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I have some problems with the prep and I really appreciate your generous advice
Based on Kaplan notes:
Anatomy (Gross Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Embryology, Histology)
Physiology
Biochemistry (Molecular Biology ,Biochemistry, Medical Genetics)
Microbiology and Immunology
Pathology (Pathology、Pathophysiology)
Pharmacology
Behavioral Science

1. Rating from 1 to 10, please evaluate the importance and difficulty of each subject?
2. What is the best sequence to review these subjects?
3. How much time (hours) should I spend on each of them?
4. Should I do the exercises while reviewing each subject or even each section or after I have finished all the subjects? If I chose the first option, what is the recommended study material?

Thanks a lot for your help!

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Importance and Difficulty

1. Rating from 1 to 10, please evaluate the importance and difficulty of each subject?
I presume that you mean how high yield when say importance. For that matter I think how many question you'll get per subject really determines the "high-yieldness" of each.
To answer this question I recommend you look at this
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-s.../354-usmle-step-1-questions-distribution.html

As far as the difficult of each subject I recommend you look at this poll
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-s...21-most-difficult-subject-usmle-step-1-a.html
 

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What sequence

2. What is the best sequence to review these subjects?
The best sequence to read Kaplan Lecture Notes is the sequence presented in their Qbook
Which is as follows:
Anatomy -- Physiology -- Biochemistry -- Microbiology -- Pathology -- Pharmacology -- Behavioral sciences
Also look at this thread
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-step-1-forum/2446-plan-better-what-sequence.html

The reason why is this recommended is that Kaplan notes are written in collaboration and they know that's what's mentioned in Anatomy is not to be repeated in physiology and what's founded in biochemistry is to be fortified in pathology ....etc
 

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Practice questions

4. Should I do the exercises while reviewing each subject or even each section or after I have finished all the subjects? If I chose the first option, what is the recommended study material?
There are several methods in doing this. But, generally it's preferred that you practice as often as you can and as early as possible.
This serves two benefits:
First, you'll get an idea on how questions are presented and so then you know how to focus in your primary reading.
Second, keeping the same model of reading for long time will likely result in boredom and decreased efficiency and therefore to constantly switch from reading to question to videos to audios to friend discussions (for example in this forum!) from time to time.

There are two good methods I'd like to have a look at, here are the links
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-s.../786-usmle-step-1-preparation-books-plan.html
and
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-s...d-usmle-step-1-preparation-schedule-plan.html

In Kaplan notes there questions after each small chapter, these should be sufficient. But it's highly recommended that you do a good number of questions (such 200 or 300) after finishing each book from the notes.

Practicing questions can be either via books or via online question banks.

For best question books see this poll
http://www.usmle-forums.com/best-usmle-step-1-books/187-best-usmle-step-1-questions-books.html

For best online qbanks see this poll
http://www.usmle-forums.com/usmle-step-1-recommended-threads/176-what-best-qbank-usmle-step-1-a.html
 
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