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OK so I'm planning to take my Step 1 in last week Aug this year.
This is the tentative schedule

Things I've been able to finish so far:
Kaplan Lecture notes except Beh Science
Kaplan QBank 2% in Random timed mode
(I know that is dismal)

The things I plan to do:
Finish Beh Science by 11/05 (1 week)
FA first read 15/05-04/06 (20 days)
UWORLD start on 12/05 Target 50ques/d
Kaplan Qbank start on 12/05 Target 50 ques/d
(Now Is that ambitious?? )
UWorld test on 08/06

I'm not sure about what is NBME 1--12. Will really appreciate if someone would guide me.
Plan to try NBME on 15/06 (After finishing FA & a few questions)

What do you guys think? Any comments and suggestions about this schedule will be welcome and very much appreciated.
I'm no very good at planning
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count me in too.my exam scheduled on 29th august
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I haven't taken the date yet but will take in last week Aug. My slot's July Aug Sep.
How about your schedule? What all are you studying? How far are you done?

Have you taken any of the NBME yet?
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So yesterday I started with my new schedule.
Here's what I could do:

I finished with the video lectures of the 1st chap... Marathon about 4 hrs of epidemiology but it was worth every bit.
I took a trial of 10 questions from Qbank of UW and scored 70% Awesome! But that was a block of 10 questions only .

I just hope that I'm able to stick to my schedule.
11th looks less doable for Beh Science now but will have to finish latest by 12th since I'll have to travel after that .

How is it going for you guys?
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So yesterday I started with my new schedule.
Here's what I could do:

I finished with the video lectures of the 1st chap... Marathon about 4 hrs of epidemiology but it was worth every bit.
I took a trial of 10 questions from Qbank of UW and scored 70% Awesome! But that was a block of 10 questions only .

I just hope that I'm able to stick to my schedule.
11th looks less doable for Beh Science now but will have to finish latest by 12th since I'll have to travel after that .

How is it going for you guys?
im doing behavioural as well along with my other subjects..im doing learning behaviour n modification..well about vid lec ..try to listen those in VLC player at 1.5 speed ..will save ur time...today m gonna finish cardiac renal pharma ...next chap of behavioural ..1 block of 46 ques UW online...physchiatry few pages frm FA..pretty much ...whatz ur plan today?
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im doing behavioural as well along with my other subjects..im doing learning behaviour n modification..well about vid lec ..try to listen those in VLC player at 1.5 speed ..will save ur time...today m gonna finish cardiac renal pharma ...next chap of behavioural ..1 block of 46 ques UW online...physchiatry few pages frm FA..pretty much ...whatz ur plan today?
Thanks, Never thought of upping the speed. good idea.
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Day 2 my new schedule.
Here's what I could do:

I finished with the video lectures of the Biostats and Life in America... Yet another marathon.
I tried to listen at 1.5x as advised by @docmfn but it was too fast for me. I just couldn't keep pace. So doing at 1.1X :P Guess I'm too slow.
Didn't do any questions.
Scouted this forum and went to sleep very late. Now it's Sunday & I'm sleepy.

How to stick to my schedule!!.
Hmmm
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Day 2 my new schedule.
Here's what I could do:

I finished with the video lectures of the Biostats and Life in America... Yet another marathon.
I tried to listen at 1.5x as advised by @docmfn but it was too fast for me. I just couldn't keep pace. So doing at 1.1X :P Guess I'm too slow.
Didn't do any questions.
Scouted this forum and went to sleep very late. Now it's Sunday & I'm sleepy.

How to stick to my schedule!!.
Hmmm
Hehe ..itz ok ..chill ..u can keep breathing space on weekends ..I usually study 2 or 3 hours ONLY on weekends ..yesterday I finished cardiac n renal pharma only ..didn't do anything else ..today will do UW only ..have to do laundry I usually don't prefer late night study ..m off by 10 pm ..but try to start ASAP in morning ..take ur time ..u f just beginning n m struggling with it for past 1 year ..off n on
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Hehe ..itz ok ..chill ..u can keep breathing space on weekends ..I usually study 2 or 3 hours ONLY on weekends ..yesterday I finished cardiac n renal pharma only ..didn't do anything else ..today will do UW only ..have to do laundry I usually don't prefer late night study ..m off by 10 pm ..but try to start ASAP in morning ..take ur time ..u f just beginning n m struggling with it for past 1 year ..off n on
I was able to put in a couple of hours in the morning. Having friends over. Can't live with or without them but I'm tense for schedule backlog.
I am more of a night person, just can't get up in the morning. Things get into my head better in the quiet of the night.

