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    Hello, first time posting. I recently completed my first year at SGU in the medical program. While I passed both semesters, I do not think I was in the top half of my class academically (rarely performed above average on exams). In addition, I did not perform well on the BSCE 1 exam that we took at the end of this past semester. Though passing the exam was not required, my score did end up hurting my WMPG for that term (which I did not expect). I am looking for advice on how to improve during my second year (in particular this next term containing pathology and microbiology). My performance to this point has me greatly discouraged and extremely apprehensive on the effect that my current level of performance will have on my scores on the STEP 1 and the remaining preclinical semesters. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    How did you study for the BSCE? It was tricky, because it was wedged between
    one midterm, the OSCE and the Final exam. Rough week or two. Also, students felt they failed to give proper instructions, and tried to pass the buck (eg,don't blame me)when confronted in class about why we didn't have better preparation for the exam. Did you just study from First Aid? I chose not to, and also used the Physio and Biochem book and went over every question from Gray's and ended up getting about 70% raw score, higher than I expected. How did you prepare for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by medfly99 View Post
    How did you study for the BSCE? It was tricky, because it was wedged between
    one midterm, the OSCE and the Final exam. Rough week or two. Also, students felt they failed to give proper instructions, and tried to pass the buck (eg,don't blame me)when confronted in class about why we didn't have better preparation for the exam. Did you just study from First Aid? I chose not to, and also used the Physio and Biochem book and went over every question from Gray's and ended up getting about 70% raw score, higher than I expected. How did you prepare for it?
    I didn't do all that much to prepare given the lack of info we were given and all of the upper termers who told us things like "it's nothing to worry about" and "it's all first order questions." Was stunned to see on the exam that the questions were nearly as complex as those on the tests at the end of each module. I only prepared for about a week prior to the test and almost exclusively used first aid. I only spent a week preparing because I was concerned about falling behind on neuro.

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    wow I guess a lot has changed, back when I was there 12', that exam was just a waste of 2 hours, no one studied and it was just one last test you had to take before you could go home.
    In regards to your original question, MS2 is much more challenging because the volume of info picks up a ton. Try fine tuning your study strategies so that you are efficient with your time
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    Med school is a marathon not a sprint. You've got to put in 7-10 hours of solid, effective studying a day to do well. Everyone learns different, but I would make thousands of flashcards on every topic that I was currently studying and go over them again and again. This worked for me, but you have to find your own style. Whatever you're doing isn't working, so you need to adjust.
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    I remember my first semester barely passing -- I realized that my study habits from college wasn't going to cut it. I realized med school is about worthless pieces of facts to the deep detail. Reading a chapter and expected me to remember it wasn't going to fly, so that's why I did the flashcard method. Takes a lot of time, but I improved dramatically in my performance.
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    If you're interested, the program I used was flashcards deluxe (I have no affiliation).
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