You have worked too hard to get admitted to med school to now allow a steep learning curve to come between you and the residency of your choice. Be sure to go that extra yard and ensure that you get the most out of your med school experience. (Once school starts, you will be hard pressed to find time to seek any needed assistance with your study skills and test preparation strategies.)

For quick reference, here are links to related books we have reviewed:

Study Without Stress: Mastering Medical Sciences by Dr. Kelman and Dr. Straker

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This book contains some valuable information to ensure you get your medical school education off to the best start by learning valuable study and time management skills. At 192 pages, it is well worth the time investment to read.

First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2018, 28th Edition by Tao Le and Vikas Bhushan

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This 28th edition, 816 page behemoth has been crowned the “bible” of USMLE Step 1 preparation for good reason. Granted, this book may be about 2 years too early for most readers, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind for when the time comes. (And our alumni clients tell us that, as difficult as med school is, the time really does fly!) Additionally, if you believe you may be at risk for a low USMLE Step 1 score, early preparation could be very well advised!

Study Skills and Test-Taking Strategies for Medical Students by Deborah Shain

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This Oklahoma Notes guide is an oldie but goodie specifically geared to top-performing undergraduate students who need to re-adjust their study skills and test-taking strategies for the rather alien world of med school. Specific study skills and exam-taking strategies to efficiently understand, analyze, and synthesize the voluminous data waiting for you in medical school.

How to Study in Medical School, 2nd edition by Armin Kamyab, M.D.

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The title doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but this second-edition guide is a straightforward relatively short (100 pages) explanation of a system for studying the basic sciences in med school. It also happens to have been written by a doctor with recent, first-hand experience in the subject matter!

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