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Please..help me I am in what u call stuck mode...um too anxious ..I wish to give step one in January,,,and I started with Anatomy ,,itz been a month and the day I started neuroanatomy ,,i just can't concentrate...do u think I still have enuf time till Jan or should I extend it..plz help me how make neuro easier ..itz a nightmare for me/..i have Kaplan notes and DVDs but it seems um too confused to move on ..need a pep talk :confused::confused:
 

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Don't worry

Most of us had such down periods in the initial phases of our USMLE journey. Do not worry about it, am sure you'll pick up in no time.

I suggest you switch to other topic, leave Anatomy for now and go read physiology for example.

Also, a good way is by practicing questions instead of just reading review books as this will stimulate you further.
 

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Don't worry bud, I was in the same mode for the past week, take a day or two off, maybe you're starting to burn yourself out! thinkin marathon instead of sprinting, keep it slow and steady, you'll pick up speed as you go along, I plan on giving it in Jan hopefully also, and I do believe we have enough time, if there is one thing i've learned from a lot of ppl who have taken the step is that "everyone" thinks there will never be enough time to study for it, whether its 6 months or 8 or even a year, I started 3 weeks ago, then I took 2 days off, refreshed myself, now i'm back in Killer mode again! make sure you take a day off here and there, so you keep yourself refreshed, and I started working out again and playing soccer, it keeps me motivated in the sense that I know I have to take time out, so it means I need to be more organized to complete whatever I have to for the day, make a schedule for the next day the night before and follow it as much as possible and then evaluate how you did before you go to bed and make the schedule for the next day....its helped me so far, hopefully it will help you too....

another thing that is helping me out is that i've made lists of things I need to have memorized (LTs, cytokines, complement cascades, all the CD4 counts and landmarks and the Key associations in the back of FA) and have them up all around in my room on the walls and even a couple on the ceiling above my bed, if nothing else I know that i'll look at them at least once a day, at first it will take you a min or 2 to scan through the pages but eventually you'll run through them 15 secs flat! then replace them with something else that you find in your thorough studying that you need to have memorized, and rotate the old ones in once in a while so you don't totally forget what they are....has helped me all throughout med school since my memorization is pretty bad, with this method however I remember exactly where that list was in my room and it kind of jumps out at you once you've looked at them for the upteenth time!

good luck! study smart not hard!
 

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How to avoid Depression while prepping for USMLE

Please..help me I am in what u call stuck mode...um too anxious ..I wish to give step one in January,,,and I started with Anatomy ,,itz been a month and the day I started neuroanatomy ,,i just can't concentrate...do u think I still have enuf time till Jan or should I extend it..plz help me how make neuro easier ..itz a nightmare for me/..i have Kaplan notes and DVDs but it seems um too confused to move on ..need a pep talk :confused::confused:
Read this also
http://www.usmle-forums.com/general-topics-forum/266-avoiding-depression.html
 

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Of course it is possible..why would you think otherwise???

of course it is possible...
it is not about how much time you have...
it is about how well you manage the time you have.
Have proper plans and excecute them too...
Make small goals and also have a big picture in mind.

Rather than just reading one subject throughout, try to split your time with two subjects.
Neuro anatomy is a very interesting topic and very well covered in Kaplan.
Keep an atlas with you when you are reading and try to see the photos and diagrams given in Kaplan.
I am sure you will finish everything in time.
Try to relax and sleep well too...
I have not given the exam yet..but i guess it is easy to advise others....:)

goodluck with the Exams
 
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