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Its been 7months that i m studying day and night...i got married last year,moved here and since then i have not slept even a single night coz i m studying to pass my step 1 with a great score.
Now its feb and still i feel wat ever i read is not making any difference.
i have done all the books almost 4times but wen ever i try taking an exam i fail to get to get even 65.
I start again with my books leaving the q bank and the cycle keeps repeating itself ...i have not been able to sleep for the past two night and i feel so embarrased before my family too that i cudnt do it..
any body i talk to say that i shud start doing as many questions as i cud but...wen i get so many of them wrong,i cant keep my moral up and i start reading the books again..wen i do question subjects i do great on the tests but ...then wen i start a new subject i seem to forget ev thing from the old one...
I dont know its just a vicious cycle i am in..i feel so worthless..i feel wat ever i did for the past 25 year was mere a waste of time.
I m good for nothing ...i cant even feel like facing my own family..
Its just i probably cant do it.its over for me i guess.
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Step 1 is big it took me 11 months. What you are experiencing is absolutely normal. It's too premature to check for your performance. What do you mean by 65? is it QBank no. Of correct questions?
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Take one or two days off. Relax. Then Just take offline, timed NBME1,2,3,4 for the next 4 days. Revise the answers of each NBME. If score is between 75-90 percent, you are ready. cover your weaknesses and take NBME 5,6. Take the exam in a month after NBME 5,6.Take Online NBME7,11,12 during that month. I have been struggling too. Its gets harder when you take the test date.Dont lose heart. You will do great! Its better to try and fail than not to try at all!Cheer up! Good luck!
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All the forum members are with you. You will be fine
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well there's nothing to embarrassed about , this is very normal , even I have been studing for 7 months now , and i still do Qs wrong which i knew earlier and which i have solved before , sometimes when i see them back i literally wonder how did i do this , i studied subjects i was weak at and started getting things right , but again as soon as i left them i have even forgotten the basics of it .... thats how it goes for everyone , Everyone even those who writes their big score experiences would not write how they had a tough time with things and and how much they went through it , people make it appear simple and smart , its not that anyones dumb here but new thing take time to be mastered and done well .... i have had times when my family would wonder what i am doing when my scores would not increase ... i felt like a failure too ... but Its NOT OVER , just pull up your socks and find out where you are getting things wrong , write thing down , eg like all different types of Qs on a bacteria that you got wrong ... specially in FA ...

have you given NBMEs ??? give them to see your score rather than Q bank % , use Q bank as study material .... Everyone can make it .....

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Well absolutely true as said by@Hitman...i too have been studying for 6 months and now with a broken leg and so out of touch with my friends,peers and everyone(i am a medical student still now)..even then i work up qbanks and the thing i say after each block..do i ever stood a chance or sumtimes even want to break off the screen of my PC....its now has become a part and parcel of my life now it seems...but really i too think it happens to everyone...well all say they get 80s high 70s in their qbank after they had got good scores..really i know 2 seniors who did great even if they satarted out with 50s and hit the 60 marks in qbank much later..its just endurance..keep up the good work..we all are in the same boat
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thanks guys..
no nobody can understand my issue..i studied physio,did subject wise physio timed mode,got 70%correct...
i started patho did the same got 72%correct.did anatomy got 80 ...
ok...now u ask me wat changes do u see in pulmonary embolism...
I Am Blank.
This never have happened to anybody..i m a legal resident.moved here recently,where already people mock at a degree from india and pakistan.
I talked to a chief resident today..he tells me,,,,burn ur books.start doing as many questions as u can...
Ok

Got it....so i start with mcqs..i guess u guys dont know how terrible it feels to get a 50after u have done 4kaplan reads,kaplam q bnk and half of u world..
I guess i chose a wrong profession...it was never for me.
and above all..i cant feel like facing my husbnd..he is v co operative and i have nothing to give ib return.i m a total failure
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I am myself a husband and father I can tell you with certainty that the true happiness for your husband is your own happiness not your success or failure. Give rest to your hippocampus take a break talk to somebody.
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thanks guys..
no nobody can understand my issue..i studied physio,did subject wise physio timed mode,got 70%correct...
i started patho did the same got 72%correct.did anatomy got 80 ...
ok...now u ask me wat changes do u see in pulmonary embolism...
I Am Blank.
This never have happened to anybody..i m a legal resident.moved here recently,where already people mock at a degree from india and pakistan.
I talked to a chief resident today..he tells me,,,,burn ur books.start doing as many questions as u can...
Ok

