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Old 08-18-2013
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i m done with 1st read of all subjects & even 2nd of many like biochem & patho... & also done with FA once....
i hve purchased uworld 4 2 months bt nt started yet...
i wanna give step 1 in mid of october...
& i m just unable to study to my maximum...& going down...
wht should i do??
give ur suggestions??
should i hve a study partner
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Old 08-20-2013
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do an nbme...online preferably.
that way you will know where you stand
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You need to stick to FA,read it over and over again and do at least 2 or 3 blocks of Uworld each day. The more questions you do,the higher your score will be. And of course do an NBME to see where you stand and work on your weak areas. And if you still believe that you are not ready ( according to your NBME score specially 15) you can get an extension. But I think if your concepts are strong,you can do wonders in the last month. Good luck!
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Step 1 - Take an NBME to determine your strengths and weaknesses....

A lot of the answer lies in your current level of knowledge. Are you struggling to study because you know the material well enough already? If so, then you should focus on weaknesses and plan to take the exam when you're ready. Or are you simply bored with studying and thus lacking the drive? Many students I've seen over the years lack motivation simply because they are attacking their studies without a very specific plan, leading them to be all over the place and thus becoming frustrated.

The best approach would be for you to determine your current level of knowledge (ie. take the NBME) and then to sculpt out a daily plan of action that helps move you forward and ensures you are properly attacking all of the disciplines properly. I have my students create a monthly plan, break that into weekly plans, then plan each day... while it may take time, doing this will keep you organized and on track to meet your goals.

One important thing to realize is that the FA is NOT a preparation tool, it is a review guide... It shows you what is being tested recently, but is not intended to be an in-depth preparation tool. Yes, it is valuable as a review guide once you know a LOT of info about each presented topic, but use it as a guide and not as the main source of learning.

The next key is to combine a few key learning tools each day in order to best learn and absorb the info... this usually involved: 1. Learning (through reading actual texts or watching lectures and taking notes), 2. Reviewing what you've learned, and 3. Applying what you've learned by doing many many questions. If you take this 3-pronged approach each day, you will master the material...

When doing practice questions, be sure to do them in a timed mode, as this will help condition your brain and body to move at a pace that is similar to the real exam. A block of 45-46 questions on the real exam is done about an hour, so practice keeping pace with that and you will significantly improve your ability to perform under that pace for the real exam.. Once finished a block of questions, go back, learn, learn, learn... Take notes on the concepts and topics, add them to your notes, and review review review.... Follow this course of action according to a SCHEDULE you've made for yourself, and you will be on the path to success!

Best of luck on your journey.
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