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First Aid FA; quick review or principle textbook!

How do u guys use FA? Do you use it as a quick review or actually study from it?

I got no clue how to use it..
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When I first began studying I used it as an outline, for the most part. I looked over a particular system (e.g. cardiovascular), studied the physio from BRS, patho from goljan, pharmaco from Kaplan, etc. and I would then look over FA again.

Now, at the end of my studying, I am reading it front-to-back for the first time just to make sure I haven't missed any details (1 week from my exam). As I went through the book I took screenshots (my FA is a PDF) of very specific things I wanted to reinforce/memorize, and a few days prior to my exam that is all I will review.

I have seen people in my school's library who read straight from FA several hours a day. I don't think that's a very good way to do it. In fact, my personal opinion is that this is probably the WORST way to study (heck even the FA introductory pages say it is a mistake to use FA as your sole study resource). I know some people who have studied this way and it has "worked" for them, but they haven't done great. It's not certainly something I would ever recommend.

FA skips over many important concepts, and in no way helps you truly understand things. With FA alone, all you can do is memorize, but understanding things is just as important as recalling facts/details/associations. In fact, some people say that real comprehension is a lot more important than straight up recall (I agree). You _can_ however use it to guide studying, review important facts/details, or get a general feel of a subject/system before you dive into it.

I actually tell people who are considering starting to study to forget about FA altogether. I think FA does more harm than good at the beginning, because many people think they can just "study" by reading through it.

disclaimer: just my personal experience coupled with close observation of other people's (including close friends) performance, but your mileage may vary
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what iam doing is reading from kaplan lec notes then read for that chapter i read 1st aid and write notes in it because in 1st aid dont explain anything

u need to read 1st aid at least 5 times
so 1st aid +uw = 220 in exam
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what iam doing is reading from kaplan lec notes then read for that chapter i read 1st aid and write notes in it because in 1st aid dont explain anything

u need to read 1st aid at least 5 times
so 1st aid +uw = 220 in exam
am also reading fa like this...
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