Tell me how you do on UW.
I'll start with UW on 12th with 1 block per day in Random timed mode because I hope to finish my first read of all subjects by then, even though I can't recall most of the subjects I read 1 month back.
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Day 3 of schedule
Sunday! Came and Went:

Here's what I could do:
Finished Substance Abuse video (almost 2 hrs) and gave prelim reading of Sexuality & Learning chaps. Hope to finish their videos tomorrow. (And probably the next chap which looks small)
Video speed up to 1.33x and I can follow it by grading it up slowly to a comfortable level.

Looks like I may not finish Beh Science by 11th unless I pull up my socks.
I will still start with question bank anyways on 12th.

Now quite late so going to sleep.
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day 3 of schedule
sunday! Came and went:

Here's what i could do:
Finished substance abuse video (almost 2 hrs) and gave prelim reading of sexuality & learning chaps. Hope to finish their videos tomorrow. (and probably the next chap which looks small)
video speed up to 1.33x and i can follow it by grading it up slowly to a comfortable level.

Looks like i may not finish beh science by 11th unless i pull up my socks.
I will still start with question bank anyways on 12th.

Now quite late so going to sleep.
mine was kinda woefully hectic..had to cook ..clean n attend guests at home..couldnt do more than finishing antihyperlipidemics...thats it ((.. Will start by uw today ...i procrastinate in it ..my subscription is running out will start cns pharma today with some phsychi n if time permits behavioural..all the best doc..bdw r u female or male..sorry forgot to ask...
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mine was kinda woefully hectic..had to cook ..clean n attend guests at home..couldnt do more than finishing antihyperlipidemics...thats it ((.. Will start by uw today ...i procrastinate in it ..my subscription is running out will start cns pharma today with some phsychi n if time permits behavioural..all the best doc..bdw r u female or male..sorry forgot to ask...
It's OK, you'll catch up during the week. I usually cook for 2days in one go (that way every alternate day is No Cooking day )and distribute the laundry throughout the week. That way all the load doesn't fall on me on weekends. Also I keep a lot of ready made or ready to make food to serve any guests who might show up. My husband helps a lot I must confess)
Hope that helps you cope as well. Keep me posted.
As you might have figured out by now I am female .

You might have to extend the subscription, there's a lot of time to go before step and lot of people recommend doing UW twice.

I realized today that I had miscalculated the hours I needed to put in with Behavioral and was having a major backlog. I wasted 3/10 days I had dedicated to it initially.
Essentially, panicked this morning when I realized it . Hoping to catch up a bit today. Will post all I could do later.

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Hey guys...I'm shooting for August as well.

It's going to be tight because I don't have a full-time schedule for studying, but it never hurts to try.

I'm glad to see that for some of you weekends are slow. I pretty much don't study at all during weekends (including Fridays) because I get distracted with family, summer days, winter days, rainy days...sunny days..etc.

Keep posting progression so we can see where we're at and see if Aug is doable.
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Day 4:
I just realized this morning that I had miscalculated the hours of my schedule and was happily taking time off. That worked up a huge backlog and got me really nervous. Especially since the weekend turned out to be a Real weekend with friends coming over and all.

Anyways, the panic did me good, I think.
Here's what I did today:
Finished the videos of Sexuality and Learning & Behavior modification. Then went on to finish the whole of Defense mechanism chapter incl videos.
It tired me out (I think I've done about 8 hrs today ) but I'm intent on keeping up my schedule, more so 'coz this next weekend is also going to be a waste of time .
Anyways I'm sleepy but I'll read the next chap before sleeping.

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Hey guys...I'm shooting for August as well.

It's going to be tight because I don't have a full-time schedule for studying, but it never hurts to try.

I'm glad to see that for some of you weekends are slow. I pretty much don't study at all during weekends (including Fridays) because I get distracted with family, summer days, winter days, rainy days...sunny days..etc.

Keep posting progression so we can see where we're at and see if Aug is doable.
Glad to see another one in the same boat, as in the distractions. Don't know myself whether Aug would be cutting too close. I haven't started any Qbanks yet and not even opened my FA.
I didn't make any schedule before and I need at least 8-9hrs sleep to stay functional. Now that I'm looking at it, need to put in too many hours a day .

Post your progress too.
Good luck to all of us. Better get started with the read now before the brain goes on strike.