Got it....so i start with mcqs..i guess u guys dont know how terrible it feels to get a 50after u have done 4kaplan reads,kaplam q bnk and half of u world..
I guess i chose a wrong profession...it was never for me.
and above all..i cant feel like facing my husbnd..he is v co operative and i have nothing to give ib return.i m a total failure
when you do questions, build up on the subjects already done.
ie. read physio and then do physio questions
then read biochem and do biochem and physio questions
then read pharm and do pharm and biochem and physio questions

this was it will be reinforced and u wont forget.
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thanks guys..
no nobody can understand my issue..i studied physio,did subject wise physio timed mode,got 70%correct...
i started patho did the same got 72%correct.did anatomy got 80 ...
ok...now u ask me wat changes do u see in pulmonary embolism...
I Am Blank.
This never have happened to anybody..i m a legal resident.moved here recently,where already people mock at a degree from india and pakistan.
I talked to a chief resident today..he tells me,,,,burn ur books.start doing as many questions as u can...
Ok

Got it....so i start with mcqs..i guess u guys dont know how terrible it feels to get a 50after u have done 4kaplan reads,kaplam q bnk and half of u world..
I guess i chose a wrong profession...it was never for me.
and above all..i cant feel like facing my husbnd..he is v co operative and i have nothing to give ib return.i m a total failure
This really happened to me..i mean subject offline uworld 2008 version..i did around 70% correct and so confidently finishing 75% of that qbank i started doing online qbank uworld and scoring poorly(60%)...in random timed all subjects mixed mode..seems i forgot many things..just same with me here too
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thanks guys..
no nobody can understand my issue..i studied physio,did subject wise physio timed mode,got 70%correct...
i started patho did the same got 72%correct.did anatomy got 80 ...
ok...now u ask me wat changes do u see in pulmonary embolism...
I Am Blank.
This never have happened to anybody..i m a legal resident.moved here recently,where already people mock at a degree from india and pakistan.
I talked to a chief resident today..he tells me,,,,burn ur books.start doing as many questions as u can...
Ok

