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Default Help! Stuck on memorization

I recently discovered that I cannot retain any new information I learn for more than 4 days. It requires detailed study all over again.

What is your strategy to memorize massive amounts of material for USMLE Step 1?
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I think that the best way to retain something you have memorized, is to revise it again and again and solve mcq(active learning). Use spaced repetition(read about it on internet) and after studying a topic, try to recall as much as possible without looking at the book. Anki also works on the principle of spaced repetiton and recalling and that's why it is helpful.Each day allot an hr or 2 to only revise what you have already memorize. I think it be a good idea to allot time each day, because after memorizing a topic and after some time has passed, if you are going to feel like you are studying the topic for the first time again,then the time you spent the very first time to understand and memorize the topic has been wasted.
So my studying tips would be:
1. Revise and recall.
2. Solve mcq(active learning).
3. Use mnemonics.
4. Try to first learn the core concepts of the topic and the very high yield points and then focus on the other informations.Core concept is the very foundation of your knowledge and the remaining points come later.
5. Don't take stress.
6. If possible try to do 1 to 2 sessions in a week of group studying, where you have to explain the concepts to your study partner and they have to explain the concepts to you, this also help in memory retention.
7. Try to manage time efficiently.Working hard is not enough, you also have to work smartly.
8. There is another thing that I am trying right now, but I am not sure if it will be helpful or not(I am hoping it is.), I try to imagine that I am explaining the concept(whatever I am studying) to someone and I try to record myself on mobile audio recorder; this firstly helps me in concentrating and secondly I can listen to my audio explaining the concepts.
9. reward yourself after achieving the target you set, this helps in forming habits.
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I think that the best way to retain something you have memorized, is to revise it again and again and solve mcq(active learning). Use spaced repetition(read about it on internet) and after studying a topic, try to recall as much as possible without looking at the book. Anki also works on the principle of spaced repetiton and recalling and that's why it is helpful.Each day allot an hr or 2 to only revise what you have already memorize. I think it be a good idea to allot time each day, because after memorizing a topic and after some time has passed, if you are going to feel like you are studying the topic for the first time again,then the time you spent the very first time to understand and memorize the topic has been wasted.
So my studying tips would be:
1. Revise and recall.
2. Solve mcq(active learning).
3. Use mnemonics.
4. Try to first learn the core concepts of the topic and the very high yield points and then focus on the other informations.Core concept is the very foundation of your knowledge and the remaining points come later.
5. Don't take stress.
6. If possible try to do 1 to 2 sessions in a week of group studying, where you have to explain the concepts to your study partner and they have to explain the concepts to you, this also help in memory retention.
7. Try to manage time efficiently.Working hard is not enough, you also have to work smartly.
8. There is another thing that I am trying right now, but I am not sure if it will be helpful or not(I am hoping it is.), I try to imagine that I am explaining the concept(whatever I am studying) to someone and I try to record myself on mobile audio recorder; this firstly helps me in concentrating and secondly I can listen to my audio explaining the concepts.
9. reward yourself after achieving the target you set, this helps in forming habits.
Thank you for the detailed answer

I am using Anki, but I'm unable to do more than 75 cards in an hour. 75 individual cards, that is. Not the repetitions. I also find that if Anki asks me a similar question a week later, I'm stumped.
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8. There is another thing that I am trying right now, but I am not sure if it will be helpful or not(I am hoping it is.), I try to imagine that I am explaining the concept(whatever I am studying) to someone and I try to record myself on mobile audio recorder; this firstly helps me in concentrating and secondly I can listen to my audio explaining the concepts.
This is genius. I was considering something similar, like recording videos as I explain something on Paint. However, it requires much more time. I think your strategy would save me some time while being very effective.
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I think that the best way to retain something you have memorized, is to revise it again and again and solve mcq(active learning). Use spaced repetition(read about it on internet) and after studying a topic, try to recall as much as possible without looking at the book. Anki also works on the principle of spaced repetiton and recalling and that's why it is helpful.Each day allot an hr or 2 to only revise what you have already memorize. I think it be a good idea to allot time each day, because after memorizing a topic and after some time has passed, if you are going to feel like you are studying the topic for the first time again,then the time you spent the very first time to understand and memorize the topic has been wasted.
So my studying tips would be:
1. Revise and recall.
2. Solve mcq(active learning).
3. Use mnemonics.
4. Try to first learn the core concepts of the topic and the very high yield points and then focus on the other informations.Core concept is the very foundation of your knowledge and the remaining points come later.
5. Don't take stress.
6. If possible try to do 1 to 2 sessions in a week of group studying, where you have to explain the concepts to your study partner and they have to explain the concepts to you, this also help in memory retention.
7. Try to manage time efficiently.Working hard is not enough, you also have to work smartly.
8. There is another thing that I am trying right now, but I am not sure if it will be helpful or not(I am hoping it is.), I try to imagine that I am explaining the concept(whatever I am studying) to someone and I try to record myself on mobile audio recorder; this firstly helps me in concentrating and secondly I can listen to my audio explaining the concepts.
9. reward yourself after achieving the target you set, this helps in forming habits.
About number 7, how do you propose one manages their time efficiently when preparing for USMLE? In what ways could I be wasting my time?

And about number 9, what are some of the rewards you set for yourself? I've tried setting rewards for myself, but they don't seem rewarding enough to warrant productivity.
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This is genius. I was considering something similar, like recording videos as I explain something on Paint. However, it requires much more time. I think your strategy would save me some time while being very effective.
For recording the audios, i use a simple trick, I read couple of points, and then record it(while i am explaining them to my imaginary student) and then I PAUSE the audio and then read the next points and then record them.This way, when you listen to the audio, it feels like I am giving a lecture and without taking any pauses, like I really know my stuff. So although it takes a little longer to record audio but I was able to record an audio for pathoma, explaining 2 pages(both sides of a paper) in around 10 min, so doing the maths, 1 chapter audio should take me 1 hour.
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About number 7, how do you propose one manages their time efficiently when preparing for USMLE? In what ways could I be wasting my time?

And about number 9, what are some of the rewards you set for yourself? I've tried setting rewards for myself, but they don't seem rewarding enough to warrant productivity.
For working efficiently, I would say that when you sit to study, try to get rid of all the distraction, like mobile, tv, computer, etc and if possible study in separate room or join a library and just focus on your studies for 3 to 4 hr; plus take five to ten minutes break after studying for 30 to 60 minutes, basically we human don't have a very long attention span.
Plus try to make a schedule and set targets, but make sure that the targets are achievable, don't give urself a target that is impossible to achieve because this will demotivate you.
Plus another thing, go to gym or do some other activity and have a particular set time for it, because suppose you know that you have to go to gym at 7 pm then you will try to finish all your studies before that,but if you are only studying then you will think that you have whole day for studying and it can lead to procrastination.
Read about POMODORO TECHNIQUE on internet, it is for time management and rewarding yourself in the end.
For reward I choose anything that I enjoy, like I like reading comic ,so if I achieve my particular target then and only then I will read the latest chapter of the comic.reward can be something you like to eat like chocolates or could be watching some movie or it could be simply relaxing, just make sure to give the reward at the end after you have achieved the target and not before.
But to tell you the truth I also suffer from working inefficiently.
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