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Hi,

I have been preparing from the march of 2012 for step 1!

I started it in March but had a lot of distractions at home, since I had just got back home after staying in another city for my undergaraduate, finally I started my prep seriously around June by then I had completed reading Kaplan lecture notes and videos together for a few subjects, so by August I was done reading Kaplan one round some subjects even twice and then I subscribed Kaplan Qbank and completed three fourth of it and the subscribed for uworld and I thought I would get a decent score since I have read Kaplan books and did Kaplan q bank, but then I got a shock I scored btwn 30 and 40 and I freaked out Booz three four tests I even ended up getting in 20's!

So then I again I went back to Kaplan books and videos, I did uworld again got in 40's and then I went back down to 30 and 20, so basically I used to do a test or two go back to Kaplan and other materials like best, Goldman and finally I have wasted two months with like just doing 20 tests and stil I get in 40 to 60's. I am so depressed and I don't know what to do, I can't give this exam up, this is my dream and I was a really good student in my undergraduate days and now I am so depressed.

I felt like I understood the subject and got the concept but I don't know where I am lacking!!! I have exactly 3 months for my extension period to get over and I need to get back my confidence and just give this exam! I just need some advice and motivation and I have came to u guys in the forum to guide me in the right way.

PLS HELP ME........

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People who have done the test say that you have to read First aid 6 or 7 times cover to cover to get good marks....also dont be depressed, you can do it!
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also you have to know First aid word by word.
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When get a question wrong, ask yourself why? why did I get it wrong? Is it because I don't know the subject, is it because I did not read the question carefully, is it because I missing the important clues, ...etc

If you work this way, you will find your exam taking weaknesses and work hard to improve them.

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READ THE EXPLANATIONS CAREFULLY AND UNDERSTAND EACH AND EVERY WRONG OPTION (AND WHY EACH ONE IS WRONG) AS WELL AS THE RIGHT ONE (AND WHY IT IS RIGHT). I KNOW IT SOUND PAINSTAKING BUT THAT IS WHAT THE USMLE IS AND THAT IS WHAT IT TAKES TO GET A HIGH SCORE. IT'S ONLY ONCE IN YORU LIFE. THINK ABOUT IT. NOTHING WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD IS EVERY EASY.

SO BUCKLE DOWN, MAN UP, AND HIT THOSE BOOKS HARDER THAN YOU HAVE EVER HIT ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE. TAKE A COURSE IF YOU NEED. READ FIRST AID AGAIN, OR FOCUS ON SEPARATE AREAS OF WEAKNESS (PATHO OR PHYSIO BY USING GOLD STANDARD REVIEW MATERIAL FOR THOSE DOMAINS (I.E. - COSTANZO OR PHYSIO, HUSSAIN OR GOLJAN FOR PATHO, ETC...) ALL WILL BULK UP YOUR BOTTOM LINE AND ADD POINTS TO YOUR SCORE.
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You know the information, you don't know how to take tests.
Take NMBE, I think it is better to take 6 for now.

This helped me Increase my NMBE scores 40 points. Sorry don't have time to explain, but I hope it helps.

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hello everyone, can anyone suggest me what should i do even i am not getting good percentage in u world it range from 34% to 45%.and i am not able to revise my review book(medessential) i only do u world it is so tedious barely i can finish 46 questions(it takes me 10 hrs to finish it and hardly time is left for revision.

while reviewing ans of u world i feel .... man i know this thing but then i don't know why i make those mistakes. and ya one more thing i am doing kaplan medessential and not first aid. and for explanation i have to write a lot. do people write that much in first aid or first aid has almost everything that u world ask or explain.

can pls some one suggest me some thing.
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Please some one guide me what should i do?
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When get a question wrong, ask yourself why? why did I get it wrong? Is it because I don't know the subject, is it because I did not read the question carefully, is it because I missing the important clues, ...etc

If you work this way, you will find your exam taking weaknesses and work hard to improve them.

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sir sometime i unable to revolve mine mind i forgot material because i have left study material like lectures notes,first aid 6months ago after that i have started online qbank and now doing uworld,but i am getting problem in recalling stuff what ever i have studied,thats why am getting score between 50-60 what should i do for that? should i continue the uworld or revise the study stuff again and wanna to pass it with good score which is mine dream, 4years IMG thats why for geting residency i must pass it with good score otherwise i have less chances to get residency
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Please some one guide me what should i do?
i have not taken step 1 yet.. but am preparing for it
i'm using First aid and i do write on it ALOT.. even use post it stickers.. big ones .. i do my own notes to put things together too..
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You can try highliting the key features of the question stem like the symptoms of the patient, age and risk factors, this has helped me to *summarize* the question and also helps you think in a *list of problems* way and this way is easier for your brain to connect the dots, also read the question and answers first to get your brain into thinking into the right track for example if the question is asking about a molecular thing it will get your brain into "thinking molecular" or if the question is asking about a diagnosis it helps you "to think clinical" so first read the question and answers and then the whooe thing while highliting the key stuff and then just skim the key stuff, it really is faster than it sounds, it has helped me a lot, hope itmhelps you too
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