How a Cram Fighter Personalized Study Schedule Can Help You
- Dec 23, 2015
Our users share their most compelling reasons for having a personalized Cram Fighter study plan.
Personalized study plans allow you to prepare for your board exam one step at a time, making the whole process more manageable. We asked some of our users (who crushed their board exams) how they benefited from having a Cram Fighter study plan. Below are four reasons for why having a study plan is essential.
Time is of the essence – we do the planning so that you can study
A personalized study plan helps ease the overall burden of board exams by organizing your study time. Cram Fighter gathers all relevant information, such as your study time, resources, and special days, and creates a schedule that is both manageable and adaptable. Manageable because we pave the road ahead for you, allowing you to clearly see what needs to be accomplished, one day at a time. And adaptable “because life happens, and I need flexibility in my schedule,” as Deena Wasserman, a medical student at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, put it.
Being able to make changes is essential for your schedule to be useful. Cram Fighter makes sure that you know exactly what needs to be done everyday so that you complete all your tasks by your deadline. According to Kaitlyn Blackburn, a medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, studying without a concrete plan can be very overwhelming. “I found myself just opening books and reading random pages, hoping that I would be able to figure out a plan. This really just wasted time that I should have been studying. I found it hard to sit down and write out a daily schedule like some of my classmates did, so when I heard about Cram Fighter, I was thrilled.”
A study schedule keeps you motivated to achieve your goals
No study plan is 100% fail proof. Once your study plan has been created, it is important to keep track of your tasks, and make sure that you are progressing according to plan. “Cram Fighter helped with my time by helping keep things organized and allowing me to see what I needed to get done in a day. Without this resource you will constantly feel like you have not done enough in a day but Cram Fighter lets you see that you are progressing in good time,” says Cory Mellon, a medical student at Medical University of the Americas. Additionally, Cram Fighter allows you to precisely track your progress by checking off (partially or fully) completed tasks. “Cram Fighter helped me immensely with this because I always felt so accomplished when I was able to check off a scheduled box. I found that it made me more disciplined in my studying,” says Kaitlyn.
Cram Fighter helped me immensely with this because I always felt so accomplished when I was able to check off a scheduled box. I found that it made me more disciplined in my studying.
Kaitlyn Blackburn, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Life is dynamic, and so should be your study schedule
“Having Cram Fighter rearrange my tasks was a lifesaver that kept me from being completely overwhelmed,” says Katherine MacNulty, a medical student at Ross University School of Medicine. It is important to keep your study plan up-to-date. As days and weeks go by, users make changes to their schedule. Some change the order in which they study certain subjects, others change the number of practice exams they want to take. Often times, users fall behind. Whatever the change is, it is essential that your schedule is updated, so that you continue to know what needs to be done daily. “I found that if my schedule just wasn’t right or was too much for that day, it was very easy to switch and have Cram fighter re-do my schedule,” says Kaitlyn. Once you check off what you have and haven’t done, Cram Fighter easily rebalances your schedule by redistributing your tasks, so that everything is completed by your exam date. “Even if I fell behind schedule, I was able to reset my schedule with a click of a button and get back on track,” says Julia Katz, a medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Even if I fell behind schedule, I was able to reset my schedule with a click of a button and get back on track.
Julia Katz, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Different plans for different situations
There are many approaches to studying for board exams. Kaitlyn, for instance, wanted one study block for when she was still in school (factoring in different hours for weekdays and weekends), and another study block for her dedicated study time (when weekdays and weekend hours were the same.) By having the flexibility of creating different blocks that fit different phases of your studying, Kaitlyn knew exactly what she needed to do for any given day. For JT, a medical student at Columbia University, it was important to have several study blocks with different resources in them. JT created different study blocks that overlapped in time, but that provided her with different subjects and different tasks to be accomplished daily. The beauty of a personalized study plan is that it reflects your unique needs. Whatever your preferences are, Cram Fighter works with you in creating an efficient schedule.
About the Author
Erica Forrette is the former Director of Marketing at Cram Fighter.