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I have four months of prep time for my exam. Due to personal loss i have been feeling low lately and couldn't study for the past few months. Finally starting my studies today i realized i have a lot to cover.

I wanted to complete Kaplan lectures, RR pathology, First Aid and Uworld. My basics are weak so i wanted to start with kaplan. I need to finish atleast 80-100pgs in a day in order to reach my target and to have enough time for other resources and revisions.

I need to get a good score. I am ready to work hard. I really need some guidance.
Can someone tell me if its possible to cover all these resources and still have enough time to revise?
How much time should i spend on each one of them?
80-100pgs of kaplan a day, can that be done?

I could really use some words of inspiration too. Having lost few people in my life, right now im unable to put my head into anything and think straight.

I would be really glad if someone could help me with how to go bout it.And i am an IMG. Graduated last year.
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4 months is good enough a time. During my prep ..even I started panicking. U'll eventually realise that 4 months is a long time. You can do everything. The only thing that will eat away your time is you panicking . So instead of thinking and counting the number of days left.. just go for it and start from a corner.. u'll be done with more than half before you know it. keeping cool is the key! I dont't want anyone else to repeat the same mistakes i did
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Thank you so much for your input. I know, i completely understand what you're trying to say. I exactly have the same problem that you mentioned, i panic a lot and keep counting days. I can relate myself to what you said. I guess you're right. I should probably start studying as much as i can and let things fall into place. Was just wondering if its enough time. I guess it is enough if you say so. Thank you for replying.
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4 months is good enough a time. During my prep ..even I started panicking. U'll eventually realise that 4 months is a long time. You can do everything. The only thing that will eat away your time is you panicking . So instead of thinking and counting the number of days left.. just go for it and start from a corner.. u'll be done with more than half before you know it. keeping cool is the key! I dont't want anyone else to repeat the same mistakes i did
this is so true! i also panicked a lot when i first started. i thought it was going to be impossible, or very very difficult to cover all the information. i spent many days making schedule plans, what books to use, breaks, gym time, and so on.

instead of all this, just pick up a kaplan lecture book, and start going at it. don't worry about anything else, just keep going, and if you finish it in shorter amount of time, then great. if it takes a little longer, then you cannot help it. unless you have no choice, and in that case, u can try speed up your pace.

my best advice (from experience), is to just start reading! also, if you've already graduated, you might get that syndrome of forgetting info you read weeks before. it has happened to me, but don't worry. this is normal for especially old grads, although i wouldn't consider u an old grad. don't worry, the info is still in your head, despite the times you feel you've forgotten everything, u will be able to recall it later! there is an excellent thread on this pheneomen somewhere on this forum.
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I have four months of prep time for my exam. Due to personal loss i have been feeling low lately and couldn't study for the past few months. Finally starting my studies today i realized i have a lot to cover.

I wanted to complete Kaplan lectures, RR pathology, First Aid and Uworld. My basics are weak so i wanted to start with kaplan. I need to finish atleast 80-100pgs in a day in order to reach my target and to have enough time for other resources and revisions.

I need to get a good score. I am ready to work hard. I really need some guidance.
Can someone tell me if its possible to cover all these resources and still have enough time to revise?
How much time should i spend on each one of them?
80-100pgs of kaplan a day, can that be done?

I could really use some words of inspiration too. Having lost few people in my life, right now im unable to put my head into anything and think straight.

I would be really glad if someone could help me with how to go bout it.And i am an IMG. Graduated last year.
First of all u alone know why u want to use 4 months. Student, IMG, amg working etc. the resources u want to use are great.
My word of advice. Know your target score and only write the exams when u are sure of making ur target score. Do nbmes too.
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Guys I'm taking step 2 CK in July /august- any advice on exam prep if anyone here has already taken it?
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this is so true! i also panicked a lot when i first started. i thought it was going to be impossible, or very very difficult to cover all the information. i spent many days making schedule plans, what books to use, breaks, gym time, and so on.

instead of all this, just pick up a kaplan lecture book, and start going at it. don't worry about anything else, just keep going, and if you finish it in shorter amount of time, then great. if it takes a little longer, then you cannot help it. unless you have no choice, and in that case, u can try speed up your pace.

my best advice (from experience), is to just start reading! also, if you've already graduated, you might get that syndrome of forgetting info you read weeks before. it has happened to me, but don't worry. this is normal for especially old grads, although i wouldn't consider u an old grad. don't worry, the info is still in your head, despite the times you feel you've forgotten everything, u will be able to recall it later! there is an excellent thread on this pheneomen somewhere on this forum.
Thank you so much for your advice. I guess that is what i'll have to do. Just start and do as much as i can and keep completing one after the other no matter how much time it takes. True, i really cant help it if things are taking more time. I'll have to study and adjust the time accordingly.
I do freak out a lot . I definitely feel that i keep forgetting. I need to have time left in the end to revise. And i'll definitely look up for the thread that you mentioned.Thanks once again.
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First of all u alone know why u want to use 4 months. Student, IMG, amg working etc. the resources u want to use are great.
My word of advice. Know your target score and only write the exams when u are sure of making ur target score. Do nbmes too.
Thank you for taking time to reply. I'm glad to know that i am using the right resources. Hope this will be enough and i hope to complete everything on time. I'll definitely include nbmes,will look into it now that you mentioned. I want to give the exam within my eligibility period.If not, like you said i should postpone it if i don't feel confident and give it only when i am ready and just not rush into it.
Thank you for your advice.
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I'm very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how tough it can be to focus in such circumstances.
My only advice, take a breath! Don't be too hard on yourself. 80-100 pages per day seems slightly outrageous; even if you wanna finish in 3 months or so (that'll be around 3-4 days per kaplan book). Don't make such targets. It depends on the subject and the topic. Some of the material can be covered easily at 80 pages/day, some requires 2 days for 30 pages.

Be tactful. Step 1 is the most crucial factor for your CV. And I assume you will go for the 2015 match. So you can spend more time for your step 1 prep (if required). I'm not asking you to not set targets. I'm just saying don't hurt your chances. If you think giving an additional month can help you get a better score, go for it. Taking an extension for the eligibility period won't be a crime at all!

Keep your head straight and enjoy your prep. All the best!
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I'm very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how tough it can be to focus in such circumstances.
My only advice, take a breath! Don't be too hard on yourself. 80-100 pages per day seems slightly outrageous; even if you wanna finish in 3 months or so (that'll be around 3-4 days per kaplan book). Don't make such targets. It depends on the subject and the topic. Some of the material can be covered easily at 80 pages/day, some requires 2 days for 30 pages.

Be tactful. Step 1 is the most crucial factor for your CV. And I assume you will go for the 2015 match. So you can spend more time for your step 1 prep (if required). I'm not asking you to not set targets. I'm just saying don't hurt your chances. If you think giving an additional month can help you get a better score, go for it. Taking an extension for the eligibility period won't be a crime at all!

Keep your head straight and enjoy your prep. All the best!
Thank you. It has been difficult. Now just trying to do the best i can. This is one thing thats in my hands. So i have to get it right.
Yes exactly what i wanted to know if it can be done so many pgs/day. Guess like you and others have mentioned i just got to start and keep adjusting my schedule instead of calculating so much. Some days i might get more covered and some days less. I completely agree.
I have a target set in mind. But if i'm not well prepared i'll extend the period because i need, not just a good score but a great score. And i'll work for it.
Thank you so much for your advice once again.
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I wanted to thank you all for taking time to reply. I really appreciate it.
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