If you’ve reached the end of your Live Online course and are wondering what to do now, this article is for you! You’ve likely noticed that there are fewer modules built into your study plan and it may look a little sparse – that’s intentional! Read on to discover how your study plan is meant to support you between your course and test day.
First, we’d like to take a moment to congratulate you for all the hard work you’ve done to get to this point in your resources, it’s a good practice to reflect on how far you’ve come. Pat yourself on the back! You may have noticed that now that your class is over your study plan looks a little less jam-packed - great, this allows for more flexibility. Now that you’ve moved out of the in-class portion of your course, your study plan should be tailored to your needs as opposed to being driven by what will be discussed in class. The rest of this article/document will guide you through tailoring your plan after class.
The most noticeable resources on your study plan are likely your full length exams - both Blueprint and AAMC exams. Now that you’ve completed your class we suggest taking roughly one exam per week up until one week before test day. Your study plan should have these pre-populated along with a full day of review. These days are imperative because they will be what allows you to decide what to fill the rest of your week reviewing. Most students’ weekly schedule until exam day will consist of the following:
A day to take a Full Length Exam
A day to review the Full Length Exam (and add to your Lessons Learned Journal)
A full day off per week to decompress
4 days of targeted studying before next exam
What do we mean by targeted? Well, that will look different for each student but based on your LLJ from your most recent exam you should be adding activities to your Study Plan. Those should include:
Office Hours Sessions on material you’re struggling with
Revisiting learning modules (or the corresponding book chapters) for difficult topics that show up in your LLJ
Qbank quizzes focused on your greatest areas of opportunity
1-2 CARS passages a day
Flashcard practice (15-20 minutes)
Section Tests (no more than 2 in a given day)
The most effective students spend their last few weeks of practice honing strategies on high-yield content. The best way to do this is a continued analysis of why you missed a particular question using your LLJ. With this cadence of full length, review, content review/practice you'll be ready for Test Day!