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Best Study Methods for Dental Students


Medical students are seen as champions of memory, learning and usually breaking human limits of functioning on little or no sleep, dedicating most of their time to acquire knowledge that will at some point save a life or at least ease pain. Dental students are no exception to this rule as the tiny available workspace of the mouth forces them to pay even more attention to reading and practicing to perfection, much like musicians.

The learning pyramid shows that just going to lectures or reading won’t get you very far, so there arises a need to find new study methods, more applied ones, that engage the attention of the students, involve them in a debate, make them learn by doing and, ultimately transform them into teachers in their own right, forcing them to have a good enough grasp of what they are supposed to know to be able to transmit it to others.

For the first level of learning, memorizing there is good advice to be followed given by Kevin Horsley, holder of a World Record for memory:

Over the years memory has been given a bad name. It has been associated with rote learning and cramming information into your brain. […]I discovered that we all have a choice: our memory is just a habit, and habits can be improved with the right kind of training and practice. I discovered that there are basic fundamentals to memory improvement and that if we apply them consistently we will get the same results that great memory masters do.

For dental medical students that means they need to discipline themselves into practicing learning in an organized everyday way, much like a sport, eventually together with a partner or a study group which helps less-motivated individuals get up to speed and offers interactions opportunities.

Yet memory is just the first step in the learning odyssey. This complex process relies heavily on setting achievable goals, being good at time management in order not to panic over the volume of information that needs to be processed and, most importantly, self regulation of both emotions and the surrounding environment.

These ideas are described in a popular textbook about learning strategies for college students which states that motivation is the most powerful learning tool and that there is a process of learning, it doesn’t happen by accident:

Successful students are not individuals who know more than others. They also have more effective and efficient learning strategies for accessing and using their knowledge, can motivate themselves and can monitor and change their behaviors when learning does not occur. […] The word regulation is a key term in understanding successful learners. They self-regulate or control the factors influencing their learning. They establish optimum conditions for learning and remove obstacles.”  

When it comes to medical students, future dentists in particular, there is one more aspect that is crucial, namely practice, practice, practice.

We have spoken with a Licensed Dentist located near Bee Cave who takes on medical students as apprentice dentists during their mandatory practice period and the experts have told us that the feed-back they got from the young dentists was overwhelming. The students appreciate greatly the opportunity to learn hands on how to perform cavity fillings, dental surgery and what are the tips and tricks of distracting the patient’s attention from fear.

The group of students who were assigned to this practice has even started an informal seminar where they share with each other news and knowledge and they ask questions to the main dentists about best practices for difficult cases. The group has even broken the ultimate confidence barrier among each-other, as they use one another for testing what they have learned.

Self Published Books in the Zombie and Occult Series

For the last thirty years there have been a large number of sensationally popular books featuring both vampires and zombies. The vampire saga “Twilight” became not only one of the most popular novels but also spawned a successful campaign of movies and TV shows.  Considering how old the genre is it’s surprising that such an old idea can be so popular.

Zombie books have also been one of the more succesfull genres for the last several years, with even a few books reaching Hollywood status. Max Brook crafted his epic, “The Zombie Survival Guide” which contained basically everything one would need to both survive and flourish during a zombie invasion.  Another avid zombie enthusiast Marc White also mentioned how after crafting a website about zombie survival gear and the best weapons to survive the zombie apocalypse he also realize that people were willing to not only listen to his drone on about survival gear but to actually pay him to write about it.

I bring up both of these points to encourage new writers to try expanding into genres or ideas that they had otherwise not thought of. There is no reason you must stick to the same old ideas and topics. There is a vast sea of choices that you can pick from including older themes. Consider the fact that some ideas basically never get old.  Regardless of the age, time or ethos of our society thrillers, dramas or even post-apoloycapytic adventures seem to spark the human imagination.

In a recent interview with Zombie fiction writer Max Brooks, he talked about he wrote the Zombie Survival Guide simply out of his own interest and never expected the immense success – a great lesson for all new writers.

