The summer between MS1 and MS2 is a great opportunity to catch up on your Firecracker study plan and ensure that you enter MS2 with as much material from MS1 banked as possible. Right off the bat, I’d suggest that if you’re feeling burnt out/exhausted after MS1, take some time (whatever is necessary) to relax and recuperate. Perhaps the worst thing you could do is to enter MS2 feeling burnt out. That being said, if you find that you have some extra time this summer and are itching to review some of the material you’ve learned, this plan may help. This plan is going to assume that your goal is to consolidate the information you learned in MS1 for the purpose of STEP 1, that you have 6 weeks off for summer break, and that you are planning on taking 2 weeks as a true vacation (I highly recommend this).
It's that time of year...time for many M2 students to prepare to take the Step 1 exam this spring. Over the next few weeks we'll be publishing a series of guides by Firecracker editors about their experiences studying for the Step 1. This guide is by Jeff Cooney, an MD candidate at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio who scored > 240 on his Step 1. Remember, you can try Firecracker for free for 30 days: https://med.firecracker.me/signup
First off, congratulations to making it to the end of your MS2 year - that alone is a huge accomplishment. I believe that anyone smart enough to make it through 2 years of medical school has the potential to do very well on STEP 1. It’s important to remember that STEP 1 isn't an IQ test - the problem solving that you're required to do is fairly straightforward. The challenge lies almost entirely in learning (i.e. memorizing) the massive volume of testable information. In my opinion, there is a nearly linear relationship between the amount of time/effort you put into preparing for the test and your score. This is when the years/months of Firecracker questions that you’ve been doing will pay dividends.