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Default I spend so much time on usmle world

I spend so much on USMLE world..!!!
many people have told me to read all the explanations n the stuff.. i know this,, i have bought a copybook to write the notes,, n im writing so much,, i can't decide what's important in these explanations n what isn't.. n honestly i dn't fid any body here complainin about this which is very strange for me ! am i doin smthing wrong ..?
i spend like 2 hours on 10 questions explanaions !!
for example, that part about conact dermatitis,, i write the poison, the plants, so many stuff .. so please help this gonna take like 4 months n i dn't feel it worth it,, IS EVERYTHING HERE HIGH YIELDED ?? I DOUBT IT !
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I spend so much on USMLE world..!!!
many people have told me to read all the explanations n the stuff.. i know this,, i have bought a copybook to write the notes,, n im writing so much,, i can't decide what's important in these explanations n what isn't.. n honestly i dn't fid any body here complainin about this which is very strange for me ! am i doin smthing wrong ..?
i spend like 2 hours on 10 questions explanaions !!
for example, that part about conact dermatitis,, i write the poison, the plants, so many stuff .. so please help this gonna take like 4 months n i dn't feel it worth it,, IS EVERYTHING HERE HIGH YIELDED ?? I DOUBT IT !
Hey it can be kinda hard on this forum to get any responses at times so I will try to help the best I can. I am assuming you have just started studying for your step and not far along yet. What I found that worked for me was to first finish all of DIT. I did zero questions till DIT was complete. In DIT they have short quizzes at the beginning and end of each video. The point of this though is to get my foundation down.

I then read First AID cover to cover once.

THEN I started doing questions. I would do about 2 uworld qbanks per day mon-fri. Saturday I would take a comprehensive assessment whether it be through kaplan simulated, uworld simulated, or even just 4 uworld blocks. I would then see where my weak points were. Let's say I was weak on micro, biochem, and GI. I would then each day of the next week spend 1 day reading first aid micro and the next day micro questions only (uworld or kaplan). I would do that for each area I was weak on for the week and then take another assessment on the following saturday.

What I am trying to get at is that you need to first get your knowledge base and foundations down. Don't take every detail from uworld.

When I watched the test taking strategies video from PASS program it taught that you should do uworld or kaplan or any qbank in untimed NON-tutor mode. This is so that you don't go through one question at a time in tutor mode where the answer will show in a another similar question within the same test.

The usmle takes a fact from medical school and then will ask you the same question over and over but just in a different way. This is one of the reasons why you take 7 separate blocks without being able to go back to the previous one.

PASS also taught one strategy that helped me most I think: there are two types of questions: clue questions or concept questions. Clue questions are when the last sentence of each question has which, cause, or diagnosis. With clue questions you only need 1-2 details within the question stem to answer. With concept, you need more details.

By reading the last sentence of a question first, you can then etiher answer the question without reading the paragraph or you can isolate certain facts when reading the entire stem.

It also teaches to first answer the question as if it is a written exam. The multiple choice questions are there to confuse you. Questions are made by physicians who will write a question and nbme will give that question to a psychologist to change up the answers and question into how the human mind thinks and answers. The best thing to do is rely on your own knowledge than on the answer choices. If you can think of the answer without looking at the choices first, then most likely your answer will be in there and you click and move on.

Now I know your main question was why you move so slow through uworld. The purpose of everything I wrote is that I think you first need to get a foundation and solidify your knowledge. You should not be at a point in uworld where you don't even know what the question is talking about where you have to write down every detail.

Another thing is, when you answer the question and find you got it wrong... before looking at the description first try to go back to the question and try to figure out why you got it wrong and why the real answer is the real answer. Dissect the question. When reading the description afterwards, then read only the main description and not why the other answers are wrong.

Another huge mistake anyone can do is to write down every detail in uworld. You ONLY need to write down the details needed to answer the question. There is only so much your brain can store in a short amount of time. Fill it with what you need to know to answer the question rather than extra stuff (which is well..just extra stuff..). When writing notes, write them within your first aid book as well.

Last comment: The reason why you should do DIT is because when you first start studying, you don't know what high yield is. Uworld does have a lot of high yield info, but also low yield as well. It tests you on everything, Uworld will have all the background info you need, but you only need to know how to answer the question, not all this extra info. When you do DIT and read FA you will get to a point where you will say "OH I know why I got that wrong.." without even looking at the description.

