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Step 1 Exam: When and Why You Should Start Studying

  • by Erica Forrette
  • Oct 01, 2019
  • Reviewed by: Amy Rontal

We explain the best study habits to develop as you start thinking about Step 1.

As you focus on your medical school coursework during your second year, the thought of the upcoming USMLE Step 1 Exam should always be in the back of your mind. While the most popular month to take the USMLE Step 1 is June, some students take it as early as March or April.

All of that means, this autumn is the ideal time to create a study plan, perfect your study habits, and get ready to ace the USMLE Step 1. With that said, let’s review some of our most popular posts giving advice to students about to take the USMLE Step 1.

What Are Some Good Step 1 Study Habits to Develop Now?

At Cram Fighter, we’ve helped hundreds of medical students ace their most important exams including the USMLE Step 1. During that time, we’ve seen everything from the best to the worst study habits.

One of the most important things to remember, and one area you can focus on this semester even if your Step 1 exam is 5 or more months away, is creating a strict study schedule. You can use Cram Fighter to easily set aside 1 hour each day to review qbank questions, and get reminders to keep you on track.

Setting up a strong study schedule, combined with frequent review of course material, will make sure you’re prepared when it’s time to start dedicated study for your USMLE Step 1 Exam.

Why You Should Start Studying for the USMLE Step 1 Early

Many med students aren’t sure when to take the USMLE Step 1 or how much to study for it. According to Cram Fighter, the most popular month to take the exam is June, with the second-most popular month being May.

Coming up to the exam, most students know that cramming for the exam is not a great idea. That’s why it’s essential to start studying early enough to make sure you cover all of the material, and can retain the information. Learn exactly when to start studying and how to avoid cramming in this blog post.

How This Cram Fighter Customer Hit Her Target Boards Score With a Long-Term Study Plan

When you develop good study habits and start preparing early for your exams, you can quickly chart a path to your target score. Zana, a student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, used Cram Fighter to help her manage her schedule and keep her on track in the months leading up to the USMLE Step 1. Read her story to discover exactly how she did it and how she used Cram Fighter to help her.

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About the Author

Erica Forrette is the former Director of Marketing at Cram Fighter.