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Old 04-22-2011
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Planning please critique my study plan-aiming for test date in 2nd wk of june

6-Week Study Plan

Week 1-2:
o Read 70 pages of First Aid/Day (This will allow for a review through first aid 2x)
o Do 1 Question block a day from any bank and review

Weeks 3-6 Follow the detailed schedule below:

Wake up, shower, eat
Question Block 1 USMLE World
Question Block 2 USMLE World
Question Block 3 USMLE World
Study First Aid
12:00pm-12:50 pm
Eat lunch and read First Aid
Question Block 4 USMLE World
Review Question blocks:
-Read incorrect answer questions first
-Go thru correct questions next
-Only write if you cannot remember, and if you do write, only make correlations, don’t write the whole explanation out
Eat dinner and Read Pathology Kaplan
Read from Kaplan books:
-30 min of Biochem
-30 min of Pharm
-30 min of Micro
-30 min of System of your choice

*Do not read subjects for more than 30 min, the key here is to review through all your topics, if you finish one of the three main listed switch to another, the goal is to do 4 topics in a 2 hour period rotating through all topics within a 2 week period max
Relax and get ready for bed, and sleep J don’t think about testing or questions, or material before bed, just relax so you sleep better!

I have not yet taken any NBMEs but plan to next week before I start this plan the week after. Any thoughts on this plan is greatly appreciated.
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I agree HI

i personally feel the best way to study is to grasp the most with whatever way you are used may study for 18 hrs and not gain much but on other hand if you focus on your subject and study for 10 hrs then you may do wonders.
But yes,time table should me maintained so that you know how much you have done and how much is left before the exam.
I feel if you are understanding the subjects and learning the concepts and keys how to answer the questions then you are on your way.
All the best
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Sounds like a great plan! Almost like mine, but instead of reading from books, I'll be doing flashcards from different subjects (mainly the forgettables, like biochem, micro, immuno, pharm)

Let me know how it goes!
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It's good that you have a schedule, but the main thing to keep in mind is that this schedule will depend a lot on your background and how prepared you are at this stage. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1. 70 pages of FA + 1 block of questions + thorough review might be alot to accomplish in a day. For sure 70 pages of FA is easy to read, but if you're trying to understand and grasp details and need to look up anything you don't understand, that will be really difficult to get through (speaking from personal experience).
2. I have never heard of anyone doing 4 blocks of UWorld per day and sustain that!!! Just logistically speaking- that's 4 hours to do questions. The point of questions is to learn from them, so I'm assuming you intend to do a thorough review, even of questions you get right. If you take 2 minutes to review each question, that's 8 hours. That's a 12 hour day already!!!!

I guess what I'm trying to say is have a schedule, but realize that it may not work out as perfectly as you'd like, and you may need to adjust as you go along. Build in some catch-up time also. Good luck, you're on the right track!
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I agree... 70 pages is WAY too much if you're really trying to learn and memorize the mnemonics and stuff. I've heard that doing 1 or 2 mock exam days a few weeks before the exam but 4 hours of Q's a day seems like a lot. Especially at the beginning. You really want to spend time going over the questions and really, really learning from them. I've noticed that the more questions I do the faster I get at revising them. Don't be so hard on yourself and make sure you are learning and not just going through the motions.
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thanks guys for your input. i will let you know how things work out.
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hey guys-here's an update-i have 34 days remaining until my test-scheduled it for june 26th. i have been doing an organ systems approach-last week i spent reviewing gi. i need to get more organized, however. as of today, i've completed 58% of the kaplan qbank with 56% correct. i have not done other questions besides kaplan. i've read through some of FA thus far but plan on doing moreso once i start the month long study plan. the rest of the organ systems remain for me to review-cardio, endocrine, hemeonc, msk, neuro, psych, renal, repro, and respi. tomorrow i plan on doing an nbme to see where i stand. between monday afternoon (after nbme) and thursday i need to get a grasp on biochem and immuno-is there a way to integrate them into an organ systems study setting? starting this coming thurs, i will be embarking on the month long study plan. i never used the study plan that i asked about at the beginning of this thread-our school has had us doing kaplan live prep since beginning of march so i've been back home for a week studying on my own-and completed reviewing gi as a system in that week-clearly though i have to pick up speed. i am trying to organize my FA today and create a study plan that will be best for me. if anyone can provide their thoughts i'd be most appreciative.

1. 9:30am-10:30am: Review FA biochem.
2. 10:30am-11:30am: Review FA immuno.
3. 11:30am-12:30pm: Cumulative review of FA material organ systems that I have already studied.
4. 12:30pm-1pm: Lunch
5. 1pm-3:30pm: Memorize a new organ system in FA. During this part of the day, I would go through FA and write questions on the margin that directly relate to information on the page. For instance, my questions would include things like: "What are the Famous F's of the Limbic system" I found that by going through these questions, it was much easier to memorize FA than just reading FA.
6. 3:30pm-8:30pm:100 Kaplan qbank questions relating to the organ system of the day (whatever I studied from 1pm to 3:30pm). I would do the questions in timed mode and then annotate FA with key study points upon reviewing them at the end of the 46 question block. With every annotation I would add a "question" into the margin of FA, which I would use to study during my daily cumulative review.
7. 8:30pm-11:30pm: Break (workout, shower, tv show, followed by bed)
8. I plan on getting up by 6:30am every morning (that's basically what I've been doing for the past week-in bed by midnight up by 6-6:30). So when I am done eating breakfast, I was thinking I could walk and listen to Goljan MP3s for an hour or so before going to library (it opens at 9:30am). Thoughts on what I could do from 7:30am-9:30am?

What organ system should I start reviewing first starting on Thursday? Pulm? Cardio? Endo?

How many NBME practice exams should I take before June 26th? I know that I have one full length practice one I have access to with Kaplan as well.

Thanks guys in advance for your help. I enjoy this forum very much and utilize it frequently.
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