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i took nbme 11 & barely passed in that im doing DIT but haven't finished it yet also im doing UW random incorrect timed ques daily..my ques is should i continue with DIT or should i start reading FA on my own?

i wasn't expecting such low score in nbme...many ques i did silly mistakes & even changed the correct ans to incorrect one cz of confusion ! i might lose my mind soon

plz anyone tell how to raise nbme scores?? my UW cumulative score right now is 72% & im doing it 2nd time..wht to dooo??
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It depends how much you absorb from uworld and FA...
Dont worry keep going and i think u should finish DIT..
when will u have exam??
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i scored 178 in nbme 11 a month ago..
After doing DIT,FA,uworld 2nd tym my nbme and uwsa is now 210+.
For me nbme 11 is toughest...
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ya true..i wanted to take nbme right after i finish FA but then family gatherings didn't allow me to so i started DIT .. i think if u take nbme right after finishing FA that matters too.. no??

im trying my best to get prepared by mid or late march i just have my fingers crossed .. rest as ALLAH wishes.. :/

so my approach is fine? when should i take next nbme ? after finishing dit OR after reading FA once more after DIT?
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i took nbme 11 & barely passed in that im doing DIT but haven't finished it yet also im doing UW random incorrect timed ques daily..my ques is should i continue with DIT or should i start reading FA on my own?

i wasn't expecting such low score in nbme...many ques i did silly mistakes & even changed the correct ans to incorrect one cz of confusion ! i might lose my mind soon

plz anyone tell how to raise nbme scores?? my UW cumulative score right now is 72% & im doing it 2nd time..wht to dooo??
U mean ur uworld first round is 72% or for the second round?
How many times have u done FA?
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do another nbme after 2FA reads and DIT
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do another nbme after 2FA reads and DIT
I would go for First aid 2 times instead of Dit. If you think that you dont understand concepts than you can go for videos but if you barely pass nbme 11 then i think problem is memorisation the facts. You probably forgot lots of stuff so i think first aid will help you more than DIT
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Actually we miss many important things ..some unintentionally and others we think not important or tough etc..this is very common among students who have problems with memory or concentration.. So if we do DIT or any other video lectures we come to know about these gaps...Good thing about DIT is mental exercises after every 15min and repeatitions of high yield stuff..i learnd alot from DIT ..
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i scored 178 in nbme 11 a month ago..
After doing DIT,FA,uworld 2nd tym my nbme and uwsa is now 210+.
For me nbme 11 is toughest...
hey 178 the nbme score or the 3 digit score??

nd in which nbme u scored 210+ ??

nbme 11 wasnt tough but i made ALOT silly mistakes & as i mentioned earlier changed the correct ans to incorrect one cz i wasn't sure..

whn r u planning for the exam?
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U mean ur uworld first round is 72% or for the second round?
How many times have u done FA?
2nd round..1st round i did offline..

FA done 2 times now doing it 3rd time with DIT.. :/

but the 1st 2 times i was annotating either from kaplan or from UW so still have to be thorough with it..
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2nd round..1st round i did offline..

FA done 2 times now doing it 3rd time with DIT.. :/

but the 1st 2 times i was annotating either from kaplan or from UW so still have to be thorough with it..
So ur score in nbme is not truly whom u are becos u are not through properly with FA. Don't worry u would be fine.
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So ur score in nbme is not truly whom u are becos u are not through properly with FA. Don't worry u would be fine.
ya i guess the same..but still the fear is there..idk who r the ones who feel confident with their prep :/

so i should take another nbme after reading FA solely on my own ryt? like im doing DIT ryt now so that's not the same as reading..so i should give a read again after DIT?
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ya i guess the same..but still the fear is there..idk who r the ones who feel confident with their prep :/

so i should take another nbme after reading FA solely on my own ryt? like im doing DIT ryt now so that's not the same as reading..so i should give a read again after DIT?
i have problem with memorisation.done with FA 3x n uworld n Pathoma 2x,n kaplan lectures of physio,genetics,behv science once along with LKN.
so m left with 3 weeks,what do you think is DIT helping you?should i go for DIT at this stage now???as my nbme scores are not soo good,or i should keep revising FA??how long it takes to do DIT if you do it 6 hours daily????thnx
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Nops .just revise and revise .no need to try new stuff in last 15days...
may i ask ur nbme scores
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i have problem with memorisation.done with FA 3x n uworld n Pathoma 2x,n kaplan lectures of physio,genetics,behv science once along with LKN.
so m left with 3 weeks,what do you think is DIT helping you?should i go for DIT at this stage now???as my nbme scores are not soo good,or i should keep revising FA??how long it takes to do DIT if you do it 6 hours daily????thnx
if u have 3 wks to ur exam then i dnt think DIT would be completed in that duration.. i watch 5-6 lectures/day & thats about 6 hrs.. DIT is helpful in the sense that they tell some HY stuff which isn't in FA & also they keep asking ques..
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i took nbme 11 & barely passed in that im doing DIT but haven't finished it yet also im doing UW random incorrect timed ques daily..my ques is should i continue with DIT or should i start reading FA on my own?

i wasn't expecting such low score in nbme...many ques i did silly mistakes & even changed the correct ans to incorrect one cz of confusion ! i might lose my mind soon

plz anyone tell how to raise nbme scores?? my UW cumulative score right now is 72% & im doing it 2nd time..wht to dooo??
Find out your weak areas (from NBMEs) and work on them.

