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Guys i have recently given my Step 1 and want to start studying for Step 2 CK. I have 2011 Kaplan Videos and MTB videos. Would you recommend that i watch all of the Kaplan videos? I will be starting my clinical rotations after a month and would like to utilize this free time. Any recommendations on books would also be appreciated. I made a lot of mistakes during my basic sciences studies by not starting earlier and would like to be serious and smart student during my 3rd and 4th year.

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I am currently preparing Step2CK
My time frame is 2 months.

MTB2+3
Boards&Wards
USMLE Secrets Step2CK
UWorld x 2-3times (for the 4-5 weeks before exam)

I am completing books..
hope can finish Uworld in time.

I tailored my resources from advices of successful Step2CK scorers.

Kaplan videos is optional for those who like learning from such,
It would supplement MTB2 reading.. do both together,
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I am currently preparing Step2CK
My time frame is 2 months.

MTB2+3
Boards&Wards
USMLE Secrets Step2CK
UWorld x 2-3times (for the 4-5 weeks before exam)

I am completing books..
hope can finish Uworld in time.

I tailored my resources from advices of successful Step2CK scorers.

Kaplan videos is optional for those who like learning from such,
It would supplement MTB2 reading.. do both together,
Can you please tell me about your plan of preparation?
I mean how many blocks you do per day in USMLE WORLD and MTB in how many days you can pass?
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For my Reading..

Step2CK study for me was smoother and went faster in the flow,
cos I have 4 years of Clinical experience, and success in MRCS Exams a year ago, which had similar clinical reading.. so its more of a revision for me.

I had used MTB 2 + 3, Boards and Wards..

I started 8-9am.. 4 hours
40 min blocks with 5-10 mins
(play Brain fitness games - FitBrains on iPhone - Its fun, and does not distract you from the topic.)

2-6 (4 hours)
Gym - 1 hr

10-12 (2Hrs)

Usually skimming thru MTB3 and B&W after every chapter from MTB2 done..
Reinforces some concepts and adds few more points from other book.
I jot down "alien" concepts ONLY which I do not know yet topic wise as I study.

Reading speed varies from 10-20 pages an hour. (avg 15)

With this you shud be able to finish within 2 weeks.
(11 days for me)

Then UWorld which I am starting now..

First attempt:
Aim 100 Q (8am to 12pm) untimed random, detail reading of explanations and points to b noted. (2-6pm) another 100Q
9-11/12 Review Questions of the day again and read books where you feel uneasy or weak.

(First attempt shud finish in 15 days at 200q/day)

Second attempt: keep the same schedule.. do as fast and as much as you can, fill in the week points, mind map difficult concepts, clear out faded areas. Read, practice..practice.. Try for completing 3rd time last bfr exam - dun read just practice the last week.

UWorld and Questions very IMP!!
reading shud be such that you create your reflexes and intuitions..
a good preparation will intuitively guide you to correct answers.
Done do rote memorization.. even memorization shud be such that they are ingrained in your reflexes..

Exam time as you know frm giving Step1 is not abt brainstorming and thinking deep..
its bringing out the skills you have already practiced.



Again what I mentioned is the ideal schedule I planned for myself..
Discipline keeps you on it.. Not to say it happens everyday..
Mind does not work at the same pace all the time..
Personal stuff and others ruminate your mind and distract..

What works for me best is I keep my iPhone Timer App..
and I start the timer the moment I am in the zone and studying productively, during breaks I stop it, or when distracted or pulled in day dreaming I stop timer..
This way I can measure the quality time studied, and it also helps keep mind on track, cos it feels performance is being measured.
Before going to bed if you look at your timer and see that it clocked 10 quality hours, be contend and sleep well for another round the following day.
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For my Reading..

Step2CK study for me was smoother and went faster in the flow,
cos I have 4 years of Clinical experience, and success in MRCS Exams a year ago, which had similar clinical reading.. so its more of a revision for me.

I had used MTB 2 + 3, Boards and Wards..

I started 8-9am.. 4 hours
40 min blocks with 5-10 mins
(play Brain fitness games - FitBrains on iPhone - Its fun, and does not distract you from the topic.)

2-6 (4 hours)
Gym - 1 hr

10-12 (2Hrs)

Usually skimming thru MTB3 and B&W after every chapter from MTB2 done..
Reinforces some concepts and adds few more points from other book.
I jot down "alien" concepts ONLY which I do not know yet topic wise as I study.

Reading speed varies from 10-20 pages an hour. (avg 15)

With this you shud be able to finish within 2 weeks.
(11 days for me)

Then UWorld which I am starting now..

First attempt:
Aim 100 Q (8am to 12pm) untimed random, detail reading of explanations and points to b noted. (2-6pm) another 100Q
9-11/12 Review Questions of the day again and read books where you feel uneasy or weak.

(First attempt shud finish in 15 days at 200q/day)

Second attempt: keep the same schedule.. do as fast and as much as you can, fill in the week points, mind map difficult concepts, clear out faded areas. Read, practice..practice.. Try for completing 3rd time last bfr exam - dun read just practice the last week.

UWorld and Questions very IMP!!
reading shud be such that you create your reflexes and intuitions..
a good preparation will intuitively guide you to correct answers.
Done do rote memorization.. even memorization shud be such that they are ingrained in your reflexes..

Exam time as you know frm giving Step1 is not abt brainstorming and thinking deep..
its bringing out the skills you have already practiced.



Again what I mentioned is the ideal schedule I planned for myself..
Discipline keeps you on it.. Not to say it happens everyday..
Mind does not work at the same pace all the time..
Personal stuff and others ruminate your mind and distract..

What works for me best is I keep my iPhone Timer App..
and I start the timer the moment I am in the zone and studying productively, during breaks I stop it, or when distracted or pulled in day dreaming I stop timer..
This way I can measure the quality time studied, and it also helps keep mind on track, cos it feels performance is being measured.
Before going to bed if you look at your timer and see that it clocked 10 quality hours, be contend and sleep well for another round the following day.
Thank you so much for a detailed explanation of your study.
WISH YOU ALL THE BEST ON EXAM!!!
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Guys i have recently given my Step 1 and want to start studying for Step 2 CK. I have 2011 Kaplan Videos and MTB videos. Would you recommend that i watch all of the Kaplan videos? I will be starting my clinical rotations after a month and would like to utilize this free time. Any recommendations on books would also be appreciated. I made a lot of mistakes during my basic sciences studies by not starting earlier and would like to be serious and smart student during my 3rd and 4th year.

Thanks!
I would try to balance some time off relaxing with a little clinical prep. It's awfully early to be "reviewing" for CK when you still have at least a year of rotations to go. If you do some videos, maybe just focus on the videos for your first rotation. I would go ahead and purchase a 1 year UWorld subscription and do those questions during the year as you prepare for your shelf exams. If you want, you could start doing the World questions for your first rotation.

You will find that CK questions look a lot like Step 1 questions, but are VERY different. They really do a great job of switching the focus from testing your understanding of mechanisms to clinical knowledge and clinical reasoning.

The best preparation for step 2 is a solid, consistent effort during your clinical rotations. Most people find that they need much less dedicated prep time for step 2 ck compared with step 1. I think this is because you spend your whole third year learning high yield testable material because the test itself is so clinically focused. It's not so much like Step 1 where they test a lot of tiny unrelated facts .
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