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Help Do STEP 1 takers really need review books?

Hi, I'm an IMG currently studying step1.
I'm doing kaplan videos + kaplan lecture notes + kaplan Q bank.

I need some insight on how to study kaplan efficiently?


The way I study
ends up consuming much time, by listening to the videos (May be a whole chapter) then follow it by reading the notes (concentration curve decreases).
Also tried another method, listen to a video then read the notes immediately (interrupted chapter; listen read listen read. It kinda helped with the concentration issue but still very time consuming). Is that even normal?

  • To get to the point, got 2 and a half questions here:

1. How do I study kaplan as a package? please consider the Q banks and where should FA come in play?

2. Do I need any other review books? i.e. the ones mentioned in the end of FA?


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FA is good in that it gives a very condensed amount of reading. That being said there is a lot of information missing. You may want to read the chapter of FA after doing or while doing Kaplan just to add notes to it about what you think is very important that way after doing questions and before your exam day you can go back to just one book instead of having to flip through all of your Kaplan books. As for doing the QBank I find it best to do after finished with videos. Some people like to do them chapter by chapter. The reason I vote for waiting until after doing all the studying is that if you do the questions right after reviewing the section it will still be fresh in your mind and you will get a lot more correct. If you wait until after you review everything you will see what you really remember from the first section you read months ago, but each person feels differently so that is up to you. bet of luck studying, and yes I know it is time consuming especially if you are a slow reader like me.
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Oh and as far as the other books listed at the back of FA, use them only if there is a particular subject you cannot fully understand. What i mean is if you are doing questions and reviewing it but still getting very low grades in that section and reading Kaplan and FA has not helped then you can try one of the other books, otherwise Kaplan and FA should be enough.
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