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I am doing uworld subject wise right now.
I am averaging around 50-60% for the most part.

However when I read uworld explanations and solving questions, I feel like I have learnt a lot and I can handle usmle. But then I also get worried that it cannot be this simple and doubt myself if i am really learning or am I just getting a false sense of security when I read uworld explanations.

Does anyone else feel this way? or do people actually learn enough/alot from uworld itself to be able to handle usmle?

I have so far done kaplan and FA once. Ofcourse I am reading fa along with uworld and writing in it.
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Hi, I'm pretty much at the same stage as you. Although my UW scores haven't been as high as yours, what you said does resonate with my own experience. Most of the time for me the explanations become an "Aha" moment. In other words I'm learning a lot from UW. But I've spoken to many people (those who have been successful and those nearing the end of their prep) and the consensus is that after one read of Kaplan and maybe FA this is the way forward. I think we should just trust the process, and at the end validate it with NBMEs.

How do you study UW? I read the whole thing, then write the educational objective in a separate notebook, then the explanation with my FA (in a binder) in my own words and also why the wrong choices were wrong in my own words in FA. I also jot down the ed. objective in my FA so it reinforces further in my mind. Don't know if this is the right way though?

Also, do you have a feeling that you don't remember anything from Kaplan, I frequently have that and it scares me to think that I spent months upon months to struggle with Kaplan and I don't remember jack!!
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Hi, I'm pretty much at the same stage as you. Although my UW scores haven't been as high as yours, what you said does resonate with my own experience. Most of the time for me the explanations become an "Aha" moment. In other words I'm learning a lot from UW. But I've spoken to many people (those who have been successful and those nearing the end of their prep) and the consensus is that after one read of Kaplan and maybe FA this is the way forward. I think we should just trust the process, and at the end validate it with NBMEs.

How do you study UW? I read the whole thing, then write the educational objective in a separate notebook, then the explanation with my FA (in a binder) in my own words and also why the wrong choices were wrong in my own words in FA. I also jot down the ed. objective in my FA so it reinforces further in my mind. Don't know if this is the right way though?

Also, do you have a feeling that you don't remember anything from Kaplan, I frequently have that and it scares me to think that I spent months upon months to struggle with Kaplan and I don't remember jack!!
Yeah man noone remembers kaplan this long lol.

As for uworld, I try to make notes in fa for the most part but sometimes I just make sure I get the concept and move on. Not a good idea but that is what I end up doing. How do you find the time/space in fa to write as much as you claim to write in your post? lol

Initially while doing uworld I was writing paragraphs but now I have come down to just writing down the main concept. I can summarize 3 paragraphs in 3 lines for the sake of concepts. I think thats a more proper way to do than writing notes and notes. Cause after all it is the exam of concepts. I am not sure if this is the best way but that is what I am doing.

Hope this helps man! When do you intend to write the exam by?
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Want to give the exam by Dec. How abt u? Well, I got the FA in a three ring binder and stuffed a blank sheet of paper after every page of FA. I read a question's explanation then the corresponding FA page. If the FA has the same info I just jot down what's missing in FA on the blank page. But I do write down the ed. objective in a separate notebook so I have the concepts in my memory.
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The sense of security youre talking about is what I can relate to.

Also while doing uworld I just jot down the educational objective in FA . But if there is anything I think is important in the explanations I jot that down too. Its the amount of time that takes doing this writing on FA that makes me mad.
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