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I am using Kaplan Lecture Notes since I have my notes in there as well.
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I had BRS flashcards, they are complete waste of time
yeah I have some flash cards as well but I'm not using them. Just sticking to Kaplan.
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So ur plan was to stress me out? :P
Questions - That's nice. Good luck reviewing biochem!
I think I am js going to hit the bed.. bz I js wasted 15 mins going back and forth between fb/hotmail/this pg thinking abt what I should do...
Tom MAY 1st I shall wake up early and start studyn!!
same happens to me ..dont realise how much time i waste on emails n fb..how can i shun it?...cant do without it..n about studies i was supposed to complete cardiac pharma from kaplan vidz but did only first 2 chapters..fundamentals n anti arrhythmics ..will do 1 block of random UW ..cant take notes itz so time consuming ...what to do?..is it wise to do random mode?...jus to keep all areas touched ..presently doing pharma n behavioural..done with kaplan biochem ...also doing psychi from FA ..hey guys can u help me in planning how to study all 3P's in a day ..i mean how to divide time for 3P's ..i feel sleepy in afternoons
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same happens to me ..dont realise how much time i waste on emails n fb..how can i shun it?...cant do without it..n about studies i was supposed to complete cardiac pharma from kaplan vidz but did only first 2 chapters..fundamentals n anti arrhythmics ..will do 1 block of random UW ..cant take notes itz so time consuming ...what to do?..is it wise to do random mode?...jus to keep all areas touched ..presently doing pharma n behavioural..done with kaplan biochem ...also doing psychi from FA ..hey guys can u help me in planning how to study all 3P's in a day ..i mean how to divide time for 3P's ..i feel sleepy in afternoons
If you want u can deactivate fb.. Check ur email few times a day.. Or js reduce it a bit.. I don't really waste much time on emails except the email I get from this thread. I don't want to deactivate fb so I am js tryn not to go on it as much as I did before. However, I logged out of fb on my phone so I don't get any notifications there. Plus I turned my wifi off.
It's hard to do all 3 P's on the same day.. However js try ur best to add more and more time each day and u will get to it. I am doing systemwise right now.. I do kaplan lecture notes for physio then watch the videos... Annotate it on my fa.. Then read golgian RR and annotate it on FA. Then I go to Pharm and anat (both of which I already did but never annotated) annotate them on my FA. That way that system can be done on FA. Then move to the next... It is very time consuming.. It can take a few days sometimes...
Afternoons are my slowest times as well. So I take that time to annotate.. Sometimes I play a movie/show at the background..
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very motivating thread...=).. kinda of makes me b on track on my schedule.. i m hoping to take step 1 in july.. good luck studying....
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If you want u can deactivate fb.. Check ur email few times a day.. Or js reduce it a bit.. I don't really waste much time on emails except the email I get from this thread. I don't want to deactivate fb so I am js tryn not to go on it as much as I did before. However, I logged out of fb on my phone so I don't get any notifications there. Plus I turned my wifi off.
It's hard to do all 3 P's on the same day.. However js try ur best to add more and more time each day and u will get to it. I am doing systemwise right now.. I do kaplan lecture notes for physio then watch the videos... Annotate it on my fa.. Then read golgian RR and annotate it on FA. Then I go to Pharm and anat (both of which I already did but never annotated) annotate them on my FA. That way that system can be done on FA. Then move to the next... It is very time consuming.. It can take a few days sometimes...
Afternoons are my slowest times as well. So I take that time to annotate.. Sometimes I play a movie/show at the background..
I will try to concentrate fully ...today I was busy in filling extension form in morning then did pharma Kaplan vid anti arrhythmics ..then UW in afternoon ...That's it
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If you want u can deactivate fb.. Check ur email few times a day.. Or js reduce it a bit.. I don't really waste much time on emails except the email I get from this thread. I don't want to deactivate fb so I am js tryn not to go on it as much as I did before. However, I logged out of fb on my phone so I don't get any notifications there. Plus I turned my wifi off.
It's hard to do all 3 P's on the same day.. However js try ur best to add more and more time each day and u will get to it. I am doing systemwise right now.. I do kaplan lecture notes for physio then watch the videos... Annotate it on my fa.. Then read golgian RR and annotate it on FA. Then I go to Pharm and anat (both of which I already did but never annotated) annotate them on my FA. That way that system can be done on FA. Then move to the next... It is very time consuming.. It can take a few days sometimes...
Afternoons are my slowest times as well. So I take that time to annotate.. Sometimes I play a movie/show at the background..
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i am doing 3P's as well,but the problem is with the videos.i am doing videos at 2X speed and i am btw finish the notes and vids by systems or by subjects.this is my 2nd time to do videos.the first time i did was many months ago...any advice?
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same happens to me ..dont realise how much time i waste on emails n fb..how can i shun it?...cant do without it..n about studies i was supposed to complete cardiac pharma from kaplan vidz but did only first 2 chapters..fundamentals n anti arrhythmics ..will do 1 block of random UW ..cant take notes itz so time consuming ...what to do?..is it wise to do random mode?...jus to keep all areas touched ..presently doing pharma n behavioural..done with kaplan biochem ...also doing psychi from FA ..hey guys can u help me in planning how to study all 3P's in a day ..i mean how to divide time for 3P's ..i feel sleepy in afternoons
You can try the Pomodoro technique (google this). I've been using it and even though I only average out aprox 2 hours of studying per day (I have serious problems focusing and no discipline whatsoever) it's much better than what I would average out before.
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You can try the Pomodoro technique (google this). I've been using it and even though I only average out aprox 2 hours of studying per day (I have serious problems focusing and no discipline whatsoever) it's much better than what I would average out before.
Just googled it! It's an interesting technique! ... Are you a certified pomodoro master by now ?


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- Out of 10 blocks for this week ...3 down, 7 more to go.
- Scored 60% and 73% on those two blocks
- Still have to start Micro
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Just googled it! It's an interesting technique! ... Are you a certified pomodoro master by now ?


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- Out of 10 blocks for this week ...3 down, 7 more to go.
- Scored 60% and 73% on those two blocks
- Still have to start Micro
So today....
Annotated some more sections of Endo physio (damn its so long and time consuming.. I need to finish that tom for sure). Read male and Female Repro.
I slept most of the day And I am way behind in my schedule now!

