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RARE STUDY TIPS

1. write down how much you study over time, then write down how you did on the quiz/test. this will help you see the amount of studying is nessecary for you to get a good grade and fully learn the material!!!

2. make your study space smell fresh, preferably of mint. mint helps you focus and stay sharp. other good smells would be lemon, etc.

3. after studying for a long amount of time, go exercise for ~30 min. shower, get dressed, etc then review the info you had just been studying! you should come back fresher, and your brain is able to remember the info even better!

4. don’t always study in comfy/pj clothes. if you study a lot after school or classes, then it’s ok. but if all you plan on doing is studying for that day, for part of the day get dressed up! put on some business casual wear, that’s cute yet functional and do your hair, etc. this will put you in a “get shit done” mode.

5. after studying a unit/chapter, record yourself explaining it, as if to a person whose never heard of it. this helps SO MUCH. one, explaining/teaching helps you learn so much better, and two, you have a little video to review just before the test!!

6. study on the floor. if you have a carpeted area in your home, spread out all study materials, a white board, etc and study! it helps so much because you are comfertable and everything is within reach. do this if you need a break from desk studying.

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favorite underappreciated book series aesthetics [3/ ] 

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the alethiometer. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers"—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

Urban Legends

We ended up getting hundreds of submissions after we asked you guys to submit stories from your countries/cities/towns etc. We decided that it would be a lot easier to make a post with multiple urban legends that have been submitted. Here are 5 that we found to be interesting. We will continue posting more as they come in.

We have tagged those who have submitted these stories to us (unless they asked to be kept anonymous) 

Here we go:

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anonymous asked:

Hello! I love all of your cosplays, but my favorite so far is the Reigen mask. I was wondering what materials you used to make the mask and how much time it took? Thanks!

Materials: Black Foam Board, Rope, Glue (Gorilla, Wood, or Hot Glue works fine), Glue Stick, 11x17 print out

Tools: X-acto Knife, Scissors, Pencil

Time it takes: Couple hours; most time is spent on working on the vector and waiting for the glue to dry

The son of a Texas sharecropper and was part Yaqui Native American and part Mexican, young Benavidez grew up an orphan, poor, and dropped out of school in the 7th grade. He was labeled a ‘dumb Mexican’ through his early years.

He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1952 and 3 years later moved to the Regular Army. He married, joined the 82nd Airborne Division and was jump qualified. He later went into Special Forces training and was accepted into the 5th Special Forces Group and Studies and Observation Group SOG.

In '65 he was sent to South Vietnam serving as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Army and stepped on a land mine during a patrol and medical evacuated to the States. The doctors there determined that he would never walk again, but Benavidez showed them by conducting his own physical therapy at night to regain his ability to walk by crawling on his elbows and chin to a wall beside his bed, he would prop himself up against the wall and try to lift himself without physical assistance, but was cheered on by his fellow patients. It took a year of painful exercise, but in July '66 Benavidez walked out of the hospital, yes-walked, with his wife beside him and requested to be sent back to Vietnam.

It was granted in January '68.

On 2 May of that year, a 12-man Special Forces patrol comprised of 9 loyal Montagnards and 3 American leaders were engaged and quickly surrounded by an estimated 1,000 North Vietnamese Army soldiers. Hearing their frantic calls on the radio for help Benavidez ran for the helicopter and climbed on board armed only with a knife.

The landing zone was hot, but he’ realized that all the patrol members were either dead or wounded and unable to make it to the helicopter and ordered his helicopter to a nearby opening and jumped into it with a medical bag to take care of the wounded. So began a six-hour firefight. In his run to make it to the casualties Benavidez was wounded in the leg, face and head by enemy fire, but he doggedly continued, found the team members and rallied them to keep fighting to hold the enemy at bay to allow a medevac to occur.

