test preparation


January 31, 2020

Studying for the USMLE Step 1: Schedule Your Training for the Big Event

Contributing Author

Athletes, especially ones who have never run a marathon, will create a training schedule to prepare them for the big event. This schedule does not mean that they run the full marathon every week training, but rather they train in shorter intervals that will gradually increase in difficulty up until the actual event. Creating a…


January 13, 2020

Don’t Sprint the USMLE Step 1

Contributing Author

What exactly am I training myself for? It’s January of your M2 year. The first semester flew by almost as fast as Christmas break did, and you’re approaching the halfway point in your medical school career. In the back of your mind you may have been thinking about it as the test-that-shall-not-be-named (cue dramatic music…


November 27, 2017

Test-taking 101

Marybeth Norcross

When it comes to testing well there is no substitute for planning and preparation.  There are, however, some practical strategies, sort of like a test-taking 101 course, you can use to help your performance better reflect your understanding of the material. Test-taking strategies address your attitude and how you read and answer test questions. and…


May 1, 2017

Testing Center Tips and Protocols

Marybeth Norcross

The time for taking your finals has arrived. The Testing Center has 24 regular testing computers, 12 reserved special testing cubicles, and hundreds of students to test. With many tests scheduled, it is possible that you may have to wait for a space to open. To avoid the wait, here are four tips to make…


April 24, 2017

Tips for Testing Well

Marybeth Norcross

When it comes to testing well there is no substitute for planning and preparation.  There are, however, some practical approaches, or test-taking strategies,  you can use to ensure that your performance accurately reflects your preparation. Test-taking strategies improve how you take a test. They include your attitude and how you read and answer test questions,…


April 17, 2017

Easing Test Anxiety

Ashley Phillips

Have you ever been taking a test when suddenly everything goes blurry, you can feel your heart begin to race, and you start having trouble understanding the test question? I have. For me, it was test anxiety. What Causes Test Anxiety? Test anxiety can come from many sources. It can come from not preparing well,…


April 10, 2017

Planning for Finals

Marybeth Norcross

It’s hard to believe, but finals are just a few short weeks away, which means you are probably buried in papers, projects, presentations, and unit tests. Don’t let this sneak up on you! Planning for your finals doesn’t have to be difficult. With just a few steps you can go into finals focused, prepared, and…


November 14, 2016

Addressing Test Anxiety

Ashley Phillips

You attended the lectures, took the notes, and read all the chapters. You made notecards, flashcards, Quizzlets, outlines, charts, and graphs. You stayed up late and got up early. You studied alone and with your study group. You are ready for your test. You ate a good breakfast. You know the information. You are ready….


October 10, 2016

Reducing Test Anxiety

Ashley Phillips

“Students, open your blue books”… That’s a phrase that still strikes fear into me. It’s what one of my professors would say at the beginning of each exam. I can still feel the hair standing up on the back of my neck, my heart beginning to race, and my vision narrowing as if staring into…


September 26, 2016

Test Preparation

Marybeth Norcross

With midterm season almost here, it’s time to focus on finding the best strategies for test preparation. Did you know that the most common cause of test anxiety and stress is not knowing the information because of poor preparation? The better prepared you are for a test, the better you are likely to do. Here…



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