A lot of times, people presume that with my double 99, prepping for me was a breeze. That I did not go through the same problems every Old IMG went through in my own prep. Nothing was further from the truth.
When I was starting my prep, one of my biggest problem was that not only have I not sat for an exam for a long time, I have not done any kind of long term studying for some time already. It was very hard to get into studying mode and read for long hours.
I went thru a lot of false starts. Studying a few days to weeks, then sputtering to a stop. This went for about a year before things finally began to settle down into a routine. The fact I had to work at the same time did not help the situation. In the end I was able to get into focus and finished my prep.
Is there really a short cut to get back into studying mode? I don’t think so. You have to get back into the habit of studying for long hours before you can seriously prepare for the USMLE. And like all habits, it takes sometime before it becomes routine to you. It will probably be easier if you are in a group where all of you are older grads and in the same boat. That would keep you motivated.
I have been thinking of forming an old IMG club, where old IMG’s gather together weekly, keep each other motivated, swap experience, until they get to the point that they can study for long hours on their own. If you feel you want to join up, post your name in the comments section. If we get at least 10 people, I will set up a forum for Old IMG members to meet up.