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    Step 1 help!!!!

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    I have elected to self-study 4 the step (no review course)...from my research and surveying personal friends that have taken the step (both IMG and US students), it seems as though the consensus is that the Kaplan notes are the best way to go for most of the subjects ( i heard Kaplan path was weak) and the Clinical micro MRS is the best for that subject...as u all know, the Kaplan notes are very dense. For those of u that have used these notes, did u read EVERYTHING or were u only focusing on "high yield" topics of every subject (topics that i'm having a VERY hard time pinpointing)...please share how u studied because i'm REALLY havin a hard time finding the right approach....

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    personally, I read thru all the kaplan books and took notes into my first aid. I then just reveiwed my first aid before the test. This is in addition to doing all the Qbank questions as well. Hope this helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FromNYC1984 View Post
    I have elected to self-study 4 the step (no review course)...from my research and surveying personal friends that have taken the step (both IMG and US students), it seems as though the consensus is that the Kaplan notes are the best way to go for most of the subjects ( i heard Kaplan path was weak) and the Clinical micro MRS is the best for that subject...as u all know, the Kaplan notes are very dense. For those of u that have used these notes, did u read EVERYTHING or were u only focusing on "high yield" topics of every subject (topics that i'm having a VERY hard time pinpointing)...please share how u studied because i'm REALLY havin a hard time finding the right approach....

    Thanks
    How much time do you have?

    I pretty much agree with the previous post..thats what I did to study. It may seem dense...but THIS is the medical knowledge you need. The Kaplan -self study books ARE dense...as they are pretty much med textbooks with Kaplan name on it....(so i've been told). With that said, the Kaplan lecture notes are already printed in a more concise format...but still offering substanial detail.......with that in mind I just read those notes over and over again ...and did as much of the Qbank as i could.

    but first Aid is gold , so be sure you know that book inside and out


    I thought kaplan path was ok.....the Neuro part I thought was difficult...mainly because we didnt learn jack on the island...our prof back then taught us using "high yield"..... but if you prefer another source for path..goljian i heard is good stuff....

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    I suggest tossing the kaplan books to the side and focusing on First Aid and all 2000+ Qbank questions. Read the First Aid once thoroughly then do all the questions and write notes into your first aid from the question explanations. The kaplan Qbank questions will reiterate all the key stuff and having it in your first aid gives you ONE book to review with additional notes.

    Different things work for different people but the above method worked for alot of people. Good luck dude.

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    well i didn't use kaplan, but i did use this self study guide and did very well. I was in your position a couple months ago and this guide really helped me focus. I reviewed a couple of step schedules and found this one to be the most comprehensive. I found it on studentdoctor.net under the usmle section which was also a good source for information. Good luck and stay disciplined
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    I used first aid, goljan, and usmleworld and NBME. No prep course with two months of real study. Pace yourself, you will need to make an efficient schedule that entails hard core studies, exercise, a healthy diet, good rest and FUN!!! Most important thing is don't panic. Just remember what ever doubt or frustration you may feel at some point during your studies, most students have felt...and I am talking about the ones that passed! Just be confident, your brain needs to believe that it can master this material, don't let yourself feel self-doubt too long. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    thnx all 4 ur input..any1 else wanna add their 2 cents worth?

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    I use first aid as primary source.
    I read through all Kaplan notes, add important note to my first aid for step 1, plus for path I read gojan. BRS Physiology, Pharm note from the island also did help me.
    I did lots of questions: Kaplan, USMLE world and ( body review system -4 books)/I guess no one use that anymore, but it did help me).
    At first, after questions I usually went back and write down important points and fill in my first aid. The last 3 weeks I also spent someday practice stimulate tests set up with time like a real test.

    Hope it helps. Good luck

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    First Aid and USMLEworld questions.... For me USMLEworld questions were money - they were much harder than my actual step questions so I learned a lot doing those.
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    Dude, if you have the time, do the Kaplan and then do USMLE world questions. if you don't have time for Kaplan then for sure do questions as many as you can reading the explanations to the ones you got wrong.

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