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Michael Kennedy (2014)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Rockford
Specialty: Emergency Medicine Program: Advocate Christ Medical Center
Advice
Top 5 tips:
1. Do a ton of practice questions (probably most important). I started kaplan qbank in March/April (if you are an AMA member you get a nice discount) and UWorld in May. If you get through both qbanks you will get 4500-5000 practice questions.
2. Study hard for end of M2 shelf exams. It will give you a good basis for Path, Micro, and Pharm, which will make your life easier as you hit those subjects again later.
3. Resources => Don't go crazy buying books. First Aid is a must, Goljian is good if you have the time (the audio is great for car trips). Kaplan videos for pharm, biochem, and micro (and maybe behavioral science for certain sections) - you can run these at 2+ times speed.
4. Get sleep and study efficiently. Be realistic with both your study schedule and style. Don't kill yourself early or you will burn out. If you don't feel like you are retaining anything take a break. 6 weeks was perfect for me.
5. Have an idea how you want to manage test day, but be flexible. I took a break after every block to eat something and get a drink, and it helped me clear my mind before the next block. I also thought it was helpful to schedule my test day with some of my friends.

By this point everyone has a pretty good idea of how they study best. Take a look at other people's advice and ask upperclassmen. If what someone says they did sounds like it would work for your style, take the advice. If it sounds crazy to you it probably won't work and will just stress you out.

If you have any other questions shoot me an email at mrkenned@uic.edu