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Study Plan

Study plan

What it all boils down to.

This is not exactly my study plan, it's something I learned after trying many times and finally was able to finalize this with the help of my friends.

My studying was divided into 3 parts:

 --- 1st part --
Kaplan videos + books -  Focus on kaplan and not on memorizing but on understanding the material; really know the material and i would recommend not making many notes but rather just understanding everything. Many times we hinder our studies by going back again and again cause we feel like we have forgotten the material, don't do that, just focus on studying the material and getting through it while understanding everything.
Take first NBME

-- 2nd part --  Review subject wise + Qbank. I would recommend first aid, and study subject wise. So the process would be to study 1 subject from first aid, and where you feel like you are weak in the subject go back to the kaplan books to study the material, and do the uworld questions with the subje…

Which videos/Programs to watch?

The video series that should be focused on and will stand out above the others. I will list them in order of importance

KAPLAN VIDEOS:  its a must must for almost all the medical students; though it depends on the students how they watch it, I would recommend not watching Pathology because PATHOMA really covers it well, so it's not needed. But for the rest Kaplan videos are really useful for understanding the basics and knowing how things work.
My recommendation: i know they are boring so you can watch it at 1.25x speed, thats how it did it, and many others but only if it doesn't compromise the understanding.

Pathoma: like I mentioned before there is no other series that come even close to explaining pathology as well as Pathoma does. Study the video while reading the book along and you should be ready for pathology for step 1.

Doctor In Training: DIT is not for everyone, but it really really helps some people out. You should utilize them after you have reached your goal for usm…

The 5 biggest mistakes doing uworld

Excellent post made at Medschooltutor blog

original link


Q banks

There are 3 main type of Q banks known, i will list them and discuss them in order of important.

USMLE WORLD: Honestly this is all you need 
Very similar to the real exam Challenging questions to really test your knowledge of the material with good explanations to help you understand the concepts Most people see the Q bank as a way to test their knowledge, but this is the wrong approach; you should be using Q bank as you would be using a book as a study material. There is so much more information that will be tested on the exam, its up to date and will add to your knowledge from the text books. 
What I recommend and this is something i learned from a good friend, you should do the Qbank subject wise, reading on the material and then going subject wise so you can really focus on the subject, fill in the blanks in your knowledge and go back and forth with the learning process.  You must do usmle world atleast 2-3 times, make sure to absorb all the material and take your time the first ti…

What books I used?

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When you are going to school there is so much information going around that it throws you off sometimes and you are not sure what to study and where to study, So hopefully this post is to help put things in focus what to study and where not to waste your time.


What do i Think about Step 1

Step 1 is different than many other exam anyone would have taken in medical school or throughout their education. There is a flow to the process, which I believe all students go through.


Understand all the material really well, be able to explain it to yourself and othersMemorize the important things, especially the high yield material know them extremely wellKnow how the questions will be asked regarding the subject so when they are presented to you, material can be recall easily This is the formula that most people use, obviously not everyone is the same, some people have amazing memory and will completely skip part 2. 
I will discuss what material and how i used them in other post


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