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Old 10-07-2010
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Hello all you folks here,

I have been studying for last 2 months but not continuously due to some things that i could not avoid. My aim is to take my Step in January 2011.

However i was able to finish

Goljan RR - 1ce - not that i remember much but i am on 2nd read already.

Immunology - Kaplan 1ce

Biochemistry - Kaplan 1ce

Physio - Kaplan LN - 1ce and now some topics like Endocrine with videos

Pharmacology - Kaplan LN - some of the topics - 1ce.

These days i am trying to study system wise and add most of the stuff together in Goljan RR as i found it rather comprehensive.

I have read FA 2010 here and there as well. I have done some Gunner program questions as well. I intend to start with USMLE Consult and UW before i take my exam along with some NBMEs.

Can you lot please let me know

1) If this plan is correct or if any changes are needed? If changes are needed, please give me your opinions.

2) I dread Microbio and Anat and i don't know when i should do it even though i do want to finish it before i start taking the serious qbanks. So please help me with that.

3) If there is anything else you lot have to say, i will be all ears.

Thanks in advance.
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Your plan looking good to me and I don't have any suggestion to modify. Just keep going and you should be fine.
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Thanks lee for your words, it does encourage me.

I am wondering how long can it take to study Microbio and Anatomy, also Behv.Science.

Also, how much of time should i keep for Qbanks? I know it depends on how quickly i pick up the score but is there any average estimate on the time required to be spent on Qbanks?
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Default dude ur plan looks great

im impressed with how much u finished in 2 months. i was going so slow with 2 subjects per month.

however, i would urge u to finish reading micro, b.sci n anat before moving onto qbanks. esp micro, since u will face a lot of micro questions, n also some b.sci (dealing with patients, etc etc). i havent come across many anat questions in the UW n kaplan qbanks but they are nonetheless n it did help reading kaplan anat.

ZumZum started doing Qbanks way before he finished all his readings. in a way i think thats awesome cos u can start doing questions for the subjects or systems that u have studied. but for the solid random qbanks with 46 questions each time, u should give urself 2 months (just prior to taking the exam). in my first month of random UW q bank test I wasn't doing too good, but now 12 days into my second month n its improved.
I've got 2 n a 1/2 weeks till my exam day n i do not wish for more time to do questions. as on now I've done ~6000 questions (2000 UW, 1000 USMLE consult, 1000 FA Q&A, 1200 LANGE, n 800 Kaplan Qbank), n I've got 1000 to go. I think if I do any more than this I will seriously injure myself

Someone once here on the forum said, when u are ready for the exam don't postpone it too long because if u do u will start to forget the stuff u read. n also doing a lot of questions is VERY VERY important.

oh n one more thing that has helped me tremendously, reading Goljan secret path n listening to Goljan audio files. im doing my second read through the notes n listening to the audio (when I have time) the second time around. also I know u said u have read FA here n there, make it every page instead!! FA read is crucial!! its like short notes to ur entire step1 preparation. im reading it for the 3rd time now (although i did do here n there since i started my step 1 preparation), n YET, there are things that when i come across i go like, "ah damn, i came across a question that asked this n the answer's right here!!!"
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Thanks for the help Seetal and Khushboo (who wrote to me via email).

I have decided to do Cardiac and Renal - Physio and Pharmac - in next two days along with FA chapter for both these sessions. From Monday onwards i am hoping to start Behv.Science and Microbio while studying 1 hour of Patho RR. As i am about to finish these subjects, i will start with the Qbanks, hopefully by the end of this month.

Hoping and praying it all works out. :S
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Good luck! Your plan sounds good. I would recommend making time to listen to Goljan audio. My NBME score went up 60 points just by listening to it a 2nd time. Maybe you could do this during the hour you do RR. The book is way easier to go over after you've heard the audio that goes with it. Pay attention to the mnemonics in the Microbiology section of FA when you're studying that. They're awesome! Maybe you won't dread microbiology so much after seeing the memory tricks. Behavioral science is straightforward. As for anatomy, I used to hate it too. The more time you spend with it though, the easier it gets. It's basically memorization. You should try to buy or borrow Neuroanatomy Made Ridiculously Simple (less than 100 pgs). It's not the only thing to read for neuroanatomy, but it's really easy to read and has great mnemonics. It has great ways to remember the Circle of Willis and Cranial Nerves. Once you read that, you can go and read another book like BRS or Kaplan and things will make sense. Nerve lesions are in a nice table format in FA. I liked the CT sections in Kaplan. You can ignore the first part of Kaplan on Histology. It's insanely long and not worth it. If you feel bad about doing that, you could just skim it quickly. Oh and an important thing, stay healthy! Eat, sleep, exercise and stay happy so you don't burn out.
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Originally Posted by dazzles View Post
Good luck! .... burn out.
Thanks a lot for your input. Yeah i do listen to Goljan audio whenever i read the book, that is what makes it readable and understandable actually.

Thanks for the tips on Neuroanat and Microbio, i hope they turn out to be as good as you say them to be.
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