Best Kindle Software for Self-Publishers and Research

Amazon now has over 4.7 million kindle books in their store which is a lot of competition. Therefore, it is even more important today that authors and self-publishers be armed with the best kindle software to help them do better research for their keywords.

Without good research and great self-publishing keyword software, you could be stuck writing a book that no one wants to read. You could end up wasting time writing something that will never sell. Worse yet is that you have to also pay for an editor, formatter and book cover and might not break even.

So, do yourself a favor and get the best publishing software on the market so that you can have a better chance of writing a kindle book that will make you money.

What Software Helps With Book Sales?

There is many types of software out there. There are programs that help you format your book. There are other programs that will help you publish it as well as edit it. These are all nice, but they don’t directly help you sell more books.

Instead, what you really need is an app that will help you find topics to write on that people are actively searching on Amazon hoping to buy. You need a set of software that will show you the best kindle keywords, while ensuring you don’t go after something too competitive.

The best kindle keywords are those that have a large market but low competition.

This is simply known as, finding a kindle keyword set that is “Discoverable.”

What Kindle Software Helps to Find Kindle Keywords

The best kindle software and self-publishing software is KDP Rocket. KDP Rocket, or also known as Kindle Rocket, helps an author validate their book idea. All you have to do is type into the software your initial idea. Then KDP Rocket gets to work.

It will immediately create a list of kindle keywords that people on Amazon readily type into it. Then it will tell you how many people type that search phrase into Amazon. Finally it will give you the most important part of all:

  1. How many books in that keyword are making money
  2. How competitive it is in that field

Let’s face it, lots of people might type something into a Kindle search. However, if the books there are not making any money, then it isn’t worth writing you book for it.

So, as you can see KDP Rocket will can give you some valuable information and really help you make a good decision on both your book topic AND your seven Kindle Keywords. These two things will help improve your success of creating a Amazon Bestselling book, as well and increase your overall sales.

The KDP software is very cheap at only $67 and is only a onetime fee. There are no subscriptions, even though it performs two tasks that many people normally pay monthly for. In truth, it will help save you money as well as make you even more money on your first book.


So, its easy to see that KDP Rocket is the best kindle self-publishing software on the market. It will help you find better book topics to write, and ensure you validate your idea BEFORE you start writing your book.

I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty epic and its one-time fee of $67 is pretty small compared to what it can do. So, check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below.

The Power in Book Comparison

usedBehind every writer is a critic and an admirer. By combining these two characters and giving them a platform to write on, their written piece is what we term as a book review. Book reviews provide people the avenue to air out their thoughts on someone else’s written work. Through them, people gain insight on whether they would like to read the reviewed work or not. However, the important role that was played by reviews is today being taken over by book comparisons. This new trend is quickly gaining an increasingly larger audience all around the world. Book comparisons are seen as more informative and impactful to the mind of a reader. A good comparison will place readers in a better place to decide whether a book is worth their time and money.

Today’s average reader has become more demanding. The world is fast moving, and no one has any time to waste on endless unproductive reading. For instance, most web users skim through articles before deciding which ones they will entirely read. The same is reflected when it comes to books. People are expecting to be told more with less. Comparisons have proved very useful as they eliminate the need to conduct endless research on the various books that have grabbed your interest. All the research needed has already been conducted, and you are provided with only the essentials.

Have you ever bought a book and wondered whether the other book that served as the opportunity cost would have been a better buy? Well, many people have discovered how to avoid this feeling of self-doubt. Through book comparisons, readers are presented with a bit of both worlds. The reviewer looks at the facts and provides you with a comparison and contrast between two or more books. This helps individuals to make the decision on what to read.

CNA Study Guide Example

A good example of how book comparisons have positively affected our reading nature comes from the website  In this case, the CNA Exam Cram took a look at different certified nursing assistant books and helped their readers figure out which one was best.  While there are numerous CNA practice tests and study guides out there, experts in the field of nursing have compared them and recommended only the best to learners. According to, their expert analysis concluded that the must-have books are the Official CNA Study Guide, CNA Exam Cram, and CNA Exam Prep.

