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I have my step 1 scheduled in 1.5 months from now. I am wondering if it is better to do 3 blocks of uworld questions in a row and then review them or if it is better to review after each block? I was thinking of doing 3-4 blocks in a row so that I can get used to sitting for longer hours at a time.

My study plan is as follows:

Do 3-4 blocks of questions every other day
Review these questions every other day after
Read a new section of first aid everyday
Practice NBME every 1-2 weeks

I have already completed Kaplan and DIT twice (started studying about 3 months ago). Completed pathoma like 6 times since I took pathology in my last 2 semesters of medical school. Now I just want to know if the schedule I listed is better to do till my exam or if I should review after each block. Remembering what the question was about isn't an issue.
 

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Hey how did you like DIT? Would you recommend one do it? Did you improve your results doing it? Also how long does it take to finish the course?

I'm currently doing 3 blocks a day too. I really switch it up from day to day. Sometimes I do 2 blocks back to back, then review one, do the 3rd block and review the other 2. Other days I do a block followed by review.
I think you should do whatever makes you feel comfortable and not burnt out or bored.

Towards the end, save some q's for the 7 hour blocks (322-644 q's).
 

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Hey how did you like DIT? Would you recommend one do it? Did you improve your results doing it? Also how long does it take to finish the course?

I'm currently doing 3 blocks a day too. I really switch it up from day to day. Sometimes I do 2 blocks back to back, then review one, do the 3rd block and review the other 2. Other days I do a block followed by review.
I think you should do whatever makes you feel comfortable and not burnt out or bored.

Towards the end, save some q's for the 7 hour blocks (322-644 q's).
Hi qirkergaard,

DIT was really good! You have to be motivated though to finish it. I believe it was a total of 205 lectures and I used the 2013 version. I was able to finish it in like 2.5 weeks, but had to watch about 6 hours worth of videos per day. It took me 2.5 weeks because I took 2-3 days off so it'll actually take less time if you stick to it. It keeps you from getting bored because it switches subjects on you and does more of a systems based approach. You may do 4 videos of biochem in a row and then 2 videos of neuro and then another few vids of biochem again (just an example). The quizzes and rapid fire facts are also great as they keep you from forgetting things. The quizzes at the beginning of each lecture will test you on things the video lectures taught maybe a few days or week ago that you may have forgotten. The end of lecture quizzes question you on that same lecture. DIT is def a great tool to use. It goes mostly by First AID so if you feel kinda lazy reading first aid yourself then this will guide you through the book.

As far as progress goes, no course will improve your score on questions by that much. I was scoring around 48% on uworld questions before DIT and then I scored an average of 46% on a practice exam. How well you do on questions is mainly dependent on the number of questions you do and how well you review the answers to the questions. After about 2 weeks of doing uworld questions, I was able to improve my average score to a 60%. DIT and now im standing at around 70% a month later.

Kaplan and other courses all help to understand the information so that when you are reading a question you at least know what they are talking about and not left with a blank in your head. These review courses are just to sum up everything you learned in 2 years of med school (which I doubt anyone remembers what they learned in the first semester). They highlight what is high yield on the step so that it shapes your focus. The rest is up to you on how well you can problem solve these questions and figure out what the questions are looking for.

I have done the Kaplan LIVE course in portland, maine (random place i know). I have done the kaplan qbank about 3 times. I have done DIT, kisspharm and pathoma.

Here is what I recommend:

Kaplan is the best lecture source for biochemistry, microbiology, immunology

KISSpharm is best lecture source obviously for pharmacology

Pathoma is the BEST lecture series I have ever done and obviously is best for path but he also does a great job of putting everything else you learn in medical school to learn how the mechanisms work (pathophysiology). Goljan is good too, but pathoma I found to be better as Dr. Sattar draws everything out for you and really explains it well. He hits all the high yield points and everything important for path. Goljan is good too, but I am a visual learner and I cannot learn from audio lectures.

DIT is best for a rapid review of everything.. I would recommend doing this maybe 2 months before your exam

The kaplan qbank I found to be pretty useless and is only good for kaplan material. The kaplan qbank will not give you a good estimate of your score as it goes over both low and high yield material. I had to do kaplan because it was part of the final semester of my school and our exit exam is through kaplan so I really only did kaplan to finish basic sciences.

Now I admit I can't tell you with 100% faith as I have not taken the actual exam yet, but this is just my own experience and I am sure others can agree on some or most of this.

Sorry for the book I just wrote above, but for your question: DIT is great as a rapid review course and keeps you from forgetting things. My results did not improve from it, but it was helpful for me to remember everything and get a solid understanding of all concepts in a short time. How long it takes you really depends on how many lectures you can watch per day. The schedule indicates that you can ideally finish it in 12 days, but shouldn't take more than 30.
 

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Hey coolguy2,

Thank you for such a detailed reply. You've answered pretty much all my doubts in this so called "book" you've written lol. I was considering doing another Q bank like Kaplan Q bank but I think it might be low-yield and not worth my time (which I have very little of). I'll probably just stick to UWorld (which I've done once and am reviewing it the 2nd time now and should finish it in another 10 days) and USMLErx (done 1075 q's so far, plan on finishing it by late August.)

Never heard about KissPharm though.
 

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Hi there. How to follow DIT. I Know you have to watch certain amount of videos in a day. Do the questions, quizzes, etc. But should we read the pages of FA we watched from the videos? Please help. Plan on doing DIT for a month.
 

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Hey cool guy. Thanks for sharing ur knowledge. Did u purchase DIT or took from Torrent.. if u have link so plz inbox me the link. of 2013.. I will be very thank full.
 
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