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Old 08-05-2013
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To all beginners,
Preparing for step 1 isnt a cake walk, it needs lot of understanding the basics, memorise million things, patience and a lot of mind control.
i am in mid of my prep, i would like to advice all of you, giving example of my mistakes.

1. Do not waste months reading/searching for best text books.
stick to one particular book for particular sub, give a 1st read very fast, understand the things, memorise the things you feel like you need to.
Do not waste much time in 1st read. quick reading for 2-3 time is better than reading to slow to understand each and every word.
i spent weeks just to read and underline so many texts and kept on mugging up the things for each sub from kaplan thinking that i ll remember them for all my life... i was so wrong. Today after 4 months of reading, i really do not remember more than 50% of what i read
-Read quick, understand, finish a topic, pick FA, add few points you think you should add from what you read from books. DO KAPLAN after completing each sub. its not that powerful material still make you familiar with solving ques.
REMEMBER: one sub does not worth more than 2 weeks.

2. Finish 2-3 subjects like this, grab FA again and revise fast. If you think you forgot something, go through that topic from text again very fast.
then start more 2-3 subjects, revise FA of all 4-5 sub you did till now.
Revising FA very often may take your few days but if you do not, after 2-3 months you will have to go through all text books again. HAPPENED TO ME. BEWARE. Frequently refreshing the things is very necessary to memorise.

3. here i am suggesting the books i found good. it may vary person to person still i find it necessary to write down.

Kaplan: -Anatomy (for neuro people suggest HY but i did not find anything missed in kaplan)
- Biochemistry

Kaplan videos best for physio, pharma(one should not appear for step 1 without seeing pharma videos), genetics(not that necessary), biochemistry(must for metabolism), beh(good if you see)

BRS physio: AWESOME, hardly 250 pages, looks small but contains high yield info. difficult to read at 1st time. watch Kaplan video 1st, lectures on general physio, respi, CVS are awesome. Renal part videos are not so good

GOLJAN patho: do not listen to audio at start. he speaks so fast and you wont understand anything. Goljan may take 2-3 weeks but chill, go through it. it contains so many physio, immuno, biochem parts so pick goljan after completing all those sub. First few chap will take you too long to read. People put goljan aside assuming that they wont be able to read whole book, but believe me, systemic patho is given very simply and easy/fast to read. You may listen to audios after 1st read. Audio NOTES are also available as 125 pages, you may read it if audio is taking more time to listen

Micro Made ridiculously simple: AWEEESOMEEEEE one who hates micro must read this book. I LOVEEED it. we feel like we are reading a book with picture stories. later on you may simply rely on FA

Thats it, i am still on mid of my prep, i just advised you about the basic/reading material..!!

BOTTOM LINE: follow to what the experienced people say. Young blood always wants to run on their own way, do not like to follow what other says.
But, Do listen to others, learn from their mistakes. Experience is a best teacher, but do not waste your time to have an experience, we have lot to do in a minimum time.


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Thanks so much for ur advice....all info u presented is very useful, practical, time saving n something that doesn't occur without experience..!
Thanks a ton..!
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i wish i had followed the advice you listed, when i first started revewing. i made so many mistakes in my review, it's laughable now. i can't believe how much time i wasted. oh well, it was a learning process.
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wish other ppl do what u did , thank you
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i am an old IMG , your advice is useful. Im doing the mistake of taking a lot of time at my first reading and when toooo many days pass and im on the same subject its very depressing....Iwill take this advice seriously.Atleast when ive done my first reading i will be much more motivated.
I really liked your advice about revising FA in between the subjects. It makes sense. Thanks for sharing this.
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