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Jeremy Sugrue (2013)
Member Type: Student, Senior Member Campus: Chicago
Specialty: Surgery Program: University of Illinois at Chicago
Advice
I used DIT with first aid as my primary study materials. If you learn well from lectures like me, I would strongly recommend DIT. It gives you 15 days to get through the basic material and tests you along the way to make sure you are picking up what you need to. The only other thing I used was Kaplan's Qbank. I've heard USMLE world works just as well so just pick one Qbank and stick with it.

My daily schedule was roughly 8-5 each day I would study with breaks for lunch and evening since I'm someone who needs time away from the material to avoid burnout. Mornings and early afternoons I used to get through the 3 1-2 hr long DIT videos and activities. The rest of the day I would go through at least a couple hours of practice questions in the Qbank. I took Sat and Sun off or used them as light study days where I would just do Qbank questions. That way you could get through the bulk of the material in about 3 weeks. The week leading up to my exam, I recommend reviewing stuff that you are weaker in for a few days while doing lots of questions. The last couple of days before the exam, review your strong points so they remain strong and continue doing questions. The day before the exam and day of the exam, I would recommend doing little to no studying.

Based on my experience, if you put in the work during the first 2 years of medical school and in the month or so leading up to the test, you will earn a very good step 1 score. At the same time, I think it's important to avoid burnout so definitely take some breaks as needed so that your study time leading up to the exam is effective and efficient.