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Help Old Grad (3 years). Prep taking longer than expected.

Not sure if this is normal, or if I should speed things up.

I graduated back in 2010. Was an above average medical student, and did well on course exams during the basis science years.

I started my prep towards end of December 2012. So it's been about 4 months. In all honesty, I've used books like Costanzo Physiology (big) which I pretty much completed, and also Lippincott Biochemistry (which I realize was a complete mistake). Right now, my sources are strictly KAPLAN. and for micro: CMMRS. And Patho: Pathoma. (keeping it simple)

I feel that especially the first month or so, it's been about just exposing myself to the topics, and getting a feel for exam topics. I'm just worried, because I feel that it's taking me too long now. I don't feel its normal to be studying for this long. How are others able to study within 3 months and take the exam?

As an old grad, I feel that I needed the extra time, and now the pace seems to be picking up. I just can't imagine ever needing only 3 months to prepare (initially, my date to take the exam was actually end of FEB 2012!).

Also, I have another thing. I have family members (with good intentions) asking me when I'm taking the exam. And they want a specific date. Just wondering if it's normal for old grads to sometimes study for 4 months or a little longer. I honestly did not anticipate this for myself. Granted, some of the weeks this past 4 months feels totally wasted on Biochemistry, and some 'partly' on Pharm (now that i know kaplan + FA + uworld really is enough).

I'm going to make sure the Pace picks up now. But also, can't help but wonder if this sort of time course is normal for old grads? do i need to pull my socks up? thanks for any input.
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My friend pull ur socks up to where? U r not old grad at all and also u hv not wasted ur time on biochem and pharm as well.
I can see u were not set to write the exams in feb2012. U thought it to urself but didn't pin urself down to study. Now u r ready I think so. It's very normal to study for 3 months and write the exams also very normal to student for 10 months and write the exams becos multiple factors go into it
Full time or not, medical knowledge background, ur target score etc.
I am studying for 7 months and working too.
My advice is that plan ur preparatn set date in mind and work towards it. The key is consistency and look at ur vision guy and u would ace the step.
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My friend pull ur socks up to where? U r not old grad at all and also u hv not wasted ur time on biochem and pharm as well.
I can see u were not set to write the exams in feb2012. U thought it to urself but didn't pin urself down to study. Now u r ready I think so. It's very normal to study for 3 months and write the exams also very normal to student for 10 months and write the exams becos multiple factors go into it
Full time or not, medical knowledge background, ur target score etc.
I am studying for 7 months and working too.
My advice is that plan ur preparatn set date in mind and work towards it. The key is consistency and look at ur vision guy and u would ace the step.
i recognise the unique nigerian flavour in your reply. How far guy?
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i recognise the unique nigerian flavour in your reply. How far guy?
Hey are u in Nigeria?
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i recognise the unique nigerian flavour in your reply. How far guy?
Am ur brother but not a Nigerian may be I would visit Nigeria some day since I hv a Nigerian flavor!
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Am ur brother but not a Nigerian may be I would visit Nigeria some day since I hv a Nigerian flavor!

Yeah, I'm in Nigeria. I could've sworn you were Nigerian . Anyways, nice to meet u.
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Yeah, I'm in Nigeria. I could've sworn you were Nigerian . Anyways, nice to meet u.
I have some Nigerian friends and a couple of them in my med school so probably I picked some good flavor from them. Nice meeting you too.
How is the preparation getting one with u?
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I have some Nigerian friends and a couple of them in my med school so probably I picked some good flavor from them. Nice meeting you too.
How is the preparation getting one with u?
It's great, a bit challenging though, since I'm currently in a residency program here. Notwithstanding I'm ecstatic about the possibilities that await me and also that I finally got around to take the decision to do this after 2 years of feet-dragging.
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I have some Nigerian friends and a couple of them in my med school so probably I picked some good flavor from them. Nice meeting you too.
How is the preparation getting one with u?
How's yours? What challenges are u dealing with?
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How's yours? What challenges are u dealing with?
Well the same wind is blowing here. I have also spent two years and a month of dillydalling only to break from the dawdle. But now staying very focused and consistent. The challenges are enormous.
Combing work with studies, cost intensive, abondoning some social responsibilities biochemistry giving me headache etc. u know what I mean.
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Well the same wind is blowing here. I have also spent two years and a month of dillydalling only to break from the dawdle. But now staying very focused and consistent. The challenges are enormous.
Combing work with studies, cost intensive, abondoning some social responsibilities biochemistry giving me headache etc. u know what I mean.
Yeeeeahh, I know exactly what you mean. Keep the fire burning bro (I'll do likewise), you can get anywhere in this world by taking a step at a time.
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hello guys, i am nearly in the same situation, I am graduate of 2008. would anybody pleeeaaaassseee tell me do i have chance if I start preparing for the exam now ?????
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hello guys, i am nearly in the same situation, I am graduate of 2008. would anybody pleeeaaaassseee tell me do i have chance if I start preparing for the exam now ?????
I'm am IMG, graduated december 2008, started preparing for step 1 16 days ago. I have an acquaintance, graduated 2006, matched in march this year, to start residency in June/july. He gave Step 2 ck last year (6 yrs post-graduation). There're quite a number of programs that accept IMGs within 8-10yrs of graduation. So get busy, it's still very much within your grasp.
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I am an IMG, graduated last year and started studying for STEP 1 on May of 2012. I´ve never had experience with this type of questions or test taking, there is nothing I have done before that resembles the USMLE STEP1.

I havent seen basic sciences in about 5 years, I have to review everything, basically I have to relearn all the stuff and even learn new stuff, but now in English. Many people told me that I should study for 6 months, when I got to the 4th month, I realized I needed a lot more. So im taking the STEP1 on the 17th of June, more than a year since I first opened the ECFMG homepage to inquire about the USMLE.

I had a very slow start, and I also see myself as a very slow learner, I need to take my time, and 1 year for STEP 1 preparation is just about right for me. I praise the people that can study for 3 months, they have the ability to cram everything in a short amount of time, they have the advantage of being fresh out of basic sciences courses, and having the same language. Not me though, im very confident on how Im preparing myself.

That said, I think its normal to take YOUR time, and if that is longer than what is usually expected, then so be it, don't rush it. But I would suggest choosing a date for your exam, making the payments and everything, that will put some pressure on, and you will finally be able to tell your relatives when your exam is.

A small quote to raise your spirit:

"Dress me slowly, for I am in great rush" -Napoleon Bonaparte, to his valet at the eve of battle.
Means you need to do things slowly to get them right.
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I'm am IMG, graduated december 2008, started preparing for step 1 16 days ago. I have an acquaintance, graduated 2006, matched in march this year, to start residency in June/july. He gave Step 2 ck last year (6 yrs post-graduation). There're quite a number of programs that accept IMGs within 8-10yrs of graduation. So get busy, it's still very much within your grasp.
thank you for cheering me up Bro, really appreciate it. if you don't have a study partner i ll be honored to start the journey with you if you are interested. waiting for your reply , regards.
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thank you for cheering me up Bro, really appreciate it. if you don't have a study partner i ll be honored to start the journey with you if you are interested. waiting for your reply , regards.
Sure, why not? We need all the help we can get.
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