Up 50 pts from step 1- would love to share advice!

9/28/2012 4:42:59 PM
This forum was so helpful to my success so I want to return the favor

Hi All,
Quick background:

US medical student

Step 1 Score- 206

Step 2 CK Score- 255
(study time: 2 full months)

I went through medical school thinking forums such as this one and studentdoctor were terrible places. However, after my terrible step 1 score, I decided to give both forums a shot, figured it could not hurt. While the advice can be dodgy, and the experiences can make you anxious, overall the advice I received was very helpful. Therefore I feel I should share my experience

After doing terribly on step 1 I knew I needed to do well on step 2. My program consisted of the following

1.) Doctors in Training

2.) UWorld

3.) Step up to step 2

4.) MTB

5.) Step 2 secrets

6.) USMLE weapon



DIT- Ok so I roughed it for a full month and dragged my a$$ through DIT. Don't do it. Unless you have a terrible knowledge base (mine was really poor) and lots of time, then it will be a frustrating waste of time. It would be a great course to do before you start 3rd year. Drags you through all the material, and give you a wide breadth of knowledge. But Step 2 CK isn't about that. It is about specifics. The next best test, the best treatment, drug interactions, etc. DIT and Step up 2 step 2 put NO emphasis on the NEXT BEST STEP, and ultimately can actually confuse you if you aren't extremely diligent about ferreting through the waste and picking out the important info.

UWorld- I was able to get through it 2 full times. I would do a full 2 blocks each day of UWorld. Annotate in a source (I used both SUTS2 and MTB) but ALSO write tough questions down in a notebook or on flashcards. Trust me, this is very helpful if you are tired of studying but want to make use of some time. And VERY helpful to read over quickly the days leading up to the exam.

UWeapon- Terrible source. But helpful to use while you are studying a topic that day: Keeps you from wasting UWorld questions. Do blocks of 10 or 20 just to reinforce information. Never do full blocks and don't worry about what your score % is. They have some whacky questions that actually prep you for some whacky questions on the real exam but don't over concern yourself with it. Simply use it to do throw-away questions on the topic you are studying that day (i.e blocks of 10 cardio questions dispersed throughout your cardio days)

STUTS2- Very encompassing and great for background knowledge. But terrible for algorithmic thinking which is essential for the exam

MTB- Best source ever. Review it twice, 3 times, 4 times, as many as you can. I didn't use it until after I had gone through SUTS2 but you can start as early as you like

NBME- Good for evaluation. The earlier ones have bogus questions, so don't get hung up on reviewing the content, total waste of time. Use it to check your scores. For example:
My scores
NBME 2- 197 (before I started studying)

Then after studying

NBME 4- 218
NBME 1- 230
NBME 3- 247

That was all in the 2 weeks leading up to the exam
Don't take the exam if you are not within about 10 points to your target score. I know people will disagree with me here but it is not worth the risk. Make sure you are in the correct ballpark

Step 2 secrets- Great throwaway resource to review in final few weeks

Ok that is all I got. Hopefully it helps. I know past UWorld forum users experience helped me. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions.

STAY THE COURSE- Anyone can get a good score with hard work and an understanding of the correct way to study

206--> 255 It can be done
edited by swbtgiants on 9/28/2012


9/29/2012 7:43:28 PM
Congrats! Also thank you for sharing advice.


9/30/2012 11:57:31 PM
swbtgiants wrote:
This forum was so helpful to my success so I want to return the favor

Hi All,
Quick background:

US medical student

Step 1 Score- 206

Step 2 CK Score- 255
(study time: 2 full months)

I went through medical school thinking forums such as this one and studentdoctor were terrible places. However, after my terrible step 1 score, I decided to give both forums a shot, figured it could not hurt. While the advice can be dodgy, and the experiences can make you anxious, overall the advice I received was very helpful. Therefore I feel I should share my experience

After doing terribly on step 1 I knew I needed to do well on step 2. My program consisted of the following

1.) Doctors in Training

2.) UWorld

3.) Step up to step 2

4.) MTB

5.) Step 2 secrets

6.) USMLE weapon



DIT- Ok so I roughed it for a full month and dragged my a$$ through DIT. Don't do it. Unless you have a terrible knowledge base (mine was really poor) and lots of time, then it will be a frustrating waste of time. It would be a great course to do before you start 3rd year. Drags you through all the material, and give you a wide breadth of knowledge. But Step 2 CK isn't about that. It is about specifics. The next best test, the best treatment, drug interactions, etc. DIT and Step up 2 step 2 put NO emphasis on the NEXT BEST STEP, and ultimately can actually confuse you if you aren't extremely diligent about ferreting through the waste and picking out the important info.

