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I've gone through it multiple times now but it's not sticking... My goal is to have it pretty much memorized going into the exam. Anyone know of a good way to make it stick??
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imo, there is no way to really "memorize" FA. maybe there is, but it would be difficult, and not worth the time imo. you're better off understanding CONCEPTS and MECHANISMS you don't understand, and then going back to FA, you'll probably find that you don't need to memorize anything. just make associations.

but if you have a good foundation, then you can simply gloss it over, and you're memory will be jogged. everything in FA should have been things you already studied in the first place.

but if you're like me, (a relatively old grad), then i think doing then Kaplan lecture notes + videos will be very good before going to FA.

some time ago, i did this for embryology section. after watching the kaplan vids and reading the lecture notes, the small embryo section in FA was something that just needed a single gloss over, and that's it.

btw, i haven't taken the usmle yet, so i might be talking completely nonesense, i don't know.
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I agree with what you're saying but I've already done KLN + videos and recently I took an NBME and most of the questions I missed were simple recall questions...the answers to which were found in FA

I agree Step 1 is mostly conceptual, but around 20-30% of the questions do test straight recall and I would hate to miss those easy points.
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I agree with what you're saying but I've already done KLN + videos and recently I took an NBME and most of the questions I missed were simple recall questions...the answers to which were found in FA

I agree Step 1 is mostly conceptual, but around 20-30% of the questions do test straight recall and I would hate to miss those easy points.
in that case, i think you're best bet is to just make your own flash cards for the things you can't remember. it might take some time, but i think flash cards are a great way to jog your memory.

also, learn actively. when you read something you need to memorize, at random times during the day (when ur in the car, at the gym, or doing dishes), just try and recall those things. by doing so, you're actively recalling, which is a great way to get things memorized.
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I agree with what you're saying but I've already done KLN + videos and recently I took an NBME and most of the questions I missed were simple recall questions...the answers to which were found in FA

I agree Step 1 is mostly conceptual, but around 20-30% of the questions do test straight recall and I would hate to miss those easy points.
btw, how long did it take you to finish watching the kaplan videos + doing the lecture notes. if i'm feeling very motivated, and have a good command of goljan/phys/biochem already, then would it be fair to say, i can finish it within a month? (i plan to do them all, except patho).
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