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Planning My Study Plan

My Study Plan

I might not be the best person to take advise from as my Step 1 score was 235, this is how I made my study plan based on my experience with Step 1

My Details:

Step 1 score 235 (July 2013, first attempt)
Step 2 CK : planned for 31 December 2013
Step 2 CS : planned for 3rd/4th week January 2014
Indian FMG
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Interested in: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine
Planning on 2015 Match

Planned Study Materials:

Kaplan Lecture Notes Step 2CK 2009
Kaplan Video Lectures Step 2CK (I think they are 2010 version)
Master the Boards for Step 2CK
Master the Boards for Step 3
UWorld Qbank Step 2CK
(One more Qbank yet to be determined)
Conrad Fisher's 100 ethics cases

Time Table:

Start Date Sept 1, Exam Date Dec 31
Monday - Friday 8 hours/day
Saturday - 4 hours
Sunday - Off

6 weeks :
  • 1 reading of Kaplan Lecture Notes (except Epidemiology & Ethics)
  • 1 reading of Master the Boards Step 2CK- Internal Medicine
  • 1 reading of Master the Boards Step 3- Pediatrics, OBGY & Surgery
(I am still trying to find out how best to study non-IM subjects, I feel that MTB Step2CK is lacking in those subjects, my options are: study only MTB Step 3 or combination of both books)
  • Watch Kaplan Lecture Videos (helpful tip watch them @ 1.5 speed)
(For those of you that have not tried to watch at faster speed, press "]" button to increase the speed by .1 on VLC player)

8 weeks :
  • 1 Subject wise revision of Master the Boards followed by Uworld & 2nd Qbank subject wise
  • 1 quick reading of Kaplan Lecture Notes for Epidemiology (Might just go back and revise Step 1 books for this)
  • 1 reading of Conrad Fisher's 100 Ethics Cases
  • Uworld & 2nd Q Bank for Epidemiology & Ethics
(I did a class on statistics in High School, so most of the stuff is easy to me. I found all the Bio-statistics chapters in Step 1 very easy, if you feel like you scored low or have not studied it well for Step 1 then give a second reading)

2 weeks :
  • 2-4 NBME's
  • 1-2 Readings of Master the Boards Step 2CK & Step 3
  • 1 Complete revision of Uworld questions
Miscellaneous:

I intentionally planned my time table in terms of weeks so that I am left with 2-3 days each month. I know I will loose some days because its hard to study day in day out for 4 months straight.

Uworld Self Assesment is useless, they are the same questions, so you dont learn anything new... and the score you get is inflated as you already know the answers from doing the Qbank. If however you do Self Assesment before Qbank then it might be useful in predicting your score

Having a study partner helps: I discuss 2-3 hours each week

Exercise helps, I jog 3-4 times a week, I find it improves my concentration (this is not for everyone).

I have decided against Step-up to USMLE Step 2 because I think it a very good book if you are taking Step 2CK before Step 1. In fact if that is the case Step-up is a must!

I think that 2nd Qbank helped me a lot for Step 1, I did half questions from USMLERx Qmax Step 1, would have finished if i had more time... so I think I will do a 2nd Qbank for Step 2CK.

Please any and all suggestions are welcome, I am also willing to answer all questions just PM me... having been through the Step 1 recently I hope I can help some people.
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thank you very much for sharing your experience , can you please tell me how to get Kaplan CK videos and I will be appreciated
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thank you very much for sharing your experience , can you please tell me how to get Kaplan CK videos and I will be appreciated
send me your email address, i will get around to it tomorrow
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I would also like to have the kaplan videos..
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Thankyou for sharing your study plan. Im planning to give the exam on jan and i have the same resources as yours, can you please send the ck videos to me too. Thatll be a great help. Thankyou.
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Thanks for the insight! Its definitely great to see how others are studying!
Could you send me the kaplan videos as well, I havent been able to find them anywhere

Thanks in advance
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Thanks for the insight! Its definitely great to see how others are studying!
Could you send me the kaplan videos as well, I havent been able to find them anywhere

