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If you've written any of the USMLE exams you know exactly how tough, exhausting, and frustrating it can be to really get down and dirty when it comes to hardcore studying, and you know that trying to go all-out for a few months can be near-impossible. With the competitiveness these days of obtaining a US medical residency position, it is more important now than ever to ensure a score of above average on these exams. Because of the extreme intensity that is required in order to get a great USMLE score, I would like to share with you some advice that was given to me by my medical school mentor a few years ago, which not only helped me to get on track, but it helped to motivated me to stick to my schedule no matter how tired I became. Here are three tips that my mentor gave me before I started preparing for my first USMLE exam that I know can also help you to get focused and stay on the right track for success: Tip #1 - Develop a plan-of-action The most successful people in the world, whether in academic setting or in any other area, all make it a point to develop a detailed plan-of-action. The more detailed your plans the more likely you are to achieve success. The best way to do this is to develop daily plans-of-action, weekly plans, and finally monthly plans. Detail what you are to study and when you are to start/finish, as this will help you to get on track from the get-go and ultimately keep yourself on track as the time goes by. Tip #2 - Be honest with your current level of medical knowledge There is a lot of pressure from friends, family, and especially your medical school's administration to get your exams done fast and to do very well on them. Here's the thing, this is YOUR career, and if you rush one of these exams and do poorly, or worse yet fail, then your career is in serious jeopardy, especially with today's level of competition. Do yourself the biggest favor possible, and take an honest look at your current level of medical knowledge/expertise. If you aren't getting straight A's in your basic sciences, then don't rush to take the USMLE Step 1 exam within two weeks of completing your basic sciences. Instead, take a look at your current knowledge and devise an appropriate plan-of-action that is best for you, not for those around you. Tip #3 - Execute your plan as if your career depends on it If you have one of those days where things are just not flowing smoothly, don't sweat it, instead take a step back and relax for a few hours. Then, come back and <A HREF="https://schoolnewsportal.com/">check waec result</A> simply get yourself back on track. The best way to avoid this kind of meltdown is to schedule breaks and mini-vacations into your busy schedule so you don't get overwhelmed and ultimately lose your focus. You don't have to spend all day everyday in front of your books to be successful, so go hard when the time calls for it, and back-off when you're supposed to.
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