So my advice is to:

1) do a solid review of all material and if you don't have time then just read first aid

2) follow the test taking strategies I wrote out

3) follow the reviewing strategies I wrote out

hope this all helped

i raised my score from a 177 to a 217 using this concept within a month. I'm hoping for it to keep increasing now as I started to recently kick in the test taking strategies and it seems to help. I've been scoring average 80% on uworld now.
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Its your initial stage. When your basics are clear enough As you go further you will grab concepts automatically, you will increase your speed. I was in the same boat as you but I would not take 2hrs for 10 Q's I used take around 50 min for 10 Q's. I used to work in time stress! Now, i can solve 4 blocks per day.
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I spend so much on USMLE world..!!!
many people have told me to read all the explanations n the stuff.. i know this,, i have bought a copybook to write the notes,, n im writing so much,, i can't decide what's important in these explanations n what isn't.. n honestly i dn't fid any body here complainin about this which is very strange for me ! am i doin smthing wrong ..?
i spend like 2 hours on 10 questions explanaions !!
for example, that part about conact dermatitis,, i write the poison, the plants, so many stuff .. so please help this gonna take like 4 months n i dn't feel it worth it,, IS EVERYTHING HERE HIGH YIELDED ?? I DOUBT IT !
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Hey it can be kinda hard on this forum to get any responses at times so I will try to help the best I can. I am assuming you have just started studying for your step and not far along yet. What I found that worked for me was to first finish all of DIT. I did zero questions till DIT was complete. In DIT they have short quizzes at the beginning and end of each video. The point of this though is to get my foundation down.

I then read First AID cover to cover once.

THEN I started doing questions. I would do about 2 uworld qbanks per day mon-fri. Saturday I would take a comprehensive assessment whether it be through kaplan simulated, uworld simulated, or even just 4 uworld blocks. I would then see where my weak points were. Let's say I was weak on micro, biochem, and GI. I would then each day of the next week spend 1 day reading first aid micro and the next day micro questions only (uworld or kaplan). I would do that for each area I was weak on for the week and then take another assessment on the following saturday.

What I am trying to get at is that you need to first get your knowledge base and foundations down. Don't take every detail from uworld.

When I watched the test taking strategies video from PASS program it taught that you should do uworld or kaplan or any qbank in untimed NON-tutor mode. This is so that you don't go through one question at a time in tutor mode where the answer will show in a another similar question within the same test.

The usmle takes a fact from medical school and then will ask you the same question over and over but just in a different way. This is one of the reasons why you take 7 separate blocks without being able to go back to the previous one.

PASS also taught one strategy that helped me most I think: there are two types of questions: clue questions or concept questions. Clue questions are when the last sentence of each question has which, cause, or diagnosis. With clue questions you only need 1-2 details within the question stem to answer. With concept, you need more details.

By reading the last sentence of a question first, you can then etiher answer the question without reading the paragraph or you can isolate certain facts when reading the entire stem.

It also teaches to first answer the question as if it is a written exam. The multiple choice questions are there to confuse you. Questions are made by physicians who will write a question and nbme will give that question to a psychologist to change up the answers and question into how the human mind thinks and answers. The best thing to do is rely on your own knowledge than on the answer choices. If you can think of the answer without looking at the choices first, then most likely your answer will be in there and you click and move on.

Now I know your main question was why you move so slow through uworld. The purpose of everything I wrote is that I think you first need to get a foundation and solidify your knowledge. You should not be at a point in uworld where you don't even know what the question is talking about where you have to write down every detail.

Another thing is, when you answer the question and find you got it wrong... before looking at the description first try to go back to the question and try to figure out why you got it wrong and why the real answer is the real answer. Dissect the question. When reading the description afterwards, then read only the main description and not why the other answers are wrong.

Another huge mistake anyone can do is to write down every detail in uworld. You ONLY need to write down the details needed to answer the question. There is only so much your brain can store in a short amount of time. Fill it with what you need to know to answer the question rather than extra stuff (which is well..just extra stuff..). When writing notes, write them within your first aid book as well.

Last comment: The reason why you should do DIT is because when you first start studying, you don't know what high yield is. Uworld does have a lot of high yield info, but also low yield as well. It tests you on everything, Uworld will have all the background info you need, but you only need to know how to answer the question, not all this extra info. When you do DIT and read FA you will get to a point where you will say "OH I know why I got that wrong.." without even looking at the description.

So my advice is to:

1) do a solid review of all material and if you don't have time then just read first aid

2) follow the test taking strategies I wrote out

3) follow the reviewing strategies I wrote out

hope this all helped

i raised my score from a 177 to a 217 using this concept within a month. I'm hoping for it to keep increasing now as I started to recently kick in the test taking strategies and it seems to help. I've been scoring average 80% on uworld now.

i loved reading your detailed response and it actually made me think in a different way when doing questions now !
Thankyou
Is this PASS program helpful ?? did u take it ??
im a old grad ... trying to do FA with DIT ... but after completing couple of systems from FA along with DIT .. now am doing uw and adding notes ... BUT what you said about doing questions in the end ... does make lot of sense too
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