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please guys need advice

my exam is in a month .beginning to freak out lil bit which i dont like.

i m going to do whole uworld again ,will read complete explanations of uworld.

so how many days enough for 2nd pass through uworld??

please guys help me out here? need to make a plan for last month.

ppl who have not done uworld even once pls do not advice .
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I haven't done uworld but im commenting because as soon as you posted that up, i saw a bunch of links at the bottom with similar posts. Perhaps itll help?
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second time doing UW: I think you should be able to do 4-6 blocks a day. Do it together with FA, so that UW and FA go hand in hand in your memory. Learn the concepts firm, memorize the facts by creating your own mnemonic, visualize the clinical setting when you can apply it . If you have any doubts, post the question on here and we will solve it together. Always ask yourself questions because thats what you deal with in the exam.
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second time doing UW: I think you should be able to do 4-6 blocks a day. Do it together with FA, so that UW and FA go hand in hand in your memory. Learn the concepts firm, memorize the facts by creating your own mnemonic, visualize the clinical setting when you can apply it . If you have any doubts, post the question on here and we will solve it together. Always ask yourself questions because thats what you deal with in the exam.
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thanks a lot really gives motivation.

so u think 3 blocks can be done in one day.coz reading all explanations also reading first aid along with it.i dont want to make a unrealistic plan.

i use to barely do 2 blocks in one day when i did it first time
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thanks a lot really gives motivation.

so u think 3 blocks can be done in one day.coz reading all explanations also reading first aid along with it.i dont want to make a unrealistic plan.

i use to barely do 2 blocks in one day when i did it first time
ya, stick with your own learning style for the emotional and mental stability. Push yourself a lil coz its the last month.
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common guys.........more inputs pls
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hi im doing the uw second time , ull be able to do 3 to 4 blocks per day and try to revise fa and build a strong memory. it ll takes probably 10 to 15 days from you.as patho2012 said think and ask your self qs and know every q well...
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I'm also planning on doing uworld a second time around. My exam is at the end of this month so I'm going to start doing 2 blocks a day. The 2091 questions can be completed in about 23 days if you do 2 blocks a day. I'm also considering doing only the marked and incorrect questions since I'm short on time.
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hi im doing the uw second time , ull be able to do 3 to 4 blocks per day and try to revise fa and build a strong memory. it ll takes probably 10 to 15 days from you.as patho2012 said think and ask your self qs and know every q well...
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thanks a lot its a relief coz i have a month and want to do FA twice and uworld .
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i m unable to do more than 2 blocks a day of uworld .i have completed 10 blocks till now .i m also reading some first aid and have no time to even take a nbme .

i think i have to postpone exam as i want to do uworld well and also take assessments .dont know how will i convince my parents .

my exam on 9th feb .think of postponing it to 14or 15th

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hey , even i am thinking of giving it on 9 th and even i am doing my UW 2nd pass , 100 qs per day is the max i can do too ... i think you should decide from your last NBME score..... if need definitely shift the dates
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hey , even i am thinking of giving it on 9 th and even i am doing my UW 2nd pass , 100 qs per day is the max i can do too ... i think you should decide from your last NBME score..... if need definitely shift the dates
i m giving UWSA2 tommorrow then nbme 11 after a week .how much do u think UWSA 2 overestimates ?
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i m giving UWSA2 tommorrow then nbme 11 after a week .how much do u think UWSA 2 overestimates ?
As far as my seniors have said and i have read in this forum , its very true that UWSA overestimates , i have not given any but they say they give you a range with the score like of 15 the take the lowest side , if the dont i would say minus atleast 10 to 15 from your score ... it would be better to underestimate it a little then to make a decision on a overestimated score .

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UW second round2, it should take you about an hr to do each block and then 2 hrs to go over it.

So- 3 hrs PER BLOCK ( taking + reviewing)= 9 hrs/day to do your blocks and co-relate with first aid. This is DEFINITELY DO-ABLE!

As for me, i have done UW 2xs already, so i am going to go over all my blocks ( without re-creating tests), and i am going to do about 4 blocks/day during the morning and then in evening im going to read the sections of FA that i know i am bad in, and the relevant section in RR if necessary.


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when u finish 3 or 4 blocks per day do u read everything in all the questions or just go through it or how u do this and u make all the questions or only the wrong ones???
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If you are going to create 3 blocks per day ( RANDOM/UNUSED/TIMED ofcourse), then it really depends on your comfort level. I know which subjects im good in and the opposite. I know which concepts i am struggling with. So, it really is upto you.

