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Hi to all in this forum

please help me. i am in long process of studying for usmle step 1. it has been 6 months since i left my last semester on island medical school because of lots of problems im unable to sit for step 1 exam. please help me i am starting again but i have no friends to study with and no one can help me. i am all alone studying and feeling depressed. i did kaplan videos and nbme forum 7 and i didnt pass i got 157 result. where to go from here please help me. im losing motivation and family and friends pressure is driving me more deeper depression. i want to write exam in 6-8 weeks please help me what to do now. my usmle score % is 55% overall i have finished one round of all questions and i have read usmle first aid book 1-2 times inconsistently. i did half of dit course and did one run through of goljan lectures with slides. all this i did in past 6 months spread out thoroughly
how to proceed now please tell me
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I'm in exactly the same boat. It is just the nature of the exam- it is a marathon, and gradually erodes away one's confidence.

What you can do is see which subjects brought down your NBME score, and work on those. Try and evaluate as to what you know and what you don't. It is not possible that, after six months of study, you know nothing- it is probable that there are just a few areas you need to work on.

Be glad that you realized you needed to work harder before the exam took place- your situation can till be remedied.
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hello , first thing u need to relax, sit with yourself & decide if passing step 1 is worthing what u r going through .
if your anser is yes, then decide what is your goal score (better be the highest you think you can get with pushing yourself harder).
After this put your score in a paper & paste it on your wall to be in front of you all the time.
Then as usual people do nbme , FA more than 2 times , know the weakness & fix it . Any weakness area should be studied by principle from kaplan or whatever u r using. That's all i can say now.
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Consider this a journey of which you have already crossed half of it.

Step 1 needs a CONSISTENT AND CONTINUOUS type of studying, even though u have covered alot of the material (which is good because it means you have the basic foundation on which to build on), you mentioned that it was spread out here and there.

This exam is a steady and slow rise. When u temporarily stop that rise -even for a few days- you go back to where you started again.

My advice is, no matter what strategy u decide to follow for the next 6-8 weeks, it will need a consistent and daily dedication for you to see your level go up (whether in ur Q banks or NBME'S).
It's not impossible, you've gone through most of the material already, now all you need is to sit down, buckle up, and get ready for one of the hardest/most important 8 weeks in your life. After which, you will never be more proud of your accomplishment and yourself.

Good luck, all of us in this forum feel your pain -step 1 pain!

P.S. regarding the family/friends pressure, all will be forgotten -when ur at the finish line with that high score- and nothing will be remembered but the glory of that high score and how you proved them wrong

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hello , first thing u need to relax, sit with yourself & decide if passing step 1 is worthing what u r going through .
if your anser is yes, then decide what is your goal score (better be the highest you think you can get with pushing yourself harder).
After this put your score in a paper & paste it on your wall to be in front of you all the time.
Then as usual people do nbme , FA more than 2 times , know the weakness & fix it . Any weakness area should be studied by principle from kaplan or whatever u r using. That's all i can say now.
thanks for your reply
yes it is worth all this i have endured in the past
do you think i should follow kaplan again?
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I'm in exactly the same boat. It is just the nature of the exam- it is a marathon, and gradually erodes away one's confidence.

What you can do is see which subjects brought down your NBME score, and work on those. Try and evaluate as to what you know and what you don't. It is not possible that, after six months of study, you know nothing- it is probable that there are just a few areas you need to work on.

Be glad that you realized you needed to work harder before the exam took place- your situation can till be remedied.
thanks for your reply
you are right i will follow this through
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Consider this a journey of which you have already crossed half of it.

Step 1 needs a CONSISTENT AND CONTINUOUS type of studying, even though u have covered alot of the material (which is good because it means you have the basic foundation on which to build on), you mentioned that it was spread out here and there.

This exam is a steady and slow rise. When u temporarily stop that rise -even for a few days- you go back to where you started again.

My advice is, no matter what strategy u decide to follow for the next 6-8 weeks, it will need a consistent and daily dedication for you to see your level go up (whether in ur Q banks or NBME'S).
It's not impossible, you've gone through most of the material already, now all you need is to sit down, buckle up, and get ready for one of the hardest/most important 8 weeks in your life. After which, you will never be more proud of your accomplishment and yourself.

Good luck, all of us in this forum feel your pain -step 1 pain!

P.S. regarding the family/friends pressure, all will be forgotten -when ur at the finish line with that high score- and nothing will be remembered but the glory of that high score and how you proved them wrong
thank you for your reply
you are right 100% i need consistent studying i feel now im at starting point again due to delay
in the 8 weeks what do you recommend? should i start with kaplan again? it is hard to start again due to lack of motivation i need to fight really hard now
you are right 100% with this family friends pressure
thank you very much for your supporting words
wish you good luck!
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didn't mean u should re read kaplan i just ment to study the weak areas from it to make sure u understand them very well. & if u don't feel like having lots of time after doing your weakness, solve questions & study the question area if u didn't answer it right or with confedence from FA or kaplan . Then if u find time re read FA .
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I agree with in-a-hurry. I think that re-reading FA is important because of how high yield it is.

A lot of people say Doctors In Training helps improve scores quite dramatically is a fairly short time-frame. It can't hurt to give it a try.

Hope this helps.
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There you have it...
FA + Q's + DIT
and go back to your kaplans whenever u feel the need to

Good luck!
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Friends come and go , and only the precious ones will stick around.

Take Family as reminder of goal not as means of pressure.

Revise your UW notes and than FA+Qs. Do DIT if you are still left with time.
But i believe nothing reinforce info better than Qs.

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Just remember that Step 1 is more about consistency and strategy than it is about brains! Keep your goal in mind and you will be fine!
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