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After much research I decided that I would like to dive into my textbooks (I hardly touched them in med school and used to cram short books in the last few days)

I thought however doing textbooks alone would be far to objective less to considered using KLN as a framework to my study pattern. I am considering doing a chapter from KLN and then running through the text book at a faster rate (underlining additional material in relevance to that in KLN) and then reviewing both while annotating the lecture notes.

After that I am to proceed with the ordinary three reads KLN+FA+UW etc.

I don't hold much credibility amongst my peers because of my constant poor performance in medical school, and hear disapproval at my ideas. I understand that the KLN+Lecture videos are tested and approved of but I simply would want to invest the time in thinking to manage information from books myself rather than someone spoon feeding it to me.

Am I just being stubborn or am I right in doing so as my aim is not only to score really high but also to know my subjects well (Not just practically but also at a theoretical level)

My concerns are;

a) If my first read with the text books extends to 5-6 months, will I be able retain anything?

b) Do lectures really have "extra stuff" that you need to know, or is it just a method that's approved of because it keeps students engaged? (I saw some of them and found them fun/annoying and that they kept me focused, but I felt that the "thinking" was being done for me rather than me having to put it together myself)

c) Am I just going to waste my time?
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1. Watch the Kaplan videos along with Kaplan notes.
2. Read Kaplan notes once again... if still really unclear about something, watch the video on that section again to clear the doubts.
3. Do Goljan or pathoma for pathology, dont waste your time with Kaplan pathology. Goljan audio if you really want. I dont know about others but some of the stuff he mentions in his audio really helped with some crucial concepts.
4. Get a qbank, Kaplan or uworld (I prefer anyone studying for this exam should do both... first do Kaplan and then uworld).
5. Make lots of notes while doing uworld blocks, trust me it will help you a lot.
6. Give assessment and see where you stand.
7. If you like what you see, review more and give the exam.
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Stop Do not read thick books

I usually do not post replies when it comes to study plans and choice of books as I believe every student is unique and would need a plan tailored according to his/her background.

But I think I have to say the following:
Reading thick textbooks for the purpose of USMLE preparation is not recommended at all and may prove disastrous.
The knowledge base required for the USMLE is already vast even with using short high-yield books, so how about using thick books? You will be lost in a sea of information that no human can handle within the confines of a USMLE prep time.

Also, remember that taking too long to prepare for a USMLE exam is also not good. Beyond 9-12 months, you will start to get bored, forget what you read initially, get exhausted, and eventually lose focus and interest.

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1. Goljan audio if you really want. I dont know about others but some of the stuff he mentions in his audio really helped with some crucial concepts.
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Nice point from Step Taker
I think every one must do Goljan audio, he adds points you can't lift from any text book. the guy is really cool
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I usually do not post replies when it comes to study plans and choice of books as I believe every student is unique and would need a plan tailored according to his/her background.

But I think I have to say the following:
Reading thick textbooks for the purpose of USMLE preparation is not recommended at all and may prove disastrous.
The knowledge base required for the USMLE is already vast even with using short high-yield books, so how about using thick books? You will be lost in a sea of information that no human can handle within the confines of a USMLE prep time.

Also, remember that taking too long to prepare for a USMLE exam is also not good. Beyond 9-12 months, you will start to get bored, forget what you read initially, get exhausted, and eventually lose focus and interest.

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Totally agree with step taker.
When i was starting my prep. Everyone have few new things to say about prep. but in one thing they all agreed is "keep your time scale as precise as you can" If you are studying on full time basis 6-7 months is enough. As time scale increases, people get distracted, lose interest and hard to integrate earlier read stuff.
Books will be good to reference but doing high yield studies is all that matter for USMLE prep.
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Except I'm not just randomly going to read everything in the text books, it'll be very much oriented around KLN's content.

Know that my background knowledge is abysmal. I keep thinking about how you can't "review" something you never "viewed" to begin with.
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Except I'm not just randomly going to read everything in the text books, it'll be very much oriented around KLN's content.

Know that my background knowledge is abysmal. I keep thinking about how you can't "review" something you never "viewed" to begin with.
you go with kaplans, first listen to videos. after that if you still feel unsatisfied you can refer back to textbooks in between.
best of luck!
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Except I'm not just randomly going to read everything in the text books, it'll be very much oriented around KLN's content.

Know that my background knowledge is abysmal. I keep thinking about how you can't "review" something you never "viewed" to begin with.
Read the 7 KLN, Goljan, caszong pharmacology, HY neuro, BRS physiology, Kaplan ethics, MCB made ridiculously easy, atlas anatomy, DIT, Kaplan qbank, uworld qbank, usmlerx, all the nbme, Goljan audio, usmleweapon qbank
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Read the 7 KLN,Goljan,caszong pharmacology,HY neuro,BRS physiology,Kaplan ethics,MCB made ridiculously easy,atlas anatomy,DIT,Kaplan qbank,uworld qbank,usmlerx,all the nbme,Goljan audio,usmleweapon qbank
Lol...you must be jokingWho ever reads all these books should be aiming 290
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I usually do not post replies when it comes to study plans and choice of books as I believe every student is unique and would need a plan tailored according to his/her background.

But I think I have to say the following:
Reading thick textbooks for the purpose of USMLE preparation is not recommended at all and may prove disastrous.
The knowledge base required for the USMLE is already vast even with using short high-yield books, so how about using thick books? You will be lost in a sea of information that no human can handle within the confines of a USMLE prep time.

Also, remember that taking too long to prepare for a USMLE exam is also not good. Beyond 9-12 months, you will start to get bored, forget what you read initially, get exhausted, and eventually lose focus and interest.

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Hi StepTaker, sorry for the bump of this post, but I was wondering if you could maybe give me some feedback on this post I made :
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-st...tml#post184257

Thank you so much!
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Except I'm not just randomly going to read everything in the text books, it'll be very much oriented around KLN's content.

Know that my background knowledge is abysmal. I keep thinking about how you can't "review" something you never "viewed" to begin with.

By the time you read kln twice , mug up FA ,listen to Goljan and read goljan patho and do UW , you will be good to go

Dont overthink everything....Keep your plan simple ,minimal and stick to it....

First read of KLN dont expect to retain more than 50 % of what you read, by second read maybe around 70 % ....that is a good
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