I like to read the answer and the explanation. If you have already done UW once, then you have already been through this explanation once already, so your notes should be in your FA already. If its a concept that you are comfortable with, then just skim the choices to make sure ur okay, and just read the answer summary on the bottom for that question.

Sorry, i know you were probably looking for something a bit more objective, but it doesnt work like that, i skimmed almost every repro and endo question b/c i got them correct and didnt need much explanation. Also, i say 3 blocks/day is good. It gives you enough time to go through everything throughly and find things you would have missed otherwise and work on concepts you missed in round 1. If you missed a concept, this is your chance. Google, read, ask... its important that you get it this time!

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thats great , but i made the biggest mistake of not making notes in FA while reading 1st time ............ now its eating my time , hope it helps in the end ........:sorry:
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i m unable to do more than 2 blocks a day of uworld .i have completed 10 blocks till now .i m also reading some first aid and have no time to even take a nbme .

i think i have to postpone exam as i want to do uworld well and also take assessments .dont know how will i convince my parents .

my exam on 9th feb .think of postponing it to 14or 15th

any thoughts . . . .
i am taking the exam around the same date and now i am doing UW 2nd pass too..dont know how ppl do 3-4 blocks per day.taking an nbme now w/o finishing UW 2nd time is gonna reflect on my nmbe if i take now.then obviously my score would be low and then i had to post pone...aaarrgh i am wondering when will i be ready to take an nbme and use it as my real test score predictor.
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i am taking the exam around the same date and now i am doing UW 2nd pass too..dont know how ppl do 3-4 blocks per day.taking an nbme now w/o finishing UW 2nd time is gonna reflect on my nmbe if i take now.then obviously my score would be low and then i had to post pone...aaarrgh i am wondering when will i be ready to take an nbme and use it as my real test score predictor.
i will take nbme when i will be done with 50% of UW second pass.even if dont correctly predict it will surely tell my weak areas on which i can work in coming days.

i think doing 2 blocks of UW is fine coz it gives enough time to review first aid with it as well watch some video lecture at night .i dont see a point in rushing . do less do nicely
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i will take nbme when i will be done with 50% of UW second pass.even if dont correctly predict it will surely tell my weak areas on which i can work in coming days.

i think doing 2 blocks of UW is fine coz it gives enough time to review first aid with it as well watch some video lecture at night .i dont see a point in rushing . do less do nicely
well said ya and dude i am doing DIT now,not completely involved but i wanna know which parts shld i skip in DIT?as i have to do UW too and also read FA..and kaplan notes if i have any doubts..and by the by what lectures do u watch in the night?
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well said ya and dude i am doing DIT now,not completely involved but i wanna know which parts shld i skip in DIT?as i have to do UW too and also read FA..and kaplan notes if i have any doubts..and by the by what lectures do u watch in the night?
its tough to tell which ones you can skip coz i found all lectures fairly good.i can tell which are a must watch -full first day and the biostatistics(somewhere in day 3 don remember) .day 7 1st lecture about heart murmurs .

at night i watch just 30 mins some raymond (pharm) or behav kaplan lectures, not much.
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nbme 5 420/205 (on 11/1)....wtf was so ashamed told everyone i did it offline
nbme 7 560/235 (on 19/1)....

just did nbme 7 .long day .finally i can breathe now ,was really tensed after nbme 5 i was having night terrors .
older nbme r really not recommended now .i found nbme 7 significantly diff from nbme 5 and uworld rocks really helped in nbme 7.

still 70% of uworld left second pass and exam on 15th feb

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i think you got a good score in NBME 7 as it ones of the toughest NBME.i am giving nbme 7 tomorrow.... i just did some DIT lectures and tomorrow i will do neuroanatomy and biostats and sit for the test...same with you still got 70% of UW remaining in my 2nd pass.....what do u suggest before i take NBME 7? which UW subjects shld i review? really hoping for a decent score....
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do all the formulas of biostat.i really recommend dit biostat.its good.
UW as a whole is very good .there were stuff from everywhere of uw and first aid .not some specific place i can point.
yes revise biochem from kaplan if some portion of FA u dint understand .dit ,FA and uworld all suck at biochem.after nbme 5 i worked on biochem and biostat it was very bad performance.in biochem i studied the main cycles from kaplan and the anotated portions of kaplan lecturers.
so what improved my score was biostat and biochem

man dit made me learn the crap of pharma i just had one Q wrong .

