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Effective Reading Tips for FMGE: PQRST method of reading study materials in FMGE preparation :

  • A method of reading a textbook or notes to make sure that the information you read really does enter your long term memory & It’s sometimes cryptically known as SQ3R.
  • Based on work by Thomas and H. A. Robinson, Space and Berg and R. P.Robinson.
  1. Preview (P):
    • Preview the entire chapter: skim through it all so you know what you’re going to be covering  (read the section introductions and check out the figures).
  2. Question (Q):
    • Start by asking yourself “what am I supposed to learn in this section”→Try to convert each topic/sub-topic headlines as questions.
    • This helps to get your brain into sync with the topic being discussed.
  3. Read (R):
    • Read that section carefully & comprehend.
    • Underline or highlight key-words (Von Restorff effect).
    • If you want to take notes, read the whole section first, then summarise later (Use Cornell system).
  4. Self-recitation (S):
    • Try to recall & recite some information you studied aloud.
    • Check back against the text, and note the things you missed out.
    • Only then go on to the next section and Question again.
  5. Test (T):
    • Test yourself and review all the material (Even though you have only just read the chapter, now is the best time to test yourself).

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Effective Reading Tips for FMGE: Aims of the first reading

    1. Familiarizing with the topics.
    2. Understanding the concepts.
    3. Improving the concepts & updates.
    4. Emphasizing high yield topics.
    5. Clearing doubts/discuss.
Assimilation vs Accommodation of knowledge
Assimilation of knowledgeAccommodation of knowledge
  • Learner encounters a new idea, and must ‘fit’ that idea into what they already know.
  • Think of this as filling existing containers.
  • More substantial, requiring the learner to reshape those containers.

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Effective Reading Tips for FMGE: Study tricks for FMGE increase the efficiency of comprehension:

  • Narrow your focus: Tackle a manageable amount of material (Try to avoid global statements like I need to study anatomy) & Stay with one topic for at least an hour or an hour and a half. 
  • Complete the manageable subject segment or number of pages designated→ shift from this topic to a related one.
How to analyze your strengths & weaknesses?
  • The time you spend/subject depends upon your basic knowledge of the subject :
    • Cover weak areas first & with more time →go to your stronger areas
    • Return  to those subjects you once considered your weak areas at the end of your entire review
  • Once you have complete this→ take a break → change to a completely unrelated subject.
  • Sandwich trick: Sandwich subjects you dislike between two slices of those that you enjoy.
  • When you feel bogged down:  intersperse subjects you find difficult with comfortable, familiar, and somehow related ones.
  • Tackle difficult areas when you are refreshed/when your energy level is low
  • Alternate a process related course (like biochemistry)→ take a break→ tackle a physical object course (anatomy).
  • Treat yourself with your favorite subjects: only when you finish a weaker/ troublesome one.
What are the Illusions of Competence / Study trap?
  • The mental situation where you think you’ve mastered a set of material but you really haven’t (Study Trap)→ You’ve fooled yourself into believing you know something you don’t.
  • How to cope up with the Competence / Study trap?
    1. Self-testing during study →Pause for few minutes → close the book/ notes→ recall the facts you just read.
    2. Topic-wise MCQ tests.
    3. Active discussion with a competent partner or in a group.

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How to choose related subjects to increase efficiency & decrease the time duration of the preparation?

    • Anatomy→ Orthopedics → Radiology→Surgery
    • Physiology→ Pathology → Pharmacology→Medicine
    • Microbiology → PSM
    • Biochemistry → Pediatrics → Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Forensic medicine → Psychiatry
    • ENT → Opthalmology
    • Skin → Anesthesia

The effective method of revision for FMGE

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