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Christopher D'Angelo (2013)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Internal Medicine Program: The University of Chicago Hospitals
Advice
1) Keep it simple, I do not recommend using >3-4 resources because I feel it can spread one too thin and may not be as high yield

2) Try to do well on your exams M1-M2 year. Knowing M1/M2 material well prior to studying for Step 1 will only make it easier and require less re-reading to retain all the info. I actually just studied for M2 exams and didn't even start Step 1 study until exams were over.

3) I took about 5-6 weeks to study for Step 1. I think you need to see where you are at initially by looking at how you are doing on the Uworld q bank to gauge where you're at and where you want to be. Set aside the time you think you need to perform well. I chose that amount of time because I didn't want to have any regrets when I received my step 1 score, I didn't want to say "i wish i had more time"

4) I used 2 primary resources: First aid for step 1 and UsmleWorld questions. When I was learning new things from Uworld, I would write notes into my first aid. I also used Goljan lectures and took notes with them but I don't feel that this was as helpful. I used my entire Q-bank with time to redo questions/subjects I felt I needed more work on. I also read First aid 3 times so that way I felt like I was reviewing material rather than learning new things.

5) I studied 6 days a week from 8AM-8PM with MANY study breaks for lunch, dinner, breakfast, exercise, or whatever. I took about 1 day a week off. Its important to be not burn yourself out and to take breaks when you feel like you need them. I typically read a few sections of first aid a day and answered about 80-100 Qbank questions.

6) Get a good nights sleep the night before the test and taper down your studying the day before so that you're sharp. Take breaks between each section to stretch your legs and eat if you're hungry. Stay hydrated.

Good luck!