Step 1 Best practices

Do lots of questions (Do world twice plus kaplan plus anki)

Use world as you study to gauge your progress, use kaplan to gather in random knowledge

Make Anki decks from the highest yield (FA, qbank, goljan) sources

Work 2h a day on anki, 4h a day on step 1 and 2h a day on regular studying

Plan on working 4 full days (32h) and 3 half days (12h) for a total of 44h, while class is in session

Plan on working 5 full days and 2 half days (48h) while class is not in session.

Start in October (Anki, Kaplan for each system),  January (UW), or February, or whenever

Use anki as your “memory bank” – if you know it in anki, you know it in real life. if not, you dont. make it a complete system.

Get motivated

Don’t do what other people do. Do what works for you. Don’t delude yourself about what “works”

Measure, test and refine your mix. These numbers worked (I hope) for me.

Develop a system of measured progress.

Advance to another subject when you are ready and not before,

I’m using the following markers: 80% UW, 80% kaplan (first time through qbank questions), 90% UW, 90% Kaplan (second time through qbank)

You can get an average score by studying like an average student

Value your time. Prioritize ruthlessly. Don’t blame other people for things that you control, and don’t blame yourself for things that you can’t.

Do more questions.

Study in optimal environments (minimize distractions, music, etc.)

When you take breaks, TAKE BREAKS.

There are no secrets, only idiots who think they know something that others don’t.

Study in groups, occasionally. Use this like radioactive uranium, occasionally, and in small doses, it can really make you grow.

Be obstinate about your goals and priorities. Be flexible about your methods.

Always try something new if you’re not getting the results you want.

Generally, to get better results, work harder and don’t dick around trying to optimize.

Once you’re hitting the hours, then optimize.

School is a job. Class is optional. Be an adult.

If someone asks you to play chess, don’t move your pieces like youre playing checkers. Know the rules and exploit them. Someone designed this system, remember?

If you’re cheating, you’re cheating. If you’re not, then you’re okay.

Perfect practice makes perfect.

Practice a lot. Gladwell said 10,000 hours (he made that up, well, really he ripped it from someone else who made it up) but he wasn’t wrong in his rationale. We used to have 1,000 minutes of practice for every minute of racing (that’s a lot of practice) in a given year, and it takes a typical athlete about ten years from starting a sport to becoming pretty good at it, so maybe Gladwell wasn’t so far off. Bad news: you don’t have 10,000 * 7 hours to practice for step 1. Good news: you’ve been practicing all your life. So aim for > 100 * 7 hours and you’ll be ahead of the curve, in terms of specific practice.

Don’t do questions well. This will sound counterintuitive but the goal isn’t to do questions well. The goal is to do well on test day. So, don’t optimize your question performance. Specifically:

– don’t “save” questions for the last minute

-don’t “delay” questions so that you don’t memorize them. the whole POINT is to MEMORIZE them, and THEN learn from them, not the other way around.

-don’t WAIT until you’ve forgotten a question and then do it again as some kind of test of your progress. this is stupid.

-do have a PLANNED PROGRESSION of doing questions, using them as assessments. but as soon as you’ve done a question, work on memorizing it. Don’t make the same mistakes more than once – practice makes permanent (even if it’s bad practice).

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