Now I have not been one of those notorious types who has been carting FA around with me since Kindergarten. I spent MS1 studying for... my MS1 classes. My energies in the first half of MS2 were spent mainly mastering the material of my classes, while annotating FA at the end of each block and using board review books sparingly in conjunction with class notes to make sure no gaping holes were present between my school's curriculum and common knowledge. I didn't memorize any differences, but read them and made a mental note so that if I see it again it won't be totally foreign. I plan on continuing said practice for awhile, but don't want to leave all of my heavy lifting of board prep to the 4-5 weeks before I take Step 1. I know when I'm taking the test and have a pretty good map of how I'm going to attack my studying in that time period, but after doing all of that, I'm kind of at a loss of what I should be doing in the few months prior. I'm a pretty versatile studier, lots of styles work for me, but I need a plan, or at least checkpoints to guide myself, in order to feel productive or that I'm achieving anything and don't think whimsically doing QBank questions or flipping through review books will do much for me. Our MS2 coursework is pretty low-yield stuff from here on out, we hit the gross majority of pathophys of major organ systems in Aug-Dec, already had micro, seen a good deal of pharm. So what are some strategies others have used to do some mild but productive board prep in the months of Jan-Apr?