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These videos are super time consuming, and in between i'm just losing interest because the sheer length. Is it absolute must to watch these?

I love the Lionel Raymon videos, but not all the videos (2010 series) are conducted by him..

Are the biochem videos a must?
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Umm..If you understand biochemistry very well then I'd say skip the videos. BUT Biochemistry is SUPER high yield. All of my friends that have taken the exam in the past month, every single one of them keeps saying how know your biochemistry inside out. So I would really recommend trying to watch those videos. If you can't then maybe use another resource to make sure you fully understand biochem.
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I would suggest you watch these videos. He is quite monotone and serious and it does get boring but in the end, hes a really good teacher! He knows what hes talking about and gets you through it. I found those videos to be quite useful but it did take me about 2 weeks for biochem lol
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he's not as boring as the genetics guy. I dunno how many times I slept on my keyboard listening to this guy. Its only like 6 hrs and it took me 5 days to finish. So I feel your pain.
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I would suggest you watch these videos. He is quite monotone and serious and it does get boring but in the end, hes a really good teacher! He knows what hes talking about and gets you through it. I found those videos to be quite useful but it did take me about 2 weeks for biochem lol
Really? I thought biochem wasn't that high yield, I guess I have to grind through it

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Umm..If you understand biochemistry very well then I'd say skip the videos. BUT Biochemistry is SUPER high yield. All of my friends that have taken the exam in the past month, every single one of them keeps saying how know your biochemistry inside out. So I would really recommend trying to watch those videos. If you can't then maybe use another resource to make sure you fully understand biochem.
TBH, I suck at biochemistry, I was hoping that it being low yield (I guess not according to post above), I'd just skim through it.

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he's not as boring as the genetics guy. I dunno how many times I slept on my keyboard listening to this guy. Its only like 6 hrs and it took me 5 days to finish. So I feel your pain.
Genetics is even worse? Dam, I dunno how Im gonna get through those lol.. Hopefully Physio videos are better..

Out of the whole series, I have found Lionel Raymond and Daughtery's lectures to be the most worth it. Others are alright, and Bio chem being the worst.
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Turco was the best. I liked him the most out of all the biochem guys. He emphasizes certain concepts that I found pop up in USMLE world and shelf exam. So yeah, I think he's worth it.

Biochem is high yield. It pops up in every system. I find myself going back to Biochem repeatedly when I go through other areas.
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Finished biochem today, *phew*.

To everyone who said the videos were useful, you were very right. Dr. Turco is monotonous, but I actually really liked his videos.

Now onto Genetics....
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After watching his videos....I thought, wait, why did I hate biochem again?
He made it so easy! And honestly, the guy is the best teacher in biochem...he didn't need to be interesting and make jokes to make him an amazing teacher. And for such a monotonous guy...he was still really awesome. I would suggest maybe watching them at 1.5x or 2x...it makes it a lot better and quicker...and he sounds like he's talking normally.
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Finished biochem today, *phew*.

To everyone who said the videos were useful, you were very right. Dr. Turco is monotonous, but I actually really liked his videos.

Now onto Genetics....

congrats heheheh!a BIG achievement!
how many days did u take to finish it?
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ya for me it took twenty days to see all videos and then study from kaplan book..
but at end do realize dat its important to know and have deep study of biochem...
david seastone is also good guy but sam turco is unitonous
now i m going to see sam turco live @ manhattan @ 31 may
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Dr. Sam Turco is an awesome lecturer...

He's not monotonous at all...The subject is. Biochemistry scares even the bravest and without a doubt IMO the most difficult subject on the boards.

This guy made that subject very simple. He asks the same questions we're asking (in our head) and then provides the answer in such a logical manner.

No need to memorize at all (i mean, you have to but now in such a logical and understanding way).

This guy rocks as well as Dr. Lionel Raymon.

Thumbs up all the way.
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I honestly loved Turco, youre going to miss him bad in Genetics hahaha
that guy is too insipid and being genetics a cool subject, Turco is definetely one of my faves along with Fischer of course
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Sam Turco is my first love ( I started Kaplan videos with his biochem. lectures) Lionel Raymon is another my fav. and of course Cornad Fischer is greatest of all It's really worth to see Turco's lectures, he's not boring, he's just calm
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Sam Turco is my first love ( I started Kaplan videos with his biochem. lectures) Lionel Raymon is another my fav. and of course Cornad Fischer is greatest of all It's really worth to see Turco's lectures, he's not boring, he's just calm
Raymon: he likes to link everything, make stories along the way, which makes everything interesting. he also makes it a point to go over every point in the lecture notes, and link together symptoms and mechanisms of disease. he's fantastic!

Turco: it is incredible how he simplifies biochem. before kaplan, i was using lippincott to review (what a mistake that was!). I like when turco skips things, and says "LOW YIELD". he also makes biochem very interesting!

Fischer: Sometimes, I can't stand him. Either he sways away from the lecture, or he's not making sense. But other times, he is brilliantly hilarious, and he comes up with some crazy ways to remember things. He's not my style, but I can appreciate him I guess.

Also, just to add. That intro to metabolism chapter by Raymon is single handely the best video I have so far seen on Kaplan. How he links it all togethr, using logic, and reasoning, and the pathways simply stick in your head! it's incredible!
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Raymon: he likes to link everything, make stories along the way, which makes everything interesting. he also makes it a point to go over every point in the lecture notes, and link together symptoms and mechanisms of disease. he's fantastic!

Turco: it is incredible how he simplifies biochem. before kaplan, i was using lippincott to review (what a mistake that was!). I like when turco skips things, and says "LOW YIELD". he also makes biochem very interesting!

Fischer: Sometimes, I can't stand him. Either he sways away from the lecture, or he's not making sense. But other times, he is brilliantly hilarious, and he comes up with some crazy ways to remember things. He's not my style, but I can appreciate him I guess.

Also, just to add. That intro to metabolism chapter by Raymon is single handely the best video I have so far seen on Kaplan. How he links it all togethr, using logic, and reasoning, and the pathways simply stick in your head! it's incredible!
Its individual of course all the teachers have their advantages and disadvantages.. But after these 3 person I found that i'm having a huge heart - because it holds 3 of them, all together! (maybe I'm suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy )
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ReggieMiller that is so funny everytime Turco said LOW yield he made me smile cause it was one thing less to study!!! lol
in fact i LOVED Dr.Lionel, makes lectures very interesting and absolutely made me laugh with his sarcasms!!!! when he says tickles that receptor or doing something that might kill a patient makes it so visual that is easy to learn with him lol.
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turco for biochem is one of the worst i have seen. Hate to say it, but i found him to be like a used car salesman. Constantly saying things that were coming up, and talking to students like they were high school. we dont need to be motivated really, we are already there.

Pharm lectures are the best, and I liked physio and others too. Turco is absoultely the worst.

seriously the number of times he keeps repeating that some material is low yield or high yield, he could have just spoken about another subject matter. Waste of time.
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Turco is good. I prefer Dr. Raymon from the videos I've seen.
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