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is it advisable to take the subjects one after the other? i will be using Kaplan lecture notes for step 1. can i start with physiology,finish it , then do physiology videos, before picking up anatomy. OR read more than one subject at a time say on alternate days?
I will also like to know if there is any particular order i should pick the subjects.Pls advice
 

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i dont think u should study the notes on alternate days. i think u should study everyday (not till its over taxing but a good 8 to 10 hr per day study is excellent). and if u have the vids u should watch them whilst studying the notes. so when u've watched the video u can speed up reading the notes or u can do it vice versa. then at the end of a particular subject u should do the Q-book questions for that subject.

the order that i went with:
physiology, anatomy, biochem, behavioral science, microbio, path, & pharmaco.

u can choose yr own order. some prefer to do the tougher subjects in the beginning because it takes more time to understand. I left the huge subjects (path and pharmaco) to the end because usually there's a huge percentage of path questions in the real usmle exam and so i can remember it better by doing it later. also if u have the time definitely, repeat all the notes again (with or without the videos) and definitely try and memorize FA.

towards the end (or whenever u feel comfortable or ready), u should subscribe to the UW and/or NBME online to do some questions there. they are more closely related to the exam. it can help u predict where u stand (a preliminary score to the real exam) so u know what areas u need to improve on and how to go about it.

last but not least, NEVER leave anything to the last minute. stop procrastinating (not that i assume u are) and start today!:)

good luck!
 

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Re: Plan and Sequence

Regarding Kaplan Notes Sequence:
The appropriate sequence to follow when you read Kaplan notes is this:

  1. Anatomy
  2. Physiology
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Microbiology
  5. Pathology
  6. Pharmacology
  7. Behavioral sciences
This is important. Because Kaplan books are not independent of each other and they have made in such a way so that when you read biochemistry for example you better have finished phyiology before it.

Also, their Qbank and Qbook are built in this way, for example when you do micro questions you'll see that you need anatomy knowledge to answer some of the questions.

Regarding the alternate day format:
It's useful, but for review not for the primary study. Like for example when you finished Anatomy and physiology you can then start biochemistry first reading alternating with anatomy second reading. This method is very reviving will alleviate the boredom usually seen when you continue reading the same subject.

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Regarding Kaplan Notes Sequence:
The appropriate sequence to follow when you read Kaplan notes is this:

  1. Anatomy
  2. Physiology
  3. Biochemistry
  4. Microbiology
  5. Pathology
  6. Pharmacology
  7. Behavioral sciences
This is important. Because Kaplan books are not independent of each other and they have made in such a way so that when you read biochemistry for example you better have finished phyiology before it.
What if you are reading Goljan pathology :((.It takes alot of time and disrupts the whole scehdule of other books.
 

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i would still read the same sequence even if takes longer because reading Goljan is a good way of reviewing certain parts of physio n micro even. also you will understand it better once you gone through the most basic subjects like Anat n Physio,Biochem.
What if you are reading Goljan pathology :((.It takes alot of time and disrupts the whole scehdule of other books.
 

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should i continue with my sequence?

hi
this is my first read and i am done with physio. i started pharmacology two days ago and after reading this, i am wondering if i should switch to this sequence or continue?:notsure:
 
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