As a first year medical student, ProgressIQ has been essential for both my academic success and my mental health. We have so many quizzes for different classes each day that it can be quite challenging and overwhelming to keep track of our own academic performances. By going on ProgressIQ at the end of the week, I can see a quick Snapshot of my grades, and this has not only saved me time, but it has also reduced my anxiety and stress about how a quiz or an exam is affecting my overall grades. By seeing the bigger picture of my academic progress, I can track my own strengths and weaknesses, and then reassess my study time for a particular class. I thought I was doing well in Pharmacology because of my exam scores, but it turns out that the quizzes weigh a lot more in this particular course, and as a result, my lowest grade was Pharmacology. Because of ProgressIQ, I was able to catch this early and dedicate more time and effort for this course. I’ve made changes on how to study for the Pharmacology quizzes and my percentage in the class has been improving. I never realized how much of an impact ProgressIQ was going to be for me, and I personally appreciate how it monitors my progress every step of the way.
In this time of technological advances, ProgressIQ is ideal,
So here is a little poem that expresses how I feel:
I log in to ProgressIQ and what do I see?
My advisor’s encouraging smile looking back at me.
No need for Post-its to keep little memos;
ID number? Old MCAT score? ProgressIQ knows.
It keeps track of my grades as I progress through the semesters.
If my grades look concerning I can go talk to my professors.
I’d like to know my Z-score and the average for the last exam,
I turn to ProgressIQ for the data; It’s all there from when grad school began.
Whether I’m in the lunch line or studying at home,
All I need is my laptop or even just my phone.
No need for a calculator, a notebook, or Excel,
I trust ProgressIQ to show me if I’m doing well;
And if my grades are below what I want them to be,
ProgressIQ encourages me to work harder towards my degree,
For as soon as I log in to my ProgressIQ profile,
My graduation year appears and reminds me to breathe and smile:
The end goal is clear. The date has been set.
One exam at a time; with ProgressIQ there’s no sweat.
Thank you ProgressIQ for saