Don't use Uworld USMLE without watching this! - 15 Tips to Maximize your Uworld Strategy

the way you use your world can either

make or break your us emily's step one

score that's why it's really important

to be able to use your world as

efficiently as possible

in this video i'll be telling you how

you can use uworld in the best way


now i understand that everyone prepares

differently for you assembly step one

but the way you use u-world is super

important there are some certain key

principles that you should be following

when using your u world and in this

video we'll be covering all those

principles so you can use your world as

efficiently as possible

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help you out so the first thing you

should remember

every img should do at least two rounds

of view world

your first round is a learning tool

whereas your second round is an

assessment tool

yes you should use your world as a

question bank where you learn how to

apply your clinical knowledge but you

should also use it as a textbook your

world contains a lot of information

that's not present in other resources

and therefore it's important for you to

go through your world and take all this

information and consolidate it all into

one place and in this case that's first


the second round is where you use it as

an assessment tool where you can learn

to gauge your knowledge and also work on

your question strategy and we'll be

getting into that a little bit later in

this video

so to do this you should do your u-world

in tutor mode and system-wise in the

first round this is important because

you want to do url in a way that it's

easy to annotate into first date now the

most efficient way to go through first

aid is by going through systems just

because you can also do you world and

systems so let's say you do cardiology

and first aid then you can do cardiology

a new world so you can assess your


learn how to apply the theory that you

learned from first date and also write

all the information that's not present

in first aid from you world now i made a

separate video

that describes how you can fit your u

world into your study plan and that will

be in the link right here

now your second round of url is where

you do it timed and random now it's

really important to do it this way

because you'll learn how to apply all

the knowledge that you already

gathered in your first round and you'll

also work on question strategy

question strategy is key basically no

matter how much you study when you write

your us only step one you'll only know

60 to 70

of the knowledge it's up to you to use

question strategy to try to bridge that

20 to 30

knowledge gap by making educated guesses

now question strategy is quite the broad

term and there are a lot of things that

you should be focusing on to improve

your question strategy

first is the way you approach your

questions when approaching the question

try to read the last line first

and then go to the rest of the question

now i'm going to explain this with an


now in the question they might say a 32

year old male comes to the emergency

department with tearing chest pain that

radiates from the chest

all the way to the back and that there's

difference in blood pressure between two

arms now while reading this you're going

to be trying to evaluate and realize

that this is aortic dissection but maybe

that's not even what they're asking for

maybe later in the question stem they

already mentioned that it's aortic

dissection and they want your next step

in management so the ideal way to

approach this is to read the last line

which says what's the next step in

management now you know what you should

be focusing on then you can read the

options to have a better idea of what

the question is asking then you can

start reading from the top

next thing you should focus on is to

practice reading the question

now you shouldn't read the question word

to word because this can waste a lot of


so taking the example i just mentioned

instead of reading that a 32 year old

man presented the emergency department

with tearing chest pain you should be

able to skim it so when you read it it

should be something like this

32 year old man tearing chest pain

radiating to the back

unequal blood pressures so you can cut

out all the fluff and focus on the

pertinent information to the case now

remember all this does take

time and practice so don't expect

yourself to be great at it at start

for me it took me halfway through my

second round just to get comfortable

with this

also some people like to spend a little

bit of extra time to highlight these

and while this works for many people i

know this personally hasn't worked for

me just because it takes a little bit

extra time to sit and highlight but if

you do find that this helps you

try to focus on this from the start

because you want to be able to minimize

the time that it takes to highlight and

do it quick to save time

next you have to focus on illumination

early on now what do i mean by


you're going to have four to five

options and you're gonna have to

eliminate the ones that don't make sense

and this takes

practice now let's take an example

there's a 16 year old that presents with

chest pain but in the options you have

mi so you should be eliminating that

early on

like this slowly over time you get

better and better at eliminating until

you get to the last two

now how do you choose between the last

two well there's a certain method that i

used from my us emily step one and it

helped me

during my preparation whenever i got a

question wrong i used to categorize that

question into three categories

now the first category would be if you

don't know the information at all and

this is purely due

to that knowledge gap that you lack for

this the only answer would be to brush

up on your topics and learn the concepts

second try to make sure if it was a

silly mistake now when i say a silly

mistake it could be a variety of reasons

it could be whether you read the

question wrong whether under pressure

you weren't able to look at the options

properly you marked the wrong

option and these are basically the

questions that you got wrong but they

are avoidable

now remember that everyone's gonna have

these just because you're doing these

questions against time so under pressure

you're gonna have to skim through and

there are so many times that you're

going to just miss the options

third you want to see if you followed

your gut and that led you to the right

answer or not now while you're doing

your world you're going to narrow the

options down to two or three options but


your gut is going to tell you that one

thing is the right answer but you

overthink and you change the answer

now after you get that question wrong

you want to see if your gut was the

right answer or

you overthinking has led you to the

wrong answer over time you start to see

a pattern and see that you changing the


leads you to the right answer or your

gut is the right answer and later while

you do your practice tests

you go with that this is the formula

that i used to try to improve my

question strategy and to see what the

trend was

with the options that i was picking next

