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 advice on study materials ... goal is 250 or 260  

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People keep talking about studying for 5 or 6 months, but our classes don't end until 5 weeks before boards. In any case, I'm wondering if people have thoughts about some of the materials i'm using, and whether 250 or 260 is a crazy goal with only 5 weeks to study. Realistically, I hope to get in about 10-12 solid hours a day ... that allows solid sleep, meals, a little wind-down time, and some time to work out.

In any case, I was wondering what people think of Kaplan's 2 big review books -- organ systems and general principles. They look very comprehensive to me ... are they? I am also using BRS and HY books, but the Kaplan books are actually enjoyable to read.

People have mentioned Goljan's lectures. I have an MP3 player, and that would be an excellent way to relax (or work out) I think. Where exactly do I get these recordings, and are they good? I'm someone who grasps concepts quickly, but have a really tough time memorizing things -- like drug names, side effects, etc.

I guess my big question is whether these materials are comprehensive. Do people use different resources to get different styles of teaching, or are they not comprehensive? If hypothetically I could take the 2 Kaplan books into the exam and I had unlimited time to look things up in them, could I get 95% of the questions right? What if I can also bring the BRS Physio/Path books?



Read meg's advice if you are aiming for that score.

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