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Hi guys,

I am planning on giving my CK exam by the end of may to mid June max.. that is my time frame..

I am doing the CK videos at the moment... they are good..easy to understand and gives u what u need to know...after I do a section from the videos I have tried to read that section in the CK Kaplan books...there seems to be more detail in the books and it honestly seems to be putting me to sleep, its slowing me down..

I also have both MTB 2 CK and MTB3... I am planning on reading them as they are recommended by alot of people on this forum

My question is...for those who have taken the CK exam and have used the videos, lecture notes and MTB books with UW questions....is it possible for me to just do the videos and get all the information from them as I can.. then read MTB 2 and 3 for that specific section I did... neglect the lecture notes totally....and then once done with the videos and a reading of both MTB books, go on to UW questions and just use MTB revisions with UW revisions till exam time..

Hope I didn't confuse anyone with my question... just basically can I skip the lecture notes since I am doing the videos is my question.. and do the rest what people do and make it through..in this limited time I have..

Thanks in advance for responses
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I don't think it's a good idea. The video are tethered to the notes, if you don't read the notes then you won't gain much from the videos.

You are doing it wrong, you should read the notes first and then watch the videos to consolidate the notes.

You can do the reverse, you skip watching the videos, but I don't think it's a good idea to skip reading the notes, you will be in trouble.

As far as MTBs these are great books, but I don't know about you, for me, I feel get lost when I read the same topic in different books (I depend on visual memory, I want to remember how the page looks when I want to remind myself of a topic) so reading both MTBs and the notes will be confusing, do one of them only, and I recommend the notes (as they have more info which means you will get higher score).
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I think watching the videos only is not a bad idea for CK prep. I've read the notes, but did not watch the videos. I don't think I got much from my reading, as as you say, there's a lot of text, and you just can't memorize all this. Plus, for CK prep, it's not worth it going over the notes again. It's all about the questions. Now I'm doing Kaplan Qbank and every now then there are clips from the videos. I've watched some, and I think they're great. They stress on the high-yield points, and don't forget the auditory aspect can help greatly with memorization. I wish I watched the videos instead of doing the notes, but I have no time now to go back.

Of course the ideal way is to do both. Watch the videos while you have the notes open infront of you.
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