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Idea! Which method is the best

Finish a subject and then solving questions relevant to the subject
OR- finish the first read (only read, no questions) and only after finishing the first read- sart Qbank?
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Finish a subject and then solving questions relevant to the subject
OR- finish the first read (only read, no questions) and only after finishing the first read- sart Qbank?
First read with offline Qbanks subject and topic wise is what I prefer and what I will do during my prep(just starting) and after completing a full read I will prefer to go for a full online subscription of UWORLD to stimulate exam like situation

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First read with offline Qbanks subject and topic wise is what I prefer and what I will do during my prep(just starting) and after completing a full read I will prefer to go for a full online subscription of UWORLD to stimulate exam like situation

I'm thinking of starting subject wise tutor mode during first read. Which Qbank do you think I should start with BEFORE hitting Uworld? (Kaplan or UMLERX)
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First read with offline Qbanks subject and topic wise is what I prefer and what I will do during my prep(just starting) and after completing a full read I will prefer to go for a full online subscription of UWORLD to stimulate exam like situation

I'm thinking of starting subject wise tutor mode during first read. Which Qbank do you think I should start with BEFORE hitting Uworld? (Kaplan or UMLERX)
I would have done both :P but that's not possible I guess...so do kaplan qbank I think people on this forum rated it better than usmlerx
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If you're reading FA then get Rx. The combo is great to know the details in FA. I am starting with FA+Rx as a first pass (NBME at end) then I will do some Kaplan lecture notes+ kaplan Qbank+Pathoma (1st pass) (2nd NBME at end) and finally phase 3 will be do either do DIT+Pathoma (2nd pass)+FA+Uworld or just FA+Pathoma+Uworld (NBME at end). The key is to do as many questions as possible.
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If you're reading FA then get Rx. The combo is great to know the details in FA. I am starting with FA+Rx as a first pass (NBME at end) then I will do some Kaplan lecture notes+ kaplan Qbank+Pathoma (1st pass) (2nd NBME at end) and finally phase 3 will be do either do DIT+Pathoma (2nd pass)+FA+Uworld or just FA+Pathoma+Uworld (NBME at end). The key is to do as many questions as possible.
In my opinion, FA is way too summarized for the first pass.
Your plan is great, only I would read Kaplan in the first round and use FA in the second round.
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Be very careful in how you structure your study and question use. A big mistake many people make is designing their study plan so they do FA/something else in the mornings and then do UWorld on that same subject in the afternoon/evening. What this does is test your short term memory.

People who do this may notice their NBME scores are lower than their UWorld average would predict. A better way is doing questions first and then reviewing afterward. It guides your study by showing you exactly what you don't remember and forces you to rely more on your long term memory.

In the end, there is no substitute for random/timed full blocks under test conditions. Any good study plan should include a hefty dose of them.
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Be very careful in how you structure your study and question use. A big mistake many people make is designing their study plan so they do FA/something else in the mornings and then do UWorld on that same subject in the afternoon/evening. What this does is test your short term memory.

People who do this may notice their NBME scores are lower than their UWorld average would predict. A better way is doing questions first and then reviewing afterward. It guides your study by showing you exactly what you don't remember and forces you to rely more on your long term memory.

In the end, there is no substitute for random/timed full blocks under test conditions. Any good study plan should include a hefty dose of them.
My plan is doing subject wise questions only after finishing a subject (not while studying a subject) and using tutor mode only for the first pass, and not with Uworld. Off course, after first pass the strategy changes and it will include random timed blocks from Uworld and NBME's.
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I like to do a fiest read and then dive right in
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My plan is doing subject wise questions only after finishing a subject (not while studying a subject) and using tutor mode only for the first pass, and not with Uworld. Off course, after first pass the strategy changes and it will include random timed blocks from Uworld and NBME's.
I think that can work, though you will still be testing more of your short term retention than your long term. This is probably what you want initially - testing your recent understanding of what you just studied - but be aware of the pitfalls so you can adjust accordingly.

I'm assuming you mean doing 2-3 days of XYZ subject, then doing all the World questions on that subject. If that's the case, I would be sure to include periodic reviews/retests of that information. You could try weekly cumulative reviews of all subjects studied thusfar on random/timed, or use a second qbank a few days later to revisit what you did earlier that week.

And of course, lots of random/timed blocks
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I am planning on doing the Rx Qbank subject wise (timed). I may start with one subject like cardio, but as I go on I will include the newer and the older subject in the Qbank also ( as in cardio, endo, renal, etc.). When the time for Uworld hits, it will be all random/timed.

@YoungDoc, you're suggesting to go over the questions right after doing them right? I also think it is better to review questions right away than to wait for evening or before sleeping. I think before sleeping should the those missed concepts/new stuff or maybe a flashcard like for micro or pharm. Clearly, there are so many ways to study for this exam
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@YoungDOC,

Thanks for your input, I have a couple of questionsI am just starting my step1 prep nowhere near to finish the first read still in the 2nd year of medical college)

1.Do you think doing topic wise offline qbank after each topic as I cover from kaplan and then when I am done with the subject I take the whole subject on the Uworld qbank do 2blocks a day and revise the answers at night...does this sound like a nice plan?

