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Question Managing time ! please answer !

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I just started to study for step 1
My question is ...how many months will I have to study regarding the fact that I only read 2-3 hours a day ? ( cause I also have a job and can't study more than 2-3 hours a day )
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Hi everybody !
I just started to study for step 1
My question is ...how many months will I have to study regarding the fact that I only read 2-3 hours a day ? ( cause I also have a job and can't study more than 2-3 hours a day )
Thank you very much !
if you study 3 hrs/day regularly, you will be able to finish 1st read in 3.5 months. Personal experience!! But as you go into the second read, you have a lot of things to do like FA, UWORLD etc. So, you start giving more time daily like a focused 5-7 hrs per day . If you study 5-7 hrs/day, u will be done with 2nd read in 3 months. So, basically what I am trying to say is that if you study 2-3 hrs/day, you will be done with steps in 9-10 months. But it entirely depends on your ability to grasp the subject. Varies from person to person. Some guys pick up concept in 5 sec! others like me take 1 hr to pick even the simplest concept!!
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Hi everybody !
I just started to study for step 1
My question is ...how many months will I have to study regarding the fact that I only read 2-3 hours a day ? ( cause I also have a job and can't study more than 2-3 hours a day )
Thank you very much !

i know its a tough call. how many hours do u devote for ur job. i guess its a tough call with a job which can only give u around 3 hrs of study time. even i am doing my job and found its way to hard, first up theres always some psychological factor of the job which will remain even when u return. Second, one will feel tired after a hard day with work.
I am leaving my job for that reason. Well, if u continue and still do a great preparation than that would be nice to hear.

However I guess it would be time consuming and more than a year long journey. wish u luck for the preparations!
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i would imagine close to a year
i study 7-8 hrs a day and im approaching 8 months lol.
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thank u very much for ur answers
i'm a little bit discouraged by the fact that if i don't apply for step 1 in december i'm gonna feel that i wasted a lot of time and i'm gonna lose confidence...but if i'm gonna take it as planned and not get a high score.....all my future plans will get ruined
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thank u very much for ur answers
i'm a little bit discouraged by the fact that if i don't apply for step 1 in december i'm gonna feel that i wasted a lot of time and i'm gonna lose confidence...but if i'm gonna take it as planned and not get a high score.....all my future plans will get ruined
Step 1 is no joke
it demands all your attention
the less attention you give it, the longer you will have to give it that half-ass attention.

There's no way around hard work.
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this is where struggle word comes. u have to realize how strong ur step1 scores must be... and i think, if its coming dec'mbr then... for a rocking score...
what r u willing to get that in exchange? as there is never something for nothing... i guess 3 hrs will only help one build concepts which one would forget another month and the constant cycle of revision and frustration would ensue...

temporary work for ur temporary problems might not be a thing as compared to the long beautiful years of residency... if u r aiming a score above 230s then the time is ticking ... cash in mayne!
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i would take my step 1 exam next year in spring ... but a discussion with a resident from detroit made me change my opinion. he told me that it's very important not to waste my time and go take as quickly as i can all my steps cause employers are searching for young people and things like that ...
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These threads may help:

Step 1 Prep and Work at the same time!

Study while work full time

Step 1 prep can be a long one. I'm for not making it anymore longer than is necessary. I'd rather study full time for around 6 months and be able to work full time for the rest of the year than partial working and studying for 10 - 12 months. I also made this "mistake". I'm glad I stopped working after 3 months into the prep. You'll never realize the time you're missing for your studies unless you stop working. This is given that you won't have drastic financial difficulties if you stopped earning.

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