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hello fellow step1 undertakers,
i was wondering about this weird phenomenon, the while solving questions and writing explanation and stuff, i get very disgusted by the time i reach the last 10-15 questions of the block in a QBank, while trying to resist the temptation to just pass by the answers.. coz i know u have to grasp the concepts well enough for the exam...
anybody feel like this? it gets very frustrating!
i can do two blocks per day MAX, but with total dedication to it, usually its between 50-80 Q's per day

this is my first Qbank [it's Kaplan online], besides that the questions seem very challenging,,, it's been a week now since i started

anybody else share this? or other thoughts?
need advice or a strategy to overcome this frustration,
thanks in advance
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Default Do shorter blocks

Try to make shorter blocks of 30 questions or so. Work on these short blocks for a week or two and then gradually build your stamina up to do 50 questions blocks.

You can develop endurance (more than two three blocks per day) later on during the last month or two of your prep.

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I feel the same at times..
I am doing Kaplan as my first Qbank (subject wise) as well. I started with 10 Q and then 15 Q then 20 Q. But now when I try to do 25Q at a time I get tired! But we just have to do the same number of questions (25Q) for a few days and then will get used to it then you can go up...
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hello fellow step1 undertakers,
i was wondering about this weird phenomenon, the while solving questions and writing explanation and stuff, i get very disgusted by the time i reach the last 10-15 questions of the block in a QBank, while trying to resist the temptation to just pass by the answers.. coz i know u have to grasp the concepts well enough for the exam...
anybody feel like this? it gets very frustrating!
i can do two blocks per day MAX, but with total dedication to it, usually its between 50-80 Q's per day

this is my first Qbank [it's Kaplan online], besides that the questions seem very challenging,,, it's been a week now since i started

anybody else share this? or other thoughts?
need advice or a strategy to overcome this frustration,
thanks in advance
I felt like that, too.
Doing Qs is like running on treadmills, I guess. Just keep going, you will get used to it! Kaplan Qs are hard and answer choices are tricky...
Make sure you breathe in and out regularly, too!!! and control the anxiety or panic attack as well...
Good luck!
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You guys are probably building up an anticipation anxiey toward the end of the block (to see how good/bad you are scoring), try to forget about the scores for now and focus more on getting as much as you can from the Qs.
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Yea i know what you are talking about...happens to all of us...just got to keep increasing the number of questions you do maybe every week or so
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