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Question How to Approach USMLE Questions?

Do you read the question first and think about a possible answer before looking at them -> e.g. an infant presents with cataracts -> Galactosemia

If you don't get the buzzword do you read through the answers and think about each one of them and a possible deficiency that might lead to cataracts? This takes way to long in my opinion.

Or do some of you read the answers first and then rush through the question?

I hope you get what I am talking about.
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I like this thread, would love to know everyones answer.

As for me I read the question first, think of a dx and the read the answers. I don't know why even if I recognize all the answers if I read the answers first I freak out and find myself reading the q twice.

But I have heard that a lot of people look the answers quickly and then read the questions. What about u?
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my approach towards the questions is ...reading once the question and options....
if i didnt know the answer ..i'll choose by exclusion method....for me by exclusion method always leaves 2 options...then i read the question again and again for getting clues..... if i didn't get enough clues..i'll go for other question...
but, i'll come back and answer them too at the last minutes....as i already left with only 2 options..i have 50% chance to get it right...
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I read the question, derive a possible answer in mind and look up for answers if i dont find then start by excluding wrong ones
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I love the horrible feeling i have after i read the question and damn sure of the answer but do not find one in the option. Any way nice thread
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How can I start a poll:

a) read question first and think about a possible answer -> then read answers
b) read answers first and then skim through question
c) skim through question very quick and then look up the answers
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How can I start a poll:

a) read question first and think about a possible answer -> then read answers
b) read answers first and then skim through question
c) skim through question very quick and then look up the answers
I think reading options first makes one more apprehensive while going through the question and non biased critical analysis of the stem of the question may be at risk. The first option suits me better. And if the question is too long to stream through reading options first might not harm
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For step 1 my approach was: read the question and think about the answer then look for it, if I don't know the answer then I read the answers and use exclusion method.

For step 2 I used a totally different approach: read the last 10 words of the question then read the answers and then skim thorough the whole question, then I use exclusion (or guessing ) to answer the question.
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I always read the last line of the question first... and then I read the stem. I dont know why, but it has worked for me so far. I do not look at the options unless i have an idea what i would pick already if it was in the choices. If you don't find anything relevant to what you already had in mind, then start by crossing out choices you know that would be wrong for sure... narrow it down to the two you're confused between... read clues in the question again, read the last line of the question again... and make an educated guess.
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i have taken step 1 , i can give u some advices - there are couple of approaches that u can try -
1- read the whole question , and then try to answer the question in ur head , and then find the answer most similar to ur answer in the multiple choices.
2- Read the last sentence of the question - and then go back and read the whole question - and then answer ur question.
3-If u dont know the answer - try eliminating answers - if u end up w 2 answers - its 50/50 so take a guess. I took plenty of guesses in my exam - they want to push u and test ur stamina , and see if u understand the concepts, all at the same time.
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