Hope2pass good job!
I js checked pomodorotechnique - Sounds like a good idea... Except I was too lazy to even read the full thing..
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Just googled it! It's an interesting technique! ... Are you a certified pomodoro master by now ?


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- Out of 10 blocks for this week ...3 down, 7 more to go.
- Scored 60% and 73% on those two blocks
- Still have to start Micro
thats a great progress...remember you were getting 35% and now you have made it to 73%...keep it up buddy.
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i am doing 3P's as well,but the problem is with the videos.i am doing videos at 2X speed and i am btw finish the notes and vids by systems or by subjects.this is my 2nd time to do videos.the first time i did was many months ago...any advice?
You can try the pomodoro technique I guess.. Not sure what to suggest.. Well I keep switching between Reading kaplan LN, videos, annotating FA. I read a few sections of a chapter in physio (ex: sections 1-3 of endo) when i get bored of that I watch the videos for the sections I js read.. When I am done with the videos I go back to reading.. When I am bored again I either annotate the first few sections or watch the videos for the next few sections I js read. That way I am not js looking at one thing forever and getting bored out of it. May be u can try that... :S
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You can try the pomodoro technique I guess.. Not sure what to suggest.. Well I keep switching between Reading kaplan LN, videos, annotating FA. I read a few sections of a chapter in physio (ex: sections 1-3 of endo) when i get bored of that I watch the videos for the sections I js read.. When I am done with the videos I go back to reading.. When I am bored again I either annotate the first few sections or watch the videos for the next few sections I js read. That way I am not js looking at one thing forever and getting bored out of it. May be u can try that... :S
Yeah, that's a good way of doing things! I try to switch gears often from one subject to another when I get bored or feel like I get to the point where I have to read every line twice. For example, right now I do questions then switch to micro then switch to biochem n then switch back to questions .. but the only problem with that is you can't finish and check something off your list lol .. everything will finish at once coz it takes time when you do a lot of things at the same time!
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Yeah, that's a good way of doing things! I try to switch gears often from one subject to another when I get bored or feel like I get to the point where I have to read every line twice. For example, right now I do questions then switch to micro then switch to biochem n then switch back to questions .. but the only problem with that is you can't finish and check something off your list lol .. everything will finish at once coz it takes time when you do a lot of things at the same time!
I know how that feels.. I have been wanting to get over FA annotation for endo.. Instead that didnt end today since I jumped to repro.
But atleast ur not wasting time on fb/emails or other social networks.. lol..
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I know how that feels.. I have been wanting to get over FA annotation for endo.. Instead that didnt end today since I jumped to repro.
But atleast ur not wasting time on fb/emails or other social networks.. lol..
Good luck!

What is your schedule like anyways?
Are you annotating all the subjects or just physio?
Are you doing any questions?
Is this your first read or 2nd ? (sorry I forgot in case I asked you this before)
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I know how that feels.. I have been wanting to get over FA annotation for endo.. Instead that didnt end today since I jumped to repro.
But atleast ur not wasting time on fb/emails or other social networks.. lol..
the POMODORO technique looks great and if i use normal timer is it Ok?not the custom made pomodoro one lol.
i see that you annotate the Kaplan into FA.how do u annotate? do u write down the stuff in one liners or how do u do that?it must be taking a lot of time,but shld be very easy to revise quickly before the test!!
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Good luck!
What is your schedule like anyways?
Not sure what to say because ever since I got sick last week my schedule is totally messed.. I will update you on that tom (hopefully when I redo that).
Are you annotating all the subjects or just physio?
All.. Since I don't want to go back to kaplan again. I like going over FA rather than have 10 books..
Are you doing any questions?
Kaplan qbank and some other online questions I find on fb groups and stuf... I am starting uworld tom..
Is this your first read or 2nd ?
First read.. My 5th semester finished in December.. So I started my prep in Jan.. However, I read some sections of FA few times when I was in basic sciences (till decem). (sorry I forgot in case I asked you this before) No I don't think you asked me.. lol..
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the POMODORO technique looks great and if i use normal timer is it Ok?not the custom made pomodoro one lol.
i see that you annotate the Kaplan into FA.how do u annotate? do u write down the stuff in one liners or how do u do that?it must be taking a lot of time,but shld be very easy to revise quickly before the test!!
I am not going to follow the pomodoro method.. Since I like my own timings.. Don't like anyone/anything time me when reading... (unless its fb )
I just read thru kaplan and highlight/underline stuff.. Later go thru kaplan pg by pg and see whats underlined/highlighted and FA read through that stuff (Ex:Cushing's sydrome or Pheochromocytoma) and if something that I think is imp is missing in FA I add it...
For Goljians RR it turns out to be almost everything!! Lol!

And ye it is very time consuming.. But this way I am going over them twice or thrice...
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What is your schedule like anyways?
Not sure what to say because ever since I got sick last week my schedule is totally messed.. I will update you on that tom (hopefully when I redo that).
Are you annotating all the subjects or just physio?
All.. Since I don't want to go back to kaplan again. I like going over FA rather than have 10 books..
Are you doing any questions?
Kaplan qbank and some other online questions I find on fb groups and stuf... I am starting uworld tom..
Is this your first read or 2nd ?
First read.. My 5th semester finished in December.. So I started my prep in Jan.. However, I read some sections of FA few times when I was in basic sciences (till decem). (sorry I forgot in case I asked you this before) No I don't think you asked me.. lol..
Oh ok. Thanks for the answers. So when does your eligibility period end? If this is your first read and you're annotating along with it, then that's great! And you seem to going at a good pace! When are you planning on taking the step ?
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Oh ok. Thanks for the answers. So when does your eligibility period end? If this is your first read and you're annotating along with it, then that's great! And you seem to going at a good pace! When are you planning on taking the step ?
I am actually slow... I need to speed up..
My eligibility period ends in June.. So I am going to try my best to take it in June and not extend it... I haven't booked the date yet..
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I am actually slow... I need to speed up..
My eligibility period ends in June.. So I am going to try my best to take it in June and not extend it... I haven't booked the date yet..
Ah I see. Have you taken any NBME? How much Qbank are you finished?
Good that you are starting UW! It takes a while...It took me about 2 - 3 months to go over UW (twice)
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Ah I see. Have you taken any NBME? How much Qbank are you finished?
Good that you are starting UW! It takes a while...It took me about 2 - 3 months to go over UW (twice)
Was that UW all by itself?
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the POMODORO technique looks great and if i use normal timer is it Ok?not the custom made pomodoro one lol.
i see that you annotate the Kaplan into FA.how do u annotate? do u write down the stuff in one liners or how do u do that?it must be taking a lot of time,but shld be very easy to revise quickly before the test!!
Yes, you can use any timer. There is even a webpage: http://www.focusboosterapp.com/live

But I like to use this timer because of it's simplicity: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o04_s00_i01 you just flip it around to whatever time you want.

