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Old 09-30-2009
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Unhappy Can't remember anything!

I just finished Kaplan books one time reading
I feel that I don't remember anything
I am working and the reading took more than 9 months

What should I do

I am really scared
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Default Forgetfullness Syndrome

This is completely normal
We all had this feeling
Don't worry about it

YOu have two options
if you have time, go and read kaplan a second time and it will be much faster reading

if you don't have time, start doing questions right away and you'll find yourself remembering more than 70% of the materials, the 30% wiped out u can refresh it gradually as you do the questions

I repeat, this is completely normal specially for an old grad

Good luck my friend
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Don't let this stop u
You've already done a great job finishing the first reading

You'll do fine

Just do what usmleupload told you
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hey that sounds familiar! I had not finished my first reading till about 25 days prior to the exam.

what you should do is start Uworld immediately, and dont think of it as a test initially.consider it more studying, coz the explanations are so detailed, that you end up covering much more material than the question itself. But make sure that you do at least one 48 question test everyday. Go through all the explanations, even if they seem repetitive, coz thats how it gets engraved in your mind.

keep the last week before the exam purely for First Aid. its a lifesaver

if you do even this much, you'll do well.

best of luck with the prep!
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This is normal for any 1 esp if he has a job & a family but the best thing is to solve lots & lots of MCQs it will help you a lot to focus on imp things
GL to all of us
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Step 1 preparation should take months and years and it's accumilatioin of knowledge over time you cannot do it in matter of weeks
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Don't worry that you can't recall the information you read with the snap of your fingers! I can assure you that the information you read is deep down inside you somewhere. So now you should start doing the Qbanks, when you don't understand a question, then refer back to your notes. Repeat this and I am sure that information will be ingraved into your skin! Inseperable! So don't worry, just start applying those info asap with the Qbanks!!
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Step 1 preparation should take months and years and it's accumilatioin of knowledge over time you cannot do it in matter of weeks
Thats true and I agree but for students especially IMGS going through an Accelerated University course it might be difficult for them,much less for an old grad who when through an Accelerated course. But reading everything in one go with just passin the exam in mind is not a good things, MCQ's with explanations should always follow
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Thats true and I agree but for students especially IMGS going through an Accelerated University course it might be difficult for them,much less for an old grad who when through an Accelerated course. But reading everything in one go with just passin the exam in mind is not a good things, MCQ's with explanations should always follow
Yes! Practice active recall, not passive reading. That is what every kaplan lecturer will say after giving their lecture. When you just finish reading something, thats the START of your journey to understand something. Practice practice practice!
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I think in your maybe getting a study partner would be a good idea. Or read other sources and maybe that will help you connect the dots
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I think in your maybe getting a study partner would be a good idea. Or read other sources and maybe that will help you connect the dots
By reading other sources you mean reading other textbooks of the same subject on the same issue, or open your textbooks of different subjects to the same issue?
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This is what I call the USMLE Step 1 syndrome
We are all in the same boat
Because of the vastness of the material you feel overwhelmed
I agree with sharvaree19 who posted here
Do your question banks and it will consolidate the material in your brain
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