Their research was based on the books’ authenticity, accuracy and price. They weighed the merits and demerits of each print to come to a conclusion. To further show the credibility of book comparison, the site openly invites recommendation or comments from anyone on any textbooks they wish to be analyzed. If the book has already been compared, the site offers an explanation of why it was never included in the list of the three best CNA study guides. Many people have opted for these three books due to the useful insight provided by the site.

It is clear that book comparison has become an essential driving force for guiding readers to purchase books. The technique is very useful. By weighing what each book has to offer, users can make a well-informed decision on which book to buy.

Are you really ready to self-publish now?

Self-publishing is not a joke. It’s a real business that needs real effort even from the very start. Now, I have one simple question for you, are you really ready to self-publish now?

Well, of course it depends on you! It could be a YES or a NO answer.

Now let’s look at some signs that could prove that self-publishing is not for you TODAY.

You believe that you can publish and get rich tomorrow

As I have said earlier, self-publishing is a serious business that needs serious and long way effort. If you think that you can easily make money with self-publishing after your book goes live then your idea with self-publishing is still very raw.

Lack of detailed research and planning

Everything we do for business started with research and planning. You need to research the important elements of a good and salable book. If you just write and write without properly looking and researching on what’s going to be marketable in the world of publishing and literature, then it would only become a waste of time and effort.

Little or NO patience

Patience is a virtue and when it comes to self-publishing, it is greatly needed. Considering that you are entirely responsible of almost all the procedure of your work from writing to publishing to marketing, it’s just good enough to have patience so that you can survive the different challenges of self-publishing process. A good self-publishing author is a hardworking and patient individual who just enjoys what he is doing. He doesn’t rush into becoming a best-selling author but rather accepts the beautiful journey of writing and values the simple rewards.

You haven’t identified your expertise in writing

When you plan to self-publish make sure you have your own expertise. An author who is expert on something he is writing has greater possibility of achieving success than those who are not. If you’re an expert on what you write, then you’re confident to share it with your readers, right?

You don’t know what to do on your marketing

Marketing is a continues activity that will help the business be noticed by the customers and clients. That is the reason why even the most successful business and brands have never stopped marketing their products/services. And because we are living in a very competitive world, it’s a big NO NO to neglect marketing. As an author, it’s really important that you have plans for your marketing and you exactly know what are the needed marketing activities that drives more readers and sales to your self-published book.

Now let me ask you again, are you really ready to self-publish now?
Let’s hear your thoughts on the comments below.

Responsive Web Design – A Necessity to All Author’s Website

Website is one of the most important components that business owners should have when running a business. Whether your are selling a t-shirt, plumbing supplies, or offering a carpet cleaning service, or even if you’re an author, a website or should I say a ‘responsive’ website is a necessity in this recent time.

Why it has to be responsive?

Some of you may not really know the difference between having a typical website or a responsive type. Here’s a definition of responsive website/web design according to wikipedia:

Responsive web design (RWD) is an approach to web design aimed at crafting sites to provide an optimal viewing and interaction experienceeasy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrollingacross a wide range of devices (from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones)

Just like this:

responsive web design
Why it has to be responsive? Simple! This is to make sure that your readers, clients/customers can easily view or navigate through your pages whatever device they are using. Considering that most people now have various mobile devices and uses them when they shop, read books, researching, emailing or whatever it is, it is very important as an author to make that experience as efficient as possible for them. And if you have a website that is responsive, they will likely visit your site not just once or twice but many times. As a matter of fact, responsive web design can also help increase your conversion rate.

To check whether your site is responsive or not, you may view your site directly on your mobile browser or if you’re currently using a desktop, simply use these free tools or Google Mobile Friendly Tool Checker and put in there the site that you wanted to check.

So if you’re an author and you wish to increase your exposure see to it that you have a decent responsive website that your readers can visit.

eBook Cover Design – Where Can You Find an eBook Cover Designer

Several authors are not aware of the importance of having a well-made eBook cover. Usually, they will think that it’s the least important part of the book development. Well, we cannot blame them if that’s what they thought. Financial factor could be the underlying reason why they ignore the importance of having a good and professionally made eBook cover design.

