Αξιον Ωφελειν τους Αλγουντας.” --Be Worthy to Serve the Suffering.

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Benjamin Claytor (2014)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Peoria
Specialty: Neurology Program: University of Michigan Hospitals
Advice
By this time in your life you have taken more tests than you care to think about. You know how to study and you know which study techniques work for you and which ones don't. This test is no different, just a little longer, so my biggest piece of advice is stick to what you know works for you. My next biggest piece of advice is learn and truly understand the material the first time. During M1 and M2 focus on doing well in your classes because 4-6 weeks in the summer is never going to be enough time to make up for work you didn't do during your first two years. Step 1 studying should truly be reviewing and not learning/understanding. If you put in the work during M1 and M2 the only resources you should need are First Aid and Uworld. Subject review books are usually way, way, way too in depth. I used DIT which essentially allowed me to go through First Aid several times and I did Uworld once. The only reason I relied on a review course is because I am a disorganized person and needed something to give me structure. If you are the type of person that can make a study plan and stick to it then I would say review courses are not really needed. Also don't forget to take care of yourself. If you aren't sleeping and all your calories are coming for Doritos then you are doing yourself and your brain a huge disservice.

So in review:
1). Stick to what you know works for your
2). Learn it the first time and do well in M1 and M2
3). First Aid and Uworld should be used (almost) exclusively
4). Be organized, have a plan
5). Your brain needs sleep, fruits and veggies

Good luck and be confident.