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    It seems like studying old exams is very popular among UAG students. Is this a secret or do your professors encourage you to study from old exams? Are these exams made available to you through your school library? If not, which website do you get them from?

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    Prolly a secret! Can he/she get the secret for a $1000 please!
    "I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become" - Oprah

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksc4smc View Post
    It seems like studying old exams is very popular among UAG students. Is this a secret or do your professors encourage you to study from old exams? Are these exams made available to you through your school library? If not, which website do you get them from?
    This is a touchy subject. Old exams are popular en every medical school not just UAG. Professor dont encourage to use old exams but they mentioned them once in a while to review concepts and see how the questions might be like during the test. The school library doesnt have any old exams but the papeleria across campus does. I actually never used their old exams; they seemed to be outdated. On the other hand, they have some good reviews. You will find what you need if you network correctly with the right people. It is always an excellent idea to have a good PR friend; they are famous for buying exams and knowing the inside game when it comes to things like that. I am sorry if I offended anybody but it is the truth. Some of the posters here can attest to this. Of course, not every PR does it BUT it usually comes from them. I am just stating the facts not stereotyping a nation. Good luck.
    Hopefully I dont get in trouble by stating the secret everybody knows. Did I get my 1000 dollars?

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    ksc4smc,
    Old exams and quick notes may run a close second to pharmaceuticals as far as money makers.

    The entire medical education system in the US and feeder schools is built on old exams and medical "cliff notes." Get used to this fact.

    Look at any medical school library in the US and the categories scream out:

    1. Cliff Notes pack - aka - Board Review Series (Found for all Med Courses)

    2. Medicine for Dummies - aka - Clinical Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple (Insert Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Physiology or any other class name for Neuroanatomy and you can find it)

    3. Old Exams for the Nation - aka - Pathology Pre-Test (insert any other course for the Pathology and their is a book)

    4. Online Test Question Services - USMLEasy (by McGraw-Hill Publishers), USMLE Consult Question Bank (Elsevier Publishers), Kaplan QBank (Kaplan Test Review Services)

    There is much much more.

    In general Medical School throws at you much more information than can be absorbed by one normal person. Therefore a whole industry is built around making the whole process easier with pre-made notes, pre-made flash cards, pre-made sample tests.

    You will also find at any medical school that you attend the students and sometimes professors give you complete access to the most common questions and even their old shelf exams.
    "Every path has a puddle, but every slip is not a fall."
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    old exams are important tools for survival for uag

    Quote Originally Posted by ksc4smc View Post
    It seems like studying old exams is very popular among UAG students. Is this a secret or do your professors encourage you to study from old exams? Are these exams made available to you through your school library? If not, which website do you get them from?
    if you only study the book and not look at old exams, you will be kicking yourself after the exam is over be cause some those old exam questions are asking you questions that you do not think is important or things that you will skip over in the readings. you will know what I am talking about when u get here.

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    Rasputindoc- Thanks for the useful information. By "PR" do you mean papeleria?
    Karplus- I have nothing against people studying from old exams, I just wanted to know if this was encouraged or not. I think what you mentioned (cliffnotes, medicine for dummies, etc) would be great resources to use in preparing for the USMLE, but they may or may not be helpful when preparing for an exam in a given course. (Correct me if I'm wrong).
    Last edited by ksc4smc; 06-11-2008 at 02:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksc4smc View Post
    Rasputindoc- Thanks for the useful information. By "PR" do you mean papelaria?
    Karplus- I have nothing against people studying from old exams, I just wanted to know if this was encouraged or not. I think what you mentioned (cliffnotes, medicine for dummies, etc) would be great resources to use in preparing for the USMLE, but they may or may not be helpful when preparing for an exam in a given course. (Correct me if I'm wrong).
    pr in the international program is puerto rico, they do have access to weird crap that I have never seen before

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    ksc4smc,
    I must correct you. There are a great number of students who never look at primary texts. Some wing it on lecture notes and old exams. Some use only the BRS as a text book.
    "Every path has a puddle, but every slip is not a fall."
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    yes, PR is for papeleria.........LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karplus View Post
    ksc4smc,
    I must correct you. There are a great number of students who never look at primary texts. Some wing it on lecture notes and old exams. Some use only the BRS as a text book.
    really?.......in the PapeleRia you mean?

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