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Is it only my life that is awful because of USMLE?I have been studying 7 months now.Actually, I wass used to passive learning and this made my way really difficult because i had to overcome the wrong way of studying. I am finishing Kaplan for the second time.
Studying is not the problem, but i am completely burnt out. I tried to focus and left all my friends.
I know this is not the right, but am i only one passing through this difficult situation?
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I'm with you there. i used to just memorize without understanding and now i had to relearn everything for this exam. i feel like its never gonna be enough and I'm never going to be prepared for it. and on some days i feel so stressed out that i just sit and cry so you're not the only one!
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I honestly am depressed myself from studying too much. I guess it's the only way to ace USMLE, no other way around it
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it is a reversible situation i know, but the fact that it lasts for so long makes it chronic...i don't like whining, but i would prefer to know that other people are passing through the same situation...
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Try doing all of that & taking care of three kids & having chronic migraines!!! Totally understand what u guys are saying & can't wait to be done with this asap!!!! Best of luck to all of us & hopefully all our sacrifices will pay off
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i just hate life at this point. Library -home- library
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I'm in the same boat. I just read, read, read and a month later I can't recall 70 or 60%.

I studied Micro form CMMRS 2 times and First Aid 1 time but when I do UW I only get 40% . Every question is covered in those books but I can't recall the correct answer . Oh man I haven't covered pharm yet , surely I will have a worse situation.

However this was my decision, whatever it takes I'll do it.

I recommend this motivational video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41Zjh3AirjU
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I'm in the same boat. I just read, read, read and a month later I can't recall 70 or 60%.

I studied Micro form CMMRS 2 times and First Aid 1 time but when I do UW I only get 40% . Every question is covered in those books but I can't recall the correct answer . Oh man I haven't covered pharm yet , surely I will have a worse situation.

However this was my decision, whatever it takes I'll do it.

I recommend this motivational video: "Best Motivation Video - Never Give Up! [HD]", search it in youtube.
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I'm in the same boat. I just read, read, read and a month later I can't recall 70 or 60%.

I studied Micro form CMMRS 2 times and First Aid 1 time but when I do UW I only get 40% . Every question is covered in those books but I can't recall the correct answer . Oh man I haven't covered pharm yet , surely I will have a worse situation.

However this was my decision, whatever it takes I'll do it.

I recommend this motivational video: "Best Motivation Video - Never Give Up! [HD]", search it in youtube.
Check out this motivational video: "Motivation for Success: Uncomfortable vs Exhaustion"

Gives me chills all the time!
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i think the best thing to do ( if you don't have ur exam date set) is to take a few days to yourself, relax, then come back studying again.... no point in pushing a burnt out mind if no information is penetrating!
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thank you guys for your answers...i wish the best of luck to all of you...
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I am in same boat! I see posts here where people get 250 in 1st nbme ! And mine was around 200! even after studying for years! More time one spends = saturation and frustration!
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maybe it is just the wrong way of studying....passive learning, it is extremely difficult for me to overcome it...
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hey usmlerun,

I think most of us are also worried about our step 1 exam as it is so important myself included.

Ya passive learning is not the best option. I originally tried that out. Had a lot of friends getting married, engaged or having kids and also various sports events. I guess my mind was not fully focused on step 1 to be honest and it was disheartening to see all my friends have a stable and peaceful life where as mine is stressful and at times depressing.

So I decided to change my mindset by going outside first thing in the morning for a jog or walk around 5:30-6am (depending on how lazy I am or how fast the next door neighbour's dog chases me ). Put my mind at ease first thing in the morning before I start a grueling day of study.

Then I realized, I need to work on a study plan and take it one day at a time, with no day break.

My day consists of 2 usmle world blocks and approx 80-100 pages of FA a day (which is really tough because I realize FA hates my hippocampus and vice versa).

I originally started with 20 pgs a day, then moved on to 40 then 50, then 70 then 80-100. Sure I go crazy when i forget things i read the day before but that day has passed and i need to move on with my study plan so I write down which topics i tend to forget and what page number on a separate blank page.

I realized my weakness was neuro so I made adjustments to my study plan which can be done along the way. Also trying to work around going through pathoma a few more times if I can seeing as how huge pathology is on the step and that white board he shows in the videos is a relief to my highly annotated FA book.

This forum I found is really helpful to me and I hope it will benefit you and many more.

good luck! you're almost there
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thank you for your answer...passive studying is something difficult to overcome and this was the main reason i spent a lot of time...i changed my way of studying now...
thank you for the advice...everybody is passing through the same difficulties
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