5 reasons to try out adaptive learning right now!

5 reasons to try out adaptive learning right now
April 24, 2020 |

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting our life in all areas. For medical students, a great divide is becoming visible—some students are graduating early to serve on the front lines, while others are experiencing stress and uncertainty as a result of postponed Step 1 exams. Though this delay has an inevitable impact on academic progression, curricular schedules, and application for residency, students can use this time to retain what they’ve learned and take their learning to a new level.

Here are 5 reasons that now is the time to try out our adaptive learning Qbank.

1. Personalize your Learning

As Michelle Qiu pointed out on our blog, adjusting to the pace of medical school is an important consideration to make during your first year. This is especially true if you’re studying for the Step 1 examination, which many students describe as running a marathon – you have to pace yourself.

Using the marathon analogy, it’s important to find out what the best training strategy for you is: should you follow a generic speed or distance training plan? Or would you prefer a customized plan that takes into account your individual strengths and weaknesses?

If you are looking for a personalized approach, our adaptive learning Qbank is the best choice for your Step 1 study. It raises self-awareness and is more engaging as you do not have to sit through material you have already mastered.

2. Working on your unconscious incompetence

Adaptive learning is highly useful in addressing a pervasive and potentially dangerous problem: “unconscious incompetence”. Unconscious incompetence occurs when you believe you know something but, in fact, you do not. You can be unconsciously incompetent in certain topics even if you have studied intensively for the Step 1 exam.

Adaptive learning reduces unconscious incompetence over time. Let’s say you answer a question that you think you know for sure. The Qbank gives you the opportunity to give an estimate of how sure you are. If you select that you know the answer for sure, but the answer is actually wrong, this is an indicator of unconscious incompetence. The AI-algorithm that powers our Qbank adjusts to this response and deepens your knowledge of the topic with you.

Adaptive learning reduces unconscious incompetence over time
Adaptive learning reduces unconscious incompetence over time. Among learners in the sample shown here , unconscious incompetence was reduced from the initial median of approximately 24 % (blue dotted line) to about 15 % (yellow dotted line). Results are for 3,706 pediatric physicians preparing for board examinations in 2017.

3. Increase your competence and confidence

Through adaptive learning, you become aware of what you don’t know and what you misunderstood. This will engage you in the learning process.

Let’s go back to the example in #2—you answered a question wrong when you thought you knew the correct answer. The adaptive learning Qbank offers additional support and then asks the same type of question in different ways to reinforce learning and increase your confidence. Traditional e-learning is not able to pinpoint and adapt to your misconceptions, and only presents the same multiple-choice questions over and over when you answer incorrectly.

With adaptive learning, as knowledge is acquired, you reach the desired stage of becoming “consciously competent” and are thus confident in what you know.

4. Be prepared for future developments

Learning for USMLE Step 1 goes beyond reaching a high score—you lay the foundation for your future success on exams and in your career. While your exam score is important, it is the deep understanding of the tested concepts that will stick with you when you are a practicing physician. Additionally, when you commit the basic science knowledge of Step 1 to your long-term memory, you will be better prepared for the score-based Step 2 CK and Step 3 exams, which are likely to play an important role in residency assignments in the future.

5. Try out something new!

This brings us to the final question: Should I learn with traditional e-Learning tools or should I try out the adaptive learning Qbank? If you’d like to use this time to try out a new way of learning, sign up for a free 30-day trial and start your adaptive learning experience!

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