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Preparing for your ABA Advanced Board Exams


#TeamLandau member, @countbackwardsfrom10, recently took his ABA Advanced Board exam and offered some insight on how he prepares for boards.


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ABA ADVANCED BOARD EXAMINATION COMMENCING IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS! 😭😭 A teaching opportunity nonetheless!

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I figured this would be a good chance to share some insight into how I prepped for boards and how I study in general 📚🖋.

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Like many, I have become a huge fan of question banks, and I tend to do them by subject. I then take the points from the answer explanation and make a Word document from them. This way rather than doing random blocks and having notes everywhere, things are categorized and searchable (Note, I prefer pen and paper 🖊 to computer).

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Pass 1️⃣: Once I'm done with the question banks, I read through my binder of notes, marking in red 🔴 topics that are high yield or ones that I don't think I know cold. I do this all the way through.

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Pass 2️⃣: Then, I go through a second time reading only my notes marked in red, and of those I don't know cold, I mark in blue 🔵.

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Pass 3️⃣: Finally, I do one more read through all of my notes, this time just what's marked in blue, and, well you get the point, only this time on green 🟢, and I also pull those notes from my binder, allowing me to focus on just those last points until I know it all.

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I was also able to get my hands on this book, “Blasting the Boards” which is an immensely helpful high yield board book which I read through, especially for topics I was less confident in (like everything not cardiac or critical care 😅).

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QUESTION BANKS DON'T REPLACE TEXTBOOKS! PLEASE READ SOMETHING COVER TO COVER! (See my prior post about my favorite books).

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How do you study?! (Seriously please share if you have good strategies, mine, while it works for me could use some improvement 🤣)

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*For educational purposes only. All views on posts are my own and do not reflect those of my institution or employer.

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A version of this blog first appeared on the Count Backwards from 10's Instagram. It is reproduced here with the permission of the author.

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