u will do good .all the stuff is what uve seen in uworld and FA.
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do all the formulas of biostat.i really recommend dit biostat.its good.
UW as a whole is very good .there were stuff from everywhere of uw and first aid .not some specific place i can point.
yes revise biochem from kaplan if some portion of FA u dint understand .dit ,FA and uworld all suck at biochem.after nbme 5 i worked on biochem and biostat it was very bad performance.in biochem i studied the main cycles from kaplan and the anotated portions of kaplan lecturers.
so what improved my score was biostat and biochem

man dit made me learn the crap of pharma i just had one Q wrong .

u will do good .all the stuff is what uve seen in uworld and FA.
ha ha can't believe u just got 1 pharm Q WRONG!! DIT paid off i guess!Ok i will revise biostat from DIT and UW,biochem cycles from kaplan and i think i am gonna suck at pharm so, i will try to read pharm from FA at the cost of neurology tomorrow.
i am gonna do DIT religiously after this test.how were Genetics?and physio graphs?are u doing UW randomly or subject wise?
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ha ha can't believe u just got 1 pharm Q WRONG!! DIT paid off i guess!Ok i will revise biostat from DIT and UW,biochem cycles from kaplan and i think i am gonna suck at pharm so, i will try to read pharm from FA at the cost of neurology tomorrow.
i am gonna do DIT religiously after this test.how were Genetics?and physio graphs?are u doing UW randomly or subject wise?
one question on genetic graph it was fine.easier than a uworld Qs.
physio up and down were there as usual but UW is good .

i did first time subject wise mostly untimed then now doing random timed .u told nbme 7 is one of the toughest nbme .so nbme 11 and 12 are easier ?
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Bro you are on the right track, I am doing the subj review the 2nd time and will follow u soon...keep up.
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Bro you are on the right track, I am doing the subj review the 2nd time and will follow u soon...keep up.
so u doing kaplan 2nd time ? u r doing any qbank ?
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I finished UW 1 time but a lot of times I feel like I can guess the answer ( which is the only thing I know in there ). So, I need to go back to books/FA, plus the 1st read I skipped too many parts so my knowledge now is ...like a sphinx no way I can ride that to the exam
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I finished UW 1 time but a lot of times I feel like I can guess the answer ( which is the only thing I know in there ). So, I need to go back to books/FA, plus the 1st read I skipped too many parts so my knowledge now is ...like a sphinx no way I can ride that to the exam
I think they have made options like that so as to confuse us.there is usually a distractor option.there was a similar style in nbme 7 .but when u keep revising the ability to diff between the options get clear.its just practice

keep up the hard work spc when u will redo uworld u will understand what games question makers play with us .so v shld become stronger by revising and 'doping' uworld so that we can tell the examiner on the exam day ure daddy is here
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one question on genetic graph it was fine.easier than a uworld Qs.
physio up and down were there as usual but UW is good .

i did first time subject wise mostly untimed then now doing random timed .u told nbme 7 is one of the toughest nbme .so nbme 11 and 12 are easier ?
the nbme 11 and 12 are close to the real exam.So,because ppl take those tests at the end of prep few days before the test they might be prepared well and feel its easy...
i have seen somewhere nbme 7 is the toughest....
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the nbme 11 and 12 are close to the real exam.So,because ppl take those tests at the end of prep few days before the test they might be prepared well and feel its easy...
i have seen somewhere nbme 7 is the toughest....
when u take nbme , remember to do it early morning.i took nbme 5 almost at 5 pm when i had already studied 5 hours .that was the main reason for my poor performance.take it with a fresh mind .

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thanks buddy,you know what i decided to take the test this evening after reading biostats..lol shld have read ur msg early.i will give it asap
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just finished the NBME 7 online got 230/540....guys tell me where do i stand?do u think 3 weeks will be enough? still got 60-70%UW 2nd pass left and still got to finish DIT..it helped me a lot in this test.
and of course i saw many UW concepts in this test...
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just finished the NBME 7 online got 230/540....guys tell me where do i stand?do u think 3 weeks will be enough? still got 60-70%UW 2nd pass left and still got to finish DIT..it helped me a lot in this test.
and of course i saw many UW concepts in this test...
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regarding 2nd time uworld , which is the best , do we have to create new test that is (incorrect , timed ) and solve it OR we can simply restudy the wrong questions from the original blocks(without resolving)?

