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Old 01-22-2015
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Warning! Need Step 2 CK advice

It took me 8+ months to finish reading Step-Up to Medicine (SUTM) and First Aid for Step 2 CK (all sections except IM topics). I perused them, adding lots and lots of annotations to ensure I understood every disease properly. I have also done ~20% of UWorld (sadly, my scores were only around 50%).

SUTM was so dense that by the end, I wasn't able to recall all the major points for every disease.

What should I do from here on out if:
a) time is not a factor? (and I can study full-time)
b) time is a factor (to finish in 2-3 months)? (and I can study full-time)

In addition to doing a block or two of UWorld daily, should I:
a) Re-read SUTM and FA?
b) Re-read SUTM and FA + make summary notes for each disease?
c) Read Master the Boards (1st edition) to more explicitly learn the next best step/treatment/etc.?
d) Read USMLE Step 2 Secrets to cover the major points of diseases?
e) or some other choice (please describe)

Also, for UWorld, should I:
a) take notes in SUTM
b) take notes in my SUTM and FA summary notes (if choice B was chosen above)
c) take notes in a new MS Word document (and should I arrange by organ system or chronologically?)?
d) not take notes
e) or some other choice (please describe)

I am very anxious, as I feel like I haven't retained the SUTM material that I spent SO LONG reading. I took my time because I want a 250+. But I could really use some guidance at this juncture. If you did well on the exam, I would be extremely grateful for your advice. Thank you.
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Old 02-05-2015
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Sorry to hear about your correct preparation situation. But ur hardwork will pay. Knowledge doesn't go in vain. It will come back to help you some how somewhere. As far as usmle step 2 CK prep is concerned, I recently took this exam and scored 258. If u r interested in knowing the secrets, feel free to contact me Skype ID usmletutor3
All the best
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