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A high score in the usmle exam is not just about the amount of knowledge one has and ability to clinically apply it, but also having a high reading speed. I believe a high reading speed improves your score in two ways:
1. The higher your reading speed the more the amount of material your are able to cover in your studies in a short amount of time. For example a guy with a reading speed of 500wpm may read 6 books in 3 months while a guy with a reading speed of 250wpm may only be able to read 3 of the books in 3 months. Hence the 1st guy with be able to acquire more knowledge than the slower guy.
2. In the exam, the faster guy will need less time to finish a block and hence will have some extra time to review the difficult questions he had marked and be able to re-analyze the question and find the best answer. Whereas the slower guy in addition to failing to finish all the questions in the block within 1 hour, he will not even be able to go back and 're-visit' the difficult questions he had marked.
So even if the slower guy has a higher IQ than the faster guy, the faster guy may be able to get a better score for the above two reasons.
High reading speed comes naturally for some people, while others have to find ways to acquire this skill. One of the ways people acquire this skill is through online speedreading courses/programs.
I am hence asking people to make contributions to this thread and give suggestions on how to improve reading speed in studies and in the exam. This will help forumites like me who have a problem with speed.
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i once had similar q. but thing is practise do help increasing reading speed . thats it. there are some formal speed reading course...but i dont know how much good are they...
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I think reading fast isn't the only thing that's at play here, reading fast while picking out RELEVANT information is more important than just reading this sentence in 5 seconds.
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Thanks tyagee and patelMD for those important points. Practice really does help even as one prepares for the CS exam, and the issue of typing speed, indeed the best way to improve is to practice.
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reading s a very good option to score higher grades in exams but there is also a need of practice about your subject..so i preferred the written practice to do for this...because it improve your speed as well your grip to that particular topic...which you have to do..
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reading s a very good option to score higher grades in exams but there is also a need of practice about your subject..so i preferred the written practice to do for this...because it improve your speed as well your grip to that particular topic...which you have to do..
Russalpeter I dont know if i understand you, what do you mean when you say 'written practice', do you mean question banks or what?
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