How To Fix Your USMLE Study Schedule When the Unexpected Happens
- Nov 16, 2017
- Reviewed by: Amy Rontal
Two Cram Fighter users share how our rebalance feature helped them get back on track when they experienced interruptions in their schedule.
Your USMLE or COMLEX study schedule is vulnerable to distractions, interruptions, and unexpected life events. To account for this, we proactively help medical students get back on track, even when their schedule doesn’t go as originally planned. We think that’s why so many Cram Fighter users say that our rebalance feature is one of their favorite features.
Cram Fighter’s rebalance feature fixes your USMLE study schedule when you start to fall behind by reworking your schedule and redistributing overdue tasks to future days. It shows you exactly what you need to do, even if you miss some study tasks, to finish every resource on time. We find that our customers rebalance their study schedule 10 times on average. Imagine having to rework a complicated USMLE study schedule by hand ten times! You can see why this is one of our features that students love most.
To demonstrate how Cram Fighter’s flexibility helps medical students, here are two testimonials from students who needed an adaptive study schedule.
Dealing with Hectic Clerkships
While she was a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh, Deena Wasserman needed a study schedule that provided both structure and fluidity. “I’m terrible at self planning,” she told us. “So I need a structured schedule in order to get things done. But I also need flexibility because life happens.”
On clerkship rotations, Deena had to balance a hectic schedule with boards studying and personal responsibilities. Deena told us that creating a study schedule with Cram Fighter allowed her a great deal of flexibility. “Cram Fighter prevented me from falling into my usual procrastination tendencies,” she said, “and it helped me make a schedule that fit my life.”
Cram Fighter prevented me from falling into my usual procrastination tendencies,” she said, “and it helped me make a schedule that fit my life.
Deena Wasserman, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Handling a Hurricane
Carmesha is a student at Ross University in the Caribbean. She used Cram Fighter to help her cope with a major upheaval in her medical studies. “Prior to both Hurricanes Irene and Maria, beginning my final semester as an M2 was ecstatic,” she said. “My Step1 exam was on the horizon, and I had a Cram Fighter schedule planned to organize my current school studies.”
Located on the island of Dominica, Ross University had to postpone its classes for one month after the hurricanes. After the storms, Ross became a “Floating University,” allowing classes to continue from a cruise ship. In the midst of a radically new med school experience, Carmesha explained that “Cram Fighter was one of the few constants post-hurricane and propelled me to move forward with my studies.”
Staying flexible and using Cram Fighter’s rebalance feature allowed me to continue my studies successfully and reinstalled my confidence for knocking out Step 1!
Carmesha J., MS, Ross University
We asked Carmesha to tell us how Cram Fighter helped her stay on track during such a hectic time. She told us that “One of the features that allowed my continuance of studying was having the option to rebalance my schedule. Cram Fighter would reconfigure my schedule to pick back up where I left off. It was great knowing that Cram Fighter had my schedule in place for when school would resume on the Floating University. The first few days of getting acclimated to studying and living on the ship under trying circumstances was hard. However, when studying couldn’t be done due to technical circumstances, staying flexible and using Cram Fighter’s rebalance feature allowed me to continue my studies successfully and reinstalled my confidence for knocking out Step 1!”
Cram Fighter aims to ensure students know what to do each day and stay on track with a study plan, no matter what happens. If you want to try creating a USMLE or COMLEX study schedule that can adapt to changes, sign up for a 7-day free trial.
About the Author
Erica Forrette is the former Director of Marketing at Cram Fighter.