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Default 33 percent kaplan qbank so far!!! :(

What on earth is going on??? I did questions for all of Immunology little bit of Pharmacology, little bit of Anatomy, little bit of Physio, Little bit of biochem,subject by subject and I have a Kaplan average of 33 percent so far. WHAT THE HECK?
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Hey, when is your exam? have you done any other qbanks before this or is this the first one? Sometimes it just takes time getting used to doing questions. Just make sure you review them and you should see yourself improve! And if not, just go through each subject thoroughly n then do them subject wise.
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Hey, when is your exam? have you done any other qbanks before this or is this the first one? Sometimes it just takes time getting used to doing questions. Just make sure you review them and you should see yourself improve! And if not, just go through each subject thoroughly n then do them subject wise.
Thanks for the reply.

My exam is May 30th 2012.

No I havent. this is my first qbank.

Yeah thats the plan, to continue kaplan qbank subjectwise and try to build links. Towards the end I'm gonna do uworld random timed mode.

I really hope my scores improve :-/
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I takes time, just don't despair... keep it cool... As soon as you get used to the questions (and you will) and the way of analyze them, for sure you'll boost your %... just keep it up!!!
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How many questions can you get through in a day? and how many hours do you study?
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Usmle step 1 studying is a long long process .have patience.

dont assess now .its the end game last months.try now to gain as much as you can .Gluck
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How many questions can you get through in a day? and how many hours do you study?
Right now, average I'd say 1 and a half to 2 blocks
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Appreciate it guys. Gives me plenty of hope!
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i started low, to and currently i'm improving as i go... remember that kaplan qbank is though too... try to read FA before you do the Q's
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i started low, to and currently i'm improving as i go... remember that kaplan qbank is though too... try to read FA before you do the Q's
Thanks. Yeah im not doing that and maybe thats why my scores are low. I'm actually doing the opposite. After watching kaplan videos and annotating fa, I do kaplan qbank questions first(2-3 blocks average) and then read that section in the fa, in order to make that fa reading more meaningful. Helps me understand things in the fa from a different mindset.
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Thanks. Yeah im not doing that and maybe thats why my scores are low. I'm actually doing the opposite. After watching kaplan videos and annotating fa, I do kaplan qbank questions first(2-3 blocks average) and then read that section in the fa, in order to make that fa reading more meaningful. Helps me understand things in the fa from a different mindset.
You don't read the Kaplan Lecture Notes with the videos?
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You don't read the Kaplan Lecture Notes with the videos?
I did initially but i felt that 1) it was taking too much time reading the lecture notes once before the videos and once after the videos 2) i was reading it for the sake of reading it and getting burnt out.

What I found to be the most helpful was to add notes to fa directly with the videos, stop it when I needed to, make sense of the info in the fa, and google up things and add them if i needed to make things clear.
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I did initially but i felt that 1) it was taking too much time reading the lecture notes once before the videos and once after the videos 2) i was reading it for the sake of reading it and getting burnt out.

What I found to be the most helpful was to add notes to fa directly with the videos, stop it when I needed to, make sense of the info in the fa, and google up things and add them if i needed to make things clear.
Yes Kaplan is hell.. I just think its good since FA is just pretty much all point form, Kaplan gives the background info.. But why would you read the lecture notes before AND after the video? What I do is watch a video of a section then read/memorize the section after then move on..

Do you study actively btw? Like "make the notes a test" , what I mean is every time you see those charts in Kaplan with the arrows or what not stop the video before the teacher explains it, cover it up with something and attempt to do it yourself.. Then whatever you get wrong that is what you memorize, if you already got it right why spend a lot of time on it you know what I mean? Or whenever you get to a section of say symptoms of hyperthyroidism, you most likely know a few off the top of your head.. List all of them down and the ones that you missed (that are in the Kaplan notes) are the ones you memorize/understand

That might help you get a higher score.. Btw what I do is after the Kaplan notes I go through the corresponding FA section very quickly, since Kaplan has everything FA has but more it should just be a quick review.. I just read FA and write some Kaplan stuff into it and move on.. I don't waste much time on it.. I hope to come back to it again at the end of my studies though
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Yes Kaplan is hell.. I just think its good since FA is just pretty much all point form, Kaplan gives the background info.. But why would you read the lecture notes before AND after the video? What I do is watch a video of a section then read/memorize the section after then move on..

Do you study actively btw? Like "make the notes a test" , what I mean is every time you see those charts in Kaplan with the arrows or what not stop the video before the teacher explains it, cover it up with something and attempt to do it yourself.. Then whatever you get wrong that is what you memorize, if you already got it right why spend a lot of time on it you know what I mean? Or whenever you get to a section of say symptoms of hyperthyroidism, you most likely know a few off the top of your head.. List all of them down and the ones that you missed (that are in the Kaplan notes) are the ones you memorize/understand

That might help you get a higher score.. Btw what I do is after the Kaplan notes I go through the corresponding FA section very quickly, since Kaplan has everything FA has but more it should just be a quick review.. I just read FA and write some Kaplan stuff into it and move on.. I don't waste much time on it.. I hope to come back to it again at the end of my studies though
thanks for the advice. Well I study actively in the sense that lets say I'm watching a kaplan section for antineoplastics. I stop the video and read that part in fa, and then play it. When I feel like the professor mentions something that can add on to the kaplan note to make it more digestable, I add it. Also when the prof mentions like "this is high yield" or "know this" i put a star next to that in the first aid.

I used to read before and after because I thought it would solidify my info but later on realized its not the quantity of studying but the quality of studying.
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thanks for the advice. Well I study actively in the sense that lets say I'm watching a kaplan section for antineoplastics. I stop the video and read that part in fa, and then play it. When I feel like the professor mentions something that can add on to the kaplan note to make it more digestable, I add it. Also when the prof mentions like "this is high yield" or "know this" i put a star next to that in the first aid.

I used to read before and after because I thought it would solidify my info but later on realized its not the quantity of studying but the quality of studying.
Yeah I also do that too lol.. Man the Step is ridiculous, I honestly think its stupid and a waste of time.. If you have a great memory and a normal functioning brain so that you can at least understand what is going on you can get a really high score.. I'm not a fan of 'memory exams'
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Yeah I also do that too lol.. Man the Step is ridiculous, I honestly think its stupid and a waste of time.. If you have a great memory and a normal functioning brain so that you can at least understand what is going on you can get a really high score.. I'm not a fan of 'memory exams'
Yeah seriously the step doesnt define the type of doctor youll be. but since this is what we have to go thru, guess we gotta just give it our everything!
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