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    Tips to pass the first comp

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    Hey all! 5th semester student here asking those who have traveled this path already for helpful advice. I would love to pass the 1st comp and welcome all advice from uppers on what worked for them in this regard. Please share titles of books used, Qbanks, and other helpful resources for all of us upcoming 5th semester students. Thanks in advance!
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    The number 1 thing to help with comp and Step prep is working hard and learning everything you can correctly the first time. Since you're in 5th, that doesn't help much, but for others entering or in lower semesters, I can't stress this point enough.

    Start Early!!! Everyone will complain that they don't have time, but that is complete **. The time is there. You just need to put in the effort. You've been doing 3 classes + ICM crap + interviews + whatever. Now you have 1 less class to worry about (I don't count ethics as a class).

    Focus 1st on behavioral and pharm. If you don't pass those, then no matter how well you do on the comp you still aren't going anywhere. After you're done with your daily studying of that, if you can put in an hour or so of review a day you should be on your way to passing. Obviously, the more time you can commit the better off you'll be in the long run. Personally, I lived in the lib for the first half the semester, but passing comp 1 was worth it for me.

    You have a pretty good amount of resources at your disposal during 5th to help prepare.
    Shelves- A lot of classmates would stress about them and I could never understand why. They count for nothing (except pharm and behav... someone more recently removed from the island confirm this??). The others don't show up anywhere. It's just for your own piece of mind. I used the shelves to kinda coordinate my studying. Whatever shelf I had that week is what I studied extra that week. You won't get through it all for most subjects, that's OK. And the score is just a rough indicator of how much time you need to put into that subject compared to the others.
    Questions... In my opinion the best tool to prepare for comp and Step. There are only so many ways they can describe the same disease. Eventually you get to the point where you can pick out key words and it's game over. I did >10,000q's prepping for Step. It pays off.
    Videos... Managed to get through all the Kaplan videos except pharm and behav before the 1st comp. Decent review. Helps with some of that stuff you haven't seen in a while.
    Kaplan books... Used along side the videos. Fairly comprehensive.
    Other books... Dr. Y tends to always suggest First Aid for people studying for the comp. Since I had been studying all semester for it, I only used FA the week before to try to get the high yield stuff ingrained. It made more sense to me to go very specific on everything early and reinforce the HY things instead of going the opposite direction. Plenty of people go the other direction and do just fine. Matter of preference I guess. Rapid Review is solid for path and pathophys and even some micro and biochem. Very good for integration, but very dense.

    That's what I can think of off the top of my head. Good luck.

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    My schedule for last semester was going 10 pages of FA a day along with my studying. It usually wasn't that bad, usually an extra hour a day. People talk about 5th being busy, but in reality, it's not any more busy, but the unusual timings (afternoon classes, weekend CPR training, and rotations) can throw off your day. Starting after week one, I finished FA with a week and a half before the first comp to do about 100 questions a day to complete and review.

    By the time I was done, I had enough knowledge and practice to finish the Comp the first time around.
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