It works....Specially when I manage to do 12+ pomodoros (very rarely).
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Ah I see. Have you taken any NBME? How much Qbank are you finished?
Good that you are starting UW! It takes a while...It took me about 2 - 3 months to go over UW (twice)
I haven't taken any NBMEs yet.. I know if I take it before I finish everything I will fail it.. lol..
Waw 2-3 months... How many blocks did you do? And how long did it take u to do a block?
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Yes, you can use any timer. There is even a webpage: http://www.focusboosterapp.com/live

But I like to use this timer because of it's simplicity: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ls_o04_s00_i01 you just flip it around to whatever time you want.

It works....Specially when I manage to do 12+ pomodoros (very rarely).
i have downloaded the desktop pomodoro timer,its interesting.if u can do 12+ pomodoros ha ha tomatoes in english...that means you are able to study for 6 hrs uninterrupted right! sounds good
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Was that UW all by itself?
No it was UW and FA. But I was terrible at doing questions and lacked a lot of knowledge during my first time prepping for the step.

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Waw 2-3 months... How many blocks did you do? And how long did it take u to do a block?
I did about 1-2 blocks per day ... but when reading FA or notes etc, I would only do 1 block per day and that too wasn't of full 46 questions sometimes. The second time when I was doing UW, I did almost 2-3 blocks per day and sometimes even 4-5 blocks

In the starting it took me about 4-5 hours per block ... reviewing takes a while.

With kaplan qbank, it takes me about 3 to 4 hours per block now.
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I have a questions when should i use those lange pathology flash cards to review when i do first aid? or right after kaplan patho lectures?..

I just finished kaplan patho lectures and videos ystday! finally!!!!

GONNA DO KAPLAN BEHAVIORAL TODAY AND TMRW and then start biochem on friday ...

where can i find those 100 medical ethics for behav? is any other source necessary for behavioral besides kaplan???
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Have about an hour left in Pharm videos to watch. Tomorrow plan on spending the whole day making and reviewing flash cards. Friday USMLERx and Kaplan Qbank Pharm questions.

Moving on to micro review on Saturday until Monday/Tuesday (still up for debate). Then organ system review until Sunday. May push my NBME to May 14 because I forgot about mother's day. Either way May 14/15 buying UW and doing DIT for the rest of the month.

@5hstar Amazon sells copies. see if you can get a used one. Also for behavioral I used BRS behavioral. I still need to spend some time on biostats cause I missed too many biostats questions.
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So today.. I completed Endo Physio FA annotation, Male & female repro physio kaplan LN, videos, Fa annotations. Reviewed a chapter of behavioural science. 10 questions frm kaplan qbank.

Didn't get a chance to start uworld today. Was too tired by the time I got a chance to do it.. Will have to do it during the day tom..
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I have a questions when should i use those lange pathology flash cards to review when i do first aid? or right after kaplan patho lectures?..

I just finished kaplan patho lectures and videos ystday! finally!!!!

GONNA DO KAPLAN BEHAVIORAL TODAY AND TMRW and then start biochem on friday ...

where can i find those 100 medical ethics for behav? is any other source necessary for behavioral besides kaplan???
On a same pafe with KLN behavioral with you, though I might give it some extra time, cuz I suck at step 1 statistics...

100 ethics is a Conrad Fischers book, a good one btw.
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SO like are you doing BRS behav based on what you read from kaplan behav that day? or your doing it after finishing all kaplan behavioral notes???
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will schedule after Ill take NBME in 1.5 weeks.
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thats nice to hear!

tell us ur current study status...
where have u reached, that you help us boost our motivation too !
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thats nice to hear!

tell us ur current study status...
where have u reached, that you help us boost our motivation too !
Still on a stage 1 of the Taus method (1st read and anotating FA)
Doing Kbank subjectwise. I start reading the book of the particular subject - do questions, depending on how many questions are in the kbank for this subject (if there are 60 overall - ill do 20 per day or something) starting subject with 65% and finish it with 80+...

I hope I am doing ok.
Going to take NBME 5 in the mid may (never took it) and schedule based on that. was aiming for 230+ but I am too tight on my time-line now... anything above 220 will do.
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Good to heat of your progress. My progress had been slower as of late. Finihed biochem, shouldve be able to finish micro today ... Ended up using first aid for both of these. Doing questions from kaplan qbank as I go along. Main goal is to finish micro today n then do the remaining blocks out of the 10 blocks I wanted to finish this week. Taking online nbme 6 on Sunday. Might do an offline nbme (4 or 5) on Saturday.
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Good to heat of your progress. My progress had been slower as of late. Finihed biochem, shouldve be able to finish micro today ... Ended up using first aid for both of these. Doing questions from kaplan qbank as I go along. Main goal is to finish micro today n then do the remaining blocks out of the 10 blocks I wanted to finish this week. Taking online nbme 6 on Sunday. Might do an offline nbme (4 or 5) on Saturday.
hows your Kbank progression going?

I have doe 23% of the whole Kbank... I want to finish it by next Sunday.
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I have doe 23% of the whole Kbank... I want to finish it by next Sunday.
I'm done close to 40% I think. I can't check Coz I'm out right Now and usin my phone lol hence the typing mistakes I'm averaging around 55% right Now. Not good and hopefully I can improve it to 60-65%
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if you make notes and review them every day you will improve by 30+ points, cuz the same team edited the bank....
thats why percentage in 1 qbank is not a good indication of your performance
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That's true. I'm starting dit from Monday and using Qbank along with it.


