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Hello all, i have just finished my read of first aid with kaplan notes and i feel like i do not remember anything. I have not done any questions yet because i feel as if i should read first aid and kaplan notes again is this normal?
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Should i do Kaplan Q book and then usmleworld or start doing uworld right off ?
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Yes. It is normal to feel that you are forgetting what you read. The best way to cement that knowledge is actually doing what you are trying to avoid, that is questions. It is advisable to start doing some easy subject based questions after reading.

Also, dont feel discouraged when you start doing qbanks and get wrong some of the stuff that you have been reading and supposedly have knowledge about. The questions are there for practice, and its normal to make mistakes, even more if you have read the review books only once. Your level will continue to increase as you do more questions.

If you have time, you can, and should do both qbanks, and then NBMEs or another qbank like RxUsmle. If you do not have time, then you should go for Uworld, by consensus it is the most important and best qbank out there.
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Yes. It is normal to feel that you are forgetting what you read. The best way to cement that knowledge is actually doing what you are trying to avoid, that is questions. It is advisable to start doing some easy subject based questions after reading.

Also, dont feel discouraged when you start doing qbanks and get wrong some of the stuff that you have been reading and supposedly have knowledge about. The questions are there for practice, and its normal to make mistakes, even more if you have read the review books only once. Your level will continue to increase as you do more questions.

If you have time, you can, and should do both qbanks, and then NBMEs or another qbank like RxUsmle. If you do not have time, then you should go for Uworld, by consensus it is the most important and best qbank out there.
thx for this advice i needed this as well,
i have been getting 60-70% on usmle world and i was starting to feel down about it , would u consider this normal or should i go back to that topic again , i feel like im not lacking knowledge i know the stuff but somehow i still get it wrong sometimes
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Most people will say that they around 65-75% of average correct answers in Uworld. If you fail in a certain question more than once then that is a sign you need to revisit that topic. But dont get discouraged or happy for what Uworld qbank says, because it doesnt give you any real predictive value. That said, many people use Uworld with their books open, taking breaks, on the bus, while eating, before going to sleep, during work etc, so those numbers are not accurate at all. Same goes for any qbank. For real or closer assessment, do the self assessment tests and NBMEs, or Rx simulations.

And as I said, the more questions you do, the less mistakes you are going to do, you will see that you will develop what some call the "knee jerk reflex", meaning that you will recognize buzzwords on the fly and automatically be thinking on the possible answers.
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