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Old 10-30-2012
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Help Please I really need help and advise

HEllo EVERYONE

I'M SURE MOST OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH ME.. AS I HAVE BEEN USING THE FORUMS..VERY FREQUENTLY LATELY....

I'M IN THE MIDST OF THE JOURNEY TO PREPARING FOR STEP 1 AND YOU KNOW SOMETIMES IT JUST DRIVES YOU OFF THE WALL AND GO MAD:confus ed: THTS WHY I THOUGHT WHY NOT LEAN BACK ON MY FORUM FRIENDS FOR ADVICE AND HELP SO I CAN GET MYSELF BACK TOGETHER

HERE'S MY OVERALL HISTORY:

LAST SEPTEMBER 2011 TO jANUARY 2012: I WAS TAKING KAPLAN COACHING IN TORONTO ALONG WITH GOING TO CENTER TO WATCH VIDEOS WHICH I DID AFTER MY LIVE LECTURES ENDED IN NOVEMBER... I TOOK A BREAK IN DECEMBER AND IN JANUARY FEB MARCH I SLOWLY STARTED WATCHING KAPLAN VIDEOS ALL OVER AGAIN.. BUT VERY SLOW I HARDLY FINISHED A SUBJECT.. I ONLY FINISHED KAPLAN PHYSIO W/ VIDEO AND LECTURE NOTES IW ASN'T VERY PRODUCTIVE IN TORONTO OVERALL THOUGH

THEN APRIL 2012: I CAME HOME... I STARTED DOING KAPLAN PATHOLOGY( BARONE VIDEOS) THAT TOOK A MONTH B/C I WAS GETTIN ADJUSTED IN OUR NEW HOME ETC... TRYIN TO GET A PROPER SCHEDULE TOGETHER

MAY 2012: I WAS DOING BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE THE ENTIRE MONTH KAPLAN NOTES AND LECTURES

JUNE 2012: KAPLAN BIOCHEMISTRY VIDEOS AND LECTURE NOTES

JULY 2012: KAPLAN NEUROANATOMY VIDEOS AND LECTURE NOTES

AUGUST 2012: STARTED TO BECOME UNPRODUCTIVE AND SLOW... I TOOK 3 WEEKS TO DO KAPLAN IMMUNOLOGY LECTURES AND VIDEOS.....

STARTED KAPLAN MICRO.. BUT WAS GETTIN FRUSTRATED SO STOPPED AT CH.2

SEPTEMBER 2012: SEPT 11... I STARTED DOING FIRST AID FOR A CHANGE OF SCHEDULE...ALONG W/ DOING KAPLAN NOTES SIDEBY: BUT GOING VERY SLOW AGAIN...

OCTOBER 2012: SAME ROUTINE FIRST AID MORNING TIME... AND THEN AFTERNOON TRYIN TO DO KAPLAN NOTES BUT NOT GOING WELL

HERE IS MY PRESENT STATUS: I TOOK NBME FORM 12 ON AUG 11 2012 AND IT DIDN'T GO WELL AT ALL... I GOT BELOW PASS MARK
AND WHY I KEPT DRAGGING ON THE EXAM WAS B/C IN AUGUST SEPT OCT I HAD MANY DISTRACTIONS WHERE I LITERALLY LOST WEEKS OF STUDYING!!!

AND QUESTIONS WISE... I RENEWED BOTH MY UWORLD AND USMLERX SUBSCRIPTIONS... I'M NOT DOING MANY.... I DON'T KNOW HOW TO INCLUDE AND WHERE TO INCLUDE Q'S IN MY CURRENT SCHEDULE...

PARENTS AND ME ARE BOTH GETTIN FRUSTARATED.. MY COLLEGE IS GIVING ME A HARD TIME ON TOP OF ALL THIS.... SOOO I REALLY HAVE TO GIVE MY EXAM BY THE END OF DECEMBER.. WHICH GIVES ME A GOOD 2 MONTHS..

WITH MY CURRENT SITUATION.. CAN ANYONE PLZZ HELP ME WHOEVER IS STUDYING CURRENTLY OR HAVE PASSED STEP 1? WHT SHOULD I DO? :sorry::sorry:

RIGHT NOW MORNING I'M DOING FIRST AID: SAY FROM 10-1PM: I HAVE FINISHED 9 CHAPTERS SO FAR SINCE I STARTED ON SEPT 11... BUT AFTERNOON TIME AFTER LUNCH I'M NOT BEING VERY PRODUCTIVE? WHAT TIME AND WHERE CAN I INCLUDE KAPLAN AND Q'S????

AND ALSO I GET REALLY DISTRACTED ONCE I OPEN MY LAPTOP... I KEEP GOING ON YOUTUBE ETC.. AND HOURS WASTE BY... CAN ANYONE TELL ME ANY OTHER WAY TO TAKE BETTER PRODUCTIVE BREAKS? WHICH ARE NOT TIME WASTING??? THANK YOU

IM SORRY IF I SOUND CONFUSED.. BUT I TRIED MY BEST TO PUT OUT WHTS GOING ON WITH ME RIGHT NOW!!! I'LL ANSWER NE EXTRA Q'S.. I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE A SOLUTION TO MY CONFUSING LIFE RIGHT NOW...

THANK YOU FRIENDS
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I am not an expert but spending so much time in each subject for 1 read is most of the time not much productive. I had this personal experience with my biochem. When i spent total 1 months in biochem (at the starting of my prep) but later didn't retained much of information. I think this is the situation with most of us.
One of my senior advised that take shortest time possible for 1st read and then reinforce stuff in second read.
In your case, I recommend take any NBME (with that score predictor) and dig out your week areas and then work on those. Don't be shared or dishearted by low score. As you will get proper insight on your prep.

Hope it helps. Best of luck
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