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Tips on endurance during exam day?

Discussion in 'Step II' started by May3Exam, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. May3Exam

    May3Exam 5+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Any tips on how to deal with the 8 hour exam?? And how to stay focused until the last question? Of, course, other than taking practice exams.
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  3. Dr McSteamy

    Dr McSteamy sh*tting in your backyard 2+ Year Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    slap yourself in the face periodically
  4. May3Exam

    May3Exam 5+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2007
    Thanks. I'll be picturing you in my head when i do that. seriously, i wouldn't waste my time and post something to get an answer like that.
  5. Babycatcher2B

    Babycatcher2B 2+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    I took a break after almost every block. Looking forward to the breaks kept me motivated.
  6. MeowMix

    MeowMix Explaining "Post-Call" 10+ Year Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    When I was studying for the MCAT, I read the Examkrackers advice that said, "Take a break, or your brain will go ahead and take one while you are trying to take the test." I still think this is excellent advice.

    Step 1 is bad, but you are fuelled by adrenaline and fear. Step 2 CK and CS are brutally long and boring. My personal strategy for the computer tests is a break after every block, a chocolate treat after every block, and quick walk outside after every block. This is only possible at certain test centers, of course; our local one is excellent.

    Other people like the blast-through-and-get-done-before-I-die-of-boredom approach.

    You definitely need to build endurance by doing a lot of practice questions, just like training for an endurance race.
  7. EBKame

    EBKame Member 10+ Year Member

    Sep 13, 2004
    I left a thermos with coffee in the lockers provided for Step I. Every break I took entailed a little coffee and a bite of a granola bar. I didn't take the full lunch break because I thought it would ruin the momentum, I had going.
  8. doc20

    doc20 5+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    energy drinks like gatorade, or atleast keep yourself hydrated
    and simlpe advice as to get adequate sleep the day before
  9. polynikesdb

    polynikesdb 2+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    Des Moines, IO
    Lifesavers mints are good to pop in the mouth when you feel sluggish.
  10. McSnappy

    McSnappy 5+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    Ask me later
    Training has got to be Standing around during rounds on 24 inpatient Internal Med Patients, of which 7 are new from the night before. We started rounding @ 9am and finished @ 6:30... rounding!:eek:
    Lord have Mercy for Intern Year!

    that alone should have me prepared. Then add in having to answer pimping questions for 7+hours per day. At least half I don't know and the ones I do, not to enough detail. My brain is cooking most of the day, then go home and look up some "important" topic to be presented in rounds the next day:oops:, get up @ 5 to be there by six to round on my 4-6pts to write my note, to present my note and watch my comrades go up in flames only to step up to the stake and impale myself on the same fire. Yippeee. Lovin' it:love:
  11. SamusLives

    SamusLives 2+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    caffeine to stay focused

    aspirin and tylenol to prevent headaches (I get them at the worst times)

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