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I have been going through each section of FA and doing subsequent questions in UW. That has worked brilliantly so far and I am scoring around 80% in each section.

However, micro has been the achilles heal so far. I reviewed the section in FA just like I reviewed Endo, repro, or heme. But my scores are no where near and there are some "easy" questions that I'm missing purely because I haven't fully or as thoroughly memorized the algorithms, toxins, virus characteristics, and other minute details like this.

I feel I almost have to memeorize the whole of 90 pages of micro verbatim. Is that essentially what needs to happen to make micro super easy in the exam?

I noticed that the actual questions aren't that hard because the answers are easily found in FA. It seems like a matter of having the chapter stored in your brain, so when a question asks for a particular mechanism of a toxin, you are able to say "Aha, I know that the question is talking about EHEC and thus the toxin must be the shiga-toxin which acts this way...".

If the answer is to memorize, do I just have to sit, read, cover the page, try to repeat what I just read, and repeat the process? or is there an easier way to memorize?

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I have been going through each section of FA and doing subsequent questions in UW. That has worked brilliantly so far and I am scoring around 80% in each section.

However, micro has been the achilles heal so far. I reviewed the section in FA just like I reviewed Endo, repro, or heme. But my scores are no where near and there are some "easy" questions that I'm missing purely because I haven't fully or as thoroughly memorized the algorithms, toxins, virus characteristics, and other minute details like this.

I feel I almost have to memeorize the whole of 90 pages of micro verbatim. Is that essentially what needs to happen to make micro super easy in the exam?

I noticed that the actual questions aren't that hard because the answers are easily found in FA. It seems like a matter of having the chapter stored in your brain, so when a question asks for a particular mechanism of a toxin, you are able to say "Aha, I know that the question is talking about EHEC and thus the toxin must be the shiga-toxin which acts this way...".

If the answer is to memorize, do I just have to sit, read, cover the page, try to repeat what I just read, and repeat the process? or is there an easier way to memorize?

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FA is very good source or micro. Read it at least 4 times then you ll be fıne for micro. By the way if you feel comfortable for all subjects except micro i suggest doing uworld random mode.
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My knowledge of other subjects is there, but I find it really helps to make something stick and understand it when you do questions on it.

Why do you suggest random?
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My knowledge of other subjects is there, but I find it really helps to make something stick and understand it when you do questions on it.

Why do you suggest random?
Bc it prepares you better for real one. In real one you will not have any idea about the subject that next question comes from. Doing it subject wise will not improve your test taking skills. I am not actually the only one saying this. All usmle tutors and experts suggest doing it in random mode.
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Bc it prepares you better for real one. In real one you will not have any idea about the subject that next question comes from. Doing it subject wise will not improve your test taking skills. I am not actually the only one saying this. All usmle tutors and experts suggest doing it in random mode.
I intend to do a 2nd pass. Is it OK if I do random thrn? I just feel like it doesn't help if I haven't reviewed the section and a question comes up and I have no idea what it'd about. Doing it this way helps me understand what to pay attention to as I do each section. I also plan on taking practice tests and aren't those random? I appreciate your help. What do you think?
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I intend to do a 2nd pass. Is it OK if I do random thrn? I just feel like it doesn't help if I haven't reviewed the section and a question comes up and I have no idea what it'd about. Doing it this way helps me understand what to pay attention to as I do each section. I also plan on taking practice tests and aren't those random? I appreciate your help. What do you think?
if you do it random the 2nd time there won't be much help cos you already have seen all the questions and you will be scoring in high 90s again because you already know what the answers are...its better to do it timed random the first time.
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