2.Revising Subjectwise is best or systemwise?
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I am planning on doing the Rx Qbank subject wise (timed). I may start with one subject like cardio, but as I go on I will include the newer and the older subject in the Qbank also ( as in cardio, endo, renal, etc.). When the time for Uworld hits, it will be all random/timed.

@YoungDoc, you're suggesting to go over the questions right after doing them right? I also think it is better to review questions right away than to wait for evening or before sleeping. I think before sleeping should the those missed concepts/new stuff or maybe a flashcard like for micro or pharm. Clearly, there are so many ways to study for this exam
Ah, I think I wasn't quite clear earlier. I would definitely review the block of questions as soon as possible after taking them.

Above, I was talking about how to best balance reviewing material (ie. FA or RR) with doing questions (ie. World, Rx). I know a LOT of people who will, for example, study endocrine from 8am to 2pm using FA and RR and whatever else. Then they'll break for lunch and start doing UWorld endocrine questions at 3pm. My caution was that this schedule is really just testing your short term retention of what was studied that morning.

If someone really feels that method works for them, I would strongly advise building cumulative review days into your study plan. For example, say you do cardio on mon/tue/wed, then endocrine on thu/fri/sat. I would make the next sunday or Monday a whole day for reviewing EVERYTHING you've studied so far (cardio, endocrine, and whatever else came before).

The academic literature strongly suggests that we don't really remember something until we've seen it 4-5 times, so any good study plan should incorporate frequent reviews to maximize repetition.
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Thanks for your input, I have a couple of questionsI am just starting my step1 prep nowhere near to finish the first read still in the 2nd year of medical college)

1.Do you think doing topic wise offline qbank after each topic as I cover from kaplan and then when I am done with the subject I take the whole subject on the Uworld qbank do 2blocks a day and revise the answers at night...does this sound like a nice plan?

2.Revising Subjectwise is best or systemwise?
Yeah I think that sounds fine, assuming it works for you. Subject or system doesn't really make that big a difference either and I would base my decision on simplicity - whatever format your review materials use, I would use that. Personally I think systems are probably the best as it forces you to integrate across disciplines more often, but that's just my personal preference.

Whatever you do, make sure you structure your plan so that you're doing periodic self assessments (NBME or UWSA) to gauge your progress. Obviously you would start this once you begin your dedicated Step 1 prep time.

There is no such thing as a perfect study plan and whatever you come up with will have unknown flaws. Having periodic (weekly at least) assessments will tell you if you are improving or not and will tell you what your current weaknesses are. If you find yourself not improving after a couple of weeks, it's time to switch things up a bit, so be prepared for your study methods to evolve as your prep time continues.
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So if you finish all of first aid renal...just do all of renal uworld that day itself...is the best way to go?
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So if you finish all of first aid renal...just do all of renal uworld that day itself...is the best way to go?
Well actually I would advise the exact opposite of that. I would do all of the UWorld renal first and then FA afterwards.

If you want to do FA first and questions after, you are testing short term memory. If you prefer this, make sure you do additional renal (or whatever subject) questions a few days later to make sure you remember the information over a longer period.
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Young Doc, I would first like to thank you for your comments here.Very very helpful.
I would like to ask you regarding FA, I'm in the middle of my first pass and I fill I can't use it, because it's so limited.
Do you think it's a big mistake not to use FA at the first pass?
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Young Doc, I would first like to thank you for your comments here.Very very helpful.
I would like to ask you regarding FA, I'm in the middle of my first pass and I fill I can't use it, because it's so limited.
Do you think it's a big mistake not to use FA at the first pass?

I think FA is probably the most commonly used resource and it's been proven to work year after year.

That said, it is definitely very limited. If you think about it, they are putting two years worth of intense study into one relatively small book, so they have to leave a lot of stuff out. The idea is not that FA contains everything you need to know, but that it generally covers MOST of what you need to know and you can write in additional material you feel is relevant and testable.

If you don't use FA for your first pass of the material, you should find something similarly comprehensive and concise. Other possibilities would be Kaplan's MedEssentials or Firecracker (an online subscription-based product). They all cover the same material as FA, but in a slightly different format. I would definitely take a look at them if you feel FA may not be for you.
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Sorry Folks, one question regarding of reviewing what you read. how do you do that?!? I've heard lots of different ways but I'm really confused which one is the best! this is my first time reading FA. is it better to come back and review them every few days or just have a periodic mixed set of questions or just go through end and come back from beginning?! it's sooooo time consuming though. any suggestion?!?
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So if you finish all of first aid renal...just do all of renal uworld that day itself...is the best way to go?
No. Always do uworld in a random order. That is the best way to prep since your actual exam will be in random order.
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