I still have a 2009 first aid with all the 2010 info in it. Do u think it's k to use 2011 dit videos with this?
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I still have a 2009 first aid with all the 2010 info in it. Do u think it's k to use 2011 dit videos with this?
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I still have a 2009 first aid with all the 2010 info in it. Do u think it's k to use 2011 dit videos with this?
ya dude,you can use 2010 FA with DIT.i have used it before,its actually 2010 videos but when he reads out the 2010 FA page number they voice over with the FA 2011 page no
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Thanks docusmle9.

So I finished Parasitology, Mycology and Virology and I'm pretty good at Bacteriology ... just going to do some AntiMicrobials etc now

I was planning on going over the last 3 chapters of Micro in Kaplan - Clinical Infectious Diseases, Comparative Microbiology and Flow Charts. Any one done those before and see any benefit in doing those? Are those helpful ?
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So I finished Parasitology, Mycology and Virology and I'm pretty good at Bacteriology ... just going to do some AntiMicrobials etc now

I was planning on going over the last 3 chapters of Micro in Kaplan - Clinical Infectious Diseases, Comparative Microbiology and Flow Charts. Any one done those before and see any benefit in doing those? Are those helpful ?
they are helpful in sense if you have already finished all the microbiology.since you are done with the most of micro...those tables are money.i was pretty impressed with those charts,they avoid confusion and gives you more confidence like damn i can answer any micro Q.but the problem is they are too big to memorize.So,go logically...
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How much time is the Taus method taking you? I've always been so reluctant to try it, even though I praise it, because transcribing from bigger books to FA is a drag. Really time consuming. Although IMO the best method.

I'm probably gonna start with it because I want to score really high.
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How much time is the Taus method taking you? I've always been so reluctant to try it, even though I praise it, because transcribing from bigger books to FA is a drag. Really time consuming. Although IMO the best method.

I'm probably gonna start with it because I want to score really high.
I have wasted 2 weeks in April(work was too hard), but it took me 3 weeks to review Ethics, Biochem and Genetics, Neuro and Molecular Bio. Now I am finishing 3rd week with Behavioral and Statistics review.

I need to squeeze fast rebrush of Immuno and Micro this weekend and devote the whole week to Goljan Lectures and RR book and I'll call it a first read. Than hopefully 2 or less weeks for 2nd read (FA only with annotations) and then 3rd read - FA memorization and UW for the 3rd time. this is my Taus.
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I have doe 23% of the whole Kbank... I want to finish it by next Sunday.

I just checked and I have no idea where I got 40% from .. I am only done 23% as well! Time to pick it up and hopefully be done around 30% by this week
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Just did a block of Neuro questions ... did HORRIBLE ! .. I got 41% correct. In neuroanatomy so far I'm averaging 43% on the Qbank. On nervous system overall (all subjects) I am averaging 48%.

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Just did a block of Neuro questions ... did HORRIBLE ! .. I got 41% correct. In neuroanatomy so far I'm averaging 43% on the Qbank. On nervous system overall (all subjects) I am averaging 48%.

Dammit I hate neuro!!
I compared Neuro to my NBME since I bought the extended version, and Neuro was an area I missed well I'm gonna assume all of question But after doing Kaplan Qbank I was able to answer ALL those questions without even looking up the answer. Especially because I read through all the Kaplan Explanations which is KEY!

Forgot to add: My biggest issue with Neuro with I plan to spend at least an hour on sometime in the next week is tumor differentiation and demyelination. Also I'm finding there to be quite a bit of audio questions.
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I compared Neuro to my NBME since I bought the extended version, and Neuro was an area I missed well I'm gonna assume all of question But after doing Kaplan Qbank I was able to answer ALL those questions without even looking up the answer. Especially because I read through all the Kaplan Explanations which is KEY!
Yeah I have about 1-2 more blocks of Neuro left which I'll finish before Sunday when I take the NBME. Hopefully that will improve my Neuro!
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Did a block of Behavioral, Immuno and Genetics ... got 57% in behavioral but 75% & 76% in immuno and genetics.

How can i improve psych pharmacology and psych in general ?
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Another question ..I would like to do one NBME offline and one NBME online. Out of NBME's 5 and 6 ...which one do you suggest I do offline and which one should I do online ?

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Don't do them offline. The answer keys are flawed. I tried reviewing form 5. There's a lot of questionable answers. My friend did form 5 first offline and got frustrated with the answer key and did it online just to find out her real score (she still chose her original answers). There was a 5-point difference. Doing it offline won't be a good estimate of your score and it's not a great learning tool if you can't find the right answers.

Anyway, if you insist on doing one offline... Maybe this info will help you decide. NBME form 6 has an expanded version, meaning you'll know which answers you got wrong, and that's a big plus. You'll find out which ones you guessed right and you can also learn from your incorrect answers. NBME 5 doesn't have an expanded form so it's just a score predictor. It almost can't be used as a learning tool; it will only pinpoint weak areas.
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Hey guys, I have a question.

For a while I've been reading slowly and passively, and my friends make fun of me because I like sinking into big books....to sorta form a nice base. It takes forever though.

However, my friend tells me to skip all of that and just start with 25 questions/day (1st qbank then UW) and 1 video of DIT...supposedly this is enough. I've read a bit of everything except neuro, micro, BS and pharm.

What do you guys think? I think he's nuts. How can I possibly do questions and pretty much guess on all of them without proper foundation?

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For a while I've been reading slowly and passively, and my friends make fun of me because I like sinking into big books....to sorta form a nice base. It takes forever though.

However, my friend tells me to skip all of that and just start with 25 questions/day (1st qbank then UW) and 1 video of DIT...supposedly this is enough. I've read a bit of everything except neuro, micro, BS and pharm.

What do you guys think? I think he's nuts. How can I possibly do questions and pretty much guess on all of them without proper foundation?