Don’t attempt to make your DIY ebook cover design IF you don’t have a good background in designing and marketing. Professional eBook designers don’t just do designing but they also have ample of ideas when it comes to marketing. A real skilled eBook cover designer exactly know the ins and outs of eBook cover designs. They exactly know and understand what sort of book covers that could certainly catch the reader’s attention.

Where can you find these great eBook cover designers?

You can simply just do your search online or you can check on other authors if they can recommend someone they know. But here are some sites where you can find good designers for your eBook cover:

If money is not your problem, you can choose the following sites into finding an eBook cover designers from afferent regions of the world.

UpWork (formerly known as Odesk)

Fiverr – I have included this as the last option to help those authors who are on a tight budget for hiring a design professional. Although this option may not be that advisable, yet there are still a number of designers at Fiverr who do good work at a very affordable price. You can check on their customer’s review and their portfolio to see which of these designers can offer you high quality designs.

You may also check e-Book Cover Design Awards by The Book Designer, to see what an award winning book cover looks like and what’s not.

Always remember even if it cost you a lot of money to get a high quality eBook cover design, yet that investment will really give you positive results in the long run. So don’t ever hesitate to hire someone to do that work. And don’t ever neglect the power of having a well-designed eBook cover.

Book Promotion – Physical and Virtual Book Tours

In the previous post about book promotion, we have set a schedule for promotional activities and planning right before a book’s publication date. This is a very important phase in your book promotion strategy.

Your goal here is to let people know that you exist, that your book exist. The importance of popularity can never be neglected in the industry of eBook and book selling. Even in other industries, they consider popularity as the major aspect of business that needs a great deal of effort.

In making a book promotion schedule, some authors will consider book tours as part of their promotional strategy. It could be physical or virtual book tour.

But what’s the difference between physical book tour and virtual book tour?
Let’s find out below.

Physical book tour

Actual book tours or physical book tours are quite expensive and it is really hard to make it a cost-effective book tour because of the fact that you will actually make a tour from one place to another. Not to mention the various circumstances that may affect the actual book tour, like weather condition, expenses or even the level of convenience. For these reasons, many authors – newbies and the famous ones, are no longer spending much time and effort into actual book tours. In other words, physical book tour is now dead!

Virtual book tour

To some typical individuals, the term virtual book tour may seem confusing.
Generally, they have no idea what is this about and how it works.

To give you an idea, here are the possible methods for authors to make a virtual book tour:

  • Social media event (Twitterchat or Facebook party/event)

  • Getting interviewed (through podcost, online/actual radio, Google hangout, by bloggers)

  • Guest post writing

  • Have an excerpt of your book featured on various blogs

  • Have your book reviewed by bloggers

Virtual book tour is very advantageous in many aspects and one of the advantages it gives is the convenience it offers to both authors and readers. As an author, to make your virtual tour more effective, make sure you do some more research on how you can make this campaign be more solid. Use your creativity and be more open to many possibilities that could contribute to the success of your book. Although your main goal here is to sell your books, don’t forget to think that you’re an author and not a salesman. Being an author is what you really are.

Book Cover Design – Should You Hire a Book Cover Designer or Not?

To some authors, book cover design may be their least priority when it comes to their publication works. They might think that, their story alone will appeal to all readers without having any good book cover design. They never know that book cover design is an important element in the book development. The cover design is the first factor that will work on attracting readers and book buyers. The book or eBook cover design alone will act as a promoter or an invitation to readers that says “Come, come closer to me and read me”.

The way it looks like, the way it is being designed will give a big impact on a reader’s purchasing decision.

Should you hire a professional book cover designer or not?

It could be a YES answer or it could be No answer! It depends on your decision and your budget.
Hiring a professional book cover designer is actually a very nice investment to have. In fact, most authors have considered hiring one even if they already have a natural talent for it. Why? Because these authors believed that a professionally designed cover will give them more confidence to show to readers that their book is worth a read.

