Things I Wish I Avoided before USMLE Step 1
Step 1 score — 202
Well, it’s the worst score but I will share my mistakes for you to avoid during preparation for USMLE step 1:
- Very long time of preparation (5 years since 2012).
- Buying an enormous amount of books, textbooks, review books, videos, flashcards, etc.
- Thinking so perfectly that you will know every large and small detail and you will find the hidden secret that nobody knows.
- Wrong methods of studying that depend on memorizing more than learning and understanding, making a lot of timetables and schedules that procrastinate studying process itself.
- Scattered sources of studying e.g., First Aid of different editions, review books, lecture notes …etc.
- Pausing at every minute detail in explanations of question banks and writing them down “so as not to miss a word”, but finally getting bored and skip important explanations.
- I wasn’t patient enough to watch most of Kaplan or Pathoma videos.
- I didn’t complete Goljan.
- After being ready for the exam, I was so worried that I extended the eligibility period for another 3 months to give myself enough time to study and that was useless and led to more procrastination.
- Copying notes from First Aid 2016 to 2017.
- Didn’t solve enough NBMEs.
- Reviewed only pathology and pharmacology of body systems in First Aid before the exam.
- Didn’t sleep at the night of the exam at all because of anxiety.
- Didn’t review or mark doubted questions in exam blocks.
- So fast paced for the fear of shortage of time, that I finished the exam in 6 and half hours.
Don’t do such foolish things so as to avoid such bad score.
Shady M. Elnaggar
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