He took smoke grenades and hurled them at the enemy in the tree line to direct close air support. When a helicopter came in, Benavidez picked up and carried off 6 of the patrol one by one to the helicopter. When they were on board he took a rifle and ran with the helicopter as it flew along towards where the other members were giving protecting fire from the NVA. When the patrol leader was killed, Benavidez managed to reach his body and recover classified materials, but was wounded again by enemy fire in the abdomen and shrapnel in his back. At that moment, the helicopter that was about to save them all was hit, the pilot killed, and it crashed into the LZ.

Benavidez ran back to the wreckage and pulled the dead and wounded and the others from it and set up a perimeter giving them hope with encouraging words and distributing ammo and water. The enemy fire was intense with automatic weapons and grenades coming from all sides. Using a radio, Benavidez began calling in close air support with gunship runs to allow another rescue attempt. He was hit again by a bullet through his thigh while dressing a wounded man.

A second helicopter came in to take them and the sergeant began taking them onboard, after taking one man and was carrying another, an NVA popped out and clubbed the sergeant in the head. Benavidez grappled with the enemy soldier and stabbed him in the head with his knife with enough force that it became stuck in the soldier’s head and couldn’t be removed.

When the last of the wounded were on board the sergeant saw two NVA rushing the helicopter, but the door gunners couldn’t engage them. Taking a rifle he gunned them both down. He made one last run around to gather and destroy the last of the classified material before boarding the helicopter. It was here when his adrenaline stopped and the serious nature of his wounds became known.

He received 37 puncture wounds, his intestines were out of his body, blinded by blood, a broken jaw, and shrapnel in his back he was thought to be dead with the helicopter touched down at base. He was pronounced dead by a doctor when he couldn’t feel a heartbeat, but the sergeant showed him by spitting in the doctor’s face. He recovered from his many injuries, but he wasn’t awarded the Medal of Honor. Instead, he was given the Distinguished Service Cross.

His friends clambered for this to be addressed, but Congress declared that too much time had passed and they needed eye witnesses to his actions. In 1980, Benavidez’s radioman, Brian O'Conner, provided a 10 page testimony about the firefight and was severely wounded in the same fight and thought to have died from his wounds, but he was alive and saw the news report on the news while vacationing in Australia. With his testimony the Review Board upgraded the Distinguished Service Cross to the Medal of Honor. On 24 February 1981 President Ronald Reagan bestowed the Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez to go with his other medals including;

5 Purple Hearts
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Good Conduct Medal with one silver and one bronze service loop
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal with four campaign stars
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Texas Legislative Medal of Honor
Combat Infantry Badge
Master Parachutist Badge
Army Special Forces Tab.

Not bad for a 'Dumb Mexican’.

How To Ace Intro Psych

I firmly believe that everyone should take at least one psych class in their life, or at least be exposed to the introductory concepts of psychology. I didn’t take psych in high school and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed my intro psych classes in first year uni. I enjoyed the classes (hence why I’m now adding on psych as a double major) and succeeded in them as well! Here’s my tips on how to ace intro psych!!




