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Old 02-27-2012
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Listening Step 1 Prep and Work at the same time!

For step 1 I am able to devote around 7 hours of study with work... no stress while I am studying and I have been doing okay as far as prep is concerned. Do I have to quit the work coz i guess 8 hours is the max time limit i can study throughout a day... i am planing for September step1...
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I was working too during my first reading.

I only worked once a week but since it's a 24-hour hospital duty, I spend the next day after work, sleeping. Work then consumes 2 days of my week. It never bothered me. I thought the pacing was ok.

At hindsight, for prep's sake I should have quit work. I was too stubborn bec. 1. work is fun (I earn! ) and 2. it's the most legit excuse I have to take a break from the prep.

I say this bec. the longer your prep is, the more difficult it becomes. You forget what you have studied earlier. After 3 months, it's like you're back from scratch again. The shorter time it takes you to finish your first read or your revisions, the better. Also, it's an endurance game. The prolonged isolation and study, study, study take its toll.

If it poses no drastic financial difficulty on your part, it's better if you solely focus on step 1.
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i guess it wud be a superb thing had i only studies at my side and away from work. however, my 6 hours job permits me to gain such skills that my study alone wouldnt let me to. And a refreshing 6 hours a day with work makes me eager to go and open my books for another 6-7 hours. I have now adapted to the situation and adapted in such a way that, even if I am not struggling to live without my job (which provides me descent money)- I am unwilling to give my job away.

Well I guess there arent so many who are on the same boat as me. Lets see if these 3 coming months are valuable in terms of preparation, if not I would quit...and quit job ofcourse not the US DREAMS...
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I've been on that debate since I started to work. I have a 4 hour shift at night and I thought that if I stop work I can have more hours in the day to dedicate to study, as all my peers have. I realized that I probably would be too tired to study anyway and that the 4 hour job is only taking, at most, 2 hours from my study (it be giving an extra 2 to TV or sleep).

In your case, if your job provides so much of a learning experience (mines has nothing to do with medicine) then I suggest you either reduce the hours (if that's a possibility) or keep it only if you're in your first read. You can get rid of the job once you have to cram really well....like 2-3 months prior to your test date.
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I've been on that debate since I started to work. I have a 4 hour shift at night and I thought that if I stop work I can have more hours in the day to dedicate to study, as all my peers have. I realized that I probably would be too tired to study anyway and that the 4 hour job is only taking, at most, 2 hours from my study (it be giving an extra 2 to TV or sleep).

In your case, if your job provides so much of a learning experience (mines has nothing to do with medicine) then I suggest you either reduce the hours (if that's a possibility) or keep it only if you're in your first read. You can get rid of the job once you have to cram really well....like 2-3 months prior to your test date.
yeah tootsie... i was thinking the same...2-3 months back the test i am gonna leave my job for sure...
lets see what i can do with the reduction of work hours...
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I am in the same boat , have 8 hours night shift and plan to take the test in September . so its kinda hard
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oh thats quite sad.

but fortune favors the brave they say! how often shud u do your 8 hours night shifts in a week? "adelhawaii''
night shift makes another day a resting one and difficult one to study...

but i have started to love challenges... if i fail to get my study target as planned and progression in a certain time, i am not willing to take the risks either.
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Hi guys! I'm in the same boat as well. I work full time, monday - friday (8 to 5) so I'm trying to study at night but It is reeeeeaallyyyy hard. Ubiquinon, what strategies do you have?? Ideas to stay on track??
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I work Monday to Friday overnights , cant give my Job because its the only income source to survive lol ,At the mean time , I am not willing to risk either my time or the exam fees , but what i can do is check after 3 months If any progress will be done and make changes on my plans, challenge always a good way , i am 2006 graduate , so its a really big challenge
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I work Monday to Friday overnights , cant give my Job because its the only income source to survive lol ,At the mean time , I am not willing to risk either my time or the exam fees , but what i can do is check after 3 months If any progress will be done and make changes on my plans, challenge always a good way , i am 2006 graduate , so its a really big challenge
I feel with you! My job luckily is only aprox. 7 days a month, but then it is 14 hour shifts and as with you.... my only income. However I have not graduated yet (not until 2013) so school takes its toll as well. Good thing; some of the stuff is kinda fresh in memory though it is hard focusing on pre-clinical while wards and all wants me focusing on clinical stuff So my head is kind of messed up to be honest! Especially in regards to deciding WHEN I should take the steps! All I know is I hope to apply for the Match of 2014, so should have the step 2 done by July 2013 if my estimates are correctly from the information I have gathered so far.
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I graduated in 2003... so I'm a very OLD IMG. I can't give up my job either (unfortunately) but I think that if we try to stay on track, be constant, and work hard we will be fine.
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such a nice thing that u all have responded to this thread.

i guess what i am doing to keep myself on track is enjoy. I try to enjoy my job hours and have as much fun as I can. I don't know how but working in hospital makes me tired (ya I agree to that) but makes me come up with better plans. Especially the competitiveness between fellow companion keeps me engaged and running.

To be shut off in a place and keep constant motivation sparkling is very hard that too constantly for 6-7 months, at least for me. I can do that at max. for fewer months. And when I realize that after a long hospital hours... I have done enough of my enjoyment I start opening with my books... and this makes me feel better. In some way I feel desperate... that I have to invest rest of my day with the books... and keep myself ready.

Well an example to cite for you all mates:
2 sons of a sick broke alcoholic failure man... one of them became same as his father and another one became a successful business tycoon.

When asked to each of them how did you become such an alcoholic, the first one replied... my father was one what more can you expect
When asked to the other he replied... My father was one, I didn't want to become like my dad.

thus it all depends on the way you take things and this will definitely change your way you reach your goals... the better thing for us would be to keep all the forces trying to keep it on the back side, keep the faith on our hard work... and lastly thus achieve it. neither 10 years since graduation, work hours while preparations can stop us unless we let it to... unless we devote the needed time to study...

I keep this approach, well lets see what it does for me.
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