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I was scheduled to take my exam on the 30th of October. I was so prepared to take it by then but family circumstances prevented me from doing so. Ever since I've canceled my exam date, I feel like my knowledge has significantly faded, add to that, a lack of interest/burnout has set is as I'm just studying the same material (FA, UW) over and over again.

It's weird because I feel like on one hand, I just want to take this exam and get it over with but on the other, I feel very amnestic, and not prepared. My study time has drastically reduced in a day and I'm going very slowly now. I have only one NBME left to assess myself (15) apart from UWSA 2 and FRED 150 so that makes it worse as before, I at least had enough NBMEs to keep track of my progress.

Has anyone of you experienced this before? If so, how did you combait it?

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We're on the same boat. I delayed my exam for some emergency...

Then went back on reviewing after a month. I did a diagnostic test with dismal results. But I noticed that I still can answer questions, I just cannot explain why is it the correct answer. I went back to answering Qbanks, and my scores were as high as 96% to as low as 68%. One thing I noticed though... I know the correct answer, I just cannot remember the reason.

If there's an advantage on what we did... we have better instincts... problem is that instincts will not get you a passing mark. I'm also clueless on what to do.
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I was thinking... probably we are a different bunch of guys whose score cannot be predicted by NBMEs... probably +/-25, as compared to +/- 5 that has been said in this forum.
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LOL man that sucks big time. I would hate to get 25 points lower than what my last NBME score was.

I just regret not having done my exam. My lazy hippocampus just won't cooperate.
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I am so not in the position to give advice. But I did an intensive review on subjects that have been pulling me down. It's Behavioral Science and Biostatistics for me. I am also reviewing Anatomy, as lots of exam takers vowed on being tested heavily for Anatomy.

That's it! There is nothing else that we can do on our lost time. All we have to do is move on... do our best... and hope for a better score.
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me too... just to change my schedule i started with pathoma about to finish it..when i was seeing the videos i could recall so many concepts and answers which i got wrong in nbme's.. it somehow gave me confidence... after this i will go through FA with uworld notes with pathoma... i thought of adding some other sources for my weak areas but then after getting suggestion from forum guys.. i decided to just stick to FA uworld and pathoma.. dont lose hopes.. you have 4 more question banks left so u can still give them in last month every week once.. keep studying.. we are almost done... just we need little bit push and we will be done...
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yeah I'll do the same. I'm reviewing FA (this is the 7th time!! so you can sense my frustration), UW, doing FA Q&As, Robbins q's of path etc.

I might go ahead and review DIT coz I remember how much that helped me when I first did it.
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me too.. i've done FA 5 times already.. and UW 3 times... i've learnt one thing,, its not about the times but its about the concepts we retain from it and how much we are able to link to the other subjects.. also doing only FA all at once and starting uw notes or pathoma later doesnt help.. so simultaneously we have to keep doing all the sources which we decide to do.. it will help us retain more and improve our performance... good luck...
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me too.. i've done FA 5 times already.. and UW 3 times... i've learnt one thing,, its not about the times but its about the concepts we retain from it and how much we are able to link to the other subjects.. also doing only FA all at once and starting uw notes or pathoma later doesnt help.. so simultaneously we have to keep doing all the sources which we decide to do.. it will help us retain more and improve our performance... good luck...
Actually my UW and Pathoma notes have all been extensively annotated into my FA.

I think I'll just stick to doing UW q's (to keep my reflexes going), may be do Pathoma once more (3rd time) and do DIT as a review of FA coz I don't think I can read that book one more time.

Do you think this might be a good idea?
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Actually my UW and Pathoma notes have all been extensively annotated into my FA.

I think I'll just stick to doing UW q's (to keep my reflexes going), may be do Pathoma once more (3rd time) and do DIT as a review of FA coz I don't think I can read that book one more time.

Do you think this might be a good idea?
from what i've heard DIT takes lot of time to review.. i've it but i've not gone through it.. so if u are able to review it soon as u have already done it once then do it.. and fix the approximate date of your exam in your mind and schedule your study accordingly.. it will really push to give your maximum...
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I got halfway through DIT until I realized that it's not working for me. Did Uworld though... And found it very helpful because its explanations are all integrative.
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Thanks guys both are you are pretty helpful. Just a quick q, has either one of you done Goljan audios? do you think it's a recommended resource? esp. considering I have such a short amount of time left?

If you've done these audios, how long did it take you?

coz for me it'll be either Goljan audios or DIT vids. I've done DIT once with the whole workbook so I might not even do the videos as such, just go through the workbook.

I'm doing UW everyday (used to do 3 blocks a day but now doing only 1), and some source of q's everyday coz that's definitely important.
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i've done goljan audios like 2 times but i never gave particular time to it.. i just used to do it when i'm travelling or working or just bored reading.. i did it like 2-3 months back.. ya they are helpful.. few people say that they are very old and waste of time.. but it really helped in some topics.. and as step 1 is 60% pathology.. the more we do patho the more better it is i feel,,,
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I did not use goljan audios. But his book is good.
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i've used goljan(book-not vids) just for renal, endo and respi. If u want, u can do those topics from RR. but i did it during school, so now i only use it as added info to my FA/pathoma. it totally depends wen u're planning on writing ur exam. if u have sufficient time, then watch goljan videos. otherwise pathoma+FA are more than enuff to provide u with the detail u need to know. if, however, u dont understand those details, then i'd say watch/read goljan.