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hey buddy.......thats a bad way of preparing, please do not do it that way.
atleast read all the kaplan note 1st ..except path.

and then go thru FA just 1 time coz this would help u remember something (NOT EVERYTHING) when u start doing Qbank

i would recommend use UW and that would definitly boost up ur knowledge and then it would make u understand each and every line thats written in FA, so you dont have face the hassle of mugging up things on FA with out know wt the Hell is it for.
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Guys do not underestimate behavioral and biostats!!
This stuff is tuff!
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Guys do not underestimate behavioral and biostats!!
This stuff is tuff!
Hence why I'm really dreading it!
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Don't do them offline. The answer keys are flawed. I tried reviewing form 5. There's a lot of questionable answers. My friend did form 5 first offline and got frustrated with the answer key and did it online just to find out her real score (she still chose her original answers). There was a 5-point difference. Doing it offline won't be a good estimate of your score and it's not a great learning tool if you can't find the right answers.

Anyway, if you insist on doing one offline... Maybe this info will help you decide. NBME form 6 has an expanded version, meaning you'll know which answers you got wrong, and that's a big plus. You'll find out which ones you guessed right and you can also learn from your incorrect answers. NBME 5 doesn't have an expanded form so it's just a score predictor. It almost can't be used as a learning tool; it will only pinpoint weak areas.

@dwiqed = Thanks a lot for your suggestion. I think I might do NBME 5 offline and 6 online then. I might just do the NBME online and do none offline .. let's see how this weekend goes.

@tootsie = DO NOT go with that approach...but do questions as he said .. 20-25 per day on the topic you read THAT day ! That will be the best way to solidify the topics you learned that day! Make sure you finish your readings n then start off with random timed questions


Update:
-Watched Avengers today ...AMAZING movie! Don't regret that decision to go watch it even though I am starting my studying for the day now
-Have 5 blocks left to do. Here's how I am breaking down this weekend:
  • Today: 1 block of Questions (plus I have to review some questions from a block I did yesterday)
  • Saturday: 2 Blocks and may be read some Micro (last 3 chp of Kaplan) ... If I dont end up reading then I'll try to do 3 blocks.
  • Sunday: Finish the remaining 1-2 blocks in the morning. NBME 6 online in the evening.

Basically I want to finish the 5 blocks, read some Micro and take an Online NBME (form 6) by Sunday. Its a lot to do but I'll try my best to do whatever I can.

Starting Monday - DIT !!

(Going to stop going out and taking long breaks till June now. And I'm giving up my ps3 controller tonight. Already gave up on facebook, twitter, youtube etc - Time to sacrifice things in order to achieve success!)


How does my plan sound? Any advice? Any changes I should make? Please advice and thank you everyone for following up with me and providing me with so much feedback all through out!
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Thanks Hope2Pass,

You actually answered 2 of my questions. I have plans with some friends to watch Avengers and was planning on cancelling to see if I can catch up with prep.

Thanks a lot for your insight Hope & aj23. Really appreciated
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You actually answered 2 of my questions. I have plans with some friends to watch Avengers and was planning on cancelling to see if I can catch up with prep.

Thanks a lot for your insight Hope & aj23. Really appreciated
Don't need to cancel your plans! Go watch it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it! But after you're back, make up for the time missed
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Here is my new and revised plan: Warning its a bit hectic but I hope it pays off.

Saturday
Morning and Early Afternoon: DIT DAY 1
Late Afternoon: Biostat Review and KQbank Biostats questions (25)

Sunday
DIT DAY 2: Part 1, 2, 3
Kaplan Qbank- Immunology Questions (Whatever I marked as my questions)

Monday
DIT DAY 3 Lecture- Part 3;
DIT DAY 4 Lecture- Part 3
DIT DAY 5 Lecture- Part 3
Respiratory Pharmacology-Review!

Tuesday
DIT DAY 6
Kaplan Videos- Cardiology Phsyiology
Pathoma- CHF-only 6 minutes- worth it

Wednesday
DIT DAY 7
Kaplan Qbank-Micro Questions

Thursday
DIT DAY 8: Lecture 1 and 3
DIT DAY 15: Lecture 2
Heme Kaplan Questions

FRIDAY
Day 11
Neurology Questions Kaplan Qbank


Saturday

Day 14- Lecture 1 and 2
Renal Questions

SUNDAY
-NBME on May 12

Note: Yes I am skipping a large amount of DIT videos simply for the fact that those were sections I received above average in during my first NBME.

WISH ME LUCK! Hopefully I can actually do this and a good amount of questions at the same time. I just need to relax and focus.
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Hope2Pass, Island crazy - your schedules look good.. Good luck guys..
Islandcrazy - when are u taking the exam?

For me Yesterday was mostly wasted by going to the doctors office and then going out with one of my friends to get dessert. Barely got any studying done..
Now completed Repro (reading in goljian, kaplan and annotating).
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Starting my day early ... have a productive Saturday everyone

@islandcrazy - your schedules good .. did you take an NBME to decide on what your weak areas are? You should take an NBME before AND after your DIT schedule to see how much you've improved.
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I loved the Avengers Hope2Pass!

The only prob is that today is 5 de mayo, apparently people start drinking and I have a party starting early @ 2pm. Still debating on whether I should go or not to the "cinco de mayo get-together".

Sucks really bad to study for boards!!!

Good luck studying guys!!
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@tootsie = That's great! Happy cinco-de-mayo!! I don't really celebrate that here in Canada but I am dreading the fact that I might be studying on the May 2-4 !!! Oh well, I'll celebrate all these days on the day AFTER my step Have fun at the party!
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Done with behavioral with 75% in it.
Hated it, dumb and awkward questions.

starting bliz-review of micro and immuno.

Microbiology weekend of DocSikorski, what can a guy in mid 20 find better to do on a weekend off work...
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Hated it, dumb and awkward questions.

starting bliz-review of micro and immuno.

Microbiology weekend of DocSikorski, what can a guy in mid 20 find better to do on a weekend off work...
Man, finishing off at 75% in Behavioral is good! Including biostats or just behavioral? I am around 65% in it right now but haven't completed all of it. Still have one more block to go for Behavioral. Finished biostats with 52% (13/25) but I bet if I do all of it again I'll get a 100%

What are you using to review micro and immuno ? Doing all of it today and tomorrow or carrying it onto till next week ?