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Day 4:
I just realized this morning that I had miscalculated the hours of my schedule and was happily taking time off. That worked up a huge backlog and got me really nervous. Especially since the weekend turned out to be a Real weekend with friends coming over and all.

Anyways, the panic did me good, I think.
Here's what I did today:
Finished the videos of Sexuality and Learning & Behavior modification. Then went on to finish the whole of Defense mechanism chapter incl videos.
It tired me out (I think I've done about 8 hrs today ) but I'm intent on keeping up my schedule, more so 'coz this next weekend is also going to be a waste of time .
Anyways I'm sleepy but I'll read the next chap before sleeping.



Glad to see another one in the same boat, as in the distractions. Don't know myself whether Aug would be cutting too close. I haven't started any Qbanks yet and not even opened my FA.
I didn't make any schedule before and I need at least 8-9hrs sleep to stay functional. Now that I'm looking at it, need to put in too many hours a day .

Post your progress too.
Good luck to all of us. Better get started with the read now before the brain goes on strike.
Good progress well I did 15 ques of UW to finish block which I left before weekend ..I did random untimed tutor mode ..got 70% also started CNS pharma Kaplan vids ..jus done with sedative hypnotics n alcohol..that's it ..will sleep in a while n looking forward for productive day tomrw ..I need to gear up with behavioural ..hey let's discuss in detail our study schedule n take account at end of day so that we remain accountable to each other ..good going friends ..all the best
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Day 5:

OK I think I will not remember anything that I studied today because I did it in such a hurry and worry state.
But I did finish these chapters:
Psychological health and testing, Human Development, Sleep disorders and Physician patient Relationship.
Started at 10 in the morning, dozed off at 1. Then started at 3:30PM. Continued till 5pm. took a break till 730pm and haven't got up since. It's 1am . I think I managed 10 hrs.

Now,
My back hurts, eyes hurt, brain hurts.

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Good progress well I did 15 ques of UW to finish block which I left before weekend ..I did random untimed tutor mode ..got 70% also started CNS pharma Kaplan vids ..jus done with sedative hypnotics n alcohol..that's it ..will sleep in a while n looking forward for productive day tomrw ..I need to gear up with behavioural ..hey let's discuss in detail our study schedule n take account at end of day so that we remain accountable to each other ..good going friends ..all the best
70%.. Good going!
I think if I can survive this madness till tomorrow I might finish (so to say) my first read of KLN tomorrow. I've been doing it for so long now that I'm fed up. Just want it to get over.
Keep me posted.. Good night!
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Day 5:

OK I think I will not remember anything that I studied today because I did it in such a hurry and worry state.
But I did finish these chapters:
Psychological health and testing, Human Development, Sleep disorders and Physician patient Relationship.
Started at 10 in the morning, dozed off at 1. Then started at 3:30PM. Continued till 5pm. took a break till 730pm and haven't got up since. It's 1am . I think I managed 10 hrs.

Now,
My back hurts, eyes hurt, brain hurts.



70%.. Good going!
I think if I can survive this madness till tomorrow I might finish (so to say) my first read of KLN tomorrow. I've been doing it for so long now that I'm fed up. Just want it to get over.
Keep me posted.. Good night!
oooowoooohhhh ..u finished BS ..wow..hey ma'am ....whats this..rapid fire i guess... anyhow..thats good..well i did half block of UW till now ..reading explainations n annotating on FA ..now itz evening n m dizzy ..will listen to kaplan vid pharma n BS..m planning to do anticonvulsants n learning beh n defense mechanism from BS ...bdw in which time zone are u????i mean which country..?
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oooowoooohhhh ..u finished BS ..wow..hey ma'am ....whats this..rapid fire i guess... anyhow..thats good..well i did half block of UW till now ..reading explainations n annotating on FA ..now itz evening n m dizzy ..will listen to kaplan vid pharma n BS..m planning to do anticonvulsants n learning beh n defense mechanism from BS ...bdw in which time zone are u????i mean which country..?
It's not Rapid Fire, more of a triple Marathon I guess. Just that, sometimes when I get anxious, I rush through things that make me anxious.
I will have to read & listen again but I just went ahead & did annotations from the videos of the chapters I mentioned. That's what I'll do today for the rest of the chapters if possible.
The quicker I finish the better, because I have premonitory symptoms of Burnout right now

Thanks to your idea of increasing playback speed I'm going much faster than before.
I'm going to finish BS today if possible. Woke up just now. Still groggy despite shower and breakfast. Hope to start in another hour.

I'm in India. Where are you?
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HI. Dr.bbazz..

