Keeps you accountable
- If you’ve planned to study and you’re watching TV, you’ll know it!
Allows you to prioritize
- You can’t avoid those hard subjects forever. Having a plan will help you make sure that you create adequate time for your difficult topics so that you don’t procrastinate or neglect them.
Ensures you get through everything
- It is so easy to spend too much time on a topic that is interesting, or get too focused on the details of a topic. Having a plan will help you keep track to make sure you’re paying attention to everything.
You get to assess progress
- Who doesn’t like the feeling of checking something off a list?
- You’ll also be able to look back and see how far you’ve gotten; sometimes it can seem endless!
- You can also look forward and stay motivated about what you have left.
You can schedule guilt free breaks
- Study breaks are just as important as studying! The key here, however, is that you are studying! 😉
Reduces stress, this is doable!
- You can break up the material into chunks.
- You can make the steps challenging but achievable.
Sets up boundaries (now study, now don’t!)
- The test is challenging; it will push your boundaries. But with a plan you can work on staying mentally and physically healthy.
Allows for more focused sessions
- You can do more with a single focused punch than you can burning yourself out.
Creates a habit for studying
- Everything becomes a little bit easier when it is a habit. A plan will help you maintain healthy habits and make the “open the book” step much easier.
Puts you in control of your learning!
- You are working towards being a dentist! There won’t be tests like this once you graduate, but becoming a lifelong learner will make you a fantastic doctor. You know your strengths and weaknesses, use these!
AND GUESS WHAT? B&B has done 70% of this for you! The other 30% comes from you! Don’t forget to check out the B&B Study Plan to help you plan your studies!
Written by Dr. Kerri Lyons