Progress to Success with the Learning Radar

Anna Piazza - Oct 18, 2018

Update: The USMLE®  Step 1 exam switches to a Pass/Fail exam as of January 26, 2022. This means you are no longer dependent on the previous three-digit score. You can learn more about how to study for the new Step 1 exam with Dr. Ryan Colaço here. Read the official USMLE announcement here.

Students dedicate so much time and energy toward the USMLE Step 1 exam. Because of its breadth and scope, studying for it requires tons of reading, reviewing and recalling. And while the goal is to score high, it’s also to master the Basic Sciences in order to establish a foundation of knowledge that can be further built and drawn upon later on.

With that said, it’s important to catch and correct mistakes as you go. But zeroing in on what you’ve missed can be a challenge, especially when there’s so much material to go through.

Don’t start again from the top with your studies. Instead, AMBOSS is there to help you quickly self-correct, and it doesn’t get more specific—or effective—than the Learning Radar.

How the Learning Radar Works:

As you put your knowledge to the test and go through sessions in the Qbank, AMBOSS tracks which questions you got right or wrong. While the full results of your progress tracking can be viewed in your Personal Analysis, they can also be traced throughout Knowledge Library’s Articles. You can see that by enabling the Learning Radar so that key knowledge points you missed in your sessions will be featured in red in each card’s text.

Here’s an example: let’s say you were wrong on a question about Glyburide. When you open up the Article covering the topic, Antidiabetic drugs, and turn on the Learning Radar, you’ll see that specific knowledge point relating to the right answer appear in red.

For as long as the feature stays enabled, that same information will remain red in the card until you revisit that particular concept in the Qbank session. If you get that question right, the text will go back to black.

The more questions you go through, the more precise the Learning Radar gets, providing you with a much more efficient approach to studying. It’s immediate feedback on what you should focus on more, allowing you to hone in on gaps and close them—all without having to go through the entire topic over again.