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Hi, so I have been preparing for the step 1 on and off for about a year now. Initially, I had planned to give step 1 earlier this year, but since my nbme score wasn't where I wanted it to be, I opted to take my Step 2 CS, gave that earlier this year, got my results and passed So, I am happy that one hurdle is down, BUT I feel like my Step 1 preparation is in broken pieces now. I had actually been studying along side for Step 1 all along thinking I would improve, but my preparation is lacking somewhere. I have done UWORLD about twice, but I feel now I am getting the questions right because I have seen them enough that I am familiar with the answers! I also tried Usmlerx, which I heard is good to cover first aid basics, but my percentage overall is low or just average. So, I feel my basics are lacking somewhere. I feel like I need to revise my strategy. All I need is to be more organized in my study plan, but I am not able to stick to one plan that works. I have tried DIT also, but when I concentrated too much on the videos, I wasn't doing enough questions. Watching videos for half a day and also doing questions plus going over their explanations is overwhelming to do at a stretch for many days. ( although I did try that, but I burned out ) Can anyone suggest a good plan that can tie up my loose ends? I am quite familiar with the material that is high yield, but there is a lack of revision. In a day, after doing timed blocks and revising the explanation by annotating or going back to first aid to study, I can't seem to fit in time for just revision or reading First aid. I thought of going back to reading Kaplan books/videos from which I started, but I feel that won't help me much now. Initially when I had just started my preparation, my mistake was that I had just stuck to studying kaplan for months, and started doing Qbanks late, and when it came time for doing questions from UWORLD, I was not able to apply the knowledge well to answering questions. Anyone can please advise as to how I should revise my study schedule at this point? I want to be able to wrap things up in about a month to maybe two months if I had to push it. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
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have u ever did NBME ?

it is the time to see where is your level .and what is your weakness .

about me i did similar like u i took CS while preparing for step1 .
no im done from KN + kaplanqbank + FA 1st read .
now im doing UWORLD + FA . I did NBME LAST MONTH AND planning to do another one after i finsh 50% or 75% from uworld .
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Hi, so I have been preparing for the step 1 on and off for about a year now. Initially, I had planned to give step 1 earlier this year, but since my nbme score wasn't where I wanted it to be, I opted to take my Step 2 CS, gave that earlier this year, got my results and passed So, I am happy that one hurdle is down, BUT I feel like my Step 1 preparation is in broken pieces now. I had actually been studying along side for Step 1 all along thinking I would improve, but my preparation is lacking somewhere. I have done UWORLD about twice, but I feel now I am getting the questions right because I have seen them enough that I am familiar with the answers! I also tried Usmlerx, which I heard is good to cover first aid basics, but my percentage overall is low or just average. So, I feel my basics are lacking somewhere. I feel like I need to revise my strategy. All I need is to be more organized in my study plan, but I am not able to stick to one plan that works. I have tried DIT also, but when I concentrated too much on the videos, I wasn't doing enough questions. Watching videos for half a day and also doing questions plus going over their explanations is overwhelming to do at a stretch for many days. ( although I did try that, but I burned out ) Can anyone suggest a good plan that can tie up my loose ends? I am quite familiar with the material that is high yield, but there is a lack of revision. In a day, after doing timed blocks and revising the explanation by annotating or going back to first aid to study, I can't seem to fit in time for just revision or reading First aid. I thought of going back to reading Kaplan books/videos from which I started, but I feel that won't help me much now. Initially when I had just started my preparation, my mistake was that I had just stuck to studying kaplan for months, and started doing Qbanks late, and when it came time for doing questions from UWORLD, I was not able to apply the knowledge well to answering questions. Anyone can please advise as to how I should revise my study schedule at this point? I want to be able to wrap things up in about a month to maybe two months if I had to push it. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

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Hey I had taken an nbme about a month back, and I realized I needed a lot of work and thought the best thing to do is to do more questions. So, my Uworld average so far is about 50-55% range. I feel that it should be above 65% to be able to get a good nbme score. My weakest is biochem, but all the other subjects are just average. I am thinking of going back and revising Kaplan books, as I don't see any improvement by just doing questions and learning from the explanations. Any suggestions would be great!
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Hey I had taken an nbme about a month back, and I realized I needed a lot of work and thought the best thing to do is to do more questions. So, my Uworld average so far is about 50-55% range. I feel that it should be above 65% to be able to get a good nbme score. My weakest is biochem, but all the other subjects are just average. I am thinking of going back and revising Kaplan books, as I don't see any improvement by just doing questions and learning from the explanations. Any suggestions would be great!
I am in exact same boat. I have done uworld, but i feel i am getting high percentage because i have seen the questions before. I didn't feel NBME were too bad, but i did poorly on those. I know there is something we are missing. Some say its the foundation we are lacking. I have done uworld, read FA cover to cover but this method does not work for everyone. I myself am trying to find a way out of this. Because i think continuing to do questions will not improve our score much. We might have to go back to the basics. Ugghhhh Let me know if you figure out a solution.
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Yea for now, I think I will have to balance doing questions and also studying Kaplan books again. I think doing questions, revising the explanations and writing down what I don't know in a notebook will help me revise. At the same time, I think I will need to restudy Kaplan books, mainly patho, physio, pharmac. Also, in my case biochem also. I hope I can do this revision in the next one month, and hope to see my UWorld percentage go up after I complete one half of the questions.
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Same boat guys ...same boat...exam on October 31st.
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Same boat guys ...same boat...exam on October 31st.
How is your progress so far. Do you feel ready for the 31st? Any NBMEs yet? I might be taking the step sometime in November, though i haven't gotten the guts to set a date yet. Man i can't wait to get through step 1.