I'm in the same boat as you ..i studied in india as well at present in the US?? which college in india are you in???

I'm in my first reading of kaplan..its taking me too long..i don' tknow y if its a scheduling problem..or timing scheduling problem..

i've been doing kaplan 1st reading since january...i'm not done yet.. i'm on behavioral science rite now...(kaplan doin the videos w/ notes) hoping to finish by may 12.. and I still have biochem, immuno, anatomy, micro and pharm to do...!!

I'm plannin to take my exam end of august or september... asi have my window period until september 30...

my first nbme i'm plannin to give mid june either june 15 or june 17...

wht u think of the plan? q's wise im tryin to do at least 20 a day..i'm not doing mixed yet...i'm gonna start mixed after my first read is over...
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I am in the same boat like you guys !! i have my exam also in this period !! we will do fine !! just keep the hard work going on !! and do your best !! god will not forget us !!
i still have to do pharma and pathology.. i hope i will be able to finish them before the end of this month, then i will do usmle world and first aid.. i hope my schedule will work..

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HI. Dr.bbazz..

I'm in the same boat as you ..i studied in india as well at present in the US?? which college in india are you in???

I'm in my first reading of kaplan..its taking me too long..i don' tknow y if its a scheduling problem..or timing scheduling problem..

i've been doing kaplan 1st reading since january...i'm not done yet.. i'm on behavioral science rite now...(kaplan doin the videos w/ notes) hoping to finish by may 12.. and I still have biochem, immuno, anatomy, micro and pharm to do...!!

I'm plannin to take my exam end of august or september... asi have my window period until september 30...

my first nbme i'm plannin to give mid june either june 15 or june 17...

wht u think of the plan? q's wise im tryin to do at least 20 a day..i'm not doing mixed yet...i'm gonna start mixed after my first read is over...
PM me your college. I'll PM you mine.
We have almost similar plans except that I'm about to finish the entire KLN which I started in Nov 2011. It takes woefully long.
Next week I'll post my weekly breakup for 14 weeks.
Better rush with your videos. I read the chap before and only take notes of topics that were not clear to me during the read (I usually star them while reading). & listen video now at 1.5x. I'll start FA next week. Frankly I've not even got the book delivered to me yet.

Why don't you post your detailed schedule. We can all give you focused advice then.
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I jinxed it. After doing that much yesterday I was in rebound today. Hardly studied. Now gearing up for a nighter. Will post whether I was able to get rid of my videos today or not.

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I am in the same boat like you guys !! i have my exam also in this period !! we will do fine !! just keep the hard work going on !! and do your best !! god will not forget us !!
i still have to do pharma and pathology.. i hope i will be able to finish them before the end of this month, then i will do usmle world and first aid.. i hope my schedule will work..

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Day 6:

I did it! I don't know how but I did .

I finished everything in BS except the Ethical and Legal issues. It's a buzz in my head but I finished the videos of:
DSM IV
Organic Disorders
Psychopharmacology.

Started at 9:30am. Took a break at 1pm. Took a nap. Started again at 430pm but took a break at 5pm. Started at 6pm and finished the above now with short breaks into this forum.

I won't do a nighter and won't do the next chapter coz I want to be very clear in my concepts on legal issues (Very weak area).
Ergo, will do that chapter tomorrow and then I can move on beyond KLN for the first time .

Serious burnout risk. So will finish this chap and take a break tomorrow.

Good night fellows in toil!
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Day 6:

I did it! I don't know how but I did .

I finished everything in BS except the Ethical and Legal issues. It's a buzz in my head but I finished the videos of:
DSM IV
Organic Disorders
Psychopharmacology.

Started at 9:30am. Took a break at 1pm. Took a nap. Started again at 430pm but took a break at 5pm. Started at 6pm and finished the above now with short breaks into this forum.

I won't do a nighter and won't do the next chapter coz I want to be very clear in my concepts on legal issues (Very weak area).
Ergo, will do that chapter tomorrow and then I can move on beyond KLN for the first time .

Serious burnout risk. So will finish this chap and take a break tomorrow.

Good night fellows in toil!
congratssss..for finishing it..even i didnt studied today ..donno whyyyyyy...as i was home today ..usually i study in library ..but didnt go today ...wasted my first half with cleaning etc then talking home ..watched amir khan's tv show which took me hour ..i donno why i did but it was good ..then after lunch took nap ..for 30 mins ..n now m gonna start with drugs used in anesthesia ,half uw n beh next chap..m done with biochem n long back did path n micro kaplan though i didnt knew path is to b done from goljan ..will start physio after completing pharma ..also path with it..still left with 85% of UW n my subscription is for 19 days only ..so i must gear up with UW...all the best friends ...bdw m from INDIA as well but right now in US..
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HI. Dr.bbazz..

