USMLE Step 1 Çalışma İpuçları
Because your time is so limited, Size kısa vermek istiyorum, doğrudan bilgilendirici rehber, başarılı olmak ve USMLE Step elde etmek 1 için hedeflemişlerdir puanı. Panik yapma, Hepimizin aşağıda bilmeniz gereken dışarı atılmıştır var.
USMLE farklı şekilde tıp görmek istiyor, make it practical.
Firstly, you should know that USMLE will not test your memory, but your ability to apply basic sciences knowledge in a clinical scenario (vignettes). That means that questions will not sound like:
“What drug class does scopolamine belong to?”, but rather:
“Scopolamine is prescribed as a transdermal patch for a patient leaving for a cruise vacation. Which comorbidity would be a contraindication?”
That means that USMLE questions are not direct (first-order) ones, but rather second or third order questions, in this case: A drug commonly prescribed for motion sickness (cruise trip), but is contraindicated in closed-angle glaucoma.
Or let us put it another way:
“Which receptor will cause the side effects of this medication on patients with glaucoma?”
You will get the hold of this as you go, without a doubt.
Your score should be aimed according to your specialty.
Like in any country, some specialties are particularly more competitive in the United States. Numbers do change from year to year, but there seems to a be pattern to Radiology, Dermatology and Plastic Surgery always requiring higher scores, starting from 240. Other specialties such as Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Physical Medicine require scores starting from 220, roughly. The average score in the United States is of 220. So if you haven’t decided which specialty to go, we recommend you to aim for 240. If you have, diğer taraftan, get the latest information on the average matching score.
Anxiety is a part of the deal, but let’s put things into perspective.
Secondly, feeling overwhelmed is a commonly exacerbated symptom amongst students taking the USMLE, therefore, here is a formula we can’t recommend enough:
2 months of Video Lectures from a Prep Course of your choice with Review books +
Question bank of your choice (do it 2-3 times) +
Parallel to the first two: Read First Aid Step 1 at least three times, taking notes.
The last month before the exam you will be working a lot, mostly with your notes and with First Aid, basically, this formula prepares you for that period.
Pacing your study and following CRUSH’s simple rules is a time-saver.
Thirdly, let’s us lay out five golden rules when it comes to your study schedule:
- Start from the subject you are less comfortable with (biokimya, for example);
- Study 50 dakika, rest 10. Or if you prefer, 1 hour 40 dakika, and rest 20 dakika. Those cycles should be repeat four times. You can have two blocks or four cycles each like that a day.
- Resting is crucial. Take one day off from studying weekly: forget about the exam, do other things you also enjoy, even if while doing them you can’t help but diagnose everyone around you now.
- Before exam, do at least 4 full-length exams with timing before your USMLE exam date. This will help you fight away that anxiety like a ninja, you are very prone to succeed if you are acquainted with the real exam conditions.
- When doing a question bank, take notes on every question, write down the concepts, make diagrams.
The Prep Course should fit your needs.
Additionally, an imperative part of your success is knowing which USMLE Step 1 prep course works for you. CRUSH team has tested and set them out for you, not to mention the discounts you can get through our website.
- First scenario: If you are still a medical student, you might be running out of time between classes and finals, so you need both mobile access, as well as extended subscription time, in that case we recommend Smash USMLE: you can get it for a whole year, watch 250 hours of video lectures and download a free smartphone app. Another great learning venue would be Becker, since it offers a very similar deal!
- Second scenario: If you are an international medical graduate, for example, and are no longer in medical school, you might have more time to concentrate on your exam alone and more intensively, so Kaplan USMLE might be the choice for you, with a 3-month subscription.
- Third scenario: if money is tight, but you still want to make the best out of your test preparation, we highly recommend Board Vitals and GraduateX. Moreover, we offer discounts on them, as well!
Ultimately, you can test all demo versions of the five prep courses we mentioned and test drive yourself.
Books, books, books…
A great amount of students will go online and read about all the prep books and be convinced they need all of them. Remember, you can’t read Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine or Gray’s Anatomy before your exam. That’s ground learning, that’s past you, we are focusing on reviewing now (even if you have studied abroad in another language!). So before thinking books, make sure they are review books with high-yield information — principles you are very likely to see in your exam.
Like all great works, USMLE is full of classic questions, and people who write review books know that. They have done the work for you. There will most certainly be a question about a farmer with organophosphates poisoning, the flushing side effects of atropine-like drugs, or say, if it’s a genetic condition, USMLE Step 1 will always present it with the classic patient and his/her origin, for example, sickle cell anemia is commonly seen in children. USMLE won’t test you for the exceptions, but rather with the most common drugs, side effects, presentations, causes. As said, it is a classic.
We, at CRUSH, it seems, have reached a consensus that there are roughly three strategies to decide which are the best USMLE Step 1 review books for you:
- Buy a complete series. By doing this, you can be sure that all the material is covered and that it won’t repeat itself. Ayrıca, the repeating design, writing style is also a big plus.
- Buy the best book for one subject from different series. You might need a little more time doing research, but if you feel comfortable with different books from different series, then this is a good way to go.
- You might find out that Kaplan’s books are great, but you’re just not ready to replace Pathoma and Microbiology Made Ridiculously Easy for their respectives in the series.
We don’t recommend you to buy two or more books on one subject. You should believe us when we say: All the material you need will, one way or another, be covered either in your review books, question bank or First Aid.