Stop doing DIT. It's a waste of your precious time IMHO.
Start doing USMLERx if you haven't already. It is the best for solidifying FA concepts.
Apart from that, Listen to Goljan & do Pathoma, UW etc.
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Find out your weak areas (from NBMEs) and work on them.

Stop doing DIT. It's a waste of your precious time IMHO.
Start doing USMLERx if you haven't already. It is the best for solidifying FA concepts.
Apart from that, Listen to Goljan & do Pathoma, UW etc.
is Rx a compulsory? i m doing UW..
about DIT do u really feel that? im already halfway through it..so shouldn't i finish it now?
now im really confused..:/

so u r saying i subscribe to rx along with uw & do FA on my own??
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if u have stars or close to stars in some topics/organ systems in nbme then you dont need to watch these topics from DIT instead use rx for your weak areas
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is Rx a compulsory? i m doing UW..
about DIT do u really feel that? im already halfway through it..so shouldn't i finish it now?
now im really confused..:/

so u r saying i subscribe to rx along with uw & do FA on my own??
I am sorry but it was not my intention to confuse you.

This is what I would do if in your situation:

Finish DIT only if you have plenty of time left. IMHO it will not help you neither with the NBME nor the real test.

Do USMLERx with FA (annotate) ---It is the best way to see an improvement in your NBME score with minimum amount of time and effort.

Stop UW for the time being (since you have already done it once) and ONLY do USMLERx with FA since it is the best way to solidify FA concepts.

Look up, read & understand the concepts behind the topics you get the questions wrong from review books (HY Neuroanatomy, BRS Physiology etc) or reference books like Robbins basic Pathology etc.

Take another NBME and you should see a rise in your NBME score and you will be more confident

After this, start doing UW again with Pathoma and FA (Read your notes).

This should improve your score even further.

Doing this book or that course is not going to help you to know your weaknesses but you can find that out yourself by this method.

Bottonline is that by doing USMLERx you will not only solidify FA concepts but also find out your weak areas and all you need to do is to work on them.
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yes i agree with novobiacin .... thanks for detailed post..
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Another important point I would like to make is this:

IMHO different people have different interpretation of "doing" certain things. The USMLE forums are full of posts like " I did FA 10 times +UW X times and failed/barely passed/did not get xxx score/etc etc............

What these people don't get is that it is KNOWING something AND ability to apply that knowledge (harnessed by doing QBanks) is what gets you a good score on the real deal.

Some people confuse memorizing FA as compared to knowing FA. Memorizing FA may get you a 210 (if all else goes well) but not 240+ unless you KNOW every concept mentioned in FA inside out.

Don't get me wrong, FA is a great review book BUT it is a REVIEW book. As Conrad Fischer famously said " You can't review what you never knew".
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Another important point I would like to make is this:

IMHO different people have different interpretation of "doing" certain things. The USMLE forums are full of posts like " I did FA 10 times +UW X times and failed/barely passed/did not get xxx score/etc etc............

What these people don't get is that it is KNOWING something AND ability to apply that knowledge (harnessed by doing QBanks) is what gets you a good score on the real deal.

Some people confuse memorizing FA as compared to knowing FA. Memorizing FA may get you a 210 (if all else goes well) but not 240+ unless you KNOW every concept mentioned in FA inside out.

Don't get me wrong, FA is a great review book BUT it is a REVIEW book. As Conrad Fischer famously said " You can't review what you never knew".
thanks for detailed post..ya i agree with u about the review bk that's y i did Kaplan LN twice bfr starting FA..but i think i still have to be more thorough with FA as i was busy in annotations before while reading FA..

hmm i will c abt Rx..i have kaplan qbanks...wht's ur say about those? i m sorry if im pestering u with my ques
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thanks for detailed post..ya i agree with u about the review bk that's y i did Kaplan LN twice bfr starting FA..but i think i still have to be more thorough with FA as i was busy in annotations before while reading FA..

hmm i will c abt Rx..i have kaplan qbanks...wht's ur say about those? i m sorry if im pestering u with my ques
IMHO doing USMLERx with FA will give you most "bang for bucks" (points for your time).
You can do Kaplan QBank later if you have time left after all you have done as suggested earlier.

There are four things which must be done before anyone should go to the test: UW, USMLERx, FA, Pathoma +Goljan.

At the end of the day it's your call and what you are comfortable with.
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