Got it....so i start with mcqs..i guess u guys dont know how terrible it feels to get a 50after u have done 4kaplan reads,kaplam q bnk and half of u world..
I guess i chose a wrong profession...it was never for me.
and above all..i cant feel like facing my husbnd..he is v co operative and i have nothing to give ib return.i m a total failure
Hi!
I am going to repeat again (I meant I replied to alot of ppl today.. who are feeling the same way like you). BE POSITIVE!
If you got 80% in biochem, 70% in physio, etc... You are not worthless, you are not a failure or any of those that you mentioned... I really feel you..
I studied biochem so many times yet when I did the subject wise qbank the first time I got 25% and I only did 20 questions.. I was so mad at myself right after because I knew some of those answers when I re-read the answers and still made those mistakes...
And I have done physio cardio so many times.. If you ask me randomly "wat changes do u see in pulmonary embolism..." I will not know either.. Because some of us are not ready to answer questions like that.. We need a bit to think and we do better when we write them down.. Or read multiple choice questions... There are different reasons why we do better one way than the other..
Your mind knows more than what you think.. However, it needs good sleep and a good break.. If you keep forcing yourself to study and freak out and panic your mind is not in a good state to do the work it will under normal circumstances.. Right now (after what you have mentioned) you lack sleep, lack breaks, and are very stressed and worried.. Close your books for this night.. Spend some time with your husband.. go out tom.. spend your time with your family, friends,etc.. Do whatever you love and enjoy.. Then get some good sleep.. Everytime you cant fall asleep or enjoy outside just tell yourself "I CAN DO THIS! I NEED GOOD SLEEP TO FUNCTION WELL TOM!" That way you release the stress and on monday wake up and do an NBME exam may be 3 or 5 or somfn.. Don't go to the hardest one yet.. And then see how you are doing and what went wrong. Some of us are hard workers and know all the info however we are bad test takers.. The only way you can fix that is by doing alot of questions.. So don't underestimate yourself yet.. Take the chance to go over the exam and learn why you did what you did.. And then go from there... You might want to study again or may be you will do fine and you can just go to the next exam after reviewing the material..
I know I said alot of stuff.. But my point is.. You spend all these years.. You passed all these exams in undergrad, med school, etc, etc.. Which means you can do it!! So BE POSITIVE! You first need to think positive inorder for you to do good!! And get the REST that your brain needs... Even our computers shutdown when they are tired.. And our brains our just like computers
Good luck!!!
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Hi!
I am going to repeat again (I meant I replied to alot of ppl today.. who are feeling the same way like you). BE POSITIVE!
If you got 80% in biochem, 70% in physio, etc... You are not worthless, you are not a failure or any of those that you mentioned... I really feel you..
I studied biochem so many times yet when I did the subject wise qbank the first time I got 25% and I only did 20 questions.. I was so mad at myself right after because I knew some of those answers when I re-read the answers and still made those mistakes...
And I have done physio cardio so many times.. If you ask me randomly "wat changes do u see in pulmonary embolism..." I will not know either.. Because some of us are not ready to answer questions like that.. We need a bit to think and we do better when we write them down.. Or read multiple choice questions... There are different reasons why we do better one way than the other..
Your mind knows more than what you think.. However, it needs good sleep and a good break.. If you keep forcing yourself to study and freak out and panic your mind is not in a good state to do the work it will under normal circumstances.. Right now (after what you have mentioned) you lack sleep, lack breaks, and are very stressed and worried.. Close your books for this night.. Spend some time with your husband.. go out tom.. spend your time with your family, friends,etc.. Do whatever you love and enjoy.. Then get some good sleep.. Everytime you cant fall asleep or enjoy outside just tell yourself "I CAN DO THIS! I NEED GOOD SLEEP TO FUNCTION WELL TOM!" That way you release the stress and on monday wake up and do an NBME exam may be 3 or 5 or somfn.. Don't go to the hardest one yet.. And then see how you are doing and what went wrong. Some of us are hard workers and know all the info however we are bad test takers.. The only way you can fix that is by doing alot of questions.. So don't underestimate yourself yet.. Take the chance to go over the exam and learn why you did what you did.. And then go from there... You might want to study again or may be you will do fine and you can just go to the next exam after reviewing the material..
I know I said alot of stuff.. But my point is.. You spend all these years.. You passed all these exams in undergrad, med school, etc, etc.. Which means you can do it!! So BE POSITIVE! You first need to think positive inorder for you to do good!! And get the REST that your brain needs... Even our computers shutdown when they are tired.. And our brains our just like computers
Good luck!!!
YOU CAN DO THIS!!
Great great post. Im pretty sure all of us have felt the way the threadstarter has felt before, its natural....but as you said, we gone through how many tests now? if you can get thru medical school you can get thru anything I truly believe that....i remember in our Kaplan course, physiology dr. kudrath had told us that if we were incapable of doing this, we would have been weeded out already!

Keep the faith and keep studying! Wrong questions will only help you to understand things better. You're studying to become a doctor of course it will not be easy but all of us can do it.
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IT's Hard....it is v.hard....but don't give up.....give it your everything you have got...........this is your dreams and my dream and dream of so many others.....you can do it.........keep going......your % are really good...u have done the hard work...it is not easy to do 4 reads of Kaplan, now only thing left for you to do is,,,,,,,,,,,,organize your self mentally and organize your knowledge.............

If you give up...you would never ever feel easy or good.......quiting will become a regret and regret would become a part of your soul and you would always think............had I had stuck in there....things would have been much better..........

I also gave up on my prep sometime ago and my situation is alot more desperate than you...but the thing is I could never live with the fact that i didn't complete what I started...it haunted me everyday and to the point where I wasnt happy anymore....and I knw what I wanted to do...so I am back in the game.....God willing.....I will do it and you would do it........


and to those who laugh at degrees from Pakistan/India.......Up Yours......some of the best doctors in america are southasians and a recent article proves that managment of Img docs was better than AMG's!
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Recently there are many depressing post on this forum. And To be very honest, it helped me understand that i am not the only one cursing STEP1!
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thanks guys..
no nobody can understand my issue..i studied physio,did subject wise physio timed mode,got 70%correct...
i started patho did the same got 72%correct.did anatomy got 80 ...
ok...now u ask me wat changes do u see in pulmonary embolism...
I Am Blank.
This never have happened to anybody..i m a legal resident.moved here recently,where already people mock at a degree from india and pakistan.
I talked to a chief resident today..he tells me,,,,burn ur books.start doing as many questions as u can...
Ok