UWorld- I was able to get through it 2 full times. I would do a full 2 blocks each day of UWorld. Annotate in a source (I used both SUTS2 and MTB) but ALSO write tough questions down in a notebook or on flashcards. Trust me, this is very helpful if you are tired of studying but want to make use of some time. And VERY helpful to read over quickly the days leading up to the exam.

UWeapon- Terrible source. But helpful to use while you are studying a topic that day: Keeps you from wasting UWorld questions. Do blocks of 10 or 20 just to reinforce information. Never do full blocks and don't worry about what your score % is. They have some whacky questions that actually prep you for some whacky questions on the real exam but don't over concern yourself with it. Simply use it to do throw-away questions on the topic you are studying that day (i.e blocks of 10 cardio questions dispersed throughout your cardio days)

STUTS2- Very encompassing and great for background knowledge. But terrible for algorithmic thinking which is essential for the exam

MTB- Best source ever. Review it twice, 3 times, 4 times, as many as you can. I didn't use it until after I had gone through SUTS2 but you can start as early as you like

NBME- Good for evaluation. The earlier ones have bogus questions, so don't get hung up on reviewing the content, total waste of time. Use it to check your scores. For example:
My scores
NBME 2- 197 (before I started studying)

Then after studying

NBME 4- 218
NBME 1- 230
NBME 3- 247

That was all in the 2 weeks leading up to the exam
Don't take the exam if you are not within about 10 points to your target score. I know people will disagree with me here but it is not worth the risk. Make sure you are in the correct ballpark

Step 2 secrets- Great throwaway resource to review in final few weeks

Ok that is all I got. Hopefully it helps. I know past UWorld forum users experience helped me. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions.

STAY THE COURSE- Anyone can get a good score with hard work and an understanding of the correct way to study

206--> 255 It can be done
edited by swbtgiants on 9/28/2012


Hello,
Did you use MTB 2 or MTB 3?
thks


10/1/2012 9:18:36 AM
I used MTB2. I have heard good things about MTB3 but I can not personally attest to it

ThFo13733905 wrote:
swbtgiants wrote:
This forum was so helpful to my success so I want to return the favor

Hi All,
Quick background:

US medical student

Step 1 Score- 206

Step 2 CK Score- 255
(study time: 2 full months)

I went through medical school thinking forums such as this one and studentdoctor were terrible places. However, after my terrible step 1 score, I decided to give both forums a shot, figured it could not hurt. While the advice can be dodgy, and the experiences can make you anxious, overall the advice I received was very helpful. Therefore I feel I should share my experience

After doing terribly on step 1 I knew I needed to do well on step 2. My program consisted of the following

1.) Doctors in Training

2.) UWorld

3.) Step up to step 2

4.) MTB

5.) Step 2 secrets

6.) USMLE weapon



DIT- Ok so I roughed it for a full month and dragged my a$$ through DIT. Don't do it. Unless you have a terrible knowledge base (mine was really poor) and lots of time, then it will be a frustrating waste of time. It would be a great course to do before you start 3rd year. Drags you through all the material, and give you a wide breadth of knowledge. But Step 2 CK isn't about that. It is about specifics. The next best test, the best treatment, drug interactions, etc. DIT and Step up 2 step 2 put NO emphasis on the NEXT BEST STEP, and ultimately can actually confuse you if you aren't extremely diligent about ferreting through the waste and picking out the important info.

UWorld- I was able to get through it 2 full times. I would do a full 2 blocks each day of UWorld. Annotate in a source (I used both SUTS2 and MTB) but ALSO write tough questions down in a notebook or on flashcards. Trust me, this is very helpful if you are tired of studying but want to make use of some time. And VERY helpful to read over quickly the days leading up to the exam.

UWeapon- Terrible source. But helpful to use while you are studying a topic that day: Keeps you from wasting UWorld questions. Do blocks of 10 or 20 just to reinforce information. Never do full blocks and don't worry about what your score % is. They have some whacky questions that actually prep you for some whacky questions on the real exam but don't over concern yourself with it. Simply use it to do throw-away questions on the topic you are studying that day (i.e blocks of 10 cardio questions dispersed throughout your cardio days)

STUTS2- Very encompassing and great for background knowledge. But terrible for algorithmic thinking which is essential for the exam

MTB- Best source ever. Review it twice, 3 times, 4 times, as many as you can. I didn't use it until after I had gone through SUTS2 but you can start as early as you like

NBME- Good for evaluation. The earlier ones have bogus questions, so don't get hung up on reviewing the content, total waste of time. Use it to check your scores. For example:
My scores
NBME 2- 197 (before I started studying)

Then after studying

NBME 4- 218
NBME 1- 230
NBME 3- 247

That was all in the 2 weeks leading up to the exam
Don't take the exam if you are not within about 10 points to your target score. I know people will disagree with me here but it is not worth the risk. Make sure you are in the correct ballpark

Step 2 secrets- Great throwaway resource to review in final few weeks

Ok that is all I got. Hopefully it helps. I know past UWorld forum users experience helped me. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions.

