It’s board studying season and as I mentioned in my previous blogs I am making an effort to study alongside my classes. I know that many others are looking to do the same so it has been requested for me to share my daily board studying schedule before dedicated study time. (For those that are not familiar with dedicated study time; it is a blocked 6-7 weeks without any classes, clinic, or extracurricular commitments.)
I start my days early for two reasons: 1. I have other commitments during the rest of the day starting at 9:00 AM so I like to get at least 4 hours of studying before then. 2. I am much more productive earlier in the day so I like to take advantage of that. Alright, here is what my days typically look like:
5:00 AM: Wake up, make coffee, eat breakfast.
5:30 AM: Content review (I have decided to review a system each week for 10 weeks as my first pass). My content review consists of watching instructional videos and reading my textbooks.
7:30 AM: Pharm and Micro review. For about 90 minutes I like to review bugs and drugs related to the topic I am learning about that week. These two topics are solidified with constant review and easy points on the exam!
9:00 AM: End of board studying and beginning of class studying, going to clinic, or attending class.
Keep in mind that this is my second time going through board material (not counting the classwork I have covered for the past two years, and the initial review I did first-year). I have also saved my questions for the weekends just because there isn’t enough time to get through them during the week. But I once I am done with this content review in 10 weeks, I plan to only do blocks of questions alongside practice tests to prepare.
I would love to know what has worked for those that studying for boards alongside classes and others that are doing the same now! Comment down below.