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Help Need Advise please..

Hi all, I seriously need some help. some advise.. I am stuck.. lost and confuse..

I finished my two reading for kaplan, watched videos, and then started kaplan questions.. started with somewhere in 40% and improved to ~60-65% in about 3-4 months prep.. i conceptualize my weak concept.. finished goljan. but now.. somehow since last 2-3 weeks my assessment and questions score is going down.. i have no clue how could I go from consistent >60% to back in 40s. i am getting so discouraged, scared.. and instead of improving i am getting down and down.. my exam is in june 1st week.. by now i should be working on Uworld.
I am getting slower n slower.. my brain feels like brick.. or rusted metal.. please advise. what to do next.. my nbme was lowest anyone can get.. i have bad test taking skills. but that's not excuse. i can't let my self down.. not accepting failure as thought.. so please help me. I can't listen to people around me do this do that.. so you'll are my hope to get my self back in safe zone..

Thanks for your help…
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Default Relax!

Hey, you need to take some pressure off. See, the beauty of USMLE is that the exam dates are according to your choice. You can postpone your exam, so no pressure. I suggest you take a break for a day or two and relax. Just calm down a bit, one can't work under alot of pressure, its a vicious cycle, you under perform, get discouraged, performance falls even lower and so on. So relax first.

About the tests. I suggest you should do self paced for now. Take your time on each question, pay attention and try to give it all the thought that it requires. Your test taking skills will improve gradually and then you can train in timed mode. Also don't do more than one block a day or at most, just two blocks. This way you can give enough time to reviewing them. Don't do a new block unless you have reviewed the last one well enough. Best of luck!
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Dude you sound as if you ar burning out !...start including breaks and one day per week in ur schedule

You are not using FA what are you using as as the main reference cum annotation book ??
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Thanks guys.. feels 10 lbs lighter..
@ doctor monster - thanks for your advise.. i appreciate it. means lot..
@ noothan - I am using FA along with kaplan Q bank questions. I take notes in FA it self. and something if i don't get it then i go to back to kaplan book to quickly review it.

i been peer pressured and made feel guilty for doing subject wise question and tutor mode… so i felt like an idiot and jumped on time random mode.
normally, it takes me about easy 4 -5 hours to do one block review if i do it my way. which includes integration, conceptualization. and then memorization. but lately, i been reading explanation and move on..

from my experience, i am not one of those who can just cram FA inside out and everything will be fine. I think FA is bible but you have to know the meaning of each phrase..

your input really helps.. thanks..
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