STAY THE COURSE- Anyone can get a good score with hard work and an understanding of the correct way to study

206--> 255 It can be done
edited by swbtgiants on 9/28/2012


Hello,
Did you use MTB 2 or MTB 3?
thks


10/1/2012 2:19:58 PM
wait! how do you know if it's master the boards 2 or 3? does it say on the cover?? all i know is my master the boards is from 2011 by doctor conrad fischer!! please help


10/5/2012 11:39:17 PM
great post..since am preparing for step 2 ck with step 1 score of just 202..a good score in ck is a must now but the idea of getting a poor score again keeps haunting me..this is d post i was looking forward to..there are hundreds of posts where people get in 250's in step 1 and in 260's in step 2 and they talk about how they managed this 10 point improvement n blah blah..well, to get a low score first which drains away most of your confidence and then starting afresh with a new spirit in itself is a big thing..and u accomplished everything in just two months..hats off..i hope u get the residency of ur choice..good luck..


10/12/2013 10:32:44 AM
Very Nice...this is so inspiring. all the best

swbtgiants wrote:
This forum was so helpful to my success so I want to return the favor

Hi All,
Quick background:

US medical student

Step 1 Score- 206

Step 2 CK Score- 255
(study time: 2 full months)

I went through medical school thinking forums such as this one and studentdoctor were terrible places. However, after my terrible step 1 score, I decided to give both forums a shot, figured it could not hurt. While the advice can be dodgy, and the experiences can make you anxious, overall the advice I received was very helpful. Therefore I feel I should share my experience

After doing terribly on step 1 I knew I needed to do well on step 2. My program consisted of the following

1.) Doctors in Training

2.) UWorld

3.) Step up to step 2

4.) MTB

5.) Step 2 secrets

6.) USMLE weapon



DIT- Ok so I roughed it for a full month and dragged my a$$ through DIT. Don't do it. Unless you have a terrible knowledge base (mine was really poor) and lots of time, then it will be a frustrating waste of time. It would be a great course to do before you start 3rd year. Drags you through all the material, and give you a wide breadth of knowledge. But Step 2 CK isn't about that. It is about specifics. The next best test, the best treatment, drug interactions, etc. DIT and Step up 2 step 2 put NO emphasis on the NEXT BEST STEP, and ultimately can actually confuse you if you aren't extremely diligent about ferreting through the waste and picking out the important info.

UWorld- I was able to get through it 2 full times. I would do a full 2 blocks each day of UWorld. Annotate in a source (I used both SUTS2 and MTB) but ALSO write tough questions down in a notebook or on flashcards. Trust me, this is very helpful if you are tired of studying but want to make use of some time. And VERY helpful to read over quickly the days leading up to the exam.

UWeapon- Terrible source. But helpful to use while you are studying a topic that day: Keeps you from wasting UWorld questions. Do blocks of 10 or 20 just to reinforce information. Never do full blocks and don't worry about what your score % is. They have some whacky questions that actually prep you for some whacky questions on the real exam but don't over concern yourself with it. Simply use it to do throw-away questions on the topic you are studying that day (i.e blocks of 10 cardio questions dispersed throughout your cardio days)

STUTS2- Very encompassing and great for background knowledge. But terrible for algorithmic thinking which is essential for the exam

MTB- Best source ever. Review it twice, 3 times, 4 times, as many as you can. I didn't use it until after I had gone through SUTS2 but you can start as early as you like

NBME- Good for evaluation. The earlier ones have bogus questions, so don't get hung up on reviewing the content, total waste of time. Use it to check your scores. For example:
My scores
NBME 2- 197 (before I started studying)

Then after studying

NBME 4- 218
NBME 1- 230
NBME 3- 247

That was all in the 2 weeks leading up to the exam
Don't take the exam if you are not within about 10 points to your target score. I know people will disagree with me here but it is not worth the risk. Make sure you are in the correct ballpark

Step 2 secrets- Great throwaway resource to review in final few weeks

Ok that is all I got. Hopefully it helps. I know past UWorld forum users experience helped me. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] with any questions.

STAY THE COURSE- Anyone can get a good score with hard work and an understanding of the correct way to study

206--> 255 It can be done
edited by swbtgiants on 9/28/2012


10/19/2013 8:04:37 PM
Congratulations. that's great and very inspiring
did you apply for match ? any interview calls yet?
Please update regarding this.


10/19/2013 8:05:44 PM
I am following the same books. Hoping for a result as good as yours.


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