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I have previously been studying fairly well studying about 10 hours a day, but for the past week or so I wake up and sleep at my normal time, but I have just been sitting at my desk and not concentrating or reading anything! I have done the same thing for about the last 5 days. Has anyone else felt this way? My exam is in 2 months and I still have a lot to do. I am getting worried. Thanks friends.
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I have previously been studying fairly well studying about 10 hours a day, but for the past week or so I wake up and sleep at my normal time, but I have just been sitting at my desk and not concentrating or reading anything! I have done the same thing for about the last 5 days. Has anyone else felt this way? My exam is in 2 months and I still have a lot to do. I am getting worried. Thanks friends.
I am feeling the same for last 5 days, its just that i have time for my exam. I just don't know why i am not able to study much.
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I've gone through so many of these episodes recently myself. The good news is something always kicks you back but the bad news is usually you can't tell what will...

I have heard from people, variously, that any of the following things might help:

1) Taking a break - watching a movie, dinner with family / friends
2) Not taking a break - in fact taking the subject you know least about and you're most scared of and doing questions in that so that you get like a 30% score and you freak out and go back to studying.
3) Propranolol - 40-80mg
4) Caffeine - 1 tab q4h (NoDoz or Vivarin or a double shot of espresso)
5) Some "intimate time" with a significant or "not so significant other" - no foreplay or pillow talk though
6) Prayer
7) Talking to people right here on this forum
and last but not least
8) Some alone time with your thoughts and no books.

Okay, I might be joking about a few of the ideas, but my point is that whatever kicks you back will be something unique to you. Maybe it's your own desire to finally deal with this monster once and for all. Maybe it's simply that your schedule requires you to complete a certain amount of material whether you're mentally there or not and while you plod along something catches your interest like a really cool picture or a disease case history you find on the internet.

Whatever you do though, remember the ultimate goal and don't worry about the bumps along the way. Today or tomorrow we will all finish this and laugh about how tough it was for us. It's a temporary mental block and 2 months is plenty of time to overcome it successfully and to come out with flying colours.

Good luck!
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Well, this happens to me every now and then, and ironically it happened today! I had planned to study today as usual, but I woke up pretty annoyed and so I decided to take today off. I've been studying for the last 5 days. If you're not taking one day off per week, you should do so.

Ironically, although I intended to forget all about the USMLE today (defense mechanism: suppression ), I still couldn't help not visiting the forums!! So I think it's no use -- there's no escape from this exam!!
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