  • Type your notes. ⇾  You don’t have to do this but I found myself often scrambling to write down everything my prof said and not really listening. Typing is much faster and you can insert images and diagrams from lecture slides as you go.
  • Get information from a variety of resources. ⇾  My notes were a combination of information from lectures, textbook readings, and online articles my prof recommended to us. Interpreting the same concepts from different perspectives/explanations will really increase your understanding.
  • Use examples in your notes. ⇾ You need to be able to apply your knowledge to a variety of situations. Psychology involves some memorizing, yes, but you won’t succeed unless you can apply your knowledge.
  • Colour code your notes ⇾  I settled on a colour coding system for my second semester of psych and it worked very well. Orange = vocab words. Green = names of important people. Blue = main headings or important subheadings.Teal = the important stuff underneath all the headings. Don’t worry about organizing your notes perfectly, just be consistent.
  • Find a study buddy! ⇾ Talk to someone you don’t know in class and then help each other out! On midterms my prof would include questions based on concepts/examples they only mentioned during lectures. A study buddy can catch you up if you miss a lecture. Have them talk you through their notes because the notes alone won’t always fully convey what was discussed in class.
  • Explain concepts to others.  ⇾  A big part of my studying routine was explaining my notes to anyone who would listen (shoutout to my mom). I would go through my notes and use the headings as a guideline to explain concepts. I was aware that I would need to study more if I couldn’t explain something well. If my mom didn’t understand something, I could further both of our understandings by providing examples.
  • Review throughout the semester!  ⇾  By second semester I was hardly studying any extra for midterms. I reviewed a bit of psych every day and tried to understand concepts as soon as I could (instead of waiting till right before a midterm). Look over your notes while you’re waiting in line for coffee, combine lecture and textbook notes as soon as possible, and don’t forget to review content you learned at the beginning of the semester (you’ll be thankful for this when you start studying for finals)!
  • Do your readings! ⇾  Before lectures I would skim read the necessary textbook sections, to get an idea of what was going on, and then read the chapters in detail after the lecture. Find what works best for you! Also, look ahead at the next chapters you’ll be learning. If there’s a lot of unfamiliar vocab, try to learn what those terms mean before the lecture.


Psychology Resources

  • Not necessary but books (not textbooks) about psychology are super interesting and are great at getting across psychological concepts, without feeling like you’re studying! I recommend anything by Oliver Sacks, The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidges, The Tale of Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean, and The Brain Book by Rita Carter.
  • Introduction to Psychology: The Full Noba Collection This is basically a free textbook, covering all sorts of topics in psych, and each article is written by a professional. This is one of the resources I used the most to supplement my in-class learning.
  • Your professor or students who have taken the class before ⇾  Find copies of past exams or practice questions if you can. Being familiar with the style and language of questions will help you write midterms/finals better!
  • Quizlet  It’s an app for electronic flashcards. You can make your own flashcards or find others already made! I found vocab flashcards from each chapter of my textbook and then studied vocab on the bus.
  • Research studies on campus My psych classes required that students participate in psych studies being done on campus by grad students or other researchers. There’s no better way to learn about how psych research is conducted than by being a part of it!
  • Online Research Ethics Course    I talked to someone who does research at my uni and she recommended this course to me (it’s meant for primarily for researchers to take but the content is crucial to understand if you want to be involved in psych research).
  • Psychology Guide and Resources masterpost by @study-well
  • AP Psychology Exam Practice materials from the College Board    The more practice the better and these materials can be used to study for most intro psych classes at university as well.




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cheeky lil sprace soulmate au for yall!

The lines started appearing when Race was seventeen. One moment in class, he was working through a few physics problems, completely focused, and the next, he was staring at the black line on his arm. It was thin and scratchy like a ballpoint pen, and didn’t seem to follow any discernable pattern. Race watched in shock at the line continued slowly across the top of his forearm before coming to a close back at the start. He stared at the shape, trying to find any meaning in it, before realizing that it looked a little bit like a dog. After uncapping his pen, Race drew a quick face on what may or may not have been a dog, along with a bone.

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anonymous asked:

I hope this isn't too specific: You're a transfer honors student, avg family but brilliant, came in during the year. You're in Kyoya's class, and he is shocked when you beat him in class (esp. math) You have a similar 'cold' reputation, so you form a rivalry (we all know what comes of rivalries) His father learns he's losing to a commoner & threatens him if he doesn't get a better score than you. You make a really basic mistake & he knows it was on purpose & confronts you & feelings surface etc.

ohhh no bby don’t worry about specifics, they help me do better to give you what you want! thanks for the prompt cutie ♥

When you get your most recent math test, and you see that you’ve received a more than perfect score, you’re elated. You’d found a mistake and corrected it, leading to the professor to give you bonus points on top of your already flawless work. But of course, in order to maintain your spot as an honors scholarship student, you didn’t have a choice to be anything but.

