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Study Tips for USMLE® or COMLEX-USA®

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The AMA selected Kaplan as a preferred provider to support you in reaching your goal of passing the USMLE® or COMLEX-USA®. 

Associate Director of Medical Academics at Kaplan Medical, Joshua D. Brooks, PhD, provides tips on how to prepare for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE®) or the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination of the United States (COMLEX-USA®).

Use Study Guides

  • Find the types of study guides that work best.
  • Ask recent test takers about the study guides that worked well for them.
  • Follow the AMA Wire® for study tips and its monthly most-missed exam-prep question.
  • Become an AMA member to receive discounts on study guides or exam prep courses.
Save on Kaplan Test Prep

Members save 30% on Kaplan’s Qbank and High-yield courses. Find more information by calling 1-800-KAP-TEST or visiting Kaplan Medical.

  • Get 1 month Until Your Test™ access to more than 2,200 questions in Kaplan’s Qbank review or the High-Yield course featuring on-demand online lectures.
  • Use Kaplan’s innovative student tools available to prepare for and pass your medical licensing exams.

Create a Calendar

  • Create a week-by-week subject calendar.
  • Break down the calendar into study sprints. Focus on 1 subject during each sprint.
  • Assign specific tasks for each sprint. For example, watch video tutorials or review sample questions covering high-yield topics.
  • Schedule a specific number of study hours each week. Allot extra time for challenging topics.

Find the Right Study Partner

  • Choose a motivating study partner, someone to supplement your own expertise and hold you accountable.
  • Set up a regular weekly study session with your partner. Review what you have learned and what you need to learn.
  • Find a study-session location that enables extended periods of concentration.

Manage Time Wisely

  • Incorporate exam preparation into class studies.
  • Aim for 5 hours of focused exam preparation each week.
  • Limit social media. Make sure cell phones are off during study times.

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