Got it....so i start with mcqs..i guess u guys dont know how terrible it feels to get a 50after u have done 4kaplan reads,kaplam q bnk and half of u world..
I guess i chose a wrong profession...it was never for me.
and above all..i cant feel like facing my husbnd..he is v co operative and i have nothing to give ib return.i m a total failure
Well if u r too concerned about what others(AMGs) think about the subcontinent's degree,u surely are taking it personal..there's no denying fact that the degree we gather here has no value in US medical system(even a DNB of india has to clear MLEs to get fellowship there!!)..so its imperetive that our degree(me from India too) counts nothing to them and well it's to some extent acceptable bcoz not only every counrty has their own system of studies and degrees we must accept the fact that our countries still have that oldfashioned rote learning british raj system in vogue and in US the degrees given are not to those who are better muggers but better appliers in their fields..thats why they are the batton holders of education system now..just accept this fact but the silver lining lies elsewhere:AMGs mock our degree..but they dont mock us...bcoz we as students of our countries did best what our education system made us do and now we are moulding ourselves to the US medical system by studying for these USMLEs
and electives and observeships..so we the IMGs(subcontinent included) are actually vibrant and active enough to evolve and adapt to the new system and we all know evolution is only influenced by the power to adapt..thats why we see the statistics that @sana99 gave us..just cheers..dont get demoralised by what others say of ur degree..its u not ur degree who will mke the difference and u have everything in u to prove ur detractors wrong...so just cheer up..GL

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Such a problem happens if we spend too much time on one subject and not pay attention to the others in that time. By the time you are done with the last subject, you would have forgotten the first one.

Only solution is to revise all subjects regularly.

Please make your time table in such a way that you are able to revise something from all subjects at least twice on a weekly basis.

Using FA and Kaplan Medessentials is a good option for quick revision to be in touch with all the subjects.

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thanks guys..
no nobody can understand my issue..i studied physio,did subject wise physio timed mode,got 70%correct...
i started patho did the same got 72%correct.did anatomy got 80 ...
ok...now u ask me wat changes do u see in pulmonary embolism...
I Am Blank.
This never have happened to anybody..i m a legal resident.moved here recently,where already people mock at a degree from india and pakistan.
I talked to a chief resident today..he tells me,,,,burn ur books.start doing as many questions as u can...
Ok

Got it....so i start with mcqs..i guess u guys dont know how terrible it feels to get a 50after u have done 4kaplan reads,kaplam q bnk and half of u world..
I guess i chose a wrong profession...it was never for me.
and above all..i cant feel like facing my husbnd..he is v co operative and i have nothing to give ib return.i m a total failure
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Don't be discouraged!
Try to find out WHY you are doing questions wrong (e.g. not reading the whole question, not reading all the answers, etc). Or is it that you can normally exclude all but two answers and then choose the wrong one?
Try finding out why, and then work on that aspect.
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Don't be discouraged!
Try to find out WHY you are doing questions wrong (e.g. not reading the whole question, not reading all the answers, etc). Or is it that you can normally exclude all but two answers and then choose the wrong one?
Try finding out why, and then work on that aspect.
I normally have problem when I have to choose between two options. Any words of advice how to improve that?!
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I normally have problem when I have to choose between two options. Any words of advice how to improve that?!
I would try to do like 20 questions and then compare all the wrong answers with your FA or Kaplan books and try to figure out why you didnt pick the right answer. (might be little details that you overlooked, for example)
I think that might help. Of course it is only an idea.
Good luck! Let us know how it goes!
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Thanks guys...i took two days off...extended my exam date from april 7 to april 30..
did talk to my resident frends...but thanks...i have no words to say thanks to ur kibd and encouraging words...
thank u so much...i m not gona accept defeat..i ll never.i ll do it till end and i dont care abt the results..God is with me..he never overlooks the hard work u put ...thanks ,thanks a lot
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you might want to consider an environment were u are alone away frm family and ur children to study on ur own and get ur mindset correctly
it seems u have so much going on in ur life, thats a hindrance, see if you're family can understand this and consider the lonewolf option
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Thanks guys...i took two days off...extended my exam date from april 7 to april 30..
did talk to my resident frends...but thanks...i have no words to say thanks to ur kibd and encouraging words...
thank u so much...i m not gona accept defeat..i ll never.i ll do it till end and i dont care abt the results..God is with me..he never overlooks the hard work u put ...thanks ,thanks a lot
Now that's the positive mind we all need!
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This thead is the most pathetic thing I have ever seen in my life, seriously...

First, what is that attitude of a doctor that will take care of a lot of patients now and in the future? How do you want your American colleagues to look at you and respect you when you can't even handle your own emotions and life issues?

