AMBOSSador Fred from the University of Michigan Medical School here! I'll be entering my dedicated study period for Step 1 later this year and wanted to quickly share some thoughts on integrating AMBOSS into your study plan. I've personally given myself just over six weeks to study for Step 1; how long you ultimately choose to study depends on how ready you feel for the exam as well as how competitive your desired specialty is. (Consider taking a Step 1 Self-Assessment on AMBOSS before starting your dedicated study period and look into the average Step 1 scores for matching into different medical specialties: https://blog.amboss.com/us/average-usmle-step-1-match-scores-by-medical-specialty)
The core of any Step 1 study plan comes in the form of practice questions, optimally in 40-question blocks. I’m aiming to complete two 40-question blocks per day for six days/week for the first three weeks of Dedicated and then three 40-question blocks per day (again for six days/week) for the remaining three weeks. Each block should take an hour to complete and another hour to review in full. Most of the blocks in the AMBOSS USMLE Step 1 study plan are exactly 40 questions, which is perfect for this plan!
The AnKing, whose Step 1 Anki deck I highly recommend reviewing, has a great video tutorial reviewing how to approach missed questions and review the related material in Anki (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ5CHmEw1fE). In addition to these Anki reviews, I’m also planning to make note of any topics I find particularly difficult and watch supplemental videos to re-learn the material.
Finally, after the first week of Dedicated, I’m planning to take an NBME practice exam, the organization that administers Step 1, once a week, naturally on the day in which I’m not also doing practice questions on AMBOSS.
Here’s what a typical day will look like in my first week of Dedicated:
- 6-7am: workout
- 7-8am: breakfast + Anki reviews
- 8-10am: AMBOSS practice question block + review
- 10am-12pm: Anki reviews → focused supplemental videos
- 12-1pm: lunch
- 1-3pm: AMBOSS practice question block + review
- 3-6pm: Anki reviews → focused supplemental videos
- 6-9pm: dinner, chill, catch up with friends
Let me know what you think and how you’re planning to integrate Anki into your study plan below!