I just want to give you all my 2 cents about step1.
First of all some of us have had a very bad basic science classes in our university and is like trying to learn something totally new.
Some of us had a good basic science classes in our university but they just did not focus on the USMLE.
Some of us had a good basic science classes in our university and they where focus on the USMLE, but we just forgot or we have been way from school or the material from a long time.
Now having said that we all need to learn and understand the material but here is the interesting part, is A LOT of material and we just get scare of the share of volume that we need to know. So please just focus very well in one area per time, maybe by system approach or maybe by subject approach, or one subject and one system and is going to be better for us.
If you do not have enough time that is another issue that I will address in another moment.
Now for the test you have to have in mind that you need to be able to:
1- Come up with a DX(most of the time)
2- UNDERSTAND what they are asking you.
3- And be integrative
So if they give you a case of a child with headaches, fever, vomiting, and all of the nice and wonderful signs and symptoms of meningitis, we need to know the DX but what they will ask
They may ask an anatomy question
They may ask a microbiology question
They may ask a pharmacology question
They may ask a pathology question.
So as you see we need to integrate but before that wee need to go with baby steps and go tree by tree before we do the entire forest.
Do you think that armstrong won all of those tour of France with out preparing, noooooooooo He prepare himself dedicate time and gave his best.
Finally you go and take the test, what you have to have in mind is if you did your best with the conditions you were at that moment then donít worry. Truly you did your best and what you learn will stay with you
Letís keep reviewing that ALL of US here CAN and WILL PASS THIS TEST.