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  • August 09, 2022
  • Posted By : Oswaal Books

NEET 2023 EXAM : The abode for all the dreams of medical students is around the corner.   

And we are here with Dr. Walter Pauk's OK4R method to optimize and maximize your learning!

Some learners are good at mugging up while some require understanding and practice.

But everyone needs this technique for NEET 2023 exam. 


What is the OK4R method?

Dr. Walter Pauk, former Director of the Reading and Study Center at Cornell University, after becoming frustrated with his students failing in class, developed a method of learning named OK4R in 1974.

This technique offers six steps in reading which help to understand and remember what you have read.

The Advantages of the OK4R Method -

           1. Makes the process of reading more effective and efficient.
           2. Makes the process of reading well-organized.
           3. Makes the students remember the material longer.
           4. Makes the students build meaning to understand the text.



Let’s understand the method of OK4R with this paragraph.


STEP 1 - Overview

In the first step, read the first sentence of introduction of the concepts at hand and summarize the paragraphs. Then you will have a general idea of what topics will be discussed. 


STEP 2 - Key Ideas

Now go over the text again and look for key ideas or key highlights. These are usually located in the first sentence of each paragraph, diagrams and captions. Also read the italics and bold type, bulleted sections, itemizations, pictures and tables.


STEP 3 - Read

Carefully and actively read the text and if you come to a new word which you do not know, make a note of it. Perhaps its meaning will be clear as you complete the particular sentence but it is better to look for the word's meaning.


STEP 4 - Recall

In this step, close the book and immediately try to recall the main points of what you have read. Try to say or write down the points you catch while recalling. This will solidify the information in your mind. DR. Walter Pauk says that one minute spent in immediate reading nearly doubles retention of text. 


STEP 5 - Reflect

Meaningfulness can help improve learning. In this step, try to relate what they have read to things that you already know. Try to find significance in what you have learned.


STEP 6 - Review

Now go over the text again to review material and refresh your memory. If you notice anything that you have forgotten, study those parts again.

This is Dr. Walter Pauk's OK4R Method for NEET 2023 exam.

Now test how much you remember. Reading and remembering information can be challenging. It requires time and attention for optimal learning. Try not to dwell over the same section for a long period. If you find yourself rereading the same paragraph, take a break and start from the beginning again.

Research has shown that it's not how much time you spend studying but how well you study during that time.


Some studies have shown that students who studied 35 hours a week came out with poorer grades than those who studied less.

Use your study time wisely, and you will come out ahead!


All the best! 

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