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Hi guys, I have been jotting down the Kaplan notes and I realize it's taking too much time. My notes are almost as big as the Kaplan notes but they are better than the FA book when I compared them. Should I keep jotting the notes or just rely on FA as a revision book? Any advice will be appreciated.
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I personally just read the books that I have and simply highlight and write what the videos have to the lecture note books. Taking notes while doing that takes way too long! My idea is that by doing the videos and reading the multiple KLN/other books -- this would give me a full detail of the material and have a good concept understanding then use FA as "my summery notes". So by the time I am doing FA, its all should be understood and simply used for recall.

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I personally just read the books that I have and simply highlight and write what the videos have to the lecture note books. Taking notes while doing that takes way too long! My idea is that by doing the videos and reading the multiple KLN/other books -- this would give me a full detail of the material and have a good concept understanding then use FA as "my summery notes". So by the time I am doing FA, its all should be understood and simply used for recall.

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Thank you very much. I appreciate your advice. I honestly stopped jotting when I realized that it was taking too much time. Pathology is too voluminous and jotting may not help.
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Thank you very much. I appreciate your advice. I honestly stopped jotting when I realized that it was taking too much time. Pathology is too voluminous and jotting may not help.
Hi, it depends.
when i was going thru KLN i did write imp stuff that was not in the books but where in the lectures, and writing them in my own words made me understand the concept better, but tried to be concise,
however, i took my time reading the books cause i wanted to understand them very good as i had poor basics, it took me 5 months.
so it depends on ur time and what is your goal upon reading KLN.
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What worked fairly well for me was to use FA as my base, jotting down additional notes in there from sources like Kaplan LN and UWorld (it got a bit messy though). I also made cards at certain times where I actually wrote questions that corresponded to the material, with page numbers of FA on the answer side. I liked to turn my notes into questions so that I didn't just glaze over the material assuming I knew it. I wonder if it might help to try and take more brief notes of key concepts and focusing on turing these notes into questions for yourself, or making sure you do plenty of Qbank questions as you are going through the material.
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