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Hi there!
I am an IMG! I want to take USMLE Step 1 and were graduated 2 years ago...
I have acquired these references:
Kaplan for all subjects
Microbiology Made Ridiculously Easy
Pathology Rapid Review (Goljan)
Audio tracks of Goljan 2008
BRS Physiology
First Aid 2012
Kaplan Qbook
I also have bought the Kaplan DVDs...
My knowledge of basic sciences is average; I work for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week... I prefer to finish my studies in about 8 months and take the step in April or June 2014...I would really appreciate if anyone could help me with writing a schedule and time management...it would be great for me if anyone would like to be an online study partner!
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Get up 30 min before sunrise while melatonin start declining, eat something very light just to keep your glycogen still and start study until a breakfast after 2 hours. Then take your breakfast and study until noon. The rest depends on you but to keep yourself fit and protect yourself from depression,anxiety etc. do some physical exercise when u dont need your energy for study(i mean late night or evening). A dymaxon type sleep during the day for 30 mins every 4 hours will keep you maximally concentrated if you manage to do it. Night sleep should not exceed 6-7 hrs.
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Thank you for your response. How about the references? are they good?
I actually work from 8:30 to 16 and miss productive hours during the day, however thank you for the sunrise point! I think I can use that time for study...
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Thank you for your response. How about the references? are they good?
I actually work from 8:30 to 16 and miss productive hours during the day, however thank you for the sunrise point! I think I can use that time for study...
If you have that much time(8mos.) really and graduated 2 years ago, it means you may have forgotten the basics. So you may skip Kaplan and use a mixture of best boks which you can find in "recommended step 1 threads".
For ex. use brs physio, conrads ethics, high yield neuroanatomy, high yield embryo etc...
Kaplan is only for the fresh guys and skips all the basics. With kaplan you may memorize eveything but without knowing why?(no offense but maybe u did forget some basic concepts like many graduates) The rest of your references are the best ones, hope you good luck And i am sure that if you r working so you will succeed pharma,patho and micro things better.
Btw, where are you from?
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