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Did I Get Screwed Buying Kaplan?

Discussion in 'Step I' started by CeLo, Nov 30, 2005.

  1. CeLo

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    I just bought the Kaplan self-study books. It seems like most people on SDN think that's a bad idea, that it's better to buy individual books, and I'm starting to agree. I bought them on impulse without really thinking about it. Yes, I know that was stupid. Does any one have an opinion either way? And are those books returnable if I decide not to keep them? Thanks for your advice!
     
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  3. gbono2

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    They have some really good condensed info in the books. Their path sucks. I have them. I do find their books hard to read. The kaplan books are designed to be used in conjunction w/their lecture series. They are sort of incomplete because you have to annotate them from the lectures for clarity.

    Hope this makes sense.
     
  4. VincentAdultman

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    Yep...path is useless without the lectures.

    Immuno/micro is pretty good, though.
     
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    Kaplan has a series of books designed for self-study, the organ system books, in addition to the ones that come with the online lectures. Are you talking about the white books or the black ones being hard to read?

    A lot of high scorers have primarily used the Kaplan books to study for the USMLE. Do most people here on SDN really think it's a bad idea?
     
  6. HamOnWholeWheat

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    Biochem is EXCELLENT.
    Immuno, Behavioral, and Micro are all GOOD.
    Path, Gross, Pharm are all FAIR.

    I used a buddy's books which were not annotated. Maybe that's why path and the rest sucked, but I honestly thought it was more because their path book was just a dense, poorly-worded form of BRS. Definitely keep the Biochem book if you can though. Biochem, immuno, and Behavioral/Biostats in hindsight would be enough for me to justify buying the whole set. If you get a good score from it, you won't care about the pricetag.

    HamOn
     
  7. EasyRider

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    Just Supplement HY Neuro and HY Gross for Kaplan
     

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