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Clock How many hours of studying is needed in medical school?

I'm in the 3rd year of my MBBS course and still have 1&1/2 years remaining till the basic science part (i.e. the Step 1 subjects) are completed. But I'm trying to start my preparation for Step 1 so I'm studying in way geared for the exam, because if all goes right I'll be taking it in just about 2 years.

Whats bugging me is I read in the forums that examinees study daily 10 hours least & sometimes 14 or even 18, whereas right now I study only about 3-4 hours a day & a few days a week I study just an hour! I definitely will be studying much more in the months before the Step I; usually I study around 7 hours before major exams of my course so I think I'll manage to study 10 hours in the 2-3 months before the Step 1.

So my question is, will studying 3-4 hours a day while you're still in medical school be enough to build a solid foundation for the Step 1? How many hours did you used to study while you were in medical school?

Also a lot of people stress about the number of reads. I don't know, my brain is not well suited for repetitions so I can't go through one thing several times, but I will manage 2 reads of each subject book and 3 reads of FA. Will that be enough?
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lol, studying for 12-15 hours is plain retarded.. Its not healthy neither.

I would say that if you have 8 *effective* hours of studying, it can be very good.

As you begin to transfer from studying to doing questions.. Then i would say jumping to 10-12 hours of studying becomes more realistic.. But when your in the books, its best to have effective hours of studying instead of going overboard with the work hours... Whenever i tried to study 15 hours per day... You spend half of your day staring at 1 page of the book lol... So dont waste your time when going through this process.. Make eveyrhting active learning and effective learning. Have fun basically when studying!

*Correction: Sorry i didn't answer your main question hahaha. I would say that when your going through medical school, 2-3 hours per day is pretty good to start off with. But your priority should belong to the current courses your learning now. If your currently learning Path or Pharm.. Put most of your time into those subjects as there by far the most important on the USMLE. But if you have extra time, then yea try to study for the USMLE. Try to study things such as anatomy or other subjects you havent taken a look at for a long time.

2-3 reads through a book is good
Premed[x] Basic Sciences [x] Step 1 [x] Step 2 CK [x] Step 2 CS [x] Step 3 [x]
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Thanks a bunch JJtheMD, that pretty much answers all my questions.

Thats a relief to hear someone else thinks the same about studying ridiculously long hours I totally agree that it should be the effectiveness of the studying & not the hours!

Yes I am going through Path & Pharma now and I'm concentrating on them the most...and ya, studying only for the USMLE & not the course would be a dumb thing because I first need to pass my basic science course to be able to sit the exam what I do for Path is first go through our course text book & class notes and then give a look to Goljan if I have time. And its specially during the breaks between semesters that I mainly concentrate on the USMLE books.

Once again, thank you for all the help!
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