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Last week Biochem Cram Tips

Discussion in 'Step I' started by Rogue Synapse, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. Rogue Synapse

    Rogue Synapse The Dude Has Got No Mercy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Sorry to be greedy with a thread. My exam is June 10. I just finished UWorld today with a 63% overall avg for first-time-through questions. My biochem average, though, is below 50%. I just can't seem to memorize the enzymes, substrates, cofactors, etc. There's no method to the madness for me, it seems. Can anyone recommend a high-yield source or system for cramming this stuff? I've accepted that I'll just have to cram the hell out of biochem and stuff it into my short-term memory, and I know if I can bolster this one gaping weakness, I'll be able to pull off a decent score.

    I bought RR Biochem at the beginning of my study period (3 weeks ago) and haven't really read too in depth (aside from randomly looking up solutions) because I've spent most of my time doing questions - I plan on starting with it in detail tomorrow. Is there something better out there? Any personal tips or stories welcome.
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  3. dsprague12

    dsprague12 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    I suck at/hate biochem too, but I've read and reread and reread and rer... (you get the idea) the FA section on it (which i BRIEFLY annotated with info from Lippincott) and have gotten either outright *'s or bars with *'s on the performance profiles on the NBMEs ever since. I started out in the marginal performance area.
  4. doc20

    doc20 5+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    go over just the biochem questions from uworld, specially the ones u got wrong, i know its mundane advice but this will probably help you the most then going through any review books in the short time you have
    also dont forget first aid, know every single world in that book

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