No matter which one of the above you go for, remember: buying the latest edition of First Aid Step 1 will ensure your being on top of the newest mnemonics and high-yield facts.
First Aid Step 1 is not an addition to your review books, it is simply a must-have. You might want to bind it to make it easier to read, as well.
Making mistakes in the question bank is also learning.
You don’t have to feel demotivated if you miss a lot of questions while doing your question bank. The question bank is a learning tool, so are the mistakes you will make. You have to relate to the question bank as an online book: it’s a perfect place to make use of trial-error, and do not feel as if you’re not improving if you do miss questions. So to access your progress after the first round of questions would be very demotivating! It is recommended to do a question bank fully two to three times.
USMLE Step 1 Çalışma İpuçları
Understand your brain and the way it learns better, use this in your favor.
The 1-3 rule. You’re a doctor to be, so use that knowledge in your favor: Your brain has a learning schedule, so work around it. Take into account that the adult brain needs to reencounter a material around 48 hours after the first time you were introduced to it. So how can you apply this? Solve a test block, for example, say, of 40 questions per block. If you solved it today, make mistakes, read the explanations for the question in the test bank and move on. Two days later make notes from this exam. Long story short: you need to be introduce to the information on day 1, and reencounter it on day 3. Before your test, you can freely review these notes.
Note taking: go old school. There is no best way to take notes, if you’ve been to medical school, you have by this time found out the method that best works for you. A lot of people prefer to type, instead of writing, but if you are a medical student you do know that by writing you do remember more by using different parts of your cortex, rather than just typing. It also goes without saying that you would spend a lot of more time inserting symbols (arrows, for instance) into your notes than if you simply wrote them down in form of a scheme in a notebook.
The Feynman method. A lot of students struggle without a study partner, in our opinion, even though this is a great we-are-on-the-same-boat strategy, biz kendi zamanlarında çalışmayı tercih edenler için başka bir çözüm var, ya da sadece kendi başlarına. Öğrenmenizi duruma getirmek için başka büyük bir strateji Feynman Çalışma Tekniği gururlu usta olma gereğidir. Hızla bilgileri korumak için beynin farklı parçalarını kullanarak dayanan ve basit dört adımda çalışır: Ilk, bir konu seç, bunun hakkında oku; ikinci, Kendini yüksek sesle öğretmek taklit (Bu çok önemli!); üçüncü, Eğer açıklama sırasında takılırsanız: kitabı tekrar; ve dördüncü, benzerlikleri kullanılarak işlemi tekrar, Basit bir dil ve bağlantı gerçekler. Yani, aklında tut, Bir çalışma ortağı harika, ama burada basit (ve etkili) çözüm.
USMLE Step 1 Mock Sınavlar
sahte sınav en iyi skorun belirleyicisi olduğunu.
Hepimiz biraz motivasyon gerekir, böylece en iyi yolu değerlendirmek için sizin USMLE Step 1 Skor sahte sınav alarak gereğidir. Onlar sadece testin kendisi gibi bakmak. Telefonunuzu kapatın, ve sekiz saatlik görev için hazır olsun. Daha sonra, rahatlatıcı bir şey yapmak: En sevdiğiniz gösteriyi izlemek alem gitmek, dansa gitmek, Bir fincan kahve arkadaşlarınızla var, Test hazırlık dan zihninizi vardiya ve ertesi gün, yeni gibi taze olacak!
Plan, plan, plan, zaman başka bir şey: plan.
Eğer hakkında çok güvensiz iseniz testinizi planlamak için hazır olup olmadığı, bir düzenleyici almak ve günlük yapılması için gereken iş miktarını yazmak, öğeden öğeye, ve gerçekten ihtiyacınız ne kadar zaman görmek. Eğer kavram daha iyi İsterseniz bir check-list yapabilirsiniz. bu yeterli değil gibi hissediyorsanız, Burada çalışmak gibi görünüyor biraz içeriden hiledir: say, zaman sen tamamlamış 10, 20, senin USMLE Step öğelerin X sayısı 1 Hazırlık yapılacaklar listesi ya da listeyi kontrol, kendinizi küçük bir ödül vermek. Bu güzel çantayı hatırla Geçen gün görmüştü? Veya, say, Bir tekne yolculuğu, bisiklet kira, güzel bir çift ayakkabı (Gelecekteki iş için elbise, sağ?), hatta bir dövme. Kendinizi neşeli küçük tatil var! Eğer kilometre taşları tamamlarken Aslında listeye bu ödülleri koyup edebilirsiniz, oraya gidip senindir olsun.
Take-ev mesajı: Yaşam boyu öğrenme Doktor olmanın bir parçasıdır.
son olarak, remember: senin USMLE Step 1 Hazırlık bir yük olması gerekiyordu değil! Bir seferde bir şey alın ve kendiniz dışında, bu deneyimin sonunda yaptığınız başka bir şey daha iyi bir doktor göreceksiniz. Eğer tıp fakültesini başladığında, for example, zaman bunu bitirdim, Eğer kurallar değişiyor göreceksiniz, görünen yeni ilaçlar, modası geçmekte diğerleri, and you need to adapt to those innovations all the time, life-long. Keep being curious, keen and hard-working — the more positively you relate to your studying experience, the more positive the outcome will be.