Thanks in advance
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I'm just starting on CK now as well. Would prefer going by your plan...sounds doable and pretty sufficient. Main thing is to stay focused. Lets keep tabs here.
Oh and i need the kaplan videos too please....thanks! i'll PM you with my email add.
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hey

so how's your study plan going so far?
are you going through KLN first then MTBs or are you doing both simultaneously subject wise?
from what i understand your not doing qbanks yet?
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so how's your study plan going so far?
are you going through KLN first then MTBs or are you doing both simultaneously subject wise?
from what i understand your not doing qbanks yet?
Change of Plan for me, Dropping the Kaplan Lecture Notes with everything else the same.... I am still reffering the Notes for topics that I need to
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Best wishes on you exams bro
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hey awesome study plan .. was just gonna start ck studyin too and was lookin for all the study material .. couldnt find the videos anywhere .. could plzz send them to if possible .. tht would be awesome .... my email id is drharsh1987@gmail.com
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Thanks a lot kid_next_door. This is probably one of the few schedules that's nicely detailed, time wise. Good luck on ur preps. Please can I also have the Kaplan CK videos? I'm working towards March 2014.
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Hey, Thank you so much for the detailed tips...
Please send me the videos too as per your convenience.... Thanks...
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Hey best of luck ! can u please also send me video lectures ..
Thanks
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Wow thanks for the detailed study schedule (don't see that too often)! If there is any way you (or anyone who has received them) could send me the Kaplan files I would greatly appreciate it. clatou@lsuhsc.edu
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hey, thanks for providing such detailed plan... can you please send me videos link, my email is balpreet.chauhan@gmail.com
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thanks for such a great study plan...can you send me kaplan video? my email is sharifshanta@yahoo.com
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Great plan! Good luck with it.. im also planning to write step 2 on december 31st so I gues we could have a common ground.. i didnt do KLNs I just did MTB 2 and 3 and now im solving some offline peds Uworld qs...
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thank you so much for sharing the study plan. I have the same study materials. I am planning on taking my exam in march. could you kindly email me the videos? my email id is cutecandy2006@yahoo.com
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thank you so much for sharing the study plan. I have the same study materials. I am planning on taking my exam in march. could you kindly email me the videos? my email id is cutecandy2006@yahoo.com
nice shedule..
can u suggest me on one thing...
regarding IM is it ok to skip off kaplan lecture notes n infact annotate everything extra from videos onto mtb 2,3...?
n also should i follow lecture notes for other subjects..?
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Great detailed plan.
Hope your exams went well.
Could you please send me the Kaplan videos too? Thank you so much. (kmy75@yahoo.com)
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Hello to you all!

Thank you for your advice! In my case it has been 4 years since I last reviewed/prepared for a Step. I already have my STEP I and STEP 2 CS, aiming to take CK in June 2014 and score >210. Have considered using Kaplan notes, first aid and USMLE world. Any advice? Could you please share with me the Kaplan Video Lectures for Step 2CK? My e-mail is a_maldonado1@hotmail.com Do you think 3 months will be enough considering I graduated medical school 4 year ago? Thank you!!!

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hi can i please get the kaplan videos aswell. my email address is madeha02@gmail.com. thank you
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This is really great advice for studying! Could you send me the kaplan videos as well? Thanks in advance! chow.stephanie3@gmail.com
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Thanks, this looks great. Would you mind sending me the videos too? katherine.altman@gmail.com! Thanks in advance!
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did anyone get the videos??? I would like them if someone has them please! my email: dr.riveravaldez@gmail.com
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Hi , can any of u plz plz plz send me kaplan audio for step 2 ck i could not manage it !!! my email id is tasnuvachowdhury2004@gmail.com !! plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me out (
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Thanks for the helpful advice, been told many times to drop KLN step2ck if you have a nice step1 score like yours, which means probably that your basics are solid, will prepare with MTB2 and 3 and probably check KLN for certain topics.
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hello
does anyone have the kalplan ck videos they could kindly share...in dire need for them! thanks a lot
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I need new pdfs. . Do you have them?
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The ck Kaplan notes? Yea I have them. I can email?
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Can u plz email me too kaplan new pdf and videos email id is nawal_hope@yahoo.com
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can you email me the ck videos too please?
Thank you so much for you're schedule.
I'm aiming to take it within 3 months, so this has been a huge help.
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Thank you for your plan. I would really appreciate if you email me the link to CK kaplan videos.My email is maieabdullah2096@gmail.com

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Thank you very much for sharing your experience.
Can you please send me the Kaplan videos. Here is my email: harith.alqaysi@gmail.com
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hi r u done with ur exam?
can u share ....ur experience?
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