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Hi everyone,

I'm deciding to take my Step 1 this October, currently I'm focusing on Microbiology, starting with bacteriology first. I'm using Kaplan Notes for this subject. It seems not hard to reading the notes by heart, but when I finished one chapter and moved onto question practice, I just felt like haven't reviewed the book and couldn't think up a thing mentioned in Kaplan Notes. I know there are tons of microorganism included in Kaplan Notes and each of them has their own characteristics and causes different or similar diseases, which makes it really hard to sort them into a clear category picture in heart and requires referring to those chapters many times. I did go back to book several times, but what made me feel really frustrated and drove me nuts sometimes is I still could not stuff them into my brain. In this case, I'm feeling like wasting lots of time which are all in vain. I hate the feeling you gain nothing fruity from the hours work and effort you'd put in. Right now, I haven't thought up a way to reverse this difficult situation. Anyone help me please! Appreciate in advance!
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microbiology was my weakest subject

i used microbiology made ridiculously simple

its a good textbook
it will fix your micro problems.
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microbiology was my weakest subject

i used microbiology made ridicously simple

its a good textbook
it will fix your micro problems.
Hi Dr.NickRiviera,

Thank you for sharing your experience with me!

I heard of this book before but haven't got one. Is it greatly making remember those tiny microorganism more efficient and easier?
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Hi everyone,

I'm deciding to take my Step 1 this October, currently I'm focusing on Microbiology, starting with bacteriology first. I'm using Kaplan Notes for this subject. It seems not hard to reading the notes by heart, but when I finished one chapter and moved onto question practice, I just felt like haven't reviewed the book and couldn't think up a thing mentioned in Kaplan Notes. I know there are tons of microorganism included in Kaplan Notes and each of them has their own characteristics and causes different or similar diseases, which makes it really hard to sort them into a clear category picture in heart and requires referring to those chapters many times. I did go back to book several times, but what made me feel really frustrated and drove me nuts sometimes is I still could not stuff them into my brain. In this case, I'm feeling like wasting lots of time which are all in vain. I hate the feeling you gain nothing fruity from the hours work and effort you'd put in. Right now, I haven't thought up a way to reverse this difficult situation. Anyone help me please! Appreciate in advance!

i would Get the Book "made ridiculously easy" as thr Dr said

and to study start thinking of them as people < some ppl might think that this is twisted but i think it'll work


and what i'm gonna be doing is that i'm gonna segment the micro 2 hours a day till i finish it than am gonna do it all again in one go, and that's just me


Good luck -
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i would Get the Book "made ridiculously easy" as thr Dr said

and to study start thinking of them as people < some ppl might think that this is twisted but i think it'll work


and what i'm gonna be doing is that i'm gonna segment the micro 2 hours a day till i finish it than am gonna do it all again in one go, and that's just me


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yay, I'm also studying micro in a continuous way, like around 6 microorganisms per day, not doing them all at one time. But there still comes a problem: i can hardly find questions specific to the micros just reviewed to test or reinforce those concept, and have to wait for finishing the whole book and then moving onto queations because Qbanks are all subject-based or random-based. Are you taking micro the same way?
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yay, I'm also studying micro in a continuous way, like around 6 microorganisms per day, not doing them all at one time. But there still comes a problem: i can hardly find questions specific to the micros just reviewed to test or reinforce those concept, and have to wait for finishing the whole book and then moving onto queations because Qbanks are all subject-based or random-based. Are you taking micro the same way?
i actually haven't started micro yet ... but here's my plan :


i'm gonna be studying systemically for a long time and each day am gonna take one family down from made simple "the book" and then watch a kaplan video about it annotate in my first aid and then study it at the same day from first aid


and also while going systemically am gonna face some bacterias and viruses am gonna take those down as i go


till am done with micro , after that i'm gonna take it down again as one subject concentrated full days till i finish it again

as for the Q bank\book am gonna do it after taking micro the second time cause it's as u said subject based and so tiring to pick Q on each organism as i go

this is what i PLAN to do so far ,, Good luck buddy

p.m \ u can get ur self flash cards, i haven't tried them though
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i actually haven't started micro yet ... but here's my plan :


i'm gonna be studying systemically for a long time and each day am gonna take one family down from made simple "the book" and then watch a kaplan video about it annotate in my first aid and then study it at the same day from first aid


and also while going systemically am gonna face some bacterias and viruses am gonna take those down as i go


till am done with micro , after that i'm gonna take it down again as one subject concentrated full days till i finish it again

as for the Q bank\book am gonna do it after taking micro the second time cause it's as u said subject based and so tiring to pick Q on each organism as i go

this is what i PLAN to do so far ,, Good luck buddy

p.m \ u can get ur self flash cards, i haven't tried them though
Thanks Kam G! I think I am gonna make some changes to my previous micro study plan.

Wish you all good luck about your studying process!
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