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Default Doing UWorld questions bfr or after finishing the studying materials

Hi everyone. I am preparing for usmle step 1. I looked at so many experiences of ppl underwent exam and how they prepared for the exam their plans on how they did things. I noticed many said they used to start off their studying with solving 1 or 2 blocks of questions with notes and all. I was wondering regarding that. I thought it is a bad thing to take questions bfr reading or finishing off the needed to study material. It is well written in first aid and how to do prepare for usmle exam.
So should i or shouldnt i solve questions bfr finishing the studying??

Can anyone clarify this point?
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While many use uworld as a learning tool and starting before finishing the review books and doing in tutor mode / subject wise etc. My advice will be to first atleast finish kaplan review books and Goljan if not first Aid and use uworld as an exam like practice by doing random questions in timed mode . that way u can assess urself with ur uworld percentile to how ready u are and have constant exam like experience with 55 blocks (adding the to uwsas equaling 63 blocks) . That way u know how to get efficient with solving blocks what are ur weak subjects through ur uworld subject wise performance and give those topics more time and know where u are standing comparative to others . at the same time u can review all the question after doing a block so u can use it not just as a learning tool but also assessment /exam like practice tool.
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Thank you for clarifying this point. It helped alot.
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In my opinion, the answer to your question depends on how much time you have until you sit for the exam. If it is feasible for you to first focus on studying with books/videos and still have time to do the entire question bank afterward, then I think that is a good approach.

However, if you will not have time to do that, I think the question bank is very important, and you should start doing questions concurrently with book/video learning. Set a daily schedule for yourself that includes both types of studying.

Best of luck!
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If you aren't at all prepared for the questions, then UWorld is going to be too burdensome. In such a case it is better to review before getting started with the qbank. However, studying too much before hand and you may find yourself getting off track. That is what happened with me. I studied a lot before attempting the qbank, only to find out that for biochem i wasn't at all prepared.
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