Thursday, 1 November 2012

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Preparing for exam day. Nervous? Hell yeah!

Are you weeks away from that moment, when you and the USMLE step into the ring and beat each other's butt? Are you nervous? I bet you are, hell, I was, too. I felt smashed by the unnerving sensation the exam (your first Step) exerts on you. 

I know what you feel. I felt it, too.

Have you performed any side activities to lessen the stress levels? 

How about doing one of the following to reduce stress:
1. Jogging daily for 30 minutes, even if it's just running around the block.
2. Eating healthy food to optimize your energy levels.
3. Find a good source of distraction that doesn't harm your body (i.e. reading books unrelated to medicine).
4. Reading a good mentoring book to guide you along your endeavor to conquer the USMLE.
5. Sleeping at least 6 hours a day?

I know, it's very close, and you feel that you have to study 12 hours daily. Maybe you're right, you do have to study all day. But never forget that there's nothing worse than burning-out before the exam. You want to be at your prime as you walk into the Prometric center. 

Have any questions? Wish to be pumped up? Leave a comment behind and as a community, those of us who have taken the exam will gladly boost your juices up!