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Study Plans And Schedules

Over the years, I’ve had colleagues who swore by study plans and schedules. They spent ridiculous amounts of time constructing detailed outlines of chapters/lectures to cover each day. These study schedules were very static and often did not account for varying levels of time commitment to other activities.

Additionally, they quickly fell apart after a particularly long lab session or unforeseen obligations to an extracurricular activity. With the plan in shambles, students would either jump ship in frustration or spend even more time reconstructing a new schedule. 😯Medical School - Whiteboard Studying

I tell med students and residents who ask me for “study advice” to just do something. Read a chapter. Work on practice questions. Teach someone else. In my opinion, these are all better uses of time! Instead of planning to study, how about actually studying? 🙂

Drop me a comment below with your thoughts on study plans! Do you use them? If so, how do you structure them?


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  1. I am an extreme fan of study plans…but I have to be because I am also an extreme introvert…so plans falling apart because of social requirements or extra-curricular activities don’t happen to me – those things just aren’t a priority to ME!…but of course, I.AM the extreme exception. LOL!

    • Hahaha, I can actually relate to that social life. I just use the time I save NOT making study plans to pursue not-so-productive tasks… like playing video games. 😉

  2. I’m a fan of the plan 🙂


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