Initial certification exams are right around the corner. Are you knee-deep in work as well as study materials? We thought so.
Are you also wondering if you're studying in the most effective way? You're not alone!
So since it's especially hard to carve out dedicated study time right now, and you really need to make the most of each minute, we're here to tell you: Self-testing is the most essential and effective way to study right before your next exam.Self-testing helps you make new information easily retrievable over the long term. In the months leading up to your next exam, shift to regular use of a Q&A bank. To self-test correctly, you should focus on understanding not only why a correct answer is right, but also why an incorrect one is wrong.
Pro Tip: You shouldn't be reading through materials or textbooks anymore—instead, try to use questions as a prompt to recall as much information as you can before you look up the answer. Here are a few ways to make sure you're getting the most out of self-testing.
"Most useful preparation for the exam. Really helped me become up to date with my knowledge." —Surendra Khera, MD
"Great questions, relevant to the boards questions and a very efficient way to review the material." — Carmen Bogdan, MD
Look at you, overachiever! So, what now?
Well… Do them again. Every time you go back through it, you deepen your learning and strengthen your recall. When you re-encode and re-consolidate new information by going over the Q&As multiple times, the memory traces you are making on those concepts become stronger and more durable.
"It helped me to consolidate and simplify the information in my trouble subjects." —Timothy Kuchera, MD
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Remember, each time you self-test, the stronger your memories become. And if you take care of yourself, your memories will be easily accessible. Here's a little advice about both:
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