I'm in the same boat as you ..i studied in india as well at present in the US?? which college in india are you in???

I'm in my first reading of kaplan..its taking me too long..i don' tknow y if its a scheduling problem..or timing scheduling problem..

i've been doing kaplan 1st reading since january...i'm not done yet.. i'm on behavioral science rite now...(kaplan doin the videos w/ notes) hoping to finish by may 12.. and I still have biochem, immuno, anatomy, micro and pharm to do...!!

I'm plannin to take my exam end of august or september... asi have my window period until september 30...

my first nbme i'm plannin to give mid june either june 15 or june 17...

wht u think of the plan? q's wise im tryin to do at least 20 a day..i'm not doing mixed yet...i'm gonna start mixed after my first read is over...
hi there ...m an indian as well n right now in US ..where in US r u?...nice to c u ..lets motivate each other..temme where do u stand in ur prep detailed ..what have u done till now.?..hope u doing qbank as well..guys plzzzz dont underestimate questions ...u have to do everyday regardless of how much u studied or where u stand in prep...itz all about ques ques ques...tease ur neurons with lots n lots of ques ...everyone of us has residual knowledge so come on buck up....
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congratssss..for finishing it..even i didnt studied today ..donno whyyyyyy...as i was home today ..usually i study in library ..but didnt go today ...wasted my first half with cleaning etc then talking home ..watched amir khan's tv show which took me hour ..i donno why i did but it was good ..then after lunch took nap ..for 30 mins ..n now m gonna start with drugs used in anesthesia ,half uw n beh next chap..m done with biochem n long back did path n micro kaplan though i didnt knew path is to b done from goljan ..will start physio after completing pharma ..also path with it..still left with 85% of UW n my subscription is for 19 days only ..so i must gear up with UW...all the best friends ...bdw m from INDIA as well but right now in US..
Good to know . Where in US? Get in touch with me on my email ID. I'll PM it to you. Today I will finish the last chapter and then do nothing. I am drained. Haven't slept properly for 3 days.
I'll start UWorld in earnest tomorrow. Today evening I will just decide on how many questions I can do per day from tomorrow. I can't study more than one thing at a time. I was hoping that my FA will reach today but no news from courier service .

I'm having severe rebound somnolence so I think I'll take a power nap and then start it. Legal issues are a bit of a problem because the laws are very different from here and frankly in my practice these last 4 years we were never bothered about any legal implications. Patients are so unaware here.

Good luck for the day's work.
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I did it! yayy!
Just finished Beh Science and with it, the first read of Entire KLN. Took me 5months but I'm through. It wouldn't have taken so long if I had gone at the speed I was making over past 3 days but then I might not have been alive today if I had been going like that all the time LOL!

Things I've been able to finish so far:
Kaplan Lecture notes (1 day before planned)
Kaplan QBank 2% in Random timed mode

The things I plan to do:
FA first read 15/05 onwards: 50pgs per day= ~10days (1.5hr)
second read 25/05 onwards: 75pgs per day= ~7days (1.5hr)
KLN run through without videos 02/06 to 30/06 = ~4wks (1.5hr)
UWORLD start on 11/05: Target 70ques/d = ~30 days (46+24ques blocks); 1.5hrs to do the block and 2hrs to go through wrong ones)
Kbank start on 11/05 Target 60ques/d = ~6weeks (30+30ques blocks); 75min to do the block and 1.5 hrs to go through the wrong ones.

That makes it a ~7.5hrs day. I can't do more than that physically.

Planned assessment test taking schedule:
UWSA 1
27/05
NBME 5 online 10/06
NBME 7 online 08/07
UWSA 2 22/07
NBME 11 online 29/07
NBME 12 online 12/08

Distractions:
Travel plans during this period till 30/06 (~10days total but not avoidable)

This schedule will have to be modified based on how much time I actually take to do individual things but looks good right now.
If I stick to this schedule I'll be able to finish FA two reads, UW and Kaplan Qbank by 30th Jun even with all the travel.

Then I can embark on the second run for 1 month (Jul) and work on weak areas (Aug). I plan to give the exam on 28/29th Aug if the spot is available.

I've not done the Kaplan Qbook and don't plan to do it because the general consensus seems it is useful, if at all, only after specific subject review. Any comments on that please.