You smirk when you see that you’ve beaten Ootori - again, you think to yourself - knowing that he’ll be beside himself when he sees (even if he doesn’t show it). 

Your rivalry is made up of short, cool, seemingly unaffected remarks back and forth - Kyoya understands the position you’re in, of course, although it irritates him that his top spot has been taken.

It irritates his father even more, even though you’re unaware of this. You’ve heard whispers, of course, of the situation Kyoya faces as the third son - something you’ve never had to think about, what with coming from a middle class family. 

Things come to a head when Kyoya comes into class one day with what looks like a swollen red mark on his cheek. No one asks, and no one says anything to Kyoya himself but there are groups of people whispering throughout the room.

When you look up and see him, and the welt-like mark on his face, you’re immediately concerned but he just sits down in his seat, choosing to ignore you instead of his usual icy stare. 

You’ve been told that you can be cool but the welt marring Kyoya’s admittedly handsome face causes your concern to overwhelm you, and you lean over and tap on his shoulder to get his attention.

He merely glances over at you, eyebrow quirked like a question mark, saying nothing.

“Not that I care, of course,” You say, always trying to appear even and unperturbed, “But are you okay, Ootori?”

“It’s nothing, really. My father’s just upset that I’m letting a commoner beat me in my studies, is all. While it certainly irritates me as well, not having the top spot, I understand the position you’re in and it can’t be helped.”

You can’t help the sharp intake of breath - you’re incredibly shocked that his father was that serious about such matters. The rest of the day continues as usual, but you can’t help but not put your usual amount of cool aloofness into your glares at Kyoya. 

It’s just sympathy, you tell yourself. You just feel bad for him. Nothing more. You do your best to ignore the aching in your chest and the way you can’t help but continue to look over at him, to watch the way his eyes rush over the material on the board and the way his hands move as he takes notes.

A month later, when you get your most recent tests back, you can’t help but smile when you see that Kyoya’s reclaimed his spot at the top. You’re second, of course - you only made maybe one basic mistake, forgot a negative, to assure you wouldn’t arouse too much suspicion. Besides, you only had to receive top marks on finals to stay in the scholarship program. Things would work out by then.

But when you’re on your way to the refectory for lunch, you’re suddenly pulled into an empty classroom and you hear the door slam behind you. You look up to see who’s kidnapped you, in a manner of speaking, you’re admittedly shocked to see Kyoya of all people.

“Ootori? What are you doing, I was going to go eat my lunch!”

“I know what you did.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Dammit!” He cries, slamming his hand down on a nearby desk. “Don’t lie to me, you’ve never scored any less than perfect on any test you’ve taken while you were here. You never do anything but study, there’s no possible way you didn’t throw that test so I could come out on top.”

“I mean, I wouldn’t say I threw the test, I just forgot a negative. I could never tarnish my own reputation like that, please. I just…that day when you came in, and your father had hit you because I was doing better - I don’t know, Kyoya, what do you want me to say?”

He surprises you by taking your face in his hands and crushing his lips down onto yours - at first you’re too shocked to respond, but after a moment or two you relax into it, enjoying the way his lips feel on yours.

When he pulls away, both of you a little breathless, he says, “You called me Kyoya.” Then, “Thank you.”

You’re surprised, yet again, and ask, “For what?”

“For caring.” Straightening his tie - you may or may not have pulled on it to deepen the kiss - he smirks and says, “I’d like to make a proposition.”

“Yes?”

“We could very easily tie for top of the class.”

“Oh really? Will that keep your father off your back?”

“He’ll never really be off my back, I’m used to it by now, I assure you.”

“That must be awful, I’m so sorry.”

He shrugs, before opening the door back up and gesturing for you to leave first. “Why don’t you let me tell you about it over dinner?”

You laugh. “Thanks, Ootori, but I have to study.”

