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Idea! New Strategy to start prep for Step 1

hello guys.... its an honour to be a part of such a useful forum.... i just wanted to know from u ppl that if i start my prep of step 1 with FA and revise it 3 times after that for 4 months do mcqz and mcqz and mcqz from nbme, uworld, qbank,qbook , CAN I SCORE ABOVE 240????? i dont like kaplan series as its so boring to read all that stuff again..
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FA + mcqs only and score above 240? We can all hope that that's possible but, personally, I don't think so. You need a good foundation before going into uworld and the nbmes. They will be wasted if you just plainly glean info from them. The part where they train you to think and tie info together will be wasted. Because, well, you won't have info to connect together in the first place.

If you want to keep your preparation interesting, why not read FA per topic and do mcqs of the corresponding topic/chapter of a usmle review book or kaplan qbank (but not uworld or nbme), then, go back to kaplan lecture notes for reference and clarification. Give a quick run-through of that chapter for other important details you missed and annotate them into FA. That's close enough to your FA + mcq plan.

The likelihood is that you'll find the mcqs hard. That will serve as a wake-up call and, hopefully, will give you enough drive to finish each chapter in KLN.

Of course, another option is to find other usmle review books that will suit you.

Good luck! =)
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By the way, if you're still a medical student, yep, I think you can still have a high score just from doing FA + mcqs. =)
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thanx d_wiqed... basically i am in final yr of my medical school and have distinctions in anatomy,physiology,pharmacology,pathology . that was the reason i am running away from KLN and just wanted to stick to FA .... i personally think that revising a topic ten times is nt that worthful as compared to doing ten mcqz of that same topic.. plz guide.. thanx
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Were your basic sciences way back in the first 2 years of med school? If yes, then you have to realize that there has already been a 2-year gap. You have forgotten many details along the way. Having distinctions means it will be easier for you to review the basic sciences but you really need to refresh your memory. Back in med school, no matter how much you studied for and did great in a quiz, you still need to run-through the material for the final exam at the end of the year.

If you have seen the TAUS method made for AMGs (you can find it here in this forum), even they, 2nd year US medical students, read HY review books, etc. before they answer mcqs.

The best advice is do what works for you. If you want to start with mcqs, that would be fine. Do qbooks. For example, if you don't want to read the whole Goljan Rapid Review, then, answer Review of Pathology by Robbins qbook. Just stay off uworld and the nbmes at the start. Uworld is meant to be tackled after AT LEAST the first reading and nbmes are meant for self-evaluation.

Remember, students who excel do due diligence.
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