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First Aid FA page limit in a day.

I am down to my last month of prep and i found a schedule that says we should finish FA in 11 days time. which I guess sounds fair since people on here say they can finish it in a weeks time.
so I was wondering is doing like 35-50 pages a day possible along with a block or 2 of world questions in 10-12 hrs a day?
i guess it depends on the depth of knowledge we have. but thats just so intense man especially without a break in between days.
any suggestions as to how to better distribute my time to stay on track.
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You mentioned you are in your last month of prep. I hope your doing a second round of UW and a revision of FA? (ideally)

If so, 2 blocks a day with a quick reading of several pages of FA is possible in 10-12 hours.

If your still doing the first round of UW I recommend you slow down and and do 2 blocks of UW thoroughly and then if you have spare time revise few pages of FA daily. Concentrate on finishing UW first. Then use first aid and your notes for revision. Rushing through UW will do no good and the same goes for FA.

As for breaks -It is very subjective. Some people study for 10 hours a day and then relax. Others study really intense for 6 days a week and then relax for a whole day. You are the best judge of how your body and mind function. All I can say is, don't wind yourself too tight. The weeks before the exam can be quite exhausting and giving your mind time to relax is really important. A calm and well rested brain will add dramatically to your score .

I hope this helps you. GL!
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hey geo82,yeah this is my 2nd round of UW,i did DIT 2012 as well.so i think it is more like a revision of FA - if it can be called that by now.
i have such bad recall it surprises me.i get stuck in questions trying to remember the small points that will lead me to the answer but more often than not im left with 2 choices and at those situations its just 50/50 for me when for others they have more of an inclination towards the right answer.
i assume for now that putting as much of the FA facts into my head will help me along with the UW obviously so i dont lose the familiarity of solving questions.
the schedule im following (i uploaded as an attachment) is the last 2 weeks of prep where everything from FA is covered and its an average of 44 pages a day (which is quite hard to do).and i plan to do few more nbmes along the way.
if you have any suggestions of changing the plan i will gladly hear them.
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You mentioned you are in your last month of prep. I hope your doing a second round of UW and a revision of FA? (ideally)

If so, 2 blocks a day with a quick reading of several pages of FA is possible in 10-12 hours.

If your still doing the first round of UW I recommend you slow down and and do 2 blocks of UW thoroughly and then if you have spare time revise few pages of FA daily. Concentrate on finishing UW first. Then use first aid and your notes for revision. Rushing through UW will do no good and the same goes for FA.

As for breaks -It is very subjective. Some people study for 10 hours a day and then relax. Others study really intense for 6 days a week and then relax for a whole day. You are the best judge of how your body and mind function. All I can say is, don't wind yourself too tight. The weeks before the exam can be quite exhausting and giving your mind time to relax is really important. A calm and well rested brain will add dramatically to your score .

I hope this helps you. GL!
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Your plan and schedule seem fine provided you can stick to it.

A few things that helped me :

If your not able to complete the set plan for a particular day, don't start next morning by trying to finish the previous day's work. Start with the new day's plan and if and only if you finish, proceed to complete some of the previous day's lag. This will prevent your whole study plan from being moved around.

Spare some time towards the end to go through the last few pages of FA thoroughly. Those tabular columns,key associations, labs, slides and images have answers to several questions in the real exam. Do not just give a quick glance- make sure you know it well.

Im not sure about the newer FA editions. I used 2010 FA and it had a bonus Microbiology section that I had to print out. I found the bonus material very useful and even used the same for my step 2 preparations.

I also tried to finish my NBME's atleast 1 week prior to exam. This way I know where I stand and can make neccessary additions to my study plan. Doing an exam just the night before and or even 2 days before can play on your nerves. Specially so, if you don't score well. Then you will spend vital time fretting about your score, guessing or estimating the accuracy of various NBME's, whether you should change dates, etc etc.So do NBME's early and correct your mistakes.

Do not forget to do the free 150 Q's. This will familiarise you to the layout of the exam, breaks, labs, calculator , adjusting volume etc. This helps to save time by skipping the tutorial for the real exam.

I hope this helps and GL!
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will do,im finding it hard to finish reviewing 2 uworld blocks and finish my fa pages everyday but i will try and stick to doing everydays task 1st.

yup,i plan to give 1 nbme this sunday and then (because ive heard on here that we must simulate a full day exam mode once atleast - so im going to do nbme15 and nbme13 on the 15th of this month which should be after my full reading of FA - so hopefully i get scores that are positive.
from then on i have 15 days to do whatever it takes to clear the exam - so i guess i could make changes to the schedule then.

you mean the practice test at prometrics right? yeah i plan to do that on the 16th of this month.or is there another 150 questions i should look into?
god i dont know if feeling this way is normal,but ive come to a point where i just hope i pass.
if i get around 190-200 in my nbme's do you think i should give the exam.ive never really aimed for the high 230 -240.well i cant really postpone it anymore either cause 31st is the last date - any other delay would involve a new form,but ive been studying for over a year now and i cant bear to have to do so for any more months.oh well i wont bore you with my sob stories,
but geo82 thanks for taking time out and replying,and thanks for all the tips.will use them as best i can.

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Your plan and schedule seem fine provided you can stick to it.

A few things that helped me :

If your not able to complete the set plan for a particular day, don't start next morning by trying to finish the previous day's work. Start with the new day's plan and if and only if you finish, proceed to complete some of the previous day's lag. This will prevent your whole study plan from being moved around.

Spare some time towards the end to go through the last few pages of FA thoroughly. Those tabular columns,key associations, labs, slides and images have answers to several questions in the real exam. Do not just give a quick glance- make sure you know it well.

Im not sure about the newer FA editions. I used 2010 FA and it had a bonus Microbiology section that I had to print out. I found the bonus material very useful and even used the same for my step 2 preparations.

I also tried to finish my NBME's atleast 1 week prior to exam. This way I know where I stand and can make neccessary additions to my study plan. Doing an exam just the night before and or even 2 days before can play on your nerves. Specially so, if you don't score well. Then you will spend vital time fretting about your score, guessing or estimating the accuracy of various NBME's, whether you should change dates, etc etc.So do NBME's early and correct your mistakes.

Do not forget to do the free 150 Q's. This will familiarise you to the layout of the exam, breaks, labs, calculator , adjusting volume etc. This helps to save time by skipping the tutorial for the real exam.

I hope this helps and GL!
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"you mean the practice test at prometrics right? yeah i plan to do that on the 16th of this month.or is there another 150 questions i should look into?"

I mean the practice 150 Q on the usmle website..

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