“We can get takeout.”

“Okay, you’ve got a deal, Ootori.”

“Call me Kyoya.”

anonymous asked:

Best friend headcannons for the Nordics? Like, a platonic s/o, their closest friend

Denmark:

  • Yours and Denmark’s friendship is basically summed up by, “Dude watch this” “Hold my beer”.
  • Out of the two of you, I can guarantee that you are the more level-headed one.  Keep him out of jail.  Keep him out of the hospital.
  • Sometimes, you guys will go on the craziest adventures - mountain climbing, paddleboarding, deep sea diving.  Then, some days, the best time is just staying curled up at home, drinking a couple cold ones and watching the latest comedy added to Netflix.

Finland:

  • Who doesn’t love a best friend who can go from, “Let’s bake some cookies and braid each other’s hair” to “how fast do you think we can finish off this bottle of vodka”.
  • Seriously, things can get pretty crazy when Finn’s in the right mood.  Better be prepared for shit to get out of hand.
  • But also he’s the greatest friend!  You can always talk to him about anything, and if you ever need anything, you don’t ever have to hesitate to ask!

Norway:

  • The Cool Friend.  You want to go to a movie? Okay.  You want to pack up your stuff and get away for the weekend?  Chill.  You want to sleep in his bed, curled up in a blanket burrito, eating ice cream because you are having a horrible day?  Understandable.  He’ll get you a spoon.
  • He’s a great friend, but he isn’t the one you go to anytime, no matter what.  You wake him up at three am because you can’t sleep?  He will push you out the window.
  • To paint a picture, his prime Friend Mode is sitting on an unmade bed, side by side, eating Chinese take out straight from the cartons. Rupaul’s Drag Race is playing on the TV.  He cannot Be-fucking-lieve you just ate the last fried dumpling.  That is Prime Lukas Friend Mood.

Iceland:

  • Honestly, he’s a very low maintenance friend.  He just wants to chill, read, watch dumb videos on his laptop.  And the occasional roast session.
  • He tends to vent to you a lot, so you have to be a good listener.  He doesn’t have a lot of people he feels he can really open up to.
  • He’s not the friend you go to when you want to do a bunch of stuff.  You love him, but his bitching can get annoying.

Sweden:

  • Mom Friend Mom Friend Mom Friend
  • You don’t have a sweater?  He will lend you his sweater.  You hungry?  Here let’s buy you dinner my treat.  And what were you thinking wearing those shoes when the two of you were going to be doing a lot of walking?  Shut up, you’re getting a piggy back ride.
  • He’s prime sound board material.  When you have a bad day and you’ve been bottling a lot of stuff up, he is your go-to guy.  He will listen until you’re done.  And by listen, I mean actually listen.  Not just pretend to listen.
Cheap (kinda) Mascot Head (thing idk)

Time for another missing pictures build \o/ so uhhh… I had another prop I made, (specifically a lantern) that I have basically zero pictures of building, but! I took quite a few pictures of this:

my Tonberry head. Total approximate cost: $15 give or take $3-5 of materials I already had on hand. Disclaimer: the total cost is low because I have a tiny head.

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studydroplet  asked:

for people taking ap gov/apush this year i would 100% recommend watching adam norris on youtube! he has videos for literally everything that will be on the ap test because he bases his videos off of the college board's material outline. to study for my ap tests all i did was watch his videos and take notes on the info he talked about it. i studied a lot but because of his videos i was able to get a 5 on both my apush and ap gov tests!

oh hey thanks so much for the info!!!

Board Stuff

Hello! This will likely be my first and last blog post, but I’ve had many people ask for board prep advice, and I figured this was the most efficient way to get it out to everyone at once! I had a ton of advice along the way, so am happy to give back in any way that I can.

