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HELLO everyone!
I am taking step one in November and I started my prep last month..but every time I study I get scared if my preparation method is OK or not......I am posting my preparation method here cud u guys tell me if it is OK or do I need to do more....

MATERIALS:
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Kaplan lecture notes and videos.
Goljan audio and Rapid review
USMLE World
Kaplan Qbank
NBME Forms

TIME:
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6 MONTHS
4 HOURS APPROX..
I WILL START WORKING FROM JUNE AS A JUNIOR RESIDENT SO I DON'T KNOW IF I WILL GET ENOUGH TIME.. THOUGH I HEARD THAT I WILL HAVE ONLY 6 HRS DUTY...

METHOD:
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read all subjects once with lecture videos. after I finish each subject I will do the same subject from first aid...then move to the next subject...i will finish my first read by July-august.

Then I will go for the second/third read in aug-sept.

Oct November, i will keep for q banks nbmes uworld.

I am going very slow now, from the last one month i am stuck in physio..i hope i will pick up speed soon.

am i going all alright? and is my plan OK?? or do i need to give more time in the qbanks etc..plz help..
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Absolutely, Qbanks are key. Check out how are you doing with the time. If you don't have time to do kaplan and UW, pick to do UW and review it very well. Hope this helps. Just go over kaplan videos and lectures once to understand the material. Don't waste to much time there, annotate things that are important in yor FA and read FA along. Then start Qbanks and annotate also in FA important stuff and review every question along with FA. It really helps, I did that with Kaplan qbank and now i'm doing it with UW, and it really helps to get familiar with FA.
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I did the same plan as you're doing now, just keep it simple and stay away from using too many resources for each subjects. I just concern about the time management because being a junior resident (at least in my case), I found it very hard to find time to sit and read for USMLE. But it might not be in your case, good luck
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Being a junior resident will not only waste 6 hours of your day, but also waste a lot of your energy. Hopefully you'll get through this. Do as many questions as possible. They're the key. Your plan is perfect.
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Being a junior resident will not only waste 6 hours of your day, but also waste a lot of your energy. Hopefully you'll get through this. Do as many questions as possible. They're the key. Your plan is perfect.

but dont u think sitting idle for 6 months will look bad on my cv??
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Absolutely, Qbanks are key. Check out how are you doing with the time. If you don't have time to do kaplan and UW, pick to do UW and review it very well. Hope this helps. Just go over kaplan videos and lectures once to understand the material. Don't waste to much time there, annotate things that are important in yor FA and read FA along. Then start Qbanks and annotate also in FA important stuff and review every question along with FA. It really helps, I did that with Kaplan qbank and now i'm doing it with UW, and it really helps to get familiar with FA.

thanx for the input..but is it fine to just go over kaplan lecture noted once??and when should i star my q banks..once i am done with the firrst reading?
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I did the same plan as you're doing now, just keep it simple and stay away from using too many resources for each subjects. I just concern about the time management because being a junior resident (at least in my case), I found it very hard to find time to sit and read for USMLE. But it might not be in your case, good luck
thanx for the input..where did u work as a jr resident?and is it not important not to sit vacant as it looks bad on the cv?
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but dont u think sitting idle for 6 months will look bad on my cv??
Yes, it does. I wasn't suggesting to not start your residency. Just reminding you that overcoming the time problem will not be your most difficult task. Overcoming the energy problem will be. You should absolutely go for the residency.
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try not to make gaps in your cv, start any clinical activity you can even if you will postpone your exam couple of months. your plan is good, solve mcqs as much as possible.
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