Also any problems that anyone foresees? Is it too ambitious?

Off for the day. Need to recharge. Sooo chillax time begins!

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I think I should start a new thread but I'll do that only when I'm ready with the weekly breakup.

In the meantime, I was feeling like doing something yesterday so I picked up my QBook and did 1 test of each subject.
Got only 52-62% right, even on Behavioral Science which I had finished yesterday only

Starting UWorld today.
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Rude shock today!

I'm doing UW in Random timed test mode. Answered 70 questions (got a dismal 56% and 37% ) but finished reviewing only 40 in the whole day. I'm taking notes of the topics that looked really unfamiliar so it is taking so much time.
And I realized I don'r remember a word of Micro or Path which were the first subjects I finished about 3 month back.
I wasn't able to touch Kbank at all.

So the schedule is canned right away. Will have to come up with a new one. That will be done tomorrow since my brain is so saturated now.
First day with Qbank and it is so discouraging. Hopefully it will get better as I start my FA and revise KLN. :sorry:
I had planned no study for tomorrow but I think I'll have to squeeze in some time to see how much time the Kbank takes and then make a more practical schedule.

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Rude shock today!

I'm doing UW in Random timed test mode. Answered 70 questions (got a dismal 56% and 37% ) but finished reviewing only 40 in the whole day. I'm taking notes of the topics that looked really unfamiliar so it is taking so much time.
And I realized I don'r remember a word of Micro or Path which were the first subjects I finished about 3 month back.
I wasn't able to touch Kbank at all.

So the schedule is canned right away. Will have to come up with a new one. That will be done tomorrow since my brain is so saturated now.
First day with Qbank and it is so discouraging. Hopefully it will get better as I start my FA and revise KLN. :sorry:
I had planned no study for tomorrow but I think I'll have to squeeze in some time to see how much time the Kbank takes and then make a more practical schedule.

Good night for now!
don't worry doc..happens..u have sunny days and u have rainy days ..so b prepared for all days...n don't lose focus..this exam comes up with the craziest thing ever..n keep in consideration the time factor..like i have studied micro n path i guess year back n my prep was off n on..but i will start n all over again..like we used to have our prof exams..we didnt studied for year..but at time of exam..get all our tools ready..same is here n rather i more tuffer challenge..so have patience n b consistent...yeah about new schedule ..lemme jot down some thing for all my friends who gonna take step 1 in aug sept..i will b back with something acceptable n doable soon..till then all the best buddies,....
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Let me first see where I am in my prep:

Things I've been able to finish so far:
Kaplan Lecture notes
Kaplan QBank 2% in Random timed mode
UWorld 70 questions in Random timed mode, reviewed 40. I'm slow reader and I've finished 1 reading of my entire lecture notes so I'm doing it in Random Timed test mode.

This way I can revise a little of all the subjects which I have done earlier and also practice reading different types of questions at the same time. Otherwise I can't do more than one thing at a time e.g. if I'm thinking Micro I cannot think Pharm, so I need to tune my brain to switch between subjects in the integrated type of questions which are the norm in this exam. That is my real major weakness.
I'll improve the score as I get into the groove of it and start doing FA.

Good thing is we've some time still to make amends if we go wrong somewhere.

Now I'll have to put in much longer hours and more number of days than I planned in my original schedule above. This schedule will have to be modified now because time I'm actually taking to do questions from UWorld is like 5 times over (I could reveiw on 40 questions yesterday and did not even get to answering Kaplan Qbank). I plan to give the exam on 28/29th Aug if the spot is available.

I'm going to use FA as Crash review and then revise my KLN a second time more focused on my weaker areas.

Kaplan Qbook: don't plan to do it.
I've not done Goljan pathology because my main problem in pathology is identifying slides which you can't hear. However, most people vouch by it. So, if by some miracle I get 10 extra days to prep I'll hear them out once.

I'll draw up a 14 week modified (read Realistic) breakdown of my prep schedule and post it soon on new thread so that there is less clutter.
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I am planning to take step1 in august too ... good to c u all here...
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With my preparation I was in doubt if I would be able to take exam in august .
But after seeing this post, seems like i will be able to do it. Thanks a lot guys...
Have posted a new thread Test Aug 29: 14 Wks to go: next 7 days' schedule.
Check it out and do tell me if I can improve on it.
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But after seeing this post, seems like i will be able to do it. Thanks a lot guys...
Welcome doc ..yeah u can ..know what phobia of this exam is even greater than prep but staying focused is all that u need ..study at ur pace n above all have faith
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