Blueprint Med School Blog (formerly Cram Fighter & Med School Tutors)

The blog for Blueprint Medical, supporting your MedEd journey with our exam study planner, tutoring, residency consulting, and advanced boards.

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Tips for Studying On-the-Go During Med School

Stop me if this sounds familiar: To keep on track with your study plan, you’ve got 1000 Anki cards, 100 practice questions, and 10 videos to finish this week. On top of that, you’re required to be present and prepared for your clinical rotations and you have to plan your study goals around your class

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Why Asking For Help Is Your Greatest Strength in Med School

Everyone needs help at one time or another, and med school is no exception. In fact, entering medical school is most likely going to be a significant (and stressful) change from your schooling and work prior to entry. Unless you are in the minority of medical students who transitioned from a high-pressure corporate job and

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Step 1 Pass Rates Are Decreasing: How to Make Sure You’ll Pass

In recent years, the role Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) plays in the residency application process has changed. When it transitioned from a scored assessment to a pass/fail test in January 2022, the change alleviated the pressure to score as high as possible and realigned the focus back to making

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10 Best Gifts for Med Students: What They *Really* Want for the Holidays

Do you have someone in your life who is chronically stressed and doesn’t buy anything for themselves because they’re practicing delayed gratification? If so, it’s probably a medical student that could use a nice holiday gift. Here are some of the best gifts for med students that they’ll happily use every day! Disclaimer: The following

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Studying During the Holidays

As the semester comes to a close, you may be faced with the conundrum of how to use your time off. Maybe you’ll choose to take a well-deserved break after three straight months of classes. Or, you may want to get a headstart on studying for your exams and keep up the momentum from last

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Help, My USMLE Study Plan Isn’t Working! How to Get Back on Track

If you have gotten to the point in your medical training journey to be preparing for your medical licensing exams, the USMLEs, congratulations! You are on a path that many have found immensely rewarding as well as terribly stressful. Being a medical student, you are used to exams whether it be the SAT, ACT, MCAT,

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Quiz: Do You Need a Tutor in Med School?

Medical school is difficult, and it’s helpful to lean on friends and a support system during the tough rotations. Remind yourself how smart and capable you are—after all, not everyone is admitted into medical school! Even if you breezed through your college classes without breaking a sweat, it is unrealistic to think that you won’t

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How to Stop Procrastinating: Med Student Edition

Raise your hand if you were the type of college student who procrastinated on your assignments and put off studying for tests. Both my hands are raised! While this approach may have served us well in the undergraduate setting, it is not ideal in medical school. The sheer volume of material in medical school is

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