Officially 2.14 weeks into my Intensive Study Period (ISP). Took a $60 practice (4-hour-long) Step 1 exam yesterday. Score went gone up 27 points from the diagnostic one I took at the beginning of my ISP. Hoping that's a good increase. Hoping to increase a bit more over the next 3 weeks. Hoping to not burn out...
Currently doing 100-120 practice questions/day with Pharm flashcards and the equivalent of 150-200 pages of reading between First Aid and question explanations. 8-12 hours/day of at-the-desk, distractionless (phone off, deactivated Facebook, email closed) time spent studying, not including breaks, six days per week.
This is the most rigorous / mentally straining period of study I've ever experienced.
Every night my brain feels full.
Three. More. Weeks.