A few useful numbers for Step 1 - a passing score just recently (this January) got bumped up to 192, the average score of those who pass is in the 220s, and the average for the super competitive specialties is in the 240s and up. I scored well enough to keep myself in the running for the super competitive specialties, so I'm hoping you'll find some of these quick points helpful! As always feel free to ask questions in the comments below, and happy studying!
First Aid for Step 1 - This is sort of the backbone to any Step 1 study plan. I'd memorize it (haha so easy to say, right)? I read this book multiple times, first by subject (and read the same subject in Goljan), then just repeated to solidify facts.
Goljan Pathology - Another review book, this was a great addition to First Aid. I also used the Goljan audio lectures for "downtime" studying - listening when on the train or in the gym. They're great lectures although this type of "passive" studying isn't the most efficient. If anything it helped me feel less guilty about spending time in the gym or cooking myself a fancy dinner :) Most days were spent initially getting through these two books subject by subject. Then came the Q bank.
USMLE World QBank - There's some debate about which Qbank to go with (Kaplan vs UWorld), and in my opinion, UWorld was much better. If you're someone who learns from questions, you'll appreciate the explanations provided by UWorld - I felt they were superior to Kaplan's (but I'll also admit I only did a few Kaplan questions before not liking it too much). Some people do questions by subject as well, but I wasn't a fan of that method (if you're doing cardiology questions, and happen upon a question that seems to have nothing to with cardiology except for one answer choice, well there's your answer)! Some people bought both, and if you want to do so that'd be fine - in that case I would do the Kaplan questions by subject after I studied each respective subject and save the World questions for random order. Make sure to do all of the Qbank questions, you can have all the books you want memorized but you need to familiarize yourself with how these questions are actually asked. And really pay attention to what you're getting wrong and understand why. Some of my classmates annotated their First Aid books with details from questions. I personally found this a bit excessive, and instead opted to review the key "learning objectives" at the bottom of each question the last week before my exam. A three month subscription was perfect.
Make sure to take a practice test a few weeks before your scheduled exam- if you're where you want to be score-wise, bump up the date and take it sooner! There's definitely a peak of knowledge so to speak, and a burn out period that comes after, so know where you are and use it to your advantage.
Also, if you're school still follows a more traditional curriculum, you'll likely be headed into clinical rotations right after finishing the boards. So please, take a vacation!!! I could have studied for another two weeks, but (after following the advice in the previous paragraph), I took my test and then went on vacation!! I also took the day before my test completely off to help relax pre-test day jitters (although if not studying will only freak you out more, a little light review won't hurt).