Mistakes to Avoid While Studying for the USMLE

To become a practicing physician in the U.S., you must pass the USMLE. That’s true whether you attend a school located in the U.S. or an international school such as MUA. Here are some tips from Brian Radvansky, a USMLE Tutor, on mistakes to avoid while studying for USMLE Step 1 & 2 CK:

  • On test day, you will need to be focused and present for about 8 straight hours. Start building that stamina now. Avoid giving yourself those “mini-rewards” for just completing a question block. Keep going.
  • Avoid doing too great a proportion of your practice blocks in Timed Tutor mode and getting overly used to expecting a green check or red X after every question. That obviously won’t happen on the exam.
  • Try as much as possible to physically emulate the actual test conditions, i.e., working at a desk vs. lounging with your iPad on the couch.


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