Instead of flipping back and forth from the questions to the answers, I wanted a way to see the answers quickly. I used post-it notes for this, folded over with the answers on the reverse side so that I could not "cheat" by glimpsing the answer. After a while I realized that I could benefit by using the front side to track my progress. This is how I did it.
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I placed these on the book, in a position that covered little to no part of the questions. If a bit of the question was covered, I would just move it when reviewing that question. In the photo below I covered the answers with the notes.
You can see how I tracked my progress....
...any wrong responses are marked with minus circled (see 60, 61, and 62), correct answers with a plus sign, and correct guesses with a plus circled (see 42, 56, 58).
This note shows the final questions. This was my first round with the questions in this section, and I missed 21 out of the 124 questions or 103 correct. Doing the math, this would be a 83%, not a passing grade. I considered my first round as a "pre-test" so this would be close to a passing grade but just not good enough. Confirmation that I need to study more.
With Codina-Leik, I totaled my score every 100 questions, and then did a grand total of all 642 questions at the end.
After two rounds of the questions, I made flashcards on any question that I had circled, either as a guess or incorrect. I studied the topic of the question until I could answer it and understand the rationale behind it. On round three, I was scoring in the high 90s, so I knew that I was ready for boards.
Flashcards....I went the old-fashioned route (paper flashcards) at first until I found a better alternative. More on that in another post.
But the important thing to note is that tracking your progress is extremely important. If you don't keep track of what you missed, you don't know what you need to study.
Do you use a different method of tracking? What works for you? Share your experiences below.
Next: Study Plan, week 2
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