is the second way right or the first one is a MUST ????
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first one is a must ... the qs is already out of your mind after 2100 qs , you will find qs as if you never solved them before .... this is again a test of how you are doing are you still able to solve them if not find out why ....
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first one is a must ... the qs is already out of your mind after 2100 qs , you will find qs as if you never solved them before .... this is again a test of how you are doing are you still able to solve them if not find out why ....
yes but can we just read them and that is it , not resolve , just restudy ??
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the first one will help you more i feel , its now just about knowing the concept but about trying to understand how to solve it , what key words to find .... if you are reading 100 qs per day it would take you only 2 hrs to solve them so dont think would be a big problem ....
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the first one will help you more i feel , its now just about knowing the concept but about trying to understand how to solve it , what key words to find .... if you are reading 100 qs per day it would take you only 2 hrs to solve them so dont think would be a big problem ....
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another thing , the questions in uworld have no. (id) and also no. for the test , does the number of the question change if it will reappear in another test ????I know it is unusual question??
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another thing , the questions in uworld have no. (id) and also no. for the test , does the number of the question change if it will reappear in another test ????I know it is unusual question??
for example if you have 90 qs in neurology , even if you do 46 twice there will be many qs repeated , so do them 3 times then go back to your original qs and read the expalanation and the qs you missed ... the qs no and the id no have no significance to us i feel ......
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just finished the NBME 7 online got 230/540....guys tell me where do i stand?do u think 3 weeks will be enough? still got 60-70%UW 2nd pass left and still got to finish DIT..it helped me a lot in this test.
and of course i saw many UW concepts in this test...
awesome .must have been a relief.now keep plugging till the exam .there will be glory waiting for u

my uworld is taking too much time .now its like even 2 blocks can't be done in a day.may be i m reading a lot of it .
man i m beginning to feel burned out these days also i m fearing i m forgetting stuff i shldnt have delayed my exam to 15th .pls advice .doing two blocks a day and reviewing them nicely will keep all my concepts up to date ?
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so what date did u choose ?
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awesome .must have been a relief.now keep plugging till the exam .there will be glory waiting for u

my uworld is taking too much time .now its like even 2 blocks can't be done in a day.may be i m reading a lot of it .
man i m beginning to feel burned out these days also i m fearing i m forgetting stuff i shldnt have delayed my exam to 15th .pls advice .doing two blocks a day and reviewing them nicely will keep all my concepts up to date ?
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so what date did u choose ?
yeah sure it is relief.Don't know how well i know the concepts but this test gave me the confidence which i was lacking.
I guess i have the same problem with you.UW takes a lot of time for me cause i am a slow reader and i read the whole Q and all the options which is taking time and even making me even lose interest in doing next block.and obviously with exam coming close i feel nervous and want to read FA or kaplan( i am thinking of taking it around 12th of feb) leaving UW behind.
So i am thinking we shld learn how to skim down the damn lenghty explanations and just get to the point.this will make us do faster and cover many areas and blocks .Now that we have chosen the date and we can't change just work on it soon will be over
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Doctors In Training-DIT it's 15 day course, has the videos which review FA.
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yeah sure it is relief.Don't know how well i know the concepts but this test gave me the confidence which i was lacking.
I guess i have the same problem with you.UW takes a lot of time for me cause i am a slow reader and i read the whole Q and all the options which is taking time and even making me even lose interest in doing next block.and obviously with exam coming close i feel nervous and want to read FA or kaplan( i am thinking of taking it around 12th of feb) leaving UW behind.
So i am thinking we shld learn how to skim down the damn lenghty explanations and just get to the point.this will make us do faster and cover many areas and blocks .Now that we have chosen the date and we can't change just work on it soon will be over
thing is uworld is more important than we think .may be v r doing it second time we take it for granted .but its explanations r the better than any resource out there . i can debate with anyone that its a resource that can actually build concepts and help us make associations .so even if it is taking time .it will pay off in the end .so i m taking it slowing reading almost whole expl.i feel saturated with study,i m taking it slowly today .from tomorrow get back to work properly.
but the irony is when exam is near its very hard to take a break
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Sure i agree with you.UW is the one!!it doesn't matter if we do slow all matters is what we know.So,for the repeated stuff which some Q's will explain again and again and some we know already well we can skim it or skip it
If taking a break makes u feel fresh then go for it but not too long though.
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sometimes I solve some questions according to specific explanation and it is the right choice but when read the explanation I find it for another reason , does that happen only with me or is it normal??
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sometimes I solve some questions according to specific explanation and it is the right choice but when read the explanation I find it for another reason , does that happen only with me or is it normal??
when i did uworld for the first time it use to happen with me.but now its my second time it happens very seldom.
its good in a way because when u will read the explanation ,it will stick in your memory for a long time.
and as we all know uworld tries to confuse us a lot.i even found such Qs in nbme
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