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am taking my step1 in july. have subcribed u world..finished around 600 questions.am doing it subject wise . . and my scores are pretty bad ..arnd 45 percent mostly. . am really worried . . ppl say atleast scoring 60 s necessary. . how should i go about this . .hw should i plan the next one n half months . .
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Have you done FA? Take a day off and relax to refresh your mind. Then revise FA. Try to do it within 1 - 2 weeks. Then come back to UW. Hopefully you'll see the improvement you need.
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I started out doing tests subject wise also and got lower scores than I did when I started doing random timed... Believe it or not, sometimes you need the help of the "easier" subjects to boost your score a bit. Try that instead!
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Go back and read through FA again carefully, and when you're done do random timed sections in UW. Do you have another Qbank like Kaplan? That's a good bank to do subject wise to really help you get the concepts. UW is more integrated, so even if you're doing a micro question it might require you to know some pharm, something from a system etc, so it's more difficult to just try to do subjects. You can do it, just breathe and go back and build on your foundation.
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thank you so much for the replies . .yeah i will go back 2 do the basics again ..i haven done FA fully cos i thought i don have time n its better jus to stick 2 kaplan ...n thats what ppl in my coll who finished step 1 told me to ..but i see every1 recommendin FA here..is it oki if i start nw..do i have so much time 2 go through FA or can i stick onto kaplan notes ... and u world i cant afford 2 stop for 2 weeks..cos my subscription ends in 3 weeks time n i need 2 make the most of it . .
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n yeah i am doing kaplan q book and first aid q bank as well . ..anywhere am not crossing the 50 mrk n thats what s depressing me
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The thing with Kaplan is that it is awesome for doing basics. But it is too bulky to use in the end when you're trying to revise. So even though its recommended to use kaplan in the start, but with so little time left with you, you wouldn't be able to complete kaplans again.

You should do First Aid now. You already have gone through Kaplans so First Aid will be a piece of cake for you. Its the same stuff, just more summarised. And they concentrate on the important stuff only.

How about you keep on doing UW during the day and do FA during night. That should help. Meanwhile keep on making notes of UW, and go back to them after FA.
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What's the First Aid question bank. I haven't heard of it. Where did you get it from?????
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thanku..the thing is am doing my fourth year, i have 2 attend classes during the day ..n i do the studying only in the evenings.. by the time am done with one test and solutions in u world itself am drained out ...i dono ...my schedule is all messed up .. i will start doing FA from today with u world i gues

n thats the first aid q and ans book ...it has system wise questons..got t in my coll library..
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I'm also a student and I can understand your situation. Is it possible for you to postpone your exam? Its always better to appear with a 100% prep.

I'll look in my library. Hope I can find the book. It sounds helpful. Thanks.
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yeah ..have two months to go ..can postpone t to august max..thats t.. have my final year exams soon after that .so will nt be able 2 take step 1 fr another 4 months ..thats the problem..

i jus want to do things the right way fr the next two months n do my exams well ,..and that s y am looking for help from all o yu all ..am done readin kaplan twice but yeah that doesn seem to be enuf ..need 2 work harder i guess
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