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Top 5 Tips to Ace USMLE STEP 1

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    Easymedinfo Young Member

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    USMLE step 1 is the first step to get a license to practice medicine in USA. The exam covers the basic medical science subjects. Owing to the extensive study in the preparation of this exam, many students are stressed out.

    Below we share some of the top tips that can help you ace the exam. These tips have been compiled by researching authentic sources so, you can follow these with full confidence! Good luck for your exam!

    1.Group study :

    A research was conducted on the traits of students who did well on the USMLE step 1.It found out that the majority of students who achieved good scores think that integrative study and studying together helped them achieve success.

    So, all the doctors who plan to give Step 1 in future, try your best to study in groups!


    Someone has rightly said: ”Concentration is more important than intelligence.”
    Unsurprisingly, this is also true for USMLE Step 1 exam. A study found out that, those students who were focused and concentrated on their studies during the medical school years , were the ones who also performed well on the Step 1.

    It also found out that the length of study period for the Step 1 had little impact on the scores. It really depends on your schedule as to how much time you require to prepare and how much can you invest. It is your choice which you will make according to your unique situation.
    Nonetheless, whichever choice you make concentration is the key to success.There are no shortcuts in the preparation of this exam. Concentration and studying smartly will be your top guides to a bright score!

    3.Use proven study materials:

    The main focus of the Step 1 exam preparation is not that you begin to study the subject for the first time. Rather, the focus should be to conceptualize and retain relevant and important material tested on the exam. For this, you need to select some study materials which have been successfully used by students in the past who achieved great scores on Step 1. Many high achievers recommend using FirstAid and UWorld Q bank for preparation.

    4.Earlier the Better

    The one strategy for success on the Step 1 is to start studying earlier.Many students in the USA sit for this exam after their second academic year when the knowledge of the basic medical sciences is still fresh in their minds.If you are an IMG, you most probably plan to sit for Step 1 after your medical graduation. It is fine too ,it is just that now it requires more effort to refresh your knowledge of the basic medical sciences again.

    5.Practice Questions

    Emerging evidence suggests that testing is superior to repeated studying for long-term content retention. This cannot be stressed enough. Whichever Qbank you choose to study ,study it as much as possible. It will allow you to familiarize yourself with the type of questions and also to apply concepts during exam.

    We hope that these tips will be beneficial for all of you during your preparation for the Step 1.
    Good luck ! And don’t forget to leave a comment and tell us what you think of these tips . Share yours too!


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