Kaplan's Tips for the day before USMLE

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1.  Take the day off from studying.  This is your day to relax and gather your strength before the main event. Get out of bed at the same time you will have to get up the next day. If you feel you must study, limit yourself to reviewing your own notes and flashcards. 

2. Have some fun.  Go for a walk. Listen to your favorite music. Go see a good comedy or an action movie that will allow cathartic release. Go shopping. Spend time with a significant other. Do whatever you like. You have worked hard and deserve it.
3. Make sure that you have checked out the basics for the exam:

Ø        Have you worked through the USMLE tutorial?
Ø        Do you know where the Prometric center is, and how to get there? 
Ø        Do you have alternative transportation if, for example, your car does not start? 
Ø        Do you trust your alarm clock to wake you up in time? If not, make arrangements with friends as back up. You want to be sure to wake up rested, refreshed, and on time.
Ø        Lay out what you'll need for the exam before you go to sleep. This includes photo identification, scheduling permit and confirmation number, as well as any personal items like eyeglasses. While you're at it, don't forget to pack a lunch!

4.  Call your friends and classmates and make some plans to celebrate.  You'll need to blow off some steam anyhow, and talking with colleagues will remind you that you are not in this by yourself.

5.  Be sure to do some physical activity.  Just taking a walk for an hour will help relax you.

6.  Get a good night's sleep.  To help you sleep, consider a hot bath or warm milk. Avoid taking sleeping medication as it may leave you groggy in the morning.

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