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Hello guys,

Need your help, I'm studying for USMLE step 1, I would like to present the step 1 in September, I'm studying first aid, for one month to repeat it again with Kaplan LN, I'm beginning with biochemistry, I think I'm going too deep because sometimes I'm staying in three pages 1 hr, I need a plan to study and do it better, tell me what do you recommend me., or if I am doing is to slow.

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I used to be like that also.

Read, understanding yet not memorizing. You will revisit the material many times throughout your prep.

Also, even if you do a light reading vs. a heavy reading, it's when you read it a 2nd time, that things fix in your brain.
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I used to be like that also.

Read, understanding yet not memorizing. You will revisit the material many times throughout your prep.

Also, even if you do a light reading vs. a heavy reading, it's when you read it a 2nd time, that things fix in your brain.
I totally agree that making sure you're understanding the concept not just mechanically memorizing it by reading KLN or FA. But, I need your help too, I felt I understood the materials but when I finished reading or came across questions in Qbank, I still felt like doing the Qs with empty brain, need to go back to books and read it again, many times I have to go back to those materials tons of time so that it can enter into my brain. I'm so confused!
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And that's how it's done.

That's how all the top scorers do it. That means you're studying well and that the more times you do that, the better you'll be at it. It's all part of the learning process and we know that it can be done. It's called reviewing. No one is gifted enough, to not need repetition- at least not the vast majority of humans.

Game developers know how the brain works and they know that no one will play Mario bros. for the first time and save the princess after passing all the levels; he must fall or get killed by something, and each time he does, he's back alive from the beginning "reviewing" everything....even what killed him the last time.

Hang in there, have patience. You're doing good. All of us will go through that process.
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Maybe I am a little bit of pessimistic? When I failed recalling those concept after like reading at least three times, I felt I'm a SLOW leaner, while others, at least majority of them, can already grasp those knowledge into their brain and apply freely to clinical cases if they spend the same or even less time and effort than me into the subject. That's the origin I got most negative feelings.
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And that's how it's done.

That's how all the top scorers do it. That means you're studying well and that the more times you do that, the better you'll be at it. It's all part of the learning process and we know that it can be done. It's called reviewing. No one is gifted enough, to not need repetition- at least not the vast majority of humans.

Game developers know how the brain works and they know that no one will play Mario bros. for the first time and save the princess after passing all the levels; he must fall or get killed by something, and each time he does, he's back alive from the beginning "reviewing" everything....even what killed him the last time.

Hang in there, have patience. You're doing good. All of us will go through that process.
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I remember one of the Kaplan teachers said that it's after the 3rd read when you actually retain most of the information in your notes, that is, if you understand what you're reading.
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Doing pharmacology now, just the Kaplan notes on 1st read. I take down notes besides . Hoped to finish it by the weekend. It's slow.. Least 15 pages a day to max 50 pages a day..

Problem is I get distracted a lot, day dream .. Cant sit at a place and study.. God!! Looks like I got ADD..
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me too... I get distracted a lot (apart from intrnshp load) and am not able to touch my optimal potential.. May be we cud start a thread (or continue in this thread only) stating how much we covered per day and also motivate each other to push further..
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I agree!! This seems like something people with ADD (i.e. myself) should be doing.

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ok guys so what's the average # of pages that a regular student should finish in each day from both kaplan and first aid ?


and thanx for posting this threat it made me think about this
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This is really hard to say since some pages are more dense in information and concepts than others. However, a way that I would use back then was page per minute. A dense page would take me on average 14 minutes (this is from a heavier book than kaplan). Easier pages would take me on average 10 min. Kaplan pages are very simple, you should be averaging around 5-7 minutes at most per page.

I haven't really done FA yet, but if it is simply reading, then 5 minutes should be the rule for me. But if it's to memorize, uff...it can take perhaps 10 minutes.

I'm embarrassed to post this here because I'm really slow, but it's mostly due to my daydreaming. That's why it takes longer.

I no longer use that method though. Hmmm....maybe I should go back to it.
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This is really hard to say since some pages are more dense in information and concepts than others. However, a way that I would use back then was page per minute. A dense page would take me on average 14 minutes (this is from a heavier book than kaplan). Easier pages would take me on average 10 min. Kaplan pages are very simple, you should be averaging around 5-7 minutes at most per page.

I haven't really done FA yet, but if it is simply reading, then 5 minutes should be the rule for me. But if it's to memorize, uff...it can take perhaps 10 minutes.

I'm embarrassed to post this here because I'm really slow, but it's mostly due to my daydreaming. That's why it takes longer.

I no longer use that method though. Hmmm....maybe I should go back to it.

thanx for the kind reply


if u wanna fix ur day dreaming may u should go to a nearby library might help
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LEt's do One thing , let's post a theme and after we say if we could do it and can discuss that time , like that we gonna do a sane competition about timing the themes and discuss it around every day , like that we can do it more faster , what do you think ???
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Not sure if I understand. Would we be reading the same thing?
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Yes it would be great , if you don't have take step 1
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But from what sources...?

I'm getting ready to start DIT after I read CMMRS and do immuno. I also need to do pharm and possibly pathoma.

How exactly would you want to do this?
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Excuse me my ignorance , what is DIT? And CMMRS what is it ? Another thing have you some nbme forms , have you goljan audio that you can pass to me ! Thanks in advance
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hey when is everyone planning to give step 1?
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Excuse me my ignorance , what is DIT? And CMMRS what is it ? Another thing have you some nbme forms , have you goljan audio that you can pass to me ! Thanks in advance

DIT- doctors in training. It's a review course that follows first aid (FA).

CMMRS- clinical micro made ridiculously simple.
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dunno but i think FA first read should be 2 pages per hour...then the standard reviews later should be 3 per hour for at least two to three more revisions. after the 5th read u can go with 4-5 per hour.....

those who rush it or do scanning and read up to 6 per hour are bullshiting their minds coz it is how much u grasp from each read not how many times u read FA

P.S: these rates r only for FA, for other sources it entirely differs
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