Whats is you guy's target score?
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How is your progress so far. Do you feel ready for the 31st? Any NBMEs yet? I might be taking the step sometime in November, though i haven't gotten the guts to set a date yet. Man i can't wait to get through step 1.

Whats is you guy's target score?
No I havent taken any nbme yet probably 3 weeks before my exams. Also 31st oct is the end of my extended eligibility period so wont be delaying it further. Just going to grind it out for the next 40 days. Not looking for a very good score honestly, would be satisfied with a 225-230.
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Hi PinkPanda,

I'm very familiar with students in this exact situation. Here at the USMLE Success Academy, we have created a Step 1 preparation strategy for our students to be used alongside our program and it has been very effective for students like you who are having trouble putting the pieces together and who have struggled to put a solid plan into place and take the appropriate steps towards a successful USMLE Step 1 attempt. If you would allow us to help you out, I would love to give you our Step 1 preparation strategy; the exact one our Step 1 program students are using. It would take me about a day to write it all down for you here, so I will give you a link HERE where you can download it in eBook format and print it out to be used as you wish.

I am available via email or here on the forum anytime if you have a question or want any clarification on our preparation strategy I will get back to you promptly. Please use our prep strategy to relieve yourself of the struggle of trying to 'figure it out', so you can focus on the important part, which is mastering the information and learning how to apply it to those tricky usmle questions.

All the best, I wish you immense success in the future.

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Hi, so I have been preparing for the step 1 on and off for about a year now. Initially, I had planned to give step 1 earlier this year, but since my nbme score wasn't where I wanted it to be, I opted to take my Step 2 CS, gave that earlier this year, got my results and passed So, I am happy that one hurdle is down, BUT I feel like my Step 1 preparation is in broken pieces now. I had actually been studying along side for Step 1 all along thinking I would improve, but my preparation is lacking somewhere. I have done UWORLD about twice, but I feel now I am getting the questions right because I have seen them enough that I am familiar with the answers! I also tried Usmlerx, which I heard is good to cover first aid basics, but my percentage overall is low or just average. So, I feel my basics are lacking somewhere. I feel like I need to revise my strategy. All I need is to be more organized in my study plan, but I am not able to stick to one plan that works. I have tried DIT also, but when I concentrated too much on the videos, I wasn't doing enough questions. Watching videos for half a day and also doing questions plus going over their explanations is overwhelming to do at a stretch for many days. ( although I did try that, but I burned out ) Can anyone suggest a good plan that can tie up my loose ends? I am quite familiar with the material that is high yield, but there is a lack of revision. In a day, after doing timed blocks and revising the explanation by annotating or going back to first aid to study, I can't seem to fit in time for just revision or reading First aid. I thought of going back to reading Kaplan books/videos from which I started, but I feel that won't help me much now. Initially when I had just started my preparation, my mistake was that I had just stuck to studying kaplan for months, and started doing Qbanks late, and when it came time for doing questions from UWORLD, I was not able to apply the knowledge well to answering questions. Anyone can please advise as to how I should revise my study schedule at this point? I want to be able to wrap things up in about a month to maybe two months if I had to push it. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
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Hi, so I have been preparing for the step 1 on and off for about a year now. Initially, I had planned to give step 1 earlier this year, but since my nbme score wasn't where I wanted it to be, I opted to take my Step 2 CS, gave that earlier this year, got my results and passed So, I am happy that one hurdle is down, BUT I feel like my Step 1 preparation is in broken pieces now. I had actually been studying along side for Step 1 all along thinking I would improve, but my preparation is lacking somewhere. I have done UWORLD about twice, but I feel now I am getting the questions right because I have seen them enough that I am familiar with the answers! I also tried Usmlerx, which I heard is good to cover first aid basics, but my percentage overall is low or just average. So, I feel my basics are lacking somewhere. I feel like I need to revise my strategy. All I need is to be more organized in my study plan, but I am not able to stick to one plan that works. I have tried DIT also, but when I concentrated too much on the videos, I wasn't doing enough questions. Watching videos for half a day and also doing questions plus going over their explanations is overwhelming to do at a stretch for many days. ( although I did try that, but I burned out ) Can anyone suggest a good plan that can tie up my loose ends? I am quite familiar with the material that is high yield, but there is a lack of revision. In a day, after doing timed blocks and revising the explanation by annotating or going back to first aid to study, I can't seem to fit in time for just revision or reading First aid. I thought of going back to reading Kaplan books/videos from which I started, but I feel that won't help me much now. Initially when I had just started my preparation, my mistake was that I had just stuck to studying kaplan for months, and started doing Qbanks late, and when it came time for doing questions from UWORLD, I was not able to apply the knowledge well to answering questions. Anyone can please advise as to how I should revise my study schedule at this point? I want to be able to wrap things up in about a month to maybe two months if I had to push it. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!
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