You may never consider hiring a design professional if you really have very good graphic designing skills and can work really well with various graphic designing tools. In other words, you yourself is an author/professional graphic artist.

In terms of budget, not all authors have the budget for hiring a design professional. In fact, this is one of the factors that’s holding them back from getting a designer. However, if you really are good in terms of researching and you have good number of author-friends out there, why not use research skills in finding not-so-expensive-but-great-designers or ask your author-friends if they can recommend someone who is good at designing book covers without costing you much.

If you don’t mind spending 50 dollars, 1,000 dollars or more just for the cover then, never hesitate in getting a professional designer.

Having a well-crafted book cover design can really make a difference. Remember that the success of your book doesn’t just depend on how well you develop your content or story but also matters on how you initially make an impression to readers. Take note that once your book is published, the results will all start there.

Book Promotion Schedule

Being an author or a self-published author is quite a daunting task. After you have finished your book for publication, the next thing that you will do is the marketing part. The success of every book will vary on different factors and marketing is one of those factors involved.


Traditional publishers have their own publicity and promotional campaigns after they publish a book. However, the marketing campaigns they do in every book they publish are limited. For this reason, authors will also do book promotions on their own in order to solidify their promotional campaigns.


In doing promotional activities for your book, you have to carefully schedule each campaign in order to achieve great success.

6 – 12 Months Before the Publication Date

  • Have a to-do list of all your book-promotion campaigns based on your book genre.
  • Find and hire a skilled book promotion publicist.
  • Find out any local events that will happen during the release date of your book.
  • Inquire with your publisher the list of reviewers and ask where will they send the books for the reviews.
  • Set up Google alerts for you as an author and for your book title.


4 – 6 Months Before the Publication Date

  • Have a final plan of all your promotional campaign, these includes the following: release date, book signing schedules, speaking engagements, blog schedule, website launch.
  • Prepare a press release to send with galleys.
  • Send out manuscripts for more endorsement quotes.
  • Have announcements to be send out to various magazines or newspapers to show up in their “up-coming publications” section.
  • Finalize cover endorsements, text, and author details including author photo.
  • Have all your flyers, postcards, bookmarks, stationery, business cards designed and printed.
  • Follow up with you publisher if galleys are sent out for reviews.
  • Begin mapping out book tour – physical/virtual, and have a partial schedule for it. (if you want one).
  • Prepare some questionnaires or tips for interview sessions or media kits, preferably 10-15 questions/tips.


3 Months Before the Publication Date

  • Create a book trailer for your book. You may put that on the website you’ve created, your social media profiles or any of your online avenues.
  • Go to local bookstores and introduce yourself to them.
  • Set up a schedule for your launch party and get all the invitations ready.
  • Write your press release.
  • Start mailing out postcards, bookmarks and some of your promotional stuff to booksellers.
  • Take time to engage with other authors just like visiting their blogs and leaving some good comments and participating in their discussions.


1- 2 Months Before the Publication Date

  • Schedule a time to arrange the displays in the local book store for your speaking sessions.
  • Prepare and practice yourself for your speaking events.
  • Send out media kits to radio, TV and newspapers where the book signing is scheduled.


1 Week Before the Publication Date

  • Confirm all your schedules and details of your appearances, book signing events etc.
  • Make updates on your website and all your social media profiles regarding the release date, book info, links etc.


Publication DateFinally!

  • Make updates on your website, and other online avenues including your social media profiles on where they can buy your book. In your website, you can now put a ‘Buy Now’ button on the book.
  • Go to your book tours.
  • Put a buy link on your email signature.
  • Celebrate!!!
  • At the end of the day, don’t forget to say ‘Thank You’ to all people involved in the successful event.


After Publication

  • Continue endorsing your book (offline and online) to gain more exposure.
  • Take time to review your schedules and prepare yourself to some of your other obligations.
  • Continue with book signing sessions, speaking engagements and workshops.
  • Continue to get engaged with other authors and participate on their discussion.
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