FYI: Based on 99% of the posts I've read I know that its too early to start studying for the boards. Thats not the purpose of this post. I'm just looking to get some advice - yes, in advance - from more senior students about next year. With that said, please spare me any [email protected] responses that will cause this thread to take a turn off course into a debate about gunnerism and StepI If you could go back and give advice to yourself just before you started your 2nd year of medical school what would it be? I'm specifically interested in board prep... I'm between MS1 and MS2 now and I'm not going to start studying this summer by any means, but I'd like to be set up in an optimal position come 2nd year to do well on the boards. If that means that I should buy X, Y and Z books, flashcards or video/audio before the year starts and begin using them from the beginning, or it it means I should purchase USMLE-like question sets and complete them along with my modules then I'd like to know about it. Or even if it just means assessing my strengths/weaknesses and coming up with a study schedule to begin at some point next year, I'd be interested in hearing about that as well... So for those of you who have taken Step 1 and wish they could now go back and tell themselves what worked, what didn't work, or what they wish they would or wouldn't have done in terms of what resources to use, what timeline to follow, etc. it would be much appreciated if you could share your thoughts. I'm sure other people in my position are wondering the same thing. Thanks!