As for DIT, yes i'm doing the vids ryt now and it does take a lot of time to go thru these vids. So...hmmm i dont know. the vids are really gud though. they focus on the HIGHEST yield stuff. i'd say watch those if u've already done pathoma/fa/goljan etc. but wen u do DIT,make sure u do questions on a regular basis to keep u on track/in a habit of seeing concepts in a question form.as mentioned below, u guys are scoring low on ur assessments, so this would help bump it up again.
i'd say try this for a system (lets say renal) and see if u understand things any better and score well on ur assessments.
otherwise, u can keep doing wat u have been doing since u started studying for steps. repetition wont do any harm. if anything it'll only strengthen ur concepts(that u've already learnt n just need to revisit over and over again). I feel like if we think we dont know anything or if we've forgotten stuff, we will. but if u keep telling urself that u know this and u got this, u'll b better off retaining that information so dont stress urselves
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So I've decided to do 2 hours of goljan audio for 2-3 weeks + DIT review (again, I'll just do the vids for tougher areas and read the rest from the workbook.) It should take me 12 days to finish DIT. Still have to review HY Neuroanatomy and few pharm topics from Kaplan too, so i'll try to multitask as best as I can.

I'll be applying for a new eligibility period today and taking the exam in December (whenever I get the earliest date.)

Still have 1 NBME to assess myself so i'll do that 17 days before the exam. Will do UWSA 2 12 before the exam and FRED 8 days before the exam.

Good luck to you all and once again, thanks for the advices =)
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I am finding this really motivating. Will give my exam in start of January.
so i have done FA and uworld. Anatomy is really my weak area & biochemistry. What other sources should i supplement both of these with? I did kaplan video and lecture for biochem. About Anatomy i am clueless, what does you ppl suggest?
Also after doing one pass of uworld, did u guys benefit from usmle rx? or sticking with uworld is the way to go?

Also, i think i was in the same state last month sick of FA esp after how much i have written in it, i just didn't want to see it. I got a study partner and then we went through FA together. I would strongly advise that you should get a study partner, hope that helps.
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I am finding this really motivating. Will give my exam in start of January.
so i have done FA and uworld. Anatomy is really my weak area & biochemistry. What other sources should i supplement both of these with? I did kaplan video and lecture for biochem. About Anatomy i am clueless, what does you ppl suggest?
Also after doing one pass of uworld, did u guys benefit from usmle rx? or sticking with uworld is the way to go?

Also, i think i was in the same state last month sick of FA esp after how much i have written in it, i just didn't want to see it. I got a study partner and then we went through FA together. I would strongly advise that you should get a study partner, hope that helps.

Hey from what I've read, there isn't much one can do to prepare for anatomy. So just stick to either Kaplan or HY and that's the best you can do. Regarding Rx, I did part of it before starting UW (when I was doing Kaplan) and the rest after my 2nd read of UW. So I think it was great but I don't know if I remember much of that now as I didn't really annotate anything from Rx. It was just to get exposed to more practice q's. So if you want more q's, go ahead and do it.

I tried doing it with an SP but I just wasn't getting too far. I think coz our study styles were different. Like I didn't want to go through each and every line but the other 3 sps wanted exactly that.

Anyways I'm sure doing it with DIT should break the monotony.
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Hey from what I've read, there isn't much one can do to prepare for anatomy. So just stick to either Kaplan or HY and that's the best you can do. Regarding Rx, I did part of it before starting UW (when I was doing Kaplan) and the rest after my 2nd read of UW. So I think it was great but I don't know if I remember much of that now as I didn't really annotate anything from Rx. It was just to get exposed to more practice q's. So if you want more q's, go ahead and do it.

I tried doing it with an SP but I just wasn't getting too far. I think coz our study styles were different. Like I didn't want to go through each and every line but the other 3 sps wanted exactly that.

Anyways I'm sure doing it with DIT should break the monotony.

sure thing, study style has a great impact and no point in doing something if its not productive. Hope DIT works out its been highly recommended.
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I am finding this really motivating. Will give my exam in start of January.
so i have done FA and uworld. Anatomy is really my weak area & biochemistry. What other sources should i supplement both of these with? I did kaplan video and lecture for biochem. About Anatomy i am clueless, what does you ppl suggest?
Also after doing one pass of uworld, did u guys benefit from usmle rx? or sticking with uworld is the way to go?

Also, i think i was in the same state last month sick of FA esp after how much i have written in it, i just didn't want to see it. I got a study partner and then we went through FA together. I would strongly advise that you should get a study partner, hope that helps.
wat qirkergaard said+ kaplan videos for biochem i've heard are really gud. i have a gud bakground in biochem so i didn't need to go thru kaplan vids but from other students i've talked to, they all say that kaplan vids are very gud for biochem. as for anatomy, i'd say if u have time , do BRS. if not, then stick to kaplan n other review resources. google images/ct scans/mri's etc. usually helps a lot.
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