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Amalia Hatcher (2018)
Member Type: Student, Junior Member Campus: Chicago
Advice
My advice is to first strive for balance during studying. Think of everything you are doing outside of studying (cooking, working out, doing hobbies) as nurturing your brain for studying, NOT detracting from your study time. Also, take everyone’s advice with a grain of salt. Most people used a combo of UWorld and First Aid as their main sources. The most important thing is to know yourself and to be confident and stick with your plan. A schedule was necessary for me to stay on track.

During the school year, I incorporated FirstAid into my studying for class exams, but continued to put my main focus in learning class material until April Practicum. I also made it a goal to finish one set of UWorld before my dedicated study time, which proved challenging. This allowed me to finish UWorld twice by the end.

I reviewed things during April practicum which involved a lot of memorization, including Microbio section of FirstAid and biochemistry using FirstAid and rapid review book.

During my dedicated study,
-In morning, I would do 2 blocks of UWorld and review while annotating UWorld.
-Then I would go to the gym
-In evening, I would do one section of FirstAid (combining some of the shorter sections like Psych and ethics)
-Based on the section, if related to topic, I would also go over Pathoma, Dr. Groth’s path review and do Lange’s flashcards.
-Every Saturday during dedicated study, I would do an NMBE self-assessment exam, adding in UWorld toward the end to create length of the Step exam. *I would play volleyball every Saturday after taking the self-exam. Take the rest of the day off after the NMBE, do something fun after sitting so long!

-I slept for 8 hours nightly and worked out 6 days/week
-By the end, got through UWorld twice (once before and once during dedicated study) and FirstAid sections twice.
Limited my Netflix shows to during meals.

And scheduled time to be with my mom and travel for vacation before rotations started. This gave me something to look forward to.