What I’d Wish I’d Known Series – Part 2

This is for all those 2nd years out there. You’re no longer a fledgling first year student and lecturers are starting to expect more of you.

When your friend is practicing on you and you try your best not to blink…

What I Wish I’d Known in Second Year – Vivian Kong, Class of 2019
Second year is when the real clinical work starts, so get ahead by:

  1. Make the best use of your time in the preclinic labs – read the manual beforehand and come prepared.
  2. Required readings are definitely assessable, don’t forget to revise them before exams!
  3. Share notes and ask each other for help, grade cohesiveness is so important to survive this huge step up in workload – try a shared Google Doc for example!
  4. Practice for your practical exams. Practice at the clinic and if possible practice at the practices you work at. Practice practice practice makes perfect!
  5. Make sure you read course outlines and make a note of all the assessments so there are no nasty surprises!
  6. Echo360 is your friend; download lectures and listen to them on the bus/train to uni.

Editors: Cindy Van and Celine Zhang

Disclaimer: The views & opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of the UNSW OptomSoc or UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science.

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