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like brs patho, brs physio, hy anatomy, kaplan pharm, kaplan biochem, hy genetics, kaplan immuno, brs behavioral, brs histo and cell bio and etc etc for each subject?

should start FA along or read those books first???? and then only can read FA along the book for 2nd reading + uw??
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like brs patho, brs physio, hy anatomy, kaplan pharm, kaplan biochem, hy genetics, kaplan immuno, brs behavioral, brs histo and cell bio and etc etc for each subject?

should start FA along or read those books first???? and then only can read FA along the book for 2nd reading + uw??
Personally, I think it all comes down to your own personal preferences, and most importantly, adjusting to your strengths and weaknesses.
I've realised during my step 1 studies, that I've had to become so much more honest to MYSELF in my studying - whereas back in med school I'd convince myself that I understood topics and would go and pass the exam fine but deep down Id know that there was areas that I didn't properly understand.
So, if you have the time, not only memorize First Aid but make sure you properly and thoroughly understand each topic - supplement with your chosen reference books, add notes, read, understand.
Then go do question banks, find weakness, go back read again, and understand. More questions.
Its a tiring process of rinse and repeat, but its a must. If you truly want to success, you must be honest with yourself, there is no quick fix - the key is to eliminate all weaknesses and first aid will help you lay the groundwork for the direction you need to go in to perform. My 2 cents anyway..
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Personally, I think it all comes down to your own personal preferences, and most importantly, adjusting to your strengths and weaknesses.
I've realised during my step 1 studies, that I've had to become so much more honest to MYSELF in my studying - whereas back in med school I'd convince myself that I understood topics and would go and pass the exam fine but deep down Id know that there was areas that I didn't properly understand.
So, if you have the time, not only memorize First Aid but make sure you properly and thoroughly understand each topic - supplement with your chosen reference books, add notes, read, understand.
Then go do question banks, find weakness, go back read again, and understand. More questions.
Its a tiring process of rinse and repeat, but its a must. If you truly want to success, you must be honest with yourself, there is no quick fix - the key is to eliminate all weaknesses and first aid will help you lay the groundwork for the direction you need to go in to perform. My 2 cents anyway..

I so believe in this "to be honest to your self" part .. you cannot at any moment get away with your weakness and ace USMLE ..
very thoughtfull post .. thanks for writting..

I am reading the KLN at the moment and trying to build concept because I started with FA in the very begining and it was time consuming .. so dropped it off and will do it along with 2nd read IA.
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