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Warm Greetings to all.

I am new on this site and have browsed through it a few times. First and foremost, I would like to thank all the moderators and members for all of their valuable input and questions. This site has really been helpful to me. Thanks once again.

I am a US citizen, did basic sciences in the Caribbean, and have now been preparing for the step 1. I have a hard time setting up a schedule and I feel I did not get a good education in the basics and also I blame myself for not working harder. I want to ask questions that may have been already asked (but I don't have too much time right now to go through the site) so hopefully someone can either answer my questions directly or post a link I can check.

A little bit more about me. I took a Kaplan course which I thought was good, but I feel as though I need more time individually to have a stronger grasp of the material. I have also checked out the Pass Program which is great for physio and biochem conceptually and learning clues, but I feel I should stick with the gold standard for IMGs/Foreign Medical Students: Kaplan, FA, Goljan, UW and Kaplan Qbank.

1. In what order should I read the Kaplan LNs?

2. Should I first read a chapter of lets say anatomy, then watch the corresponding video right after and follow along in the LNs? Then swiftly review it a third time before I proceed to the next chapter? Or would you say to first read the entire book and THEN watch the video and follow along in the notes and then do a quick review? Also, should it be the third time I start making notes into my FA?

3. Would you recommend making FA into a binder, and then add additional notes from Kaplan on a separate sheet of paper? Or have all the extra kaplan notes on actual page of the FA?

4. Instead of focusing on Kaplan for path, I was thinking of listening to the Goljan lectures and reading RR. Would you recommend going through the 125 page notes before listening? While listening? After? Should I read RR before or after the audios?

My apologies for any repeat questions, and I would like to hear from you guys on this. It would be greatly appreciated.

Best of luck to everyone in their endeavors. God willing we all succeed!
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1. In what order should I read the Kaplan LNs?
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What sequence to follow when reading Kaplan notes?
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2. Should I first read a chapter of lets say anatomy, then watch the corresponding video right after and follow along in the LNs? Then swiftly review it a third time before I proceed to the next chapter? Or would you say to first read the entire book and THEN watch the video and follow along in the notes and then do a quick review? Also, should it be the third time I start making notes into my FA?
I recommend watching the vids chapter by chapter and starting FA after finishing KLN.
I recommend your read this
ZumZum Method for USMLE Step 1 Preparation Schedule and Plan
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3. Would you recommend making FA into a binder, and then add additional notes from Kaplan on a separate sheet of paper? Or have all the extra kaplan notes on actual page of the FA?
I recommend you read this
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-st...-schedule.html
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Thank you so much. I think I will do a quick skim before watching the videos. Then when I watch the vids I will pay attention closely and jot down notes in the margins provided.

First Aid seems more of a check list to me, I think I will use it as such after completing the KLNs.

Thanks so much for your responses. I have seen the TAUS method before. But I will stick to the good old fashion Indian/Pakistani style of studying . Sit, read read read, and questions questions questions.
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