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Table 1 Students’ preferences of study resources when preparing for OSCEs and MCQ tests

From: How the introduction of OSCEs has affected the time students spend studying: results of a nationwide study

Study resource OSCEs MCQ tests
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Physical examination courses 4.38 (0.82) 2.09 (1.07)
Class notes/logs 3.88 (1.11) 4.25 (0.95)
Skills lab 3.87 (1.21) 1.83 (0.97)
Group learning 3.61 (1.26) 2.57 (1.29)
Medical clerkships 3.58 (1.16) 2.48 (1.14)
Clinical work placements 3.56 (1.12) 2.37 (1.13)
Peer tutorials 3.53 (1.19) 2.15 (1.11)
Textbooks 3.17 (1.07) 3.97 (0.98)
Multimedia materials 3.05 (1.11) 3.32 (1.19)
Casebooks 2.90 (1.14) 2.42 (1.14)
Lectures 2.67 (1.08) 4.07 (1.03)
PBL courses 2.48 (1.14) 2.12 (1.09)
  1. PBL problem-based learning, SD standard deviation
  2. The responses were made on a 5-point scale with anchors 1 (not important), 2 (slightly important), 3 (moderately important), 4 (important), and 5 (very important)
  3. Number of respondents, n = 1131