USMLE Step 1 Hindsights: What I Wish I Had Known Prior to the Exam

  • /Reviewed by: Amy Rontal, MD
  • A recent med school graduate gives an in depth explanation of how he set academic goals, optimized his study time, and scored a 265 on the USMLE Step 1.

    Together with McGraw-Hill Education, Cram Fighter co-hosted a webinar about how to boost your score on the USMLE Step 1 with advice from a student who got a 265. Watch below to see how Shane Mesko, MD/MBA, set goals, mentally prepared, and used proven study methods to prepare for Step 1.

    In this video, you’ll learn:

    • How to set specific and realistic goals that push you to succeed on Step 1
    • Specific study strategies that use proven techniques, like active learning and interval training (a.k.a. Spaced repetition)
    • How to choose USMLE Step 1 resources
    • What your study schedule should look like, plus how (and when) to incorporate practice NBMEs
    • How to approach USMLE-style questions on the actual exam

    Once you learn these study strategies, put what you’ve learned into practice; sign up for a 7-day free trial and create your own USMLE study schedule.

    About the Author

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