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Question Isn't it true that studying Low Yield topics can turn a 200 into a 220?

Or is Low Yield something that should be avoided in review altogether?

It has been a long time since my basic sciences, and I've really forgotten a lot of stuff. I'm relying heavily on the Kaplan lecture notes and DVDs. By understanding all those concepts, can I really shoot for a 230-240? Including the usmleworld questions, and FA of course.

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Default My opinion

In my opinion I think that studying low yield material will actually lower your score.

Reason being, Step 1 is a huge test and no normal human being can master all the facts involved and therefore you have to focus on the high yield to get a good score. Low yield material will take up a space in your hipoccampus that could otherwise be used for the high yield stuff.

If you are a regular student (not a genius) then I would highly recommend the high yield focus.

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In my opinion I think that studying low yield material will actually lower your score.

Reason being, Step 1 is a huge test and no normal human being can master all the facts involved and therefore you have to focus on the high yield to get a good score. Low yield material will take up a space in your hipoccampus that could otherwise be used for the high yield stuff.

If you are a regular student (not a genius) then I would highly recommend the high yield focus.

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Only first aid and uworld enough?
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Default Strategy

I'm one of those people who used to read textbooks before class, take notes in class, and reread after class. And boy was I wrong when it came to step 1. I was stuck in Kaplan's vicious cycle (that's how I refer to it!!) for months and months. Then someone suggested to move on from Kaplan.

My advice, do Kaplan once with videos for understanding. Be active in trying to comprehend the material, concentrate, focus. But don't get entangled in it by taking extensive notes or anything. Just understand as if someone is telling you a beautiful story. Then move on to FA, UW and pathoma. DIT will help you transition from Kaplan to FA. I believed when people said that DIT guys just read FA but that is wrong. They do fill a lot of gaps in FA if you listen actively while taking notes.

This strategy is working for me. Otherwise you'll be stuck in Kaplan forever. Just my two cents.
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