Would you recommend using resources outside of those you're planing to use for dedicated, and just stretch them out until dedicated time? I definitely want to do this with CARS, but was also planning to just use TBR science books over time, yet only covering the content and Phase 1 passages during summer, Phase 2 during fall, and then jumping into phase 3 and FL's during the dedicated period starting in December or January.
I spoke to someone at TBR recently and they think using their books over an extended period like I've outlined here is an excellent idea since their passages are tough and force you to review content constantly, stretching out the time it takes to get them done in general. But, I have also been considering grabbing something like the Kaplan books to start content review early, then switching to TBR only during dedicated. This reminds me of what you're suggesting, but I'd love to get your input on what you think about what I've written here.
I do wonder if getting non-gold standard CARS resources for early, lengthy review might lead to some bad habits, if the materials do a poor job of explaining answers or teach subpar strategies. Please, let me know what you think!