I am trying to finish off one more block tonight and then review some pharm before sleeping so its fresh for when I take my NBME
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Man, finishing off at 75% in Behavioral is good! Including biostats or just behavioral? I am around 65% in it right now but haven't completed all of it. Still have one more block to go for Behavioral. Finished biostats with 52% (13/25) but I bet if I do all of it again I'll get a 100%

What are you using to review micro and immuno ? Doing all of it today and tomorrow or carrying it onto till next week ?

I am trying to finish off one more block tonight and then review some pharm before sleeping so its fresh for when I take my NBME
Together with biostats.
Just FA now, I made a bunch of notes into it before...
I have to finish all this crap before Monday. I think I remember most of micro, just refresh stuff... like novobicin-optochin-lactose and crap...

And next week I am going to spent listening to goljan and reading to his RR
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Together with biostats.
Just FA now, I made a bunch of notes into it before...
I have to finish all this crap before Monday. I think I remember most of micro, just refresh stuff... like novobicin-optochin-lactose and crap...

And next week I am going to spent listening to goljan and reading to his RR
Nice. Sounds like a good plan.

May I suggest going over the last three chapters of Kaplan Micro if you're good with Micro. They have flowcharts to review all the little details like novobiocin etc.

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Good job Hope2pass and DocSikorski!!
Today was another SLOW day for me.. Just finished reading Endo PATH in goljian.. Still have to annotate it in my FA (too tired to do that right now). I am thinking if I should do some uworld questions or do something else for the night and annotate endo on my FA in the morning..
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I finally started uworld.. Started with 10 Behavioural Science questions for now.. Got 72%.
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@Sukar Why are you doing UW subject wise? Isn't it recommended to do UW random.

Just finished DIT Day 1 and reviewed the days work. I think I like the structure that DIT has provided with me. Now I'm debating on actually doing the entire 15 day program meaning I would finish on the 19th and write the NBME on the 20th. I may actually do that instead of writing the NBME on the 12th. The only problem with that plan is I am prolonging starting UW by a weak since I didn't want to start it without taking a second NBME to see if I was ready.
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@Sukar Why are you doing UW subject wise? Isn't it recommended to do UW random.

Just finished DIT Day 1 and reviewed the days work. I think I like the structure that DIT has provided with me. Now I'm debating on actually doing the entire 15 day program meaning I would finish on the 19th and write the NBME on the 20th. I may actually do that instead of writing the NBME on the 12th. The only problem with that plan is I am prolonging starting UW by a weak since I didn't want to start it without taking a second NBME to see if I was ready.
I still need to do micro/immuno and neuro. So I thought I'd do subject wise (timed) and then later change to random (timed).. Is it a bad idea?
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I was wondering... what do you think about doing UWSA #1 right away after finishing UW 2nd pass (but first time doing notes of it)???

I'm about to finish writing my notes form UW but I do not know what to do after it... I still don't want to do another NBME (I'm still psychologically recovering from #12)

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@Sukar: Good job on that block! But you should do UW random test mode. If you haven't done micro/immuno and neuro yet, just don't put those in the block but make sure everything else is included! That'd be a good way to test yourself And if you have Qbank, you can use that as a learning tool and do it subject wise.

@islandcrazy: What did you decide ? Are you going to do the whole DIT Program? I'm planning on starting it on Monday 7th and finish it by the 21st. Then I'll take another NBME. Let me know how it goes for you

@Dr.Mexito: When did you take NBME 12 and how did it go for you? If you're finished with UW 2nd pass and don't want to take another NBME, its definitely a good idea to take a UWSA (its a good confidence booster). When is your exam and what's your plan like?


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-Wasn't able to finish the 10 blocks I wanted to do before DIT. Oh well, I'll continue doing questions along side DIT.
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I was wondering... what do you think about doing UWSA #1 right away after finishing UW 2nd pass (but first time doing notes of it)???

I'm about to finish writing my notes form UW but I do not know what to do after it... I still don't want to do another NBME (I'm still psychologically recovering from #12)

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hi buddy

how long did it take u to go over uw 2nd round?
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@Dr.Mexito: When did you take NBME 12 and how did it go for you? If you're finished with UW 2nd pass and don't want to take another NBME, its definitely a good idea to take a UWSA (its a good confidence booster). When is your exam and what's your plan like?
First of all... good luck on NBME... wish you the best.

I did #12 on 4/02... how did I do??? mmmm lets say that it was a "snap back to reality", I had kind of the same sensation a newborn has as he/she feels this world for the very first time

It was a "weak up" call.... I did pretty bad in BS, genetics, pharmacology and physiology. Now that I'm doing UW second time, pharmacology, physiology and biostatistics are my lowest topics (guess that they are calling for a review STAT). But I do not relay on this new UW score... however, I think that it can let me see my strong points and where is it that I'm having the problem (I reset my account)

Exam is on July (end of July)... My plan is do UWSA 1 (still thinking of it), then watch KLN videos for pharma, physio and BH (make notes)... then, no sure if just read FA again and do Q, or re-read all the topics one more time + Q (all June), and then dedicate myself to do DIT on July and finish it in less than 21 days so I can read FA one last time, then.... the real thing

Any suggestion???

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how long did it take u to go over uw 2nd round?
Taking me like 42 days... because I'm writing notes, but I've read that it can be done in 21 days or less.
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First of all... good luck on NBME... wish you the best.

I did #12 on 4/02... how did I do??? mmmm lets say that it was a "snap back to reality", I had kind of the same sensation a newborn has as he/she feels this world for the very first time

It was a "weak up" call.... I did pretty bad in BS, genetics, pharmacology and physiology. Now that I'm doing UW second time, pharmacology, physiology and biostatistics are my lowest topics (guess that they are calling for a review STAT). But I do not relay on this new UW score... however, I think that it can let me see my strong points and where is it that I'm having the problem (I reset my account)

Exam is on July (end of July)... My plan is do UWSA 1 (still thinking of it), then watch KLN videos for pharma, physio and BH (make notes)... then, no sure if just read FA again and do Q, or re-read all the topics one more time + Q (all June), and then dedicate myself to do DIT on July and finish it in less than 21 days so I can read FA one last time, then.... the real thing

Any suggestion???

