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10 tips for future Bachelor of Oral Health students


16 December 2016

Have you just applied to study Bachelor of Oral Health? Are you wondering what to expect? We caught up with some of our current students to find out what advice they have for our upcoming students. From purchasing textbooks to time management, find out what they had to say to make the first year of university a little easier:

1. Find your textbooks online or from local stores

Where are the best places to find your textbooks? The Book Depository online and the Co-Op Bookstore (on campus and online) are great sources of textbooks that will aid your learning.

2. Purchase dental equipment from One Dental

One Dental will supply all your dental equipment, be sure to treat them with care.

Photo by Lydia Gindy, Bachelor of Oral Health student
Photo by Lydia Gindy, Bachelor of Oral Health student

3. Don't be afraid to ask for help

As daunting as it may seem in the beginning, the Bachelor of Oral Health coordinators and educators are very friendly and supportive and will be glad to offer any assistance you may require - don't be afraid to ask for help from the staffs and fellow students.

4. Stay positive about your semester

The semesters are generally slightly longer than those on other University courses, but it's worth it in the end.

5. Manage your time

Managing your time will become second nature to you throughout this course, which is an added benefit when you start working and very beneficial during the examination and assessment periods.

6. Have scheduled sleep and regular sleeping patterns

Taking an exam while nodding off is difficult to say the least. It gets even worse when treating a child who won't sit still while your eyes won't focus. To get the best results and to enjoy the time you have together as a cohort, get seven - nine hours of sleep every night, and try to have a regular pattern of sleep.

Photo by Douglas Truong, Bachelor of Oral Health student
Photo by Douglas Truong, Bachelor of Oral Health student

7. Always keep a smile on your face

The oral health therapy profession encourages not only good oral health, but also overall wellbeing. Don't forget to keep a smile on your face.

Photo by Andrew Somerville, Bachelor of Oral Health student
Photo by Andrew Somerville, Bachelor of Oral Health student

8. Persevere at all times

Studying always comes with challenging hurdles. Perseverance is the key to overcoming these barriers. Always try your best to become the best oral health practitioner you can be.

9. Build a positive network with your peers

Socialising with your peers is important, as they will be your support network for the duration of your studies.

10. Attention to detail

As an oral health student, you will practise and perform many procedures that are extremely intricate and detail sensitive. During simulation sessions, take things one step at a time, know your content and your procedure inside out before proceeding. Increasing your attention to detail will ultimately aid your development and the precision of your work.

Photo by Ivy Nguyen, Bachelor of Oral Health student
Photo by Ivy Nguyen, Bachelor of Oral Health student


To find out more about Bachelor of Oral Health, please visit the course page. If you would like to learn more about student life for students in the Faculty of Dentistry, visit our 'Meet our students' page.