near future achievements in exams will indicate whether you will be able to manage a dentistry degree. Not everyone learns concepts quickly - that is not really a massive issue. It’s more that you need to be able to learn everything in time for exams, which as I said your past and future performance will indicate. First and second year in particular are incredibly content heavy, but most of it is memorising information rather than understanding a complex concept.
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