I will start out by telling you guys that my MCAT was well below average. I spent so much time looking up correlations between MCAT and board scores, and was convinced that I couldn’t do well on boards. This caused me a ton of anxiety, and despite what my NBME assessments, class grades, and Qbank averages told me, I doubted myself until the day I received my scores back.

My scores
USMLE: 257
COMLEX: 826

What I did

My goal going in to med school was to give 110% every single day, so that no matter what happened, I could not regret anything because I knew I had done everything I could. I maintained this mentality the entire way through, and it landed me where I am right now.

This being said, I never had a “goal score” for my boards. My goal was to max out my potential.

For the entirety of my first and second year, I put in on average 11-12 hours of work on weekdays, and 14-16 hours each day of the weekend. Obviously there were days I did less, but this was the exception and not the norm.

The absolute best advice I can give in regards to boards is to focus on class work and build a solid foundation. This is UNDERRATED. I knew many people who spread themselves thin with “board” resources, and wasted their time studying those rather than focusing on their class work. This is a huge mistake. The class work IS the “board material”. There is no point in venturing outside of your class work until you have that down solid.

1st year – 100% focused on classes. No board materials used.

Summer between first and second: DO NOTHING…except….Sketchy Micro. I watched this one time through during the summer, and the advantage it gave me is indescribable. During the fall, I would watch the videos again as we talked about them in class. Overall I went through the entire thing about 3 times. Not only was my micro class an absolute breeze, but after the fall semester, I hardly ever looked at micro again. These videos were so solid, that come board time I still remembered every detail, so there was no need to continue to study micro. I maxed out the micro score on both COMLEX and USMLE, and it was due primarily to this program. (We did also have an excellent micro class at school, so I don’t want to undercut that either).

2nd year

Fall semester:
This semester I was still about 95% focused on classes and 5% focused on boards. I started Kaplan Q bank, as well as USMLErx. I ONLY did these along with class work (ex: if we were learning cardio path, I only did cardio path questions). This not only helped me get used to board style questions, but also hammered in the class material.  

I also did dabble around in COMBANK a little bit. I think I finished a little over half of it.

Spring Semester
My primary focus was still class work. I bought Uworld in February or so, but still only did questions that corresponded with my class work. However, if we were learning GI path, instead of JUST doing GI path questions, I did ALL GI questions. This re-exposed me to anatomy, Biochem, histo, and other topics from first year.

I also began to diligently watch Pathoma. If we were learning GI path, I would learn the class material well, and then watch the Pathoma videos to hammer in the info. This was crucial.

I had all of Pathoma and Uworld done x1 before I got to my dedicated time.

Towards the END of my spring semester, I started messing around with First Aid. I had not really opened it before this time. If we were learning about cardio, I would make time to review cardiac anatomy and phys (we are not systems based). Again, this not only helped for boards, but also for classes.

Spring break
Biochem was my weakest subject- I think I had literally forgotten all of it. Over spring break, I watched the entire Kaplan Biochem series (schedule below). I made very detailed, yet simple notes, and from then on only worked from those. The number of pathways I had to learn after watching was daunting, to say the least. I came up with the idea of “pathway time” (dumb, but it worked well for me). For 15 minutes a day, I would stop what I was doing and draw out a biochem pathway. I would re-draw that same pathway for several days until I knew it cold, then would move to the next. I had all of the pathways down in about 4-5 weeks, and had turned my worst subject into one of my best. By working on this during the school year, I was completely done with Biochem before dedicated even started.  Breaking Biochem down in to short quick segments made it less stressful for me, and made it easy to attack.

Dedicated
Here is my dedicated schedule. I will stress the importance of regularly scheduled assessments. From what I’ve read, a lot of people are scared of taking assessments, so they just continue to study blindly, take an assessment a month or two later, do poorly, and then feel like they wasted those one or two months with ineffective studying. For this reason, I chose to space my assessment exams about 1 week apart. This way I could track my progress, and quickly make adjustments to my study methods if needed. This also allowed me to identify any weak points and quickly address them.

