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Kaplan Qbank usage

Discussion in 'Step I' started by LSU-Cowboy, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. LSU-Cowboy

    LSU-Cowboy Resident
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    How did you guys use the Qbank when you did it? Did you use the Tutor mode for all the questions....and do them by subject? Or Did you do randomized 50 question tests.....then look at the ones you got wrong?
     
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  3. IBleedGreen

    IBleedGreen Junior Member
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    I think I started out around March using QBank just by subject for the current things I was studying for classes. The closer I got to my exam date, the more I was doing just random blocks of 50. I've never had a time problem on tests, but I usually did quizzes in tutor mode in case I wanted to take a break, someone called, etc. In any case, I always went back and looked at ALL of the answers, not just the ones I missed.

    I found QBank was better as a learning tool than as an assessment.
     
  4. Llenroc

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    I would focus a little bit on what you're weak on, but not exclusively. If you're weak on embryology, it doesn't do you a whole lot of good to focus a lot on it, because it hardly shows up anyway.
     
  5. kito

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    This is what too many people miss about Qbank. As much as you would hope it is good for assessment you will drive yourself mad by measuring yourself by how you do on Qbank. You'll get 50s at the beginning, and 70s or 80s at the end, but then you'll see spikes and drops intermittently for no apparent reason. Don't try to use this to predict how you will do.

    I used it to study for school exams during the year, and for step 1 stuff I did blocks of 20 or 30 random questions timed. I didn't do 50 like most other people because it often took me a couple of hours to review a block that big, so I broke it up into smaller morsels.
     
  6. SaltySqueegee

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    I used tutor mode for all my 50 questions sets. Each set was from a particular section that I was studying for that day. I.e. Heme-lymph only, g.i. endocrine only, etc.

    I would highlight/answer the question to the best of my ability, then I would look at the answers/explanations. Then look at any tables/sections in my review books that pertained to the subtopic. That way I was reinforcing each clinical vignette from Q-Bank with hard cold facts and details. Any explanation deemed worthy from Q-Bank would be written into FA notes section.

    I would not change the answer though I may have gotten it wrong. At the end of the 50 question set for a given subtopic, my score was usually dismally low (40%). I would then do a non-repeat of 50 questions in the same subtopic, and would repeat with the review style. Repeat and Repeat again. Then when I used all the non-repeat questions, I would go back to the questions I missed, and create a test from them.

    This was usually a full 8 hour study day for each topic. The vignettes helped give me context to memorizing the tables, figures and facts out of FA and BRS Pathology. It was a good synergistic interaction.

    3.5 weeks of this and I felt pretty good for the boards. 236/95.
     

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