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Studying during med school || Mistakes || whats Missing || USMLE Step 1 / 2

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We came come to med school with the ambition and hope that we will be better than the others, we will do our best and achieve our goal of medical of a doctor. With hard work and true dedication that is possible, but the amount of material to be covered through medical school can be excessive for some people and we all fall into the same mistakes here and there.

Since i have been Tutoring for some time now I noticed three common mistakes amongst all my students.

  • Re-reading without focusing on weak point
    • We have so many books to read Kaplan, First Aid, Master the boards etc etc
    • Reading the material again and again is a good way to be familiarize yourself with the topic BUT unless you are also focusing on what you missed from the last read, its pointless to read what you already know again and again.
    • To Counter this I recommend having a study partner or someone senior to study with, Tutoring really helps with this step, someone to go over with you and fill in the blanks in your knowledge can help you really shine and score high on the exams
  • Burn out
    • A lot of students don't take proper breaks, causing them to burn out
    • Have a day in the week for yourself, where you can let your brain and body relax. 
    • Studying everyday is great, but if you are bored of life, then you can't start everyday with the same focus, motivation as you would after taking a day off.

  • Rushing to meet deadlines
    • We all set deadlines, which is awesome and how studying should be done, but some of us, skip topics or don't pay the right amount of attention to the topic at hand just so they can finish the desired topic on time; on schedule. 
    • This is detrimental, because you end up spending more time coming back and restudying the topic
    • The easy solution is to give yourself enough time for each subject be honest with yourself; and if required re-schedule than skipping.

What sets me apart? || TUTORING || USMLE || Caribbean medical school

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What sets me apart?
The main thing growing up in north america does allow you to be accustomed to the way of speaking and health system, which can be really useful when it comes to teaching USMLE CS. Also, since I just took the exam all my information and knowledge is fresh; taking the exam allows you to understand what the latest information is that is being tested on the exam. There are many small details that can be skipped by students which is what really sets you apart from those people scoring high vs not doing too well.  

There are certain techniques and ways that help you memorize and understand concepts; with SPECIFIC high yield points that are really the game changer. It these kind of things that really help you excel and push further. 

Plus, I have the experience of tutoring in Medical School, and I have come across many people who are extremely smart but just get tangled around concepts which when explain by someone else with a different point of view really helps them grasp it, and who else to explain the concepts to you then someone who already been through it all.


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Lets be Honest...
USMLE are very different than most of the exams that us medical students take, not only they challenge you on your knowledge, intelligence but also exam taking skills. Memorizing and knowing all the material is one of the critical part but then retaining it, and being able to recall it at the proper time, while being sure about the topic the question is asking about.
While keeping all of that in mind, one crucial thing that most often is missed by students is that everyone studies differently; people have different styles of learning, different memorization technique; and with so many resources and everyone giving you different opinion and experience it can cause a student to feel helpless and lost in many ways.
This is the reason I believe 1 on 1 support is the best way to really push someone and help them achieve their goal to conquer USMLE. I have developed three ways which I believe should cater to the vast majority of the students studying for Usmle Step 1, USMLE step 2 CK, USMLE Step 2 CS.
1 on 1 Tutoring: Regular tutoring sessions to help study for the steps; including practising for CS. ( Click Title for more detail)
Advice Session: Some student's don't require regular sessions, or they are just not sure if tutoring is for them, but what they require is advice for how to go on, or to improve or just to be sure what they have done is appropriate. ( Click Title for more detail)
USMLE Coach: Something New I want to try, which might be really beneficial to some students out there, who don't need any advice but just lack some focus. ( Click Title for more detail)