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OK, so I'm a second year DO student, at one of the better performing schools. I have not failed any courses, BUT, all my averages are between 70 and 73 on all my courses (passing is 70). I've worked pretty hard for those grades, too. (for courses like ethics and osteopathic medicine, I'll admit I am just lazy)

Yes there are plenty weak areas in my study habits. I've met with the school education specialist to address these and the times I took the advice were also the times I made the lowest scores, closest to failure. Was not able to get the recommended strategies to work for me. My trust is small.

I'm hanging in there. 2nd year is a bit easier, but still 60s and low 70s on all exams. Hardest courses are behind me.

1st Year: Made and studied Anki decks for each lecture. Pertinent BRS physiology review & practice questions
2nd Year: Zanki for system in question, BRS practice questions, and additional Anki for anything not overlapped in the school's lecture. Sketchy.

I just watched this Dave Ramsey video (google it) with the student who passed years 1 and 2, but failed his boards and now has 430k in debt. He said he got by preclinicals OK, but then couldn't retain the bulk of all the material in its entirety. That scared me a lot.

Few questions:
What raw percentages equate to passing on Step 1 and COMLEX?
How easy is it to fail either one? Is merely passing more or less easily obtained?

I know the UFAPS method, and am already utilizing Zanki and Sketchy. But does memorizing all these random facts work for you guys when it comes to the boards?

All advice and stories welcome.
 

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Also studying for boards so cant give you too much advice from experience, but I can say that you should believe in yourself, you got this, don't let yourself think otherwise.Keep working hard and putting the time in and things will turn out okay
 

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I firmly believe that anyone can pass. I've seen students scoring <140 on their first practice test, who go on to score above average on the real thing.

Do you struggle at all with test-taking anxiety or attention issue? How would you describe your memory?
 
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I firmly believe that anyone can pass. I've seen students scoring <140 on their first practice test, who go on to score above average on the real thing.

Do you struggle at all with test-taking anxiety or attention issue? How would you describe your memory?

I don't get test taking anxiety, but I do have attention issues. Not inattentive while taking the exam itself, but more like inattentive throughout the day. My mind drifts a lot. PCP was not convinced as to any ADHD cause or anything though
 
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OK, so I'm a second year DO student, at one of the better performing schools. I have not failed any courses, BUT, all my averages are between 70 and 73 on all my courses (passing is 70). I've worked pretty hard for those grades, too. (for courses like ethics and osteopathic medicine, I'll admit I am just lazy)

Yes there are plenty weak areas in my study habits. I've met with the school education specialist to address these and the times I took the advice were also the times I made the lowest scores, closest to failure. Was not able to get the recommended strategies to work for me. My trust is small.

I'm hanging in there. 2nd year is a bit easier, but still 60s and low 70s on all exams. Hardest courses are behind me.

1st Year: Made and studied Anki decks for each lecture. Pertinent BRS physiology review & practice questions
2nd Year: Zanki for system in question, BRS practice questions, and additional Anki for anything not overlapped in the school's lecture. Sketchy.

I just watched this Dave Ramsey video (google it) with the student who passed years 1 and 2, but failed his boards and now has 430k in debt. He said he got by preclinicals OK, but then couldn't retain the bulk of all the material in its entirety. That scared me a lot.

Few questions:
What raw percentages equate to passing on Step 1 and COMLEX?
How easy is it to fail either one? Is merely passing more or less easily obtained?

I know the UFAPS method, and am already utilizing Zanki and Sketchy. But does memorizing all these random facts work for you guys when it comes to the boards?

All advice and stories welcome.

One of my friends was scoring 70s in all in house exams at one of the better DO schools. The person sticked with UFAPS

That person COMLEX 1 is 600s, and USMLE Step 1 is 220s.
 
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