By: Livingston Martin
What the heck is Lecturio?
Lecturio consists of both instructional lectures and questions that cover material needed for USMLE Step 1 & Step 2 CK, MCAT, and MBBS.
I have been using the Lecturio Step 1 content for the past 4 months, and I have found it helpful. Leaders in the field teach the lectures, and they clearly explain concepts fairly concisely. The quality of the instruction and focus on high-yield topics are the main draws for me. Once you’ve completed video instruction, they also offer testing with quiz questions and reinforcement with topic reviews.
How does Lecturio fit into my study rotation?
Every person and every school is different. I like doing hundreds of questions, and my school has a block schedule that focuses on one thing at a time. I used Lecturio at the end of my biochemistry block (primarily histology) and during my entire physiology block. I also felt that using Lecturio improved both my understanding of the subject at hand, and my test scores.
This is the study rotation that works for me:
1. Preview content that will be covered in class and load both Lecturio and normal lecture slides into OneNote.
2. Watch Lecturio lectures and answer Lecturio questions that cover new content.
- There are a few questions imbedded with each Lecturio lecture.
- I use an iPad Pro to take notes on the slides within the OneNote program.
3. Attend my schools lecture to figure out what my school cares most about and what I need to learn in more detail.
- This is an important step because Lecturio may be either too vague or too detailed in relation to a given topic.
- For my physiology block, the Lecturio physiology section tended to cover the most high-yield information, but other important details were covered in either the pathology or pharmacology lecture series.
4. Read supplementary material.
- This is usually First Aid, and other small books recommended by friends/teachers/the Internet.
5. Do as many questions as possible.
- I do around 500 “regular” questions for each exam, mostly from: BRS Physiology (1451187955), Pre-test (0071791426), Guyton-Hall (1455770078).
- I also look at all relevant Firecracker cards (usually around 500 as well), and answer any Firecracker test questions available. Firecracker has a deal with our school, and is somewhat integrated with our curriculum. My favorite part is that they have a list of topics we are going to cover in class, and I can mark them in the order my school teaches them.
For physiology, our exams were spaced about 10 days apart, with each exam covering a different area (Cardiology, Respiratory, Renal, ect..).
We are just starting our next block, Host Defense, which has a generous 2-2.5 weeks between exam dates. For this block, I am adding sketchy medical to the rotation. If you haven’t already, sketchy medical is a great resource to check out.
What I like about Lecturio:
- The teachers are quite good, and they explain things more clearly and faster than many YouTube or Kaplan videos. I also like many of the diagrams and charts on the slides (they are good to print and/or draw).
- There are question breaks to test your understanding.
- Everything is in one place, and the most important information to know is emphasized.
What I don’t like about Lecturio:
- Integration with my school leaves something to be desired, the physiology course does not go to the required depth on its own. However, much of the required content can be found by clicking around on other Lecturio courses (eg. Pathology). Everything is still under the Step 1 heading.
- The search is occasionally not great, although it has improved over the past few months. It would be nice for search results to cover subtopics within videos instead of just the video title and keywords.
- The site is sometimes laggy.
Lecturio cost structure?
Subscription based: 1 month is $25/month. 12 month is $17/month. You are able to contact Lecturio for both school and individual discounts.
I thought Lecturio was worth the money, and I can’t say that about every resource I’ve thrown money at. They genuinely have good teachers, and their failings are not deal-breakers. They care what you have to say, and are working to improve the site. They also have an iPad app that can download lectures to watch without an active connection. I’m happy I found them.
My Rating: 9/10
Interested in checking out Lecturio for yourself? Find more information here.
Livingston Martin is currently an MD Candidate at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and President of the Technology in Medicine Club on campus.