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Hello everyone,
This is my first post (question) here in the forums.

I've been reviewing Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Genetics for sometime. I am using Kaplan Videos along with Kaplan Lecture Notes. However, knowing that FA is the ultimate source I'm going to use for my final review, I kept adding notes to it as I walked my way through Kaplan Videos & Lecture Notes. I ended up adding so many notes and even complete figures & tables from Kaplan Lecture Notes especially when it comes to metabolic pathways since these pathways seem to be incomplete in FA (at least this is what I think) because in some of Kaplan Videos the lecturer would emphasize on certain figures and tables saying it's high-yield for the exam but I wouldn't find them in FA. This task is exhaustive and overwhelmingly time-consuming (for example if a certain video's length is 1 hour it would take me like 2 hours to finish it) adding to that I don't even know if all these notes are necessary or not. I tried so many times to abstain from adding notes to FA but every time my obsession wins and although I still add notes to my FA, I'm no longer comfortable about it and I think I'm doing something wrong because I think if I kept following this strategy, I'm going to waste so much time and I don't know anymore what to do. Eventually, my study has come to a halt.
I'd be very very grateful if anyone could help me or provide some advice regarding this issue.

Thanks in advance
A. Waheed
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1) I'm an IMG
2) Before starting my study, I've printed FA on single-faced paper so I could add notes in the opposite blank page.
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its ok,am planning to open my FA put it in a new big file and add notes with plain papers within the file.
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Notes:
1) I'm an IMG
2) Before starting my study, I've printed FA on single-faced paper so I could add notes in the opposite blank page.
i also tried to doing that while doing KLN but a lot of times i would find that what i wrote down was somewhere in FA already written... that happened a lot of times and made me angry so i quit writing down too many notes... now i am taking things from uworld and adding them to FA.. if you add too much might be harder to revise again and again... but everyone has a diff method i guess... anyways.. goodluck
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Hello everyone,
This is my first post (question) here in the forums.

I've been reviewing Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Genetics for sometime. I am using Kaplan Videos along with Kaplan Lecture Notes. However, knowing that FA is the ultimate source I'm going to use for my final review, I kept adding notes to it as I walked my way through Kaplan Videos & Lecture Notes. I ended up adding so many notes and even complete figures & tables from Kaplan Lecture Notes especially when it comes to metabolic pathways since these pathways seem to be incomplete in FA (at least this is what I think) because in some of Kaplan Videos the lecturer would emphasize on certain figures and tables saying it's high-yield for the exam but I wouldn't find them in FA. This task is exhaustive and overwhelmingly time-consuming (for example if a certain video's length is 1 hour it would take me like 2 hours to finish it) adding to that I don't even know if all these notes are necessary or not. I tried so many times to abstain from adding notes to FA but every time my obsession wins and although I still add notes to my FA, I'm no longer comfortable about it and I think I'm doing something wrong because I think if I kept following this strategy, I'm going to waste so much time and I don't know anymore what to do. Eventually, my study has come to a halt.
I'd be very very grateful if anyone could help me or provide some advice regarding this issue.

Thanks in advance
A. Waheed
I'm having my big day in one month and my FA is totally crowded with notes. I think it is very very important to write in anything that's missing, I even had to read several books again just because I didn't fill in the FA. you'll write in more when starting qbanks. So writing a lot of stuff is OK but still I guess you're doing it wrong.

My advice would be to take one subject, a biochem for example and do it with kaplan notes + lecture, and than do only the book again, and fill in FA. These is the way I did it. lectures and first read should serve as a tool for seeing the whole thing, getting general idea about how everything works understanding the mechanisms and then only after this should you start looking and memorising picky stuff and filling in FA.

It will not only save you from wasting a lot of time and energy and unnecessary notes in FA, but more importantly I think it is the ONLY way you can study for USMLE, Do not start memoryising every single detail while doing your first read. see the thing in whole as a big machine and how everything works and then during the second read start picking up little details and filling in FA. doctor Goljan will talk about this in his Pathology lectures.

Good luck and work hard
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