These days are long and I’m still studying for the USMLE Step 1. I had distractions in my studies and that hindered me to fully focus. Another thing was the money problem. SJSM has an unusual billing policy so I had to work on getting money for living in Chicago. SJSM wants to continuously have me paying even when I’m not taking any classes so I don’t get any chance to save up. This is one of the reasons my studies are difficult and SJSM doesn’t understand that. I guess that’s one of the prices I have to pay for going to a Caribbean school; it’s all about money.
One of the most significant things I learned in studying well is to study somewhere else other than you own home. The USMLE Step 1 is an important test and you cannot risk studying at home because your family will bother you. Your family will never understand the important of this test nor will they understand that you shouldn’t be bothered. If you’re going out to watch videos go to a coffee shop or something. If you’re going to do Qbank questions then go to the library. When you feel bored go to the gym and burn off that anxiety, built up from all the studying.
You should realize that no matter how you study you should make each minute worth it. That means that it’s better to have a quality study than a quantity study. What I am trying to say is it’s better to have 7 hours of quality study than to have 16 hours of off and on study.