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Hi everybodyˇ Im gonna tell you guys my problem and would aprreciate if someone could give me any advice.
-I started studying by my own (10-12 hrs day) with kaplan books (not video lectures),
-I did read them once, then I did FA once,
-I got Goljan RR (have read just respiratory chapter and random stuffs cause its too long),
-Then did USMLERx once.
The problem is that I feel I have been studying A LOTˇ and now that Im doing Kaplan Qbank it seems that my score is not going up from 50% and get really frustrated with so many things I still dont know.
Im planning to take my exam in July but feel Its too early with those scores in Kaplan.
What should I do? and do you think that studying the whole day everyday will let me do the exam in 2 months? Im afraid Im doing the things wrong.
Ps... Thinking in make Pathoma book + videos, or maybe read the whole Goljan + audio but not sure if its enough time or it worth it having in mind that I still need to take time to do Qbank and Qbank Reviews... Dont even know at this point how to organize my timeˇ
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get more FA reads in.

Since you did not watch the kaplan videos, you might miss out on some things, but I understand your time constraint so that's understandable

switch your pathology resource to pathoma. goljan will take time and looks like you don't have enough time. you can go over pathoma maybe 2X before your exam and you will learn quite a bit in a short time. Also listen to goljan audio in whatever spare time you have (not essential though). Maybe before you sleep or work out.

switch over your qbank to uworld. Annotate all the material from those questions into your FA (that way you'll go through FA many more times and learn by writing).

Do not worry about the scores. The main thing is to learn as much as you can from that qbank. Also write some NBMEs to see where you stand.

With that compact plan you should be ok I think. You can always make adjustments to adapt to your strengths and weaknesses. Also don't forget to read conrad's 100 cases.

keep your resources to a minimum so you can retain the ones you're using and not overwhelm yourself.

hope that helps and good luck with your studies!
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take your time to prepare.i use kaplan videos with notes,RR WITH AUDIO GOLJAN.THESE COMBINATIONS MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND AND REMEMBER BEST.WHAT YOU SHOULD DO IS INCRESE THE SPEED OF THE VIDEOS ONLY PAUSE OR SLOW WHEN U DONOT UNDERSTAND THAT WAY YOU FINNISH FAST ENOUGH.
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I think more so than Kaplan, UWorld is the gold standard and I would recommend you do that. I'm using it right now and I must say that it's really the best resource if one had to pick one. The explanations are lengthly, so you should give yourself time to finish it and review the whole bank or incorrect questions once.

And I second what 2k14 said, switching to Pathoma (with the videos!) will make a huge difference!

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get more FA reads in.

Since you did not watch the kaplan videos, you might miss out on some things, but I understand your time constraint so that's understandable

switch your pathology resource to pathoma. goljan will take time and looks like you don't have enough time. you can go over pathoma maybe 2X before your exam and you will learn quite a bit in a short time. Also listen to goljan audio in whatever spare time you have (not essential though). Maybe before you sleep or work out.

switch over your qbank to uworld. Annotate all the material from those questions into your FA (that way you'll go through FA many more times and learn by writing).

Do not worry about the scores. The main thing is to learn as much as you can from that qbank. Also write some NBMEs to see where you stand.

With that compact plan you should be ok I think. You can always make adjustments to adapt to your strengths and weaknesses. Also don't forget to read conrad's 100 cases.

keep your resources to a minimum so you can retain the ones you're using and not overwhelm yourself.

hope that helps and good luck with your studies!
Thank you SO much doctor2k14, drtee, qirkergaard, I really appeciate your time in posting your reply and your advices, gonna take them and use them as much and better as I can. I would post my progress, thanks againˇ
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