you want to get into the mind of the

question reader now what does this mean

every question has a right answer and

the person who's writing the question

wanted you to pick up on certain tips or

know certain concepts to get the right

answer so try to see what the question

writer was trying to hint for you to


now this is easier said than done and it

takes a lot of time to develop but the

more you try this the better you get at

it you want to focus on presentations

now let's get back to that aortic

dissection example

where i said a 32 year old man comes

with tearing chest pain that radiates to

the back and there's unequal blood

pressures on each arm

when reviewing the explanations of each

questions i also want you to go back to

the question

and focus on the way they presented it

because this is one method that they can

present it in the exam

remember every symptom has a certain

explanation or a reason behind why it

came to be so when trying to go through

the explanations

try to understand why each and every

symptom came to place

most of the time they'll give this in

the explanation but if not i would

definitely suggest

taking a little bit of extra time and

going and checking this up

online to see the cause of each symptom

now let's get to flash cards

a lot of people like to make flash cards

during u world and it's a great method

it's a great method to make sure you

actively recall what you don't know

and strengthen your weak areas but this

is why you should only do it in your

second round of you world and make

flashcards in your second round of

europe a lot of people like using anki

which is a great resource but they try

to use it during your first run of your

world but in your first round of you

world you're in your consolidation phase

and you're learning all the concepts

so essentially you really don't know

anything so it's a waste of effort to

spend a lot of time

on focusing on making flashcards during

your first round because if you make

your flashcards in your second round

you're essentially making flashcards and

the topics that you're weak

so try to focus on not making flashcards

in your first round if you do want to

make it make it in your second round now

we talked a lot about question strategy

but how do you build your question

strategy this mainly occurs in your

second round of you world

if you don't do questions every single

day it's easy to lose the grasp of doing

questions and this is why

i suggest you to do two blocks every

single day now because this is a long

preparation and it's a marathon not a

sprint you're going to have days where

you don't feel like studying and that's


but i really suggest that you do two

blocks of your world every single day

even if you're tired in your second

round just to make sure that you

actively keep up with your question


we don't want you to build your question

strategy and then it drops and then you

build it again so the max you reach is

that plateau

and it's easy to fall into the trap of

wanting to learn more information so a

lot of times people

divert from reworld and focus only on

first dates saying that they want to

grasp their theory better but i still

believe that you should definitely

try your best to do two blocks of your

world every day now the only

time that i believe this is acceptable

is before you start your second round

review world before you start your

second round of u world you wouldn't

have started building on your question

strategy so it's okay to take a break

and read a whole

reading of first aid before getting to

your second round now again this is

optional i preferred it because i

figured i could use my u world more

efficiently but it depends on the time

you have to a lot

and the time till your exam remember

don't get discouraged by your world


in the first round it's a learning tool

so no matter what you're not going to do


there are people who get 30 or 40 in

their first round and they still hit

240s or 250s in their exam a lot of

people ask me that their scores are low

in their first round what do they do to


don't worry it's just a learning tool

it's a textbook and even in your second

round at the starting you're not going

to get a good score because you're still

focusing on learning the information

so just remember that during your second

round over time

your percentage is going to get better

and better i remember at the starting of

my second round my percentage started at

65 to 70

or sometimes even 55 to 60 but over time

that got better and better and better

and by the end i was scoring anywhere

from 80 to 95

in my euroblocks don't do a lazy round

of you world now

some people want to do a first pass

review world before they're

serious dedicated and say that i just

want to get familiar with the questions

but this doesn't work your second round

of view world is very important for you

to build question strategy but if you do

a lazy first

pass of view world then by the time you

get to your second pass you'll be using


like your first pass and you'll be using

it as a consolidated tool but then

you're gonna have to use your third pass

as an assessment tool

but by this time you already remember

most of the questions it can

significantly affect your preparation

just because you won't be able to focus

on question strategy also try not to get

lazy while doing any questions so while

doing a block of 40 questions especially

in your first round many people do 30

questions really well by annotating and

learning the concepts and they get lazy

in their last 10 questions and they

don't annotate that now the problem with

this isn't immediate but you will see

this in the long run now when you do

your second round of your world you

don't want to focus on annotating all

you want to do is focus on reading the

concepts and then reading first aid and

i talk more about that in this video

right here

so please check that out of how to use

you world and first aid in your

dedicated study period but now if you

didn't do your first pass properly

you're gonna have to sit through each

question in your second round and see if

this is the question that you missed and

you didn't annotate so make sure

each time you're doing your world you're

actively thinking and actively

annotating into first page now remember

if a topic is tested more in your world

that means it's a high-yield topic and

it's asked more in the step one so you

don't wanna be lazy over these topics

and say i'm gonna learn them later

because that will harm you in the long

run if you

do get tired or burnt out while doing a

block i really suggest that you take a

10 minute break or one hour break

this is much more preferable than just

finishing off your 40 questions for the

day and just relaxing

every second you spend in your world can

be a second that's spent to learn

not everyone follows these principles

and sometimes it's okay but if you focus

even on a few

over time that becomes second nature and

you can focus on more and if you're in

the middle of this prep and you haven't

used these principles

then it's never too late but remember

make sure you do two passes review world


the way you use your world is very

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