Ok, so first proper post, here goes So reading through the posts, I'm under the impression that there are broadly two types of textbooks, namely the reference books (big thick books you can use to teach yourself) and the review books (FA, Goljan, BRS etc) and you're supposed to use the review books alongside your own coursework. I am however, very slow and have had trouble keeping up with the lectures throughout first year so I used to end up relying on the reference books rather then USMLE books. I wanted to use the 'USMLE books' but quite often, they wouldn't have much meaning to me because they seemed (to me at least) to leave big gaps in between. There is often a lag between when I get taught something and when I actually can follow a USMLE review book. How should I address this in the coming year? Should I have been annotating my Goljan using my Robbins for instance throughout the year for example? Few more specific questions to finish off - 1) What books do you actually need to annotate (and why), when do you start this process. 2) How many times did you end up reading essential books like FA, Goljan, BRS physiology etc from cover to cover? Thanks in advance!