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What is Spaced Repetition and Why it’s SO Important for USMLE?

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A medical school student studying for USMLE using spaced repetition techniques.

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On its most basic level, spaced repetition is spacing out new concepts that we are learning over time to more efficiently remember various things. Furthermore, it involves progressively spacing out concepts that we are relatively strong in further and further into time while re-introducing topics that we are relatively weaker in a shorter interval in between.

How Long to Study for Step 1: Road to USMLE Success

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A medical student organizing their study schedule for Step 1 in front of a calendar, making notes with colorful sticky notes.

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With the transition from a scored Step 1 to PASS/FAIL, many students are left asking themselves how long they should take to study for Step 1. Is 2 weeks enough? Should I plan for a full 6 weeks for Step 1?   And, like many things in life, the answer...

Master the USMLE in 6 Weeks: Your Free Step 1 Study Plan

An empty calendar for Step 1 study schedule planning.

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The USMLE, encompassing Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3, serves as an important milestone in the journey toward medical licensure. Despite the transition of Step 1 to a pass/fail grading system in February 2022, effective preparation remains paramount. That is why we created the 6-week Step 1 study schedule!...

Farewell to General Principles in Step 1: 2024 USMLE Update

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A medical school student studying for her Step 1 exam in a library in front of a laptop.

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What is the 2024 USMLE Step 1 Content Outline Update?   Exciting news has arrived for aspiring medical professionals! The USMLE recently revised its Step 1 content outline, a crucial step in the path to medical licensure. In this 2024 USMLE Step 1 Content Outline Update, the topics which were...

Navigating the Transition from Step 1 to Step 2 CK

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A medical student studying for his USMLE Step 2 CK exam at home in front of a laptop.

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Navigating the USMLE Step 1 to Step 2 CK transition is a pivotal moment for many medical students, demanding a thorough grasp of the similarities and differences between these two exams. In this blog, we'll explore essential facets of each exam, from their structure and content to strategic insights for...

The Ultimate CBSE Study Schedule and Guide

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5-week Study Planner preview image for CBSE by Elite Medical Prep.

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Are you gearing up to conquer the NBME CBSE exam? As you navigate the challenges of medical school, passing the CBSE is a crucial milestone required by many medical schools before being allowed to take USMLE Step 1. To aid you in this endeavor, we've compiled invaluable insights from a...

Aim High or Just Pass USMLE Step 1

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Medical school student studying for the USMLE Step 1 at home.

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Every year, medical students between second and fourth year will sit for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK. With upcoming changes to how USMLE Step 1 is scored, many students find themselves wondering “What score do I really need?”

Passing the NBME CBSE: Insights from an SGU Medical Student

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An SGU med school student studying for the CBSE exam.

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I’m an SGU student, where passing the CBSE is a prerequisite for taking Step 1. I'm writing this blog to share insights that could help my fellow SGU classmates and other medical students navigating similar requirements due to recent changes.   Today, I’m opening up about my NBME practice exam...

Tips for Effective Anki Use Studying for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2

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A medical school student studying for his USMLE exams in a library using Anki.

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What is Anki   If you are a new medical student, you have undoubtedly been bombarded with Anki since starting. Its application has spread like wildfire among medical students countrywide and with good reason. Anki is a spaced repetition flashcard program that works on both mobile devices and your computer....

USMLE Step 1 2024 Exam Dates and Costs

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Medical school students taking the USMLE Step 1 in a computer room in a Prometric testing center.

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The USMLE Step 1 exam is an important early step in the career of any aspiring US-licensed doctor. In this blog post we will review some frequently asked questions about the exam. This includes USMLE Step 1 2024 exam dates and costs, the scope and length of the exam and...

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