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Help Help With USMLE Step 1 Study Plan (1st Year Medical Student)

Hello,

I'm a first year medical student going on second (Currently in my summer term) from Jordan. Many people I know advised me to start studying early for the exam so I'm planning to start studying the courses I took in my vacation (Between first and second year).

The courses I took are :

Anatomy
Physiology
Introductory Biochemistry
Histology
Embryology (Not very detailed)

The review books I have are :

High Yield Gross Anatomy
High Yield Embryology
BRS Physiology

I read a lot of posts and articles on how to study but I got confused after the 39th one. So here are my questions :

1 - Are the review books I have any good? What review books should I get for my other courses?

2 - Should I get the First Aid or Kaplan books? Should I subscribe to a test bank?

3 - Do you have any piece of advice on how to study? What things should I focus on in my level?

4 - If anyone can be kind enough to explain scores to me, I thought it was out of 200something but I see a lot of 99s and similar numbers. (I'm sorry for the confusing phrasing)

5 - I'm given the choice of taking my Step 1 exam after my third year or my sixth year? After third year, I would have finished all basic courses and systems (I start clinical courses at 4th year). But some people say it's better to do the exam after 6th year because I would have more clinical knowledge then. What is the best choice?

Thank you

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I dont advice you to touch a USMLE book right now
just go and study your basic , be strong, and after you finish everything with your school , you start studying usmle because usmle books are a matter of review for things that you have taken, if you are not good in basics you will get stuck in a page for like hours and hours, but if you are strong in basic, then you will just read the page and most of things are there will be easy to retain
dont start unless you finish your third year
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I dont advice you to touch a USMLE book right now
just go and study your basic , be strong, and after you finish everything with your school , you start studying usmle because usmle books are a matter of review for things that you have taken, if you are not good in basics you will get stuck in a page for like hours and hours, but if you are strong in basic, then you will just read the page and most of things are there will be easy to retain
dont start unless you finish your third year
But I study my basics well during the term and I don't plan to study all review during my vacation, I'm going to use my textbooks if there's anything I don't understand.

I just really want to get a high score in the exam and I'm not very good in time management (Not yet at least, I'm working on it), I don't know if cramming everything in a few moths before the exam will do for me
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But I study my basics well during the term and I don't plan to study all review during my vacation, I'm going to use my textbooks if there's anything I don't understand.

I just really want to get a high score in the exam and I'm not very good in time management (Not yet at least, I'm working on it), I don't know if cramming everything in a few moths before the exam will do for me
I am telling you, you will spend ages studying things, that after you finish your 3 years will take seconds, it will be like ya this is commonscence ,for example when you study physio now , there will be patho things in the book , so you will spend ages studying and figuring what the hell is this
but if you have taken patho , it will take minutes !

just take a deep breath , take thing easy , very early believe me , it is up to you anyways
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i too suffered the same dilemma as you are facing rite now .... after rigorous searching and talking to numerous people i came to a conclusion ...

that it is not wise to skip the main books and solely study for the steps ...

What then you should do ... ?

You should
  • Read the main books but keep the review books with you during that ...
  • Take points from the main book and transfer to the review books
  • and then solely use that review books at the end of your exam days in your school
  • then at the end of year if you get a chance revise all that stuff you have learned so far
  • do questions now ... grab kaplan qbooks ...first aid Q/A
  • grab FA read that chap from the book which you have done ..

doing that all the way through ... you will not get overwhelmed at the end when you will start the official prep of USMLE ... and will more likely to do in less time and score big
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