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What's up dudes!

This is my first post on these forums I wanted some advice on a study schedule for step 1 and M2 year starts next week. I'm aiming for a 250+ for the specialty of my choice. I'm planning on first using USMLE-Rx qbank, then Kaplan, then Uworld. I'm thinking of doing Rx from the beginning of classes to about Thanks Giving break, then Kaplan from Thanks Giving to about the end of January, then go hard on Uworld from end of January until D-day which is sometime in June. The only hard part is figuring out what questions to do. When I start Rx, I'll only have M1 knowledge under my belt so should I only do the M1 questions and the M2 material as I learn it? Same thing applies with Kaplan, by the time i start that I'll have a little more Pharm/Path/Micro under my belt so should I just do everything I know up until that point including the new material I'm learning or should I read ahead? Also, by the time I start Uworld I wouldn't have finished all of Rx and Kaplan because I wouldn't have learned everything up until that point so should I go back to those qbanks during the home stretch or just focus on Uworld? All/any advice is much appreciated!

My prep books are First Aid 2014, RR Pathology (reading along w/class), Pathoma (videos along w/class), and Microbio made ridiculously simple (reading along w/class). I have Lange Pharm and Microcards that I'll use along with class and during the end. Do these sound good? Thanks so much guys!
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bump ^^ Any advice guys? Much appreciated!
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What's up dudes!

This is my first post on these forums I wanted some advice on a study schedule for step 1 and M2 year starts next week. I'm aiming for a 250+ for the specialty of my choice. I'm planning on first using USMLE-Rx qbank, then Kaplan, then Uworld. I'm thinking of doing Rx from the beginning of classes to about Thanks Giving break, then Kaplan from Thanks Giving to about the end of January, then go hard on Uworld from end of January until D-day which is sometime in June. The only hard part is figuring out what questions to do. When I start Rx, I'll only have M1 knowledge under my belt so should I only do the M1 questions and the M2 material as I learn it? Same thing applies with Kaplan, by the time i start that I'll have a little more Pharm/Path/Micro under my belt so should I just do everything I know up until that point including the new material I'm learning or should I read ahead? Also, by the time I start Uworld I wouldn't have finished all of Rx and Kaplan because I wouldn't have learned everything up until that point so should I go back to those qbanks during the home stretch or just focus on Uworld? All/any advice is much appreciated!

My prep books are First Aid 2014, RR Pathology (reading along w/class), Pathoma (videos along w/class), and Microbio made ridiculously simple (reading along w/class). I have Lange Pharm and Microcards that I'll use along with class and during the end. Do these sound good? Thanks so much guys!
Hey.

I think its great that you are going to try 3 different qbanks, that is one of the best approaches IMO. Instead of hammering Uworld 2-3 times like a lot of people do.

Now about qmax. My best suggestion for qmax is to NOT DO IT as free practice questions. You see, there is an option to do simulations of the exam. For that, you need to "reserve" or "save" the questions. You need to create the 7 hour simulation and pause it. Do the same 3 or 4 times. So now you have like 4 seven hour simulations to practice later on. When you created these simulations you reserved those questions (about 1000+ in total so you are using a large part of your bank), so you wouldn't find them during your free practice questions.

Doing these simulations is a GREAT WAY of practicing. Because no where else will you find a full timed simulation like that. Questions might not be as good as an NBME or Uworld, but you can train on your stamina for the real exam. Its an awesome tool, and many people underestimate the fact that you are actually sitting for an 8 hour test and do not prepare accordingly.

About the other qbanks, my suggestion is to do ALL the questions from the start. Doesn't matter that you don't know anything about the subject that you are being tested on. That is how its supposed to be. You will start to take in information as well, and as you go on in your studies, you will know in which areas to focus the most, because you have already seen questions about it.

It will also help you build character as in being prepared against questions that you dont know anything about. When you sit for the real test, you will see that you dont know everything, but you have slowly and surely trained yourself to guess these answers and MOVE ON to the next.

You will also be able to see a steady increase in your practice scores and gauge your improvement in a more real way. While if you do ONLY the questions of the subject you have been studying, you would be getting a skewed improvement.

Remember that the test throws in mixed questions, so I think its unreal to do questions by subject.

I got 249 btw, so I am talking out of personal experience here. Good luck with everything mate and welcome
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