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The Spreadsheet Trap (and How to Avoid It)

  • by Jonathan Zeitlin
  • Sep 02, 2021
  • Reviewed by: Amy Rontal

Don’t fall into The Spreadsheet Trap and derail your board exam prep!

What is ‘The Spreadsheet Trap’?

You know you need a plan to prep for your board exams, and you’ve checked out Cram Fighter, but maybe you’re thinking about just using Excel or Google Sheets instead. After all – they’re free, right?

The question is: How much is your time worth? $8/hour? $15/hour? More?

Now think about how many hours it will take you to divide up the resources you want to study and manually enter them into a spreadsheet. But once you’ve created your study plan you aren’t in the clear – in fact, you’ve only just stepped into The Spreadsheet Trap!

Because next think about what happens when you inevitably miss a day – something comes up, you get sick, you need a break to re-engergize yourself. Think about what happens if you fall behind or want to change one of the resources you are using. Now you’re trapped: in order to keep your study schedule from becoming totally useless, you’re going to need to spend HOURS more moving tasks around, editing a spreadsheet, and updating your calendar.

The question is: How much is your time worth? $8/hour? $15/hour? More?

Your time is valuable and the Spreadsheet Trap drains you of hours and hours, again and again throughout your study period. Don’t step into the trap: use Cram Fighter to create a detailed, customized schedule in minutes and then rest easy knowing you can edit and rebalance your schedule with the click of a button.

Subscribe to Cram Fighter for less than $10/month!

Now think back to our question at the top: how much is an hour of your time worth? Even if you said only $10/hour – and even if you only spend one hour a month creating or editing your spreadsheet study plan – a Cram Fighter subscription is worth it!

Check out our pricing page to check out our monthly or fixed duration subscriptions to see which plan is right for you.

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Avoid The Spreadsheet Trap and save your of valuable time so you can focus on your studies and not your study plan.

About the Author

Jonathan Zeitlin is a Brand Manager for Blueprint Test Prep with over 10 years of experience in education and ed-tech. He has a B.A. from UCLA.