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Hello everyone, I need some advice regarding studying for the step 1.

I'm a student who made it through by cramming on the last day and forgetting everything in a couple of days. What's worse is that I used local review books and took advantage of a weak examination system by doing questions that repeated in the actual exam by going through almost every past paper I could find.

Are Kaplan Lecture notes along with videos good enough to score high? (250+) Or will I have to dig deep into my text books?

If so, is there a good method of doing text books along side KLN? Lecture videos seem inaccessible due to lack of revision value, plus I'm not into listening much.

I need a quality learning phase before I set into the review phase I think, but I can't find anyone who has been in my situation.
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Hello Asimio,

I am in the similar boat. If you like to connect and study together online for
USMLE step1 please PM me.

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Care to share some of your study methods? The question that's getting to me is still there though:

Are Kaplan Lecture notes along with videos good enough to score high? (250+) Or will I have to dig deep into my text books?

I guess I asked it wrong though, what I meant is that are those (KLN+Videos) good enough for the initial learning phase? FA+Qbanks+etc will surely follow as unanimously advised.

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Care to share some of your study methods? The question that's getting to me is still there though:

Are Kaplan Lecture notes along with videos good enough to score high? (250+) Or will I have to dig deep into my text books?

I guess I asked it wrong though, what I meant is that are those (KLN+Videos) good enough for the initial learning phase? FA+Qbanks+etc will surely follow as unanimously advised.
KLN+videos are best for initial learning phase so stick to(first try to understand the concept it and then cram it up) plus during your initial learning phase do kaplan bank in offline mode subject wise after you have griped Kaplan books you can easily go thru F.A and U world(online random timed mode)

there are many other good books(goljan/pathoma/BRS behav etc) but its easy to get over whelmed by them so in your first phase keep it simple and straight forward and after wards you can supplement your baseline books with other resources if required
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KLN+videos are best for initial learning phase so stick to(first try to understand the concept it and then cram it up) plus during your initial learning phase do kaplan bank in offline mode subject wise after you have griped Kaplan books you can easily go thru F.A and U world(online random timed mode)

there are many other good books(goljan/pathoma/BRS behav etc) but its easy to get over whelmed by them so in your first phase keep it simple and straight forward and after wards you can supplement your baseline books with other resources if required
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I want to score really high. Advice/tips? I'm hell bent on opening my text books after going through Askdoc's blog (It's actually one of the best USMLE blogs I've found, if anyone knows any other good ones please do tell me):

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Aiming for 99′s is much, much more difficult. You need to cover not only the high yield stuff and master them, you need to cover a lot of low yield stuff, plus you cannot have a weak subject. Since you need to make sure you score high in all sections of the examination, having a weak point in a subject can cause you points you need to reach 99 or high 99. In fact the higher the 99 you are aiming for, the more you cannot afford any weak point. Whereas, you can afford to cover major subjects only if you are aiming for above average scores, eg. mastering only Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology in Step 1 or Internal Medicine in Step 2 CK and Step 3 while just skimming through the rest. You have to master almost all subjects if you are going for 99′s. Kaplan notes is not enough for 99′s in Step 1 even with UW q Bank or Kaplan q Bank, your chance for a 99 is low to average. You need at least Goljan or Robbinís Basic Pathology for Pathology, Jawetz and Levinsonís Microbiology and Immunolgy as supplement to increase your chances of a 99. For Step 2CK, Kaplan notes, mastered at 95 to 100% + UW q Bank at 80 to 90% is minimum if you want a good chance of getting a 99. In Step 3, doing well in the MCQ section is not enough, you need to do well in CCS section too as it is 25% of your score.
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I'm a student who made it through by cramming on the last day and forgetting everything in a couple of days. What's worse is that I used local review books and took advantage of a weak examination system by doing questions that repeated in the actual exam by going through almost every past paper I could find.
That's uncannily similar to my story I'm using KLNs and other recommended books (as on the polls in this forum) like RR Path, Pathoma, Clinical Micro made Ridiculously Simple, BRS Behavioral Science, etc. I think if you can grasp the concept properly from these and retain the information by repetition, mnemonics or whatever works for you, it'll be good enough to get a high score.
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I'm willing to study between 8-12 months.

I want to score high, and I want to know my material well. I see this as a learning experience for me, a sort of redeeming study regiment for my slacky days in med school.

I want to find out what it is that I like. I didn't study too much back in med school and so I couldn't really pin point what I really want to go into.

Btw; this is one of the most amazing theads I've stumbled across so far: http://www.prep4usmle.com/forum/thread/34492/

Has deep analysis, so be warned; it's pretty lengthy.

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