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Help Q bank please advice

I am IGM. I have done all the reading part of my preparation (kaplan LN, Goljan, Pathoma, MMRS, FA 1st read). My eligibility period is in October-November-December.

I started by doing Kaplan Q bank free 300 this week. I have got 73% overall.
I was thinking doing 1 month Kaplan (August) than doing UW 2 times (September and October).

I was thinking doing 2 blocks of kaplan qbank per day to finish it in 1 month but I can only do 1 block per day as it appears. I am kind of slow reader, I am also making notes.

Now I am afraid that even if I try my best and finish kaplan in August maybe 2 month willn't be enough for UW to do it 2 times. Doing UW first to be on the safe side would make me feel better but I also don't want to skip kaplan q bank. I can't decide.

Please suggest me what you would do if at my place. I really appreciate
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nobody?

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1- you still have plenty of time
2- you don't have to take extensive notes from kaplan, coz notes can be time consuming, i would keep the extensive note taking for UW. If I were you, i would allocate just 3 weeks for kaplan q bank, do 2 blocks per day. if you find yourself still going too slow, you don't have to finish all of kaplan, you can just mark the high yield questions (kaplan has that option), which are 1200 (i think) instead of 2000 q. then do an nbme to see where you stand
3- give 6 weeks for UW and take extensive notes, do a 1st pass and take another nbme
4-give FA a read and revise your uw notes then take another nbme

you will develop a better sense of your weaknesses as you do more questions. do no be tempted by revising your strengths, focus on your weaknesses instead.
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hi there....first of all its awesum that u r done with the 1st half of ur prep and left with the 2nd phase only...soon u r going to be done with ur step1!!!!!

i have started kaplan qbank myself...im doing my internship and so spare hardly 4-5hrs everyday...in the beginning i too had the difficulty of finishing atleast 1 block...but slowly u shall see that many of the concepts are repeated and so u neednt write down those concepts again...dont skip the explanations...they r the reasson y u r doing qbanks!!
soon ul get used to the pattern dont worry!!!! try to finish hw much eva u can in this 1mnth.....UW must be comparitively easy i hope cuz i have heard that kaplan qbank prepares u for the worst so that solving uw becomes easy!!!!
all the best
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Thank you Mitochon! I appreciate.
This was really really helpful!
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hi there....first of all its awesum that u r done with the 1st half of ur prep and left with the 2nd phase only...soon u r going to be done with ur step1!!!!!

i have started kaplan qbank myself...im doing my internship and so spare hardly 4-5hrs everyday...in the beginning i too had the difficulty of finishing atleast 1 block...but slowly u shall see that many of the concepts are repeated and so u neednt write down those concepts again...dont skip the explanations...they r the reasson y u r doing qbanks!!
soon ul get used to the pattern dont worry!!!! try to finish hw much eva u can in this 1mnth.....UW must be comparitively easy i hope cuz i have heard that kaplan qbank prepares u for the worst so that solving uw becomes easy!!!!
all the best
Thank you Smita.
I appreciate. All the best to you too.
I will follow your and Mitochen's great advises and will post how it will go.
Thanks a lot.
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Thank you Smita.
I appreciate. All the best to you too.
I will follow your and Mitochen's great advises and will post how it will go.
Thanks a lot.

thats the spirit!!!! keep studying
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