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Default I'm about to start prep for USMLE step 1, is this a good studying schedule?

Hello,

I'm about to start my journey for Step 1, I need advice from wiser people than me to tell me If I'm doing this right.

What I'll be using:

-> Kaplan 2010 videos + Newest Lecture Notes

-> First Aid 2015

-> Pathoma

-> Kaplan Qbank

are this good enough?

Available time: 6 months

Everyday Schedule: Wake up, read Kaplan Lecture Notes, watch corresponding Kaplan video, Read corresponding FA chapter, answer Qbank, hit the gym, go to bed.

I'd really appreciate any advice you have to offer me

Again, thanks for your time.

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Hello,

I'm about to start my journey for Step 1, I need advice from wiser people than me to tell me If I'm doing this right.

What I'll be using:

-> Kaplan 2010 videos + Newest Lecture Notes

-> First Aid 2015

-> Pathoma

-> Kaplan Qbank

are this good enough?

Available time: 6 months

Everyday Schedule: Wake up, read Kaplan Lecture Notes, watch corresponding Kaplan video, Read corresponding FA chapter, answer Qbank, hit the gym, go to bed.

I'd really appreciate any advice you have to offer me

Again, thanks for your time.

This sounds like a good plan.. A few suggestions :

1. Make sure you keep your pace.. It is very easy to get bored, lose focus and take much more time than you expected. Keep in touch with other people. Have a USMLE prayer in the morning in which you can hum why you are doing what you are doing and where you are in your prep. Still serious about this

2.UNDERSTAND the HIGH YIELD material. Don't worry about memorizing, that's your job at the end. Dive into the depths of whatever is given in FA. Will help you a lot score great. Use anything on the web but have your concepts crystal clear. Not helpful if you do this for low yield info, which you will gradually recognize by doing questions, from FA, in lectures and from forums.

3. Do plenty of questions.. As you mentioned you'll be starting with Kaplan q bank. That's great. Make sure to start with usmlerx and older nbme forms (1-6) in the 2nd part of your prep. And then u world and newer nbme forms in the 3rd part. Understand wth a question is trying to teach you.

Good luck!
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Thanks for your feedback!

I'll check UWorld a few months later into my prep, and first start with Kaplan Qbank.

Someone told me I should do Pathoma book + videos from day 1 into my prep, in accordance to the chapter or section I'm reading at that time.

is that good? or should I do Pathoma separately?

Thanks again!
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Thanks for your feedback!

I'll check UWorld a few months later into my prep, and first start with Kaplan Qbank.

Someone told me I should do Pathoma book + videos from day 1 into my prep, in accordance to the chapter or section I'm reading at that time.

is that good? or should I do Pathoma separately?

Thanks again!
Welcome

Integrating stuff is the best way to study for the step, although I did not do that with pathoma (I did that with immunology and immunity section in pathology: they are v v similar). Many a times you'd find no overlap between Kaplan and pathoma since pathoma is a concise text. Infact it should help, only that it may take some extra time to keep looking and jump from one book to another. If you can tame the mess it creates, then awesome. Otherwise you can go back to finishing things subject wise and then integrate since you'd be knowing what all can be integrated by then. I'd say give it a try and see if it is productive.

Another fact is that you don't need to worry about background knowledge before starting from Kaplan. They provide all the basic info in the start of any subject so that you can grasp things easily from any subject.
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Try doing kaplan with videos only in first 2 months. Make sure understand it well. Do not expect to memorize it. Next 2 months do kaplans and first aid. Add all the extra information on your first aid. Start UW when you're done. Finish it in 30 days. Do your FA again and revise uworld marked question during the last month. Squeeze in nbme prior to starting uworld and right after uwrold.
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Thanks for your input guys!, it's appreciated

I'm a bit worried because I'm in no way the best med student around, and it's been a while since I had my basic sciences courses.

Thanks!
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