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I am reading Kaplan lecture notes for the second time and there is a huge problem that's scaring me like crazy.... I keep on forgetting things....when I do review questions in end of notes, am still not able to do a lot of them esp those related to memorizing like tables and etc etc

What should I do?

I am so scared that all my study has gone wasted ..
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You may need to read your materials third and fourth time to get them memorized.

Have a look here
USMLE Forgetfulness Syndrome!
and here
How many times to repeat Kaplan
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I highly recommend gunnertraining.com (if you look around on the forum you can find links for a free 1 month trial). It's basically FA on flashcards, and they keep showing you flashcards until you remember it. I am surprised how much micro I am remembering that I studied over a month ago. It's difficult for me to just read a book like Kaplan and regurgitate it from memory; this program helps with that.
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I agree HI

i appeared last month and cleared with a moderate decent score of 95.i too kept forgetting and was losing confidence but i found whatever i did more repitetively got more or less engraved.remember they shall give you 5 choices,so try to get the concept and the answer shall be in front(one of the 5 choices).for straight recall questions again repeating as many questions is going to help a lot.
remember all sail in the same boat and almost all people i talked said that just before exam they felt that they had forgotten everything ,but they all scored good.
the work you have already done is the foundation and all you need is to build over it by doing as many times you can do the questions .also remeber you can do almost 90 questions wrong and still get 99 score.
all the best
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i appeared last month and cleared with a moderate decent score of 95.i too kept forgetting and was losing confidence but i found whatever i did more repitetively got more or less engraved.remember they shall give you 5 choices,so try to get the concept and the answer shall be in front(one of the 5 choices).for straight recall questions again repeating as many questions is going to help a lot.
remember all sail in the same boat and almost all people i talked said that just before exam they felt that they had forgotten everything ,but they all scored good.
the work you have already done is the foundation and all you need is to build over it by doing as many times you can do the questions .also remeber you can do almost 90 questions wrong and still get 99 score.
all the best
Can you tell us about your prep details? I too am aiming for a 95, so I wanted to know what typical UW scores / NBME scores should be..
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thnk you guys
and dr.mav thanks a lot ...yu have given me enormous strength to study again with motivation ....
God bless you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Default Use flashcards to prevent from forgetting

The problem with USMLE Step 1 exam is that there is so much information and its hard to retain all the information if you dont see the material over and over in a lot of different ways. USMLE material is hard but even easy material you will forget if you dont keep revising it for example do you remember what you had for dinner a week ago?... so to prevent this you have to repeat the material and not just by reading it over and over but to see the same stuff in a lot of different ways so thats why doing lots of questions helps and also you should use flashcards to get you to start thinking from the top of your head... a good set of flashcards can be found at http://usmlefasttrack.com with 9000+ flashcards from First Aid for USMLE Step 1 Review Book.
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This sort of thing happens to everyone and that is why questions and flashcards are important when studying for USMLE. The reason for doing questions and flashcards is to see the material in a lot of different ways so you dont forget it. Imagine when you are driving a car and going to a certain place over and over, after a while you are not thinking about where you are going your mind kinda just takes you where you need to go and you dont really realize how you got there. The reason this happens is because your mind get used to you doing the same thing over and over so it kinda doesnt focus too much on the little things in the middle... Studying works the same way you can read First Aid over and over after a while your mind goes into autopilot mode and doesnt focus too much on little stuff in the middle so to fix this you have to learn the material in many different ways since USMLE does not test you on how much you can memorize but how well you can apply it in clinical settings... So to get the best score on your exam do First Aid well, do lots and lots of questions and use flashcards to help you memorize First Aid as much as you can... USMLEFasttrack.com has the most complete flashcards from First Aid for USMLE Step 1 with over 9000+ flashcards from all chapters.
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