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Old 09-02-2015
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Guys i need some serious advices. It seems that I am not going anywhere with Uworld. I have done 60 percent of the bank and yet I am not learning, my scores arent improving, I am still having difficulty recalling new information, questions that seem easy I get confused in the options. I have seriously no idea what to do. It seems there was no use of me doing any studies before doing uworld.
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please dont be depress

take uworld as a learning tool. FA teaches us alot, likewise Uworld too

u r scoring low becz u dont know those things which are in uworld n not in those materials which u have studied before. so take it as a good sign that there is something left for u to learn n master. finish rest of the 40%uworld n learn all the stuff from ur mistakes. and then give uworld a 2nd round(do it again for the 2nd time) and u should be scoring 85-90%.

as far as the matter of not properly recalling the previously learn things, well it means u havent master them, and it shows that u need to read,memorize n recall them more n more, they are ur weak areas. everyone have their weak areas. u r not exceptional. dont panic dont be depress. things whoch u have learn before r not useless. dont give up.


as far as getting confuse in the options, well usmle real deal is not only abt memory n recalling, its also abt exam taking skills n endurance

do atleast 5000+ questions(uworld,kaplan,Rx). in
this way u can master on attempting question n not getting confuse


another important thing.
before attempting uworld, u should atleast have gone through FA(2-3times) i.e memorizing n recalling n not just reading, and then usmleRx qbank. read some kaplan lecture book of those subjects whic u think u r weak in.
also pathoma, n DIT.
after all of this, attempt uworld.

i hope u will not be depress anymore.

cheer up and keep the good work going!
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Thanks a lot. It is certainly a relieve to read this.

I have done Kaplan qbank but left out many blocks. I did fa atleast around 3 times. and right before starting uworld i did one complete read. And yet it feels that my brain becomes blank when it comes to questions. any specific strategies to cope up with this. I dont feel anxiety at all. but I seem to get lost and that memorized information seems to fade away. It becomes cloudy.

Second, I have been doing uworld for a month now. at the start my speed was too slow and I was depressed again that my scores are so bad. I hardly used to get time for doing anything else other than one block. Now i have managed to do 2 blocks. But then i still get no time left to review fa. I am aiming for exam in the start of october and I dont want to delay. What should I do. And thanks very much for your response.
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Thanks a lot. It is certainly a relieve to read this.

I have done Kaplan qbank but left out many blocks. I did fa atleast around 3 times. and right before starting uworld i did one complete read. And yet it feels that my brain becomes blank when it comes to questions. any specific strategies to cope up with this. I dont feel anxiety at all. but I seem to get lost and that memorized information seems to fade away. It becomes cloudy.

Second, I have been doing uworld for a month now. at the start my speed was too slow and I was depressed again that my scores are so bad. I hardly used to get time for doing anything else other than one block. Now i have managed to do 2 blocks. But then i still get no time left to review fa. I am aiming for exam in the start of october and I dont want to delay. What should I do. And thanks very much for your response.
start of oct, means u have hardly 1month,
40% of uworld remaining, ur speed is 2blocks n at the end of the day no time left for FA. and u dont want to delay the exam.

u shouldnt taking more than 1hr for one block of uworld

if u have one month left then u should be doing 4-5blocks(4-5hrs)
after doing them, take 20-30mins(yes do them continuously without break to build endurance) after 20-30mins rest, check for the mistakes,how many have u got wrong, the one which are wrong n also those who are right, read their Right answer explanation n and final wording at the bottom of the page.
no need of reading explanation for wrongs answer cauz u dont have time. though its helpful but u dont have time

so this all chexking n reading explanation will again take atleast 4-5hrs
total 10hrs

then try to give 2-4hrs to FA

i know the total hrs will be 10-14,and its too much, but its becz u have no time left, n u dont want to delay.
also after 1week 1(10th sept) of this routine do nbme 12 and then again after a week(17th sept) take nbme15, then 24thsept uwsa1,nbme16(both,total 8blocks just to give feel of real exam n building up endurance)

and then 2-3days before real deal take nbme17.
this will help u know where do u stand and also u will learn alot from them.

and then just go for real deal

in the end my advice is to delay the exam, dont panic and dont take exam next month. take more time, usmle step1 is once in a lifetime opportunity(if u dont fail then u cant give it again to improve score)
so my advice is to finish uworld at ur preferable speed n pace, then do usmleRX to make ur FAconcepts n knowledge strong in ur mind. then again do uworld n for sure u will be scoring well. and then u will also be confident.

and u forgetting things while attempting questions is becz u havent memorize them well or u didnt recall them enough time after memorizing them
and since u r doing only uworld from quite a longtime it means u r out of touch of FA means u will be forgetting those things
dont do this. take FA with u all-along the journey through uworld.

good luck
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Well I have studying for a very long time now for this exam. I started off during my 4th year of medical school. And here i am in that very same boat.

I might delay the exam if i dont feel confident or if my nbme scores arent that good. My initial aim was very high scores but now looking at my declining progress, its quite disturbing. What I am deciding is to finish uworld within ten days and then revise it in 20 days since my uworld subscription ends at the start of next month. I will try to start revising fa on a daily basis as much as I can. and lets see what happens.
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uworld use only as learning tool. don't let scores affect you. but after 2-3 times doing world if not improving then go back to reading more kaplan and notes
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