Gold Standard Board Review

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  1. tonem

    tonem Senior Member
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    If anyone has had any experience with the "Gold Standard" audio tapes for Step 1 review, I would appreciate any feedback you might have to offer...thanks.
     
  2. I purchased the tapes whne they first came out and I can't say I'd recommend them. While they are a unique and more interesting way to learn than reading, there are some problems:

    - there are mistakes on the tapes, several of them

    - perhaps more importantly, lots of time is wasted on low yield topics

    - the material is not balanced properly for Step 1; there are about 5 tapes on anemias and 2 on pharmacology

    - the quality of some the tapes is bad; on a couple I could hardly hear the reader even with the volume turned all the way up and others had annoying hisses and cracks in the background

    - some of the readers mispronounce words, which for an a**l type like me, really drives me to distraction (and besides is unprofessional)

    - not all of the tapes came with notes to accompany them

    - some of the topics are endlessly repeated, which might help you learn them, but perhaps at the expense of including other topics

    I prefer the tapes which are read by the originator of the series; his voice is well modulated and easy to listen to. Inquire how the tapes have changed since they first came out - present them with this list of complaints from a former customer and see how they respond. I did get a listen to some of the clinical tapes and they seem better and more relevant but I was reluctant to purchase them after the disappointment of the Step 1 tapes.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. I purchased the tapes whne they first came out and I can't say I'd recommend them. While they are a unique and more interesting way to learn than reading, there are some problems:

    - there are mistakes on the tapes, several of them

    - perhaps more importantly, lots of time is wasted on low yield topics

    - the material is not balanced properly for Step 1; there are about 5 tapes on anemias and 2 on pharmacology

    - the quality of some the tapes is bad; on a couple I could hardly hear the reader even with the volume turned all the way up and others had annoying hisses and cracks in the background

    - some of the readers mispronounce words, which for an a**l type like me, really drives me to distraction (and besides is unprofessional)

    - not all of the tapes came with notes to accompany them

    - some of the topics are endlessly repeated, which might help you learn them, but perhaps at the expense of including other topics

    I prefer the tapes which are read by the originator of the series; his voice is well modulated and easy to listen to. Inquire how the tapes have changed since they first came out - present them with this list of complaints from a former customer and see how they respond. I did get a listen to some of the clinical tapes and they seem better and more relevant but I was reluctant to purchase them after the disappointment of the Step 1 tapes.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. tonem

    tonem Senior Member
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    Thanks Kim,

    Do you have any recommendations or tips for board review?

    Tony

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