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If one is giving his/her exam with six months of preparation then approximately how many hours should one study and how many times the subject has to revised before taking up the test.
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well it depends how much time free time u have everyday.. u should try and see what u can put in everyday and then slowly increase the hours as time goes by.. if u can study more and u are not tired then push a lil more.. and rmbr when u are puttin in all these hours, make sure u take some time out to relax or u will burn out.. when u get to the point where ur exam is within a month, u should be puttin in 8-10+ hours a day (everyone is different).. try starting with 6 hours for now and see how it goes and u can adjust accordingly

and for how many times the subject should to be revised is based on how much of the information u retain.. u can take practice NBME exams to see what areas u need to work on and how much more u need to put in.. hope this helped, good luck!
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Hello, I have 7 months myself to study for the USMLE, and I was wondering the same thing, specially since I was having a difficult time starting to study.

Then I came across Cram Fighter. It's an iPhone app that makes you a study schedule for the Step 1. You can select the books you are using from a database, and put how much time you're going to study each day.

It's $9 but it's worth it.

I, myself, decided I would study 6h per week day and 10h on weekends. Cram Fighter is starting slowly, (2 chapters per day), but I noticed it gets harder in a few weeks.
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most of my friend who have scored above 230s and 240s have recommended me to study 8 hours a day, now that i have 6-7 months of time left for step1. good luck.
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Personally i think that the score doesn't correlate with amount of time spent reading books.

i would divide them in such manner of importance:

I. Material Used
II. Self assesment after each subject
III. Reading subjectwise FA chapters and memorization of facts.
III. amount of time spent with the book i mean not sleeping with it.
IV. number of reads .. mostly 2 reads of the subject has to sufficient to get for expamle 70% in uw.
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If one is giving his/her exam with six months of preparation then approximately how many hours should one study and how many times the subject has to revised before taking up the test.
If you give 2-4 hrs/day, you will be done with 1st read in 3.5 months. Rest you can do the maths!! I think that you should finish the first read in a Month. Just READ everything!! No need to memorize anything at this point!! Just develop concepts. Spend more time on the subjects which scare you!!
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I insist, Study Crammer will generate a great schedule for you. It depends on how fast you read, but generally, you want to read two or three chapters per day (maybe more), and leave some time for the videos. If you don't watch the videos, you won't remember much of what you read.
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i am doing my USMLE step 1 in 7 months although i didn't schedule a date yet. but will be ready in all aspect by beginning of November.
anyway my schedule is vague but i am doing pathology & micro with my school course ( am still in 3rd year) also am doing physiology along so by june.
the rest is in my vacation.
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