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Hi. I'm currently ending my first year of med school. One more year till good ol step 1. I am starting my proper study now (I know, it's kinda late) as i kinda haven't really been active the past year. I intend to form fully written notes(using a bunch of resources). I find it difficult to read textbooks(short attention) but can read my notes all day. Is this wise? Or would it take too long to write all I'd need to write.
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would not recommend taking notes unless you write short key points and it doesn't take you a long time. Better of repeating resources multiple times with no notes as opposed to completing resource once but with multiple notes..
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Hi. I'm currently ending my first year of med school. One more year till good ol step 1. I am starting my proper study now (I know, it's kinda late) as i kinda haven't really been active the past year. I intend to form fully written notes(using a bunch of resources). I find it difficult to read textbooks(short attention) but can read my notes all day. Is this wise? Or would it take too long to write all I'd need to write.
Hey there! I dont know whats the method that works out well for you but what I can tell you for sure is that at the end you will have limited time in order to review ALL your step 1 stuff! Hence, you have to have everything condensed and organized in one "place" (eg. First aid & notes). If instead at the end of your prep you have 10 books that you have to review, as you understand, you will NOT be able to review your material.
Thus, I dont know how you plan to keep notes (you have to be VERY careful while taking your notes in order to be able later to find what you have written instantly-at the end EVERY SECOND is of essence) but it sounds a pretty good idea.
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Would u recommend getting a hard copy of first aid and just annotating extra info from other sources so it's in one place? Or writing notes on everything from first aid and co in my own notes. While the second idea is what I wanted to try, I feel it'll take way too much time as that is like rewriting an entire textbook. Correction, rewriting like 2 or 3 textbooks
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Would u recommend getting a hard copy of first aid and just annotating extra info from other sources so it's in one place? Or writing notes on everything from first aid and co in my own notes. While the second idea is what I wanted to try, I feel it'll take way too much time as that is like rewriting an entire textbook. Correction, rewriting like 2 or 3 textbooks
I would suggest the former solution. Take the first aid and annotate on it or on a differnent notebook (that would be better) anything extra you find on your resources. Rewriting the first aid is not the best solution because
1. It will consume ,as you said, much time
2. Thats pointless just to rwrite a book (if that helps you to learn what you read you read, go ahead but keep the real book to study)
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Thanks for the help. One more question. I have Kaplan lecture notes+videos,FA 2017,goljan patho,pathoma and doctors in training(from a friend). Is this sufficient for full step 1 study? Also, how would u recommend I use them. In what order and which do u think I can do without. I'm about ending first year of med school so have a year before step.
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Thanks for the help. One more question. I have Kaplan lecture notes+videos,FA 2017,goljan patho,pathoma and doctors in training(from a friend). Is this sufficient for full step 1 study? Also, how would u recommend I use them. In what order and which do u think I can do without. I'm about ending first year of med school so have a year before step.
Ok lets put the questions in order:
The resources that I would recommend:
FIRST AID
Kaplan or becker notes & videos
Pathoma (dont do path from kaplan/becker)
Goljan (personally I did not use goljan but if there is time thats an awesome resource for path)
CMMRS & Sketchy micro (for microbiology- you can also use Kaplan/Becker for micro along with these resources)
Extra info: i did not use DIT so I can not tell you whether thats a good resource or not
For pharmacology I would HIGHLY suggest dr. Raymon's videos (I think thats Becker)
As far asthe order is concerned, I can not suggest you an order. You have to choose between 2 methods: system-wise OR subject-wise.

I strongly believe that if you follow one of these methods and study carefully the resources you have, while taking notes of info you come across you will be fine. The period of time you have is such that allows you to set a pretty high goal!
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Many thanks DocSpy.??
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Ignore the question marks...typo
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Ok lets put the questions in order:
The resources that I would recommend:
FIRST AID
Kaplan or becker notes & videos ....
thank you for info. it was very helpful. I am a newbie here, I got a question. Which qbook or qbank to use during the first read?
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