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Hi dear colleagues and seniors,

I know it may be discussed before, but I didn't find any direct subject about it and I hope you would advice me about this matter

I have read a lot about different references for step 1 in the forum, and most people advice to read from Kaplan lecture notes or FA + question banks

But I am really surprised with the way BRS books have been written, and I totally understand them while reading subjects, you know FA is too condensed and hard for me to memorize...

I am faced with this dilemma whether its enough to read all subjects from BRS to get high score in Step 1, or I have to stick on FA. In other words, are all subjects covered in BRS very well and could I get the same score without reading FA ?

Thanks for you help.
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Hello, that is really hard to say. It all depends on your weakness and how well you can improve. From all the people I know who took the steps (20+) they all did FA and BRS together + qbanks. FA has all HY for each system. I use BRS to fill in the blanks or try to understand something I am not getting. Do not forget Goljan (the best for path, thou I suck at path). I have not taken the steps, but going off my friends, do the FA and use BRS as supplements. If you still do not understand, watch the Kap videos or read the lec (or both). But again, it all depends on how well you retained the info from basic sciences, and how much you need to improve in a topic.
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Hello, that is really hard to say. It all depends on your weakness and how well you can improve. From all the people I know who took the steps (20+) they all did FA and BRS together + qbanks. FA has all HY for each system. I use BRS to fill in the blanks or try to understand something I am not getting. Do not forget Goljan (the best for path, thou I suck at path). I have not taken the steps, but going off my friends, do the FA and use BRS as supplements. If you still do not understand, watch the Kap videos or read the lec (or both). But again, it all depends on how well you retained the info from basic sciences, and how much you need to improve in a topic.
Thanks dear, It seems there is no way to escape from FA.

you know I was going to read through all BRS books and take notes and then reviewing them instead of memorizing FA without understanding concept.

I am and old MG and I have almost forgotten all the subjects. But I will do that.

thanks again for your comment.
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In my opinion, BRS series are very good books.. U shud continue reading them as the concepts are excellently explained.. Since u r old MG, it ll definately help u understand the basics and in getting a good score. Only disadvantage with BRS is its time consuming wen compared to kaplan notes.

FA is more of a review book acc to me, its very helpful once u start doing questions. U ll love the book then on..!!
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In my opinion, BRS series are very good books.. U shud continue reading them as the concepts are excellently explained.. Since u r old MG, it ll definately help u understand the basics and in getting a good score. Only disadvantage with BRS is its time consuming wen compared to kaplan notes.

FA is more of a review book acc to me, its very helpful once u start doing questions. U ll love the book then on..!!
Thanks a lot dear mle2resident,

I got really so glad when you told me I am in the right track !

Of course I will read BRS books, no matter if it may take a little more time, but it completely worths !

thank again for your support.
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try after u end every book in BRS for ex pharma read that chapter in 1st aid and u will retain the information believe me
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try after u end every book in BRS for ex pharma read that chapter in 1st aid and u will retain the information believe me
Thank you very much Misspatho, yeah I think I should switch immediately to FA after each book to retain informations.

Although I thought it may be achieved by reading high yield books as they are more concise but reading FA seems more logical.

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