My first day of USMLE prep hasn’t gone as planned at all! I was supposed to have a 12 hour day – 8am-8pm. 8 hours of content based studying, 2 hours of test taking, 1 hour of flashcards, and 1 hour break for lunch.
I started my 50 Qbank questions at 8am as planned. I decided to use the “tutoring mode” so that I could go over the answers as I attempted each question. I knew it would be hard to get through all of them, but I only got through 15! The explanations are so in depth and I got carried away. It was very time consuming and I have to decide how to manage it because my day is already 12 hours long and I don’t feel comfortable extending it at either end.
Plus, I didn’t sleep well, and at 9am I was ready to pass out, so I laid down for a 20 minute nap (decided it was worth it to take one of my breaks early). Except my damn timer didn’t chime like it is supposed to. WTF??? I had it right next to my face and it didn’t make a sound. So anyhow, I slept for 1.5 hours. At least I woke up refreshed to learning crap tons of cardiovascular science….
I had planned to study 8 hours of content – 4 respiratory and 4 cardiac. By the end of the day, I had completed nearly 4 hours of respiratory medicine, but probably only 2.5 hours of cardio, so I’ll have to make up the other 1.5 hours I was supposed to study somewhere else. I worked on the Qbank questions for another hour, but only completed another 15.
I gotta get on my game and get all the kinks ironed out of my schedule.