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Its up to you, but I think my "breaking point" in my studies was when I relized that I have to stop watching videos and finally face the books.
They are trying to explain stuff but I have never found a single concept that you cannot understand on your own from KLN or any other book (except FA)
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Its up to you, but I think my "breaking point" in my studies was when I relized that I have to stop watching videos and finally face the books.
They are trying to explain stuff but I have never found a single concept that you cannot understand on your own from KLN or any other book (except FA)
That's the thing man... I really don't want to watch them... Well... maybe just BS, because I think that it can help me with the biostatistic part that I'm having troubles with... Pharmacology..mmm well, they say is really good... so I do not know... I'm sure I can cover those topics faster if I read them...

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@Sukar: Good job on that block! But you should do UW random test mode. If you haven't done micro/immuno and neuro yet, just don't put those in the block but make sure everything else is included! That'd be a good way to test yourself And if you have Qbank, you can use that as a learning tool and do it subject wise.

Update:
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-Wasn't able to finish the 10 blocks I wanted to do before DIT. Oh well, I'll continue doing questions along side DIT.
Thanks for ur advice.. I am going to try that today
Good luck on ur NBME. Let us know how it goes..
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That's the thing man... I really don't want to watch them... Well... maybe just BS, because I think that it can help me with the biostatistic part that I'm having troubles with... Pharmacology..mmm well, they say is really good... so I do not know... I'm sure I can cover those topics faster if I read them...

Thank you for your advices... btw... how's your preparation going???

reviewing Micro and immuno today... took a block in Kbank yesterday and did 59% - mostly because of extremely stupid mistakes that I made...
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And as always I have trouble with viruses...
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Whats up guys, hope your studying is going good.

I will take my NBME in about 2-3 hours as I am just revising some Pharm right now. I bought NBME 5 online. I am planning on doing NBME 5 today and then post DIT I will start on NBME's 12,11, 7 and 13 (till my exam).

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Whats up guys, hope your studying is going good.

I will take my NBME in about 2-3 hours as I am just revising some Pharm right now. I bought NBME 5 online. I am planning on doing NBME 5 today and then post DIT I will start on NBME's 12,11, 7 and 13 (till my exam).

Back to pharm now
I would like to do NBME 5 next week to.
Good luck...
Keep in mind that these (5-6) are older ones, so may not necesserely represent the current exam content...
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@Hope2pass: Goodluck with your NBME. Also have not decided yet what I plan to do about DIT. I will decide tonight.

Right now I'm on Day 2 video 2. Plan for today is finish DIT Day 2 videos, review Gram positives, review Immunology and do some Kaplan Qbank questions.
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I will take my NBME in about 2-3 hours as I am just revising some Pharm right now. I bought NBME 5 online. I am planning on doing NBME 5 today and then post DIT I will start on NBME's 12,11, 7 and 13 (till my exam).

Back to pharm now
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Finished DIT DAY 2!!

Gonna spend the rest of the night going over the workbook and redoing some of the pages from today. Then going to do 50 KaplanQbank -subject based questions.
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-Did 20 question blocks of immune in Kaplan Qbank first one I got 65% and second one I got 90%. Happy about it, but I still don't feel that confident in immunodeficiency diseases and rejections. For immunodeficiency I find the DIT work explanation to be more similar to Kaplan Qbank than FA2011.

-@Hope2Pass. Hope your NBME went well. I like DIT alot and will do all 15 days so that means I'm pushing the NBME by a week. I keep pushing it out of fear, but I think DIT is helping me.
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Ok guys, I finished the NBME. Didn't exactly go as I planned for it!

I wasn't hoping for much, just wanted to pass and get above 190 but I fell short of that goal too! I got 330 (nbme) /182 (usmle). Went over the offline one just to see which ones I got wrong and it corresponded to around 128/200 = 64%. Also if you do the math, 128*1.4 = 179 so the formula works kind of. But the answer keys for the NBME's are quite messed up as dwiqed suggested.

Anyway, I was quite disappointed because I know I have the medical knowledge and its all up in my brain but somehow I tend to over think and over analyze a lot on each question. Made a couple stupid mistakes for example on the up n down arrow questions I did this: "metabolic ACIDosis so pH increases" and forgot about it...that was such a silly mistake! Oh well, what's done is done. I was sad before that I scored so low but can't do anything about it I don't know what I did wrong but I do have a lot of weaknesses to work on!

Starting DIT tomorrow. Going to try and finish it by the 21st. Doing Kaplan Qbank along with it and might start Usmle Consult just to practice more questions. I also noticed that I haven't practiced a lot of questions.

Any advice for this sad individual would be appreciated lol just kidding, I'll stop being sad and be awesome instead

Also: I think I will wait till the end of my eligibility period to write my exam! So last week of June
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Ok guys, I finished the NBME. Didn't exactly go as I planned for it!

I wasn't hoping for much, just wanted to pass and get above 190 but I fell short of that goal too! I got 330 (nbme) /182 (usmle). Went over the offline one just to see which ones I got wrong and it corresponded to around 128/200 = 64%. Also if you do the math, 128*1.4 = 179 so the formula works kind of. But the answer keys for the NBME's are quite messed up as dwiqed suggested.

Anyway, I was quite disappointed because I know I have the medical knowledge and its all up in my brain but somehow I tend to over think and over analyze a lot on each question. Made a couple stupid mistakes for example on the up n down arrow questions I did this: "metabolic ACIDosis so pH increases" and forgot about it...that was such a silly mistake! Oh well, what's done is done. I was sad before that I scored so low but can't do anything about it I don't know what I did wrong but I do have a lot of weaknesses to work on!

Starting DIT tomorrow. Going to try and finish it by the 21st. Doing Kaplan Qbank along with it and might start Usmle Consult just to practice more questions. I also noticed that I haven't practiced a lot of questions.