Uworld Stuff
During dedicated I finished Uworld for a second time. Many people advise saving Uworld until dedicated. I went back and forth trying to decide when to start it, and ultimately chose to begin early (thanks to the help of a super smart radiology resident I know ;) ). This was hands down one of the best decisions I made in regards to my board prep. Yes, Uworld is unequivocally the best resource there is for Step 1; so why the heck wait until dedicated to start?! Doing this qbank twice allowed me to get the most out of it. There were SO MANY things I picked up on the second time around that I would have otherwise missed. Start this in your spring semester, and do it in tutor mode, along with class work. Your second pass during dedicated should be random timed. Uworld for me was NOT about tracking scores; it was about learning from the questions and explanations.

I also kept a Uworld Journal (I read about this on someone else’s blog, so thank you for the idea!).  A Uworld journal is a word document that I used to keep track of questions I got wrong. I would read the explanation, and then pick the ONE FACT that I needed to know to answer the question right. I would type up the one fact in question form, and then answer it below. (Ex: What type of collagen is found in bone – Type 1).  I’m a wordy person (as you can probably tell), so this ‘one fact’ thing was awesome for me because it kept things short. The goal was to review this journal frequently, which I actually did not do very well, but the night before my USMLE I read through the entire thing and can say for sure I got several questions on my test that came from this journal. Uworld is huge, and keeping this journal was the only way for me to remember everything I had missed.

Between Uworld, USMLErx, Kaplan, COMBANK, and my assessments, I did somewhere between 12-13k questions. This was the most important thing I did. They can only ask questions so many ways. By exposing myself to this number of questions, there was not much that I hadn’t seen. A huge chunk of my questions were done during second year, but as stated above, I always did them in a way that would correspond with what we were learning in class at that time. I think I good goal to set is at least 10k questions.

Pathoma
I finished Pathoma for a second time during dedicated. I had a strong path background, so 2x was enough for me. If you are still hazy on any of the path, I would highly recommend watching Pathoma as many time as you need to until you have it down cold.

First Aid
Went through first aid twice. Not much else to say about this!

Between my USMLE and COMLEX
I took the USMLE 5 days before COMLEX. The idea was to study for the USMLE alone, and then in the 5 days between read the green book and do COMBANK OMT questions. This did not happen haha. I was brain dead after my USMLE. I think I read about half of the green book and worked maybe 200-300 COMBANK questions or so. I am not some OMT wizard or anything, so its safe to say the OMT on my COMLEX was easy (fortunately). Know your VSR’s and Chapman points cold. VSR’s were probably 80% of my OMT questions. I used a youtube video to learn them (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-r_QriTMSc


Assessments I Took 

- NBME assessments - forms 15, 17, 13, 18

- UWSA - 1, 2 

- Free 120 

- COMSAE form E 

- COMBANK assments 1 and 2

- Kaplan full length 

Thoughts on these - take as many as you can, especially the NBME assessments. My overall score on the USMLE was the exact average of my NBME assessments. They do a good job of letting you know where you stand and what you need to brush up on. Take one at the very start of your dedicated time period to get a baseline score. This will let you know where you stand and show you how much work you need to do to reach your goal. I think getting a baseline is super important. 

All of the COMLEX assessments (except COMSAE) were taken during the spring semester of school. These were all required by the school. 


Overall, the material I used in dedicated was no different than what everyone else uses. The work I did in my first two years is what laid the foundation for me to score well.

My MCAT is evidence that anyone can do this. Just takes a lot of work! Happy to answer any questions that I can!


Board Schedule












I was NOT able to stick to these time blocks. However, I DID finish everything I was supposed to finish each day by the end of that day. The time blocks were just not realistic for me. I had several days after my UWSA2 to just hit weak areas. In retrospect, I took WAY too long to study. 4 weeks would have been ideal. 


My Biochem Schedule (spring break)