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Kaplan Medical How to go about my First Read of Kaplan

Guys, I'm just wondering how you go about your first read for Kaplan Step 1 Lecture Notes?

Some people told me to just watch the video and then read the notes from start to finish without re-reading or memorizing anything and just become familiar with the topics.

I kind of feel like I get nothing out of this. I become familiar with the topic so it'll be easier during the next read, but I feel like when I've already put in the effort to watch the video and read the notes, why not try to memorize it once while everythings already fresh in my head?

Just wondering how you guys went about your first read of Kaplan.

Also as a side note I will be using kaplan qbank along with my first read just to actively learn since I don't learn well passively. If I feel confident after my first I will go ahead and review it, but more then likely I won't feel to confident so I'll immediately take a Falcon Live Review After.
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Go hard on your first read. Dont waste time doing a casual read. Read to both learn and memorize, with videos as reinforcement of your readings.
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ugh I hate this question. the reason different people say different things about this is because we have different methods of learning. at this point you gotta know how you learn best, and you should just gun for that. If you're the type who pre-reads and then hardcore reads and then post-reads, continue that. If you need to go in depth the first time, do that. Follow your previously established trends.
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kaplan throws almost everything at you .high yield low yield everything .its huge .i think learning everything from kaplan will be overkill.

good thing about kaplan it gives you a framework for everything needed for the exam .so that when u hit the qbanks you dont feel they r discussing all greek.
kaplan is good for important associations important concepts .
so i feel go through kaplan understand all concepts but dont try to cram stuff yet .after kaplan when u do a review course and qbanks then its time to cram n learn.and ofcourse first aid is there to give you all u need to cram.

its my opinion .
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Kaplan(goljian for patho)+FA+UWorld=best combination for step 1...Agreed

But plz can any1 put some light on gross anatomy...? shud i follow kaplan for it or shud i go with HY gross anatomy....??
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Kaplan(goljian for patho)+FA+UWorld=best combination for step 1...Agreed

But plz can any1 put some light on gross anatomy...? shud i follow kaplan for it or shud i go with HY gross anatomy....??
I am using kaplan only because I like the videos to go along with the books for my first read. After that I will switch to individual resources according to discipline.

Will stick to pathoma for Path, and near the end go over goljan audio to solidify pathophys and make all the connections.

I would say stick to kaplan to learn the material properly and then near the exam use another anatomy source and go through only the clinical scenarios in it.
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Ohh and thanks for the input guys!

I think I'm going to be very thorough in my first read of kaplan because I really don't remember a thing about any of these courses so it's better if I solidify a good foundation in my first run. It'll take a lot of extra time, but I gotta do what I gotta do.
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U are following videos for lectures,so can u plzzz tel me dat do they explain the stuff in lecture notes,or give extra information also..?i wanna follow videos oly for physio,Behavioural science and pharma..what say..?
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U are following videos for lectures,so can u plzzz tel me dat do they explain the stuff in lecture notes,or give extra information also..?i wanna follow videos oly for physio,Behavioural science and pharma..what say..?
It depends on your background with the material. I feel like if you already at one point in your life were somewhat good at the material, then you can do just fine without the videos for a lot of topics. In fact you can probably do good without even using kaplan and using smaller books to just review high yield points depending on how well you understood it before.

For me, I pretty much am learning everything from scratch so when I try to read the books, it's very overwhelming and I get stressed out and read very slow. However, if I watch the corresponding video before reading, it feels like I already know half of what I'm reading and I feel familiar with it so it's a LOTTTTTTTTTT easier to read and I feel like I know what points to pick out and a lot of things make more sense.

Some videos don't add much at all, but I find a lot of them add little tidbits that give you tips on how to memorize or organize things in your head. I have only watched a bit of anatomy so far, but according to people I have spoken too, other subjects like pharm do help connect the dots.
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How about doing the opposite; skipping the lecture notes and only watch the videos?

Which is better?
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How about doing the opposite; skipping the lecture notes and only watch the videos?

Which is better?

I may start skipping the notes all together actually. I wanted to give the notes a chance before skipping them to see if they end up growing on me, but I think I may try a different method.

I'll use the videos to help get an understanding and then use other books which I like better. For some sections I will go straight to first aid after. I'm not 100% on it yet, I'm going to try the physio book next and see how it goes after finishing gross anatomy.

I looked over the neuro section and there's no way I'm reading it from kaplan, so I will skip it for now.
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I may start skipping the notes all together actually. I wanted to give the notes a chance before skipping them to see if they end up growing on me, but I think I may try a different method.

I'll use the videos to help get an understanding and then use other books which I like better. For some sections I will go straight to first aid after. I'm not 100% on it yet, I'm going to try the physio book next and see how it goes after finishing gross anatomy.

I looked over the neuro section and there's no way I'm reading it from kaplan, so I will skip it for now.
Actually, you'd probably end up being even more disappointed in physio not because it's kaplan, but because you didn't use BRS. I'm telling you, skip kaplan for physio and go directly to BRS. You can watch the videos, but use as reference this other book.

I also thought of doing the same. I never gave Kaplan a chance because (like Taus said) there are much better sources out there than the kaplan lecture notes. The exception is Biochem; for biochem you should read the LN and watch the videos from kaplan. I hear that immuno isn't so bad either, although my friend told me that after doing immuno/micro she felt like skipping the LN altogether.

Anyways, keep us posted. I'm studying for CS but I can't wait to finish with this to start watching those kaplan videos.
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Actually, you'd probably end up being even more disappointed in physio not because it's kaplan, but because you didn't use BRS. I'm telling you, skip kaplan for physio and go directly to BRS. You can watch the videos, but use as reference this other book.

I also thought of doing the same. I never gave Kaplan a chance because (like Taus said) there are much better sources out there than the kaplan lecture notes. The exception is Biochem; for biochem you should read the LN and watch the videos from kaplan. I hear that immuno isn't so bad either, although my friend told me that after doing immuno/micro she felt like skipping the LN altogether.

Anyways, keep us posted. I'm studying for CS but I can't wait to finish with this to start watching those kaplan videos.
Actually that's exactly what my plan is, use the kaplan videos and take notes and use the tables from the kaplan notes to follow along with and then open up BRS after the videos and read through it and add notes where necessary. I did that for the Cardio chapter and found it very efficient. After seeing the videos the chapter was very easy to breeze through.

Kaplan is good for biochem, immuno, pharm (or just use vids with FA). Otherwise I'll probably just use other sources. Gross Anatomy isn't bad since it integrates embryo and gross ant together all into 150 pages. Good enough for embryo if you can understand the sections in FA well enough afterwards.

When I goto the library I feel like EVERYONE there is studying for step 1 so I have a lot of people to talk to and discuss with. Everyone seems to hate kaplan except for the people who have come here from India.

I'm guessing Kaplan's marketing in India is top notch.
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