Any advice for this sad individual would be appreciated lol just kidding, I'll stop being sad and be awesome instead

Also: I think I will wait till the end of my eligibility period to write my exam! So last week of June
That's ok H2P, that's just fine. This is just an NBME, you have enough time to improve. Someone here on the forum posted that a failed NBME is a powerful tool; I agree.

I know you said you did UW once before...long time. How many times did you actually do it? I don't think it would hurt to try it one more time.

You can do more questions, and try to cram FA a bit more (which I'm sure you know it like the palm of your hands) because it never hurts.

Start with DIT, now you know your weaknesses...I also know that someone's score saw great improvement from DIT. So get on board with that.

Don't feel down or anything. Just look ahead. We're all on this same boat.

Thanks for letting us know how it went. We were all patient waiting to see how it would turn out.

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That's ok H2P, that's just fine. This is just an NBME, you have enough time to improve. Someone here on the forum posted that a failed NBME is a powerful tool; I agree.

I know you said you did UW once before...long time. How many times did you actually do it? I don't think it would hurt to try it one more time.

You can do more questions, and try to cram FA a bit more (which I'm sure you know it like the palm of your hands) because it never hurts.

Start with DIT, now you know your weaknesses...I also know that someone's score saw great improvement from DIT. So get on board with that.

Don't feel down or anything. Just look ahead. We're all on this same boat.

Thanks for letting us know how it went. We were all patient waiting to see how it would turn out.

Good luck studying!!
Thanks tootsie! I actually haven't done FA in about 6-7 months and that was the last time I did UW as well. I did UW twice back then. May be I will give it a try again!

Yeah, after I go over DIT and FA, I will take an NBME and hopefully improve by a big margin!

And its ok if I didn't score too well. I am not ashamed to share my score lol although its an embarrassing score but all the feedback from you guys is very helpful
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Ok guys, I finished the NBME. Didn't exactly go as I planned for it!

I wasn't hoping for much, just wanted to pass and get above 190 but I fell short of that goal too! I got 330 (nbme) /182 (usmle). Went over the offline one just to see which ones I got wrong and it corresponded to around 128/200 = 64%. Also if you do the math, 128*1.4 = 179 so the formula works kind of. But the answer keys for the NBME's are quite messed up as dwiqed suggested.

Anyway, I was quite disappointed because I know I have the medical knowledge and its all up in my brain but somehow I tend to over think and over analyze a lot on each question. Made a couple stupid mistakes for example on the up n down arrow questions I did this: "metabolic ACIDosis so pH increases" and forgot about it...that was such a silly mistake! Oh well, what's done is done. I was sad before that I scored so low but can't do anything about it I don't know what I did wrong but I do have a lot of weaknesses to work on!

Starting DIT tomorrow. Going to try and finish it by the 21st. Doing Kaplan Qbank along with it and might start Usmle Consult just to practice more questions. I also noticed that I haven't practiced a lot of questions.

Any advice for this sad individual would be appreciated lol just kidding, I'll stop being sad and be awesome instead

Also: I think I will wait till the end of my eligibility period to write my exam! So last week of June
First of all Good job for the 182.. I know it isn't a good score.. But its ur first online NBME so you always tend to score less than the rest of them.. Just look at ur weaknesses and study them and take the next NBMES. You are only going to get higher and not lower.. So don't be sad..
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@Hope2Pass: Sorry to hear it didn't go very well. Don't you have a big chunk of KQbank questions left to do? How far are you in questions? Try following DIT rule of 50 questions a day that way you can finish Kaplan Qbank by the time DIT is done, then take another NBME at the end of the month.
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@Hope2Pass: Sorry to hear it didn't go very well. Don't you have a big chunk of KQbank questions left to do? How far are you in questions? Try following DIT rule of 50 questions a day that way you can finish Kaplan Qbank by the time DIT is done, then take another NBME at the end of the month.

Done 28% of Qbank...Still have around 1400 questions left. Working on those for the next month and a half.
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Maybe u shud devote this time to full and thorough read of KLN than...
H2P, there is something big you are missing if you haven't gone far from those NBME scores you had back in a day...
I think its some basic fundamental stuff... DIT will not help much, its fast, detailed and designed for a person with a concrete solid understanding of the concepts. Keep it for later, go over KLN again
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uhm...
Maybe u shud devote this time to full and thorough read of KLN than...
H2P, there is something big you are missing if you haven't gone far from those NBME scores you had back in a day...
I think its some basic fundamental stuff... DIT will not help much, its fast, detailed and designed for a person with a concrete solid understanding of the concepts. Keep it for later, go over KLN again
You could be correct but I feel like I have the knowledge. The thing was my school didn't teach us properly and on top of that I had no one to guide me other than this forum on how to study. That's why I use this forum a lot because I don't know where else to go for USMLE stuff. Anyways, the base foundation that I got from my school was practically ZERO. I taught everything to myself and have been doing all self studying since last year. I think my concepts are mostly clear and whatever I lack, I make up for it through questions.

I HOPE this time its more about doing more practice on questions. I think if I do DIT + FA (since I haven't done those) then I should be able to see an improvement. Thanks bud, but i think I want to continue with DIT. Specially with only a month and a half left, I can't afford to spend more time on Kaplan for now.

I dont know what's right but starting tomorrow its DIT.
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You could be correct but I feel like I have the knowledge. The thing was my school didn't teach us properly and on top of that I had no one to guide me other than this forum on how to study. That's why I use this forum a lot because I don't know where else to go for USMLE stuff. Anyways, the base foundation that I got from my school was practically ZERO. I taught everything to myself and have been doing all self studying since last year. I think my concepts are mostly clear and whatever I lack, I make up for it through questions.

I HOPE this time its more about doing more practice on questions. I think if I do DIT + FA (since I haven't done those) then I should be able to see an improvement. Thanks bud, but i think I want to continue with DIT. Specially with only a month and a half left, I can't afford to spend more time on Kaplan for now.

I dont know what's right but starting tomorrow its DIT.
whatever works for you man, but dont go for exam at the end of June if another NBME wont show more than 210
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whatever works for you man, but dont go for exam at the end of June if another NBME wont show more than 210
I won't be taking my exam unless I am satisfied with my NBME ... Made that mistake last time, won't let it happen again
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