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Its been a month since i gave step 1 got score on 7th august 231.
Did mtb and kaplan bank for CK - couple of subjects from internal 60-65% average. Still feel fresh about stuff generaly.
Watched conrads cardio but felt like im losing time watching them like movies.

Now i have to start reading something but cant decide, can i skip doing kaplan lecture notes at least in Medicine? Read a lot here havent heard from anyone kaplan notes did any good job for their score. But everyone has done it so ... Confused and losing time in thinking about skipping it or not

Seems like im looking for and easy way to get along but anyway Any Advise appreciated
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I am in similar situation. Please give some advice. Thank you.
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never. skip. kaplan.
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[QUOTE=Dr.NickRiviera;209582]never. skip. kaplan.

Sounds wise but.. Step1 experience of moving around lot of stuff makes me hesitate. Can say one thing fore sure if i do only mtb and q banks i will do them thoroughly and quickly and twice. otherwise everything will take me 1-2 months longer and less focused and dunno what will come out in the end
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never. skip. kaplan.

I did STEP 1 on 17th June. I started studying for my STEP 2 just 18 days ago. I have heard multiple opinions on kaplan lecture notes and videos, some even say that you should skip them entirely.

The first videos made me hesitate, but now I rellay think Kaplan is helping me understand better the concepts and apply them on my practice blocks. I even think that some people that advice against Kaplan, havent even given them a good try.

I would suggest doing kaplan. If you do the videos, you need to do the lecture notes, they go together. If you are lacking time, then you could skip some videos, but just by watching them, and spending some 2-3 hours a day with them, you know you are learning, you know that SOMETHING relevant is going to stick.

I plan on sitting for the test on december, so I still have some 3-4 months to go, and plenty of time to do Kaplan and a lot of qbanks.
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For sure they go together.
Im not hurrying anywhere. I think of taking test around january... So ill think a lil bit more tonight and maybe start watching videos on x2 speed along with notes.
I'll try first and think about skipping after.
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Hi,
If you really wanna give this exam real quick, now is the time, the fastest way is to start doing UW right away, its difficult in the beginning, but you will learn with UW, do it timed random mode. Then try to read whatever you dont know from whatever source, let it be kaplan or any other book or even a research article. You need to gain extensive Clinical knowledge, its possible in 3 months from the start of your prep to exam day. MTB 2 for IM and MTB 2+3 for other subjects is a must. All the best!
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never. skip. kaplan.

Sounds wise but.. Step1 experience of moving around lot of stuff makes me hesitate. Can say one thing fore sure if i do only mtb and q banks i will do them thoroughly and quickly and twice. otherwise everything will take me 1-2 months longer and less focused and dunno what will come out in the end
if you want to just pass the test, you can get by without them.
if you enjoy learning and the thrill of understanding concepts, do kaplan, it will make you score higher, and be a better doctor.
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If you really wanna give this exam real quick, now is the time, the fastest way is to start doing UW right away, its difficult in the beginning, but you will learn with UW, do it timed random mode. Then try to read whatever you dont know from whatever source, let it be kaplan or any other book or even a research article. You need to gain extensive Clinical knowledge, its possible in 3 months from the start of your prep to exam day. MTB 2 for IM and MTB 2+3 for other subjects is a must. All the best!

thanks. i really wanna pass it fast. don't want to get stuck for long.
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if you want to just pass the test, you can get by without them.
if you enjoy learning and the thrill of understanding concepts, do kaplan, it will make you score higher, and be a better doctor.
i do enjoy learning, but i have two jobs and two kids and not a lot energy left i prefer just to know ant stick to what's most important and with what exam is doable and along the way i may even do kaplans i just need moral support right now and justification for myself that i can do it along with Q banks and easy read like MTB.

justification- defense mechanism you know that guys
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You can do it without Kaplan tooIts up to you final decision is yours but you should do UWorld religiously
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You can do it without Kaplan tooIts up to you final decision is yours but you should do UWorld religiously
that's why i wanna stick with most serious thing. if i had done UW better, if i had started doing first aid earlier for STEP 1 that would be the only thing that i would change.
i will finish Kaplan Q bank and MTB first read. and start the final relationship with UW.

if i get in trouble than ill try step up, medstudy, kaplan. i just dont have nerves checking around a lot of books in which stuff may be even presented equivocaly. Even Kaplan Q bank got concepts that come in opposite to MTB.
i know UW does not.

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and most important that makes me hesitate is probably cause i read a lot on forum and everyone agrees that all these material are not the single thing that make you pass, common sense and general clinical knowledge should also help. endurance and test taking skills. I will do as much questions as i can.

and step 1 left me feeling that score does depend on what you actually get on test day. i had genetics my best subject but i had such terrible questions that worst performance in it.
so thanks a lot everyone ill continue what im doing for now. then %-s will show me how to move on.
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never. skip. kaplan.
that's true. never skip kaplan. did other subjects form kaplan, doing internal now. Notes need to be done along with MTB, helps to get condensed info in MTB better.
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