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Question Should we read the explanation for questions we answered right?

Hello everybody,
I'd like to know your experience about this:

You answered a question, you checked the answer and found your answer was right ... do you think it's better to read the explanation anyway or move to the next question.. Sometimes you definitely know which one is the best choice but one or two of the other choices are topics you have never heard about !

In fact, I hate reading explanations but feel little guilty if I don't !!
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Arrow Move on ...

If you feel that you are completely aware of the topic that the question is talking about and you don't have holes in your knowledge about it then it might be wise to move on and no need to read the explanations for the other options.

Remember, it's the concept of the question that you need to be aware of and not the details of each and every option. Once you got the question right (unless you got it by mere luck) then you got it right no matter how awkward the other explanations are.

In many instances the question writers include weird "wrong" options and their explanation goes into details about rare diseases or too much details which are not high yield for the USMLE and may actually waste your time.

The more questions you do the faster should be your speed until your reach a rate when you find that .. ah OK I know this and I don't need to read the explanation. But early on your study you may need to read all the explanations to enhance your experience and to review your primary materials.
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i think it's important to read the explanation
as ur self confidince will get much more better
besides it may give u an idea u never had before
and ofcourse it may give u more info about some topic that u r not so familiar with .
it's my opinion
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Info My two cents

Sometimes, like most of us, I get to the right answer with flawed reasoning. But flawed reasoning changes from time to time so next time, or during 'the' exam one might choose the wrong answer. It is almost always necessary to quickly scan through the explanation to make sure not only you are right but you are right because u were thinking right. Plus the way Q bank etc. is set-up the wrong answers are explained well.
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