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hey guys i seriously need help ... im forgetting everything .. esp stuff like molecular biochem ... im totally going crazy! i mean everytime i look at it, it seems new to me i think im going into major depression!
does this happen to everyone? i feel like giving up now ... how do uguys stay motivated? i knw many of u r gonna recomend i take a break, go out hv fun .. but the thing with me is when i take a break its very hard fr me to come back to the books ... when i see other people having fun i feel like the dumbest person on earth, stuck with the books all the time

what should i do? HELP .. i need to learn to love my books but how do i do it?
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Man, its okay, you are not a computer.
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USMLE Forgetfulness Syndrome!

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I am sure, all go through this one way or another.
I can share my approach. First of all, you do need to re-read the same material 3-4-5-7 times. And this is after you really, deeply understood the subject.
Second, explaining the essence of the chapter in few words to someone who doesn't know help to deepen the understanding;
Then, working with questions on the subject makes your brain work in a different mode and also remember important things
And I personally takes a lot of supplements and Chinese herbs (like Lumina, Acetyl-CH, "enhance memory", omega-3 DHA high concentration, vit C etc), to help with focus, concentration, memory and attention).
When you do know grasp the whole topic in general, you only need to go and clarify the concepts and sometimes details.
I also found extremely helpful dr. Najeebs lectures. It takes a lot of time to watch them, but at the end his pics stick with you . Hopefully, way pass the exam.

Good Luck!
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Man, its okay, you are not a computer.
and im not a man either! thanks though
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and im not a man either! thanks though
Sorry, I am just an awkward European, assuming by default that you are a man. MY appologies :-)
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Definitely feel your pain....pisses me off!
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@dr.sikorski- lol! no worries!
@defeatthebeast-yeah its really frustrating!

Im just wondering, how do u guys start the day? Coz I think im doing it all wrong! i mean i feel terrible just after i wake up .. and try to start studying right away, but dsnt really work. Perhaps i need to do smthing else before jumpting into my books
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The best period to study is morning time after breakfast
Brain is fresh and energized
Use more breaks between studies
Listen to music
Do whatever u find relaxing




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Eat. Sleep. Exercise. You'll feel better.
If you're not getting enough sleep that might be causing you to not get a good grasp on things.
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Have been where you have. You wake up and try to recall and nothing come up in your head even if studied it the other day.

Do you take breaks normally? I know you said it is hard to get back into the books if you do take a breaks, but it is very important. Sitting there like a drone you will remember less than if you had taken a break and went back to it. People have this thing that "oh man it is the USMLE I cannot take breaks, and cannot have a life". You can have a life as you study. Take a day or weekend off every month. It really helped me recall subjects that I simple hate like neuro. And get out and run, lift weights, speed walk... do something that is away from your books for 1 to 2 hours a day.

Do not get down. Step back and take a breather and come back to it. If it helps try to watch kap videos on whatever topic you are having trouble with so you have a visual view of it. I know reading FA straight I was remember about 30% of it, but with the videos I was able recall 80% of it roughly. And make sure to go back to the topic you have trouble remembering every few days. Do not blow it off and say I looked at and wait till you finish FA and go back to it (by the time you finish FA you will recall very little versus if you had spent a day going back and re-reviewing).

I hope you find a solution.
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