Second, consider your selfishness and arrogance. Many children are dying everyday in Africa (and around the world) and you are in America crying for not being able to read some books, doing some tests and getting 270+? No excuse accepted for your patheticness, at least you don't have to work part time, at least you don't have a chronic disabling disease, at least your parents didn't pass away, look, everybody have their own problem but have to move on...You get the assessment scores of 70-80% average for each subject in Kaplan and cannot get 80% out of UW? It's that simple, work harder.

Last, don't quit but be a better doctor for God's shake. 50% of IMGs succeed in being certified, 20% of those get into residency. The USMLE tests are not made to kill you, rather they train you to be part of their system. Prove that you are qualified.

This forum is becoming filled with trash, viagra, illegal products, ads, and pathetic posts!
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wtf patho2012 .....ppl come here for consolation and advice frm prev test takers u don hav to b so harsh

if u dont like to read posts like these then u dont hav to ...nobody s forcing you...

i`m sure everybody has felt the same way at some point in their prep journey.........


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This thead is the most pathetic thing I have ever seen in my life, seriously...

First, what is that attitude of a doctor that will take care of a lot of patients now and in the future? How do you want your American colleagues to look at you and respect you when you can't even handle your own emotions and life issues?

Second, consider your selfishness and arrogance. Many children are dying everyday in Africa (and around the world) and you are in America crying for not being able to read some books, doing some tests and getting 270+? No excuse accepted for your patheticness, at least you don't have to work part time, at least you don't have a chronic disabling disease, at least your parents didn't pass away, look, everybody have their own problem but have to move on...You get the assessment scores of 70-80% average for each subject in Kaplan and cannot get 80% out of UW? It's that simple, work harder.

Last, don't quit but be a better doctor for God's shake. 50% of IMGs succeed in being certified, 20% of those get into residency. The USMLE tests are not made to kill you, rather they train you to be part of their system. Prove that you are qualified.

This forum is becoming filled with trash, viagra, illegal products, ads, and pathetic posts!
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This thead is the most pathetic thing I have ever seen in my life, seriously...

First, what is that attitude of a doctor that will take care of a lot of patients now and in the future? How do you want your American colleagues to look at you and respect you when you can't even handle your own emotions and life issues?

Second, consider your selfishness and arrogance. Many children are dying everyday in Africa (and around the world) and you are in America crying for not being able to read some books, doing some tests and getting 270+? No excuse accepted for your patheticness, at least you don't have to work part time, at least you don't have a chronic disabling disease, at least your parents didn't pass away, look, everybody have their own problem but have to move on...You get the assessment scores of 70-80% average for each subject in Kaplan and cannot get 80% out of UW? It's that simple, work harder.

Last, don't quit but be a better doctor for God's shake. 50% of IMGs succeed in being certified, 20% of those get into residency. The USMLE tests are not made to kill you, rather they train you to be part of their system. Prove that you are qualified.

This forum is becoming filled with trash, viagra, illegal products, ads, and pathetic posts!
i sincerely believe the problem lies in ur mind my friend patho2012...i mean wtf when u quote those things about africa and illness etc...are we here in this forum not to be global leaders in mass development..we are gathering here for our goal of getting residency and in this process we every one of us(i must exclude u here)..feel the same way...we are doctors no doubt and doctors have to be tough no doubt..but we aint no ironman..we are humans behind our aprons too..we too have humane emotions...if u wish to read only sucesss stories then better look up at the recommended threads and u will get plenty of them and please dont derogate others feelings and if u cant help at least stop shooting ur foul mouth at others emotions..its an humble request my friend:sorry:
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ehhh, dont kill the thread, the OP is just posting here for help, im sure hes anonymity here is his way of seeking help, so lets help another student-doctor out, theres no need to be dbags
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Thanks guys for ur support...
And patho2012..i m sorry that i dissapoint u..but i was not here to please u either..but wat ever u said,i respect ur opinion and wud pray that u dont go thru wat most of us go theu during the prep.i wish u be an exception.thanks again for your input wat ever it is.
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Thanks guys for ur support...
And patho2012..i m sorry that i dissapoint u..but i was not here to please u either..but wat ever u said,i respect ur opinion and wud pray that u dont go thru wat most of us go theu during the prep.i wish u be an exception.thanks again for your input wat ever it is.
You will do great. Have faith.


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winners never quit..and quitters never winn..


If it was easy, then everyone would be a doctor,The Hard is wat makes it great

soon enough, we will all look back and laughhh

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certainly this is a good thread that has encouraged almost all of us to boost up our confidence again n start looking the exam at different angle. I too was struggling on these points and this thread has helped me also. Thanx
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