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Question What to do in the last week?

Hi guys,

My exam is in a week. I'm not even able to study anymore. I'm so bored and tired . Is this a common feeling that everyone has? I'm just so impatient n dying to get this over with.

I open the books but with no concentration. I'm worried that I'm gonna forget everything and all my hard work is gonna go to a waste if I keep doing this in my last days.

Does anyone have any advice on how to stay focused .. esp in the last days?? HELP!

Plus, if anyone took Zolpidem the night before the test, please please share that experience too because I'm planning on taking it. I'm a chronic anxious insomniac, I'm sure i wont be able to sleep without it but i hope i AM able to sleep after taking it.

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I feel the last week is the most important.

Since step 1 facts are very volatile, we have to go through almost everything in a week before the exam so that it'll all be fresh.
It's as if we've been training for months and months just to acquire the ability to go through step 1 in a week.

Motivate yourself at whatever cost, this period is crucial.

Proceed with a "scorched-earth" strategy.
Meaning, remind yourself with every concept you are reviewing that the next time you will see this piece of information will be on the exam. Therefore, do not just casually and passively review it but truly burn and destroy it before proceeding to your next concept.

Regarding the zolpidem, some of my friends highly recommended it, and some did not.
So, i suggest trying it during this week before the night of your exam.
I tried midazolam last night because of the loud noises around my house. Despite all the chaos around me, I fell asleep in an hour, and woke up the next day very relaxed and calm.
Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing!

Good luck

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I feel the last week is the most important.

Since step 1 facts are very volatile, we have to go through almost everything in a week before the exam so that it'll all be fresh.
It's as if we've been training for months and months just to acquire the ability to go through step 1 in a week.

Motivate yourself at whatever cost, this period is crucial.

Proceed with a "scorched-earth" strategy.
Meaning, remind yourself with every concept you are reviewing that the next time you will see this piece of information will be on the exam. Therefore, do not just casually and passively review it but truly burn and destroy it before proceeding to your next concept.

Regarding the zolpidem, some of my friends highly recommended it, and some did not.
So, i suggest trying it during this week before the night of your exam.
I tried midazolam last night because of the loud noises around my house. Despite all the chaos around me, I fell asleep in an hour, and woke up the next day very relaxed and calm.
Don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing!

Good luck

I'm having troubles sleeping, everything was okay until yesterday (my exam is on July/31)... Today I slept until almost 5 am and I just wake up right now (6:15 am). I'm doing my last review of all the material for the last time... so I won't allow myself to sleep (I need to follow my schedule).

I'm gonna kill step 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Because I'm a Voodoo Child)
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No matter how tempting it is to stay up late to finish your schedule for the day, STOP AND GO TO SLEEP!

If your schedule must be followed and you don't have any catching-up days, then wake up earlier and do it then.

Your biological clock needs to be adjusted during the week before the exam.

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No matter how tempting it is to stay up late to finish your schedule for the day, STOP AND GO TO SLEEP!

If your schedule must be followed and you don't have any catching-up days, then wake up earlier and do it then.

Your biological clock needs to be adjusted during the week before the exam.

Good luck to all of us
Thank you man... Actually, I went to sleep at 11pm but I was unable to fall asleep I'll try to rest (If I can)
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your feelings are understandable, almost everyone feels like that, i also felt like that.
suggestion is to focus on small task at hand, try not to focus on what will happen or how the exam will go, if you have done well in nbmes and work hard just remind it to your self, talk to some close friend, someone who knows what you are going through and can easen up your load, talk to your family, goal is not to let anxiety distract you from last review, although it doesnt make a huge difference but having reviewed well in last days gives you a great sense of calmness and sense of preparedness, try to finish everything a day before and on last day dont study especially after 4-5 pm
and if you feel anxiety then do something to distract your thoughts.

read the tips given in the Step1Qbook if you can they are good and helpful for the exam day.

Best of luck for the exam, visualize of being successful , you'll do great
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Thanks for the help guys. Midazolam isnt OTc is it? well i got some zolpidem from back home(another country) but i cant get stuff like midazolam here .. but its probably a better option i think. waking up fresh is good man!!
Yeah im trying to review everything. its sucha pain!!
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I'm having troubles sleeping, everything was okay until yesterday (my exam is on July/31)... Today I slept until almost 5 am and I just wake up right now (6:15 am). I'm doing my last review of all the material for the last time... so I won't allow myself to sleep (I need to follow my schedule).

I'm gonna kill step 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Because I'm a Voodoo Child)
haha but make sure ur getting at least 8hours of sleep every night!! i would do anything to get that. I spend at least10 hours "trying" to sleep but its mostly tossing and turning with only 5-6hrs of sleep
So if ur sleepy all the time, it's a good thing!! ask insomniacs
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your feelings are understandable, almost everyone feels like that, i also felt like that.
suggestion is to focus on small task at hand, try not to focus on what will happen or how the exam will go, if you have done well in nbmes and work hard just remind it to your self, talk to some close friend, someone who knows what you are going through and can easen up your load, talk to your family, goal is not to let anxiety distract you from last review, although it doesnt make a huge difference but having reviewed well in last days gives you a great sense of calmness and sense of preparedness, try to finish everything a day before and on last day dont study especially after 4-5 pm
and if you feel anxiety then do something to distract your thoughts.

read the tips given in the Step1Qbook if you can they are good and helpful for the exam day.

Best of luck for the exam, visualize of being successful , you'll do great
Hey thanks for the advice. The problem is i just moved to a new place 2 months ago, have been busy with prep since then. i have no friends at all here.

What's this Step1Qbook?? Is it available as a pdf file?

Yeah and can you tell me how the pictures/radiographs were in the exam? I dont know if i should spend my time googling the MRiI's and stuff bcz u find like a zillion of them n makes you more anxious. I have looked at all the radiographs frm UW and NBME questions. I didnt really have a problem with them. Electron micrographs and slides were a bit of a problem but i dont think i can improve on that now. lol. Were they identifiable?
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Hey thanks for the advice. The problem is i just moved to a new place 2 months ago, have been busy with prep since then. i have no friends at all here.

What's this Step1Qbook?? Is it available as a pdf file?

Yeah and can you tell me how the pictures/radiographs were in the exam? I dont know if i should spend my time googling the MRiI's and stuff bcz u find like a zillion of them n makes you more anxious. I have looked at all the radiographs frm UW and NBME questions. I didnt really have a problem with them. Electron micrographs and slides were a bit of a problem but i dont think i can improve on that now. lol. Were they identifiable?
you are welcome, Step1Qbook is available in pdf , PM me your email address i'll send you. Well do not bother about imaging stuff now, if you have done few basics that is fine, i had CTs and Xrays one or 2 MRIs but didnt have a single EM. the clinical scenraio is very helpful in most of them but if your good at radiologic anatomy then u know the moment you see the question that you have got the right answer, same is true with pathology slides, i made several diagnosis just by looking at the slides reading the scenario was just a formality after that. i hope you got the point!
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the way i did long questions was that i read the last line of question 1st and then the rest of question to know 1st that what am i is asked? diagnosis/ mechanisms etc
in my exam most common question was what is most likely diagnosis?
in these type of questions the additional info like pathology slides or imaging would aid to diagnosis.
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