3 Month / 1 Month / 1 Week work plan
How is it going everyone? So it is time for me to post this. For past 1 year, I have been following this forum very closely while I was preparing for the "biggest exam of your career". I wanted to wait to post anything till I got my Step 1 scores. I just wanted to share what I used as a "schedule" and study tools for my prep and I hope it is useful for others that are in the same position that I was. I received my scores recently and I got 251
1. Nope, even though it is easy to troll, I was not someone who got this score by studying a day and cramming up the whole first-aid, nor did I study for this exam for 4 years...
2. Repetition is the key. You obviously have to understand the material, but the more you see in different formats/questions, the better it is.
3. Materials I used besides my medical school notes:
- UWorld (the holy grail)
- USMLE Step 1 Question of the Day (a good "on the go" app by Learn From Apps)
- Rapid Review Pathology
- BRS Physiology & Anatomy
*** Did not have funds for any other fancy courses ***
3 months time: 90 days to go
- I did NBME and a UWorld assessment to get my baseline. Got the app USMLE Step 1 Question of the Day and started off with my weak courses.
- Each day included 5 hours of reading/making notes and taking atleast 30-45minutes to re-review the notes from that day.
- 1 hour to do a block of timed questions on UWorld and then 2 hours to review it.
- The next day, I would start my day with answering/reviewing the question on the app (USMLE Step 1 Question of the Day) and then re-reviewing the notes from the previous days for 15-30 minutes.
- Did this consistently for 2 months.
1 month to go: 30 days
- I did another NBME and UWorld assessment test (at this time, as per NBME, I was scoring low and UWorld was overestimating it to 236)
- Re-started with my weak courses again. This time, i was focusing a lot more on my notes that I had made over past 2 months. I was spending 4 hours doing this. Extra hour was for additional questions.
1 Week to go: 7 days:
- Repeat NBME: Was satisfied with my scores
- By this time, I had re-written my notes and had a concise version of it, so I could easily go over all the "high-yield material" within few hours.
- 2 blocks of UWorld questions and review
- The day prior to the exam, i reviewed the "high yield material" and did a block of old questions. I was doing questions to stay in the mode and did not wanted to do any new source (did not wanted to be discouraged or be over confident if the score was on any extreme).
D-Day: Had good breakfast. I like to keep a sugar high so had something for every break.
Things I wish I did differently:
- For some reason, I did not come across this app: USMLE Step 1 Question of the Day sooner. I believe it is something that would have been useful from day one of my medical school (that would have been about 600 questions even before I would have cracked open UWorld).
- I wish I ended up spending more time in reading the UWorld explanation.
- First-Aid is amazing.
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