You may find your study plan has big gaps-at the beginning of your study plan, at the end, or both. If you’ve got a big gap at the beginning or end of your study plan, know that modules can always be moved earlier in the course and spaced out, and often this is a good call! We usually advise against moving modules much *later* in the course-content mastery should be one of the earliest parts of your prep, so that later on you’re focused on isolating only those areas that need more study. Moving modules earlier, though, is just fine! Just make sure that you don’t move topics too far out of order if they’re related-a topic like amino acid-base chemistry, for instance, may be hard if you haven’t watched the other earlier amino acid modules first! Similarly, you can move the strategy modules earlier, but don’t move them out of their numbered order-Math and Formulas 3 is going to be overwhelming if you haven’t made it through 1 and 2! Moving these modules earlier should also create more space in your plan, which you should plan to fill in with testlike practice and review, followed by review of module content as needed. Essentially, you’re giving yourself room to be able to “polish up” your content knowledge later, after you know what you’re still struggling with a few months in!
Speaking of-if you’ve got a big gap at the end of the study plan, fill it in! You can add in office hours throughout your study plan, which will not only help you and give you time to ask questions and chat with some of our top instructors, it’ll also provide valuable content and skill review. You also should add in and space out full lengths. Most students should plan to take at least 7-8 full lengths, and if you have time, more may be beneficial. It also may help you to space the exams out more-if you take 2 weeks between each full length, you’re going to have more time to really thoroughly review, build your LLJ, and practice and study based on your results. You can also add AAMC assignments and Qbank practice into your study plan to make sure you’re doing short bursts of practice to assess your improvement in between full length tests.
The advice from this video may be *most* helpful to students who have uniquely short or long study timelines, but it applies to all blueprint students! Move assignments around, customize your practice and exam schedule, and make it your own. Don’t forget about that ability to sync the study plan to your calendar either-setting up that linkage will make it easy to keep track of your study commitments as you plan out the rest of the activities you have each day, and will help you to hold yourself accountable to your study plan!
Good luck! You can do this!