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    5th semester

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    Anyone have 5th semester advice? I am trying to develop a study plan

    Week 5: 1st block exam pharm II/behavioral science AND micro and immuno shelf
    Week 6: neuro shelf
    Week 9: 2nd block exam pharm II/behavioral science AND pharm final
    Week 10: behavioral AND comp!!!

    So i was thinking that obviously, i should devote some time every day for questions 10-15 from the very beginning

    I was thinking to prepare for....
    micro and immuno shelf.. i should study that in the first month w priority.. and also path to prepare for the COMP
    Neuro shelf: we have about a week to prepare..should be enough?
    COMP: There are like 3 days from the behavioral science shelf to the COMP.. so I am not sure when exactly there is time to study for this... do i need to devote some time every day starting from day 1 to firstaid?
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    the behavioral shelf is worth 20% if I recall correctly, don't even worry about it, just flip through the first aid section and use the majority of those 3 days for the comp. 5th is tough but I think you'll find that if you take the shelves seriously (even the optional ones - micro/immuno and neuro and path and physio if you fail the first comp) it will help a lot. There's no shelf for biochem in 5th (we take it...2nd semester?) so dedicate some time to that as the kaplan comp had a lot of it. There is so much going on 5th semester, just keep organized and study as much as you can stand.

    Now as for q banks, some may disagree with this, but I would try to finish the majority of one of the "lesser" question banks, kaplan or usmlerx before the end of the semester. Other people go straight for usmleworld and it completely makes sense for them. This is something you have to decide based on where you are. For me, a weak student, I found I was still learning a lot and I would get stupid questions wrong that I could have easily gotten by reviewing/ retaining info better. I saved uworld for assessing where I am later in my studies (right now) and used kaplan for learning, my average on kaplan was abysmal and I was ok with that.

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    I agree with using a "lesser" qbank like kaplan for shelf studying and saving Uworld for step 1 studying.
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    Why do you think the lesser q banks are better? I haven't really heard anyone say that. Everyone seems to swear by uworld. I have not yet activated it.. so I am not sure what the set up is like. Are you saying that you learn less by doing questions on uworld? Also, where should you be percentage wise with Kaplan starting off and before taking the comp? I have started doing questions there and I do like the extensive explanations.. i feel like im learning quite a bit...

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    People swear by UWorld for Step 1, the test that actually matters. So, it's better to save that for after you are done with the island, and when doing your post-island studying, power through UW questions instead of wasting them during 5th semester. The "lesser" Qbanks are questions which are probably overkill for Step 1, but a good gauge to do for studying for these two checkpoint exams. Because honestly, that's what the NBME and Kaplan tests are...just checkpoints.

    Kaplan Qbanks are hard, if you see yourself getting in the 50s or higher, you should be golden. People do much better on the first comp than expected given the time constraints, but if you don't do as well, don't beat yourself up over it. Almost everyone passes the 2nd comp/3rd comp. With that said, I would highly recommend starting from day 1 of 5th semester to study, by taking a first pass into First aid, doing X amount of questions a day, etc. I approached comp studying as just studying for a 3rd class in addition to behavioral/pharm and it was manageable to prep for.
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    thx everyone.

    does anyone think pathoma vids are overkill or too time consuming? ive watched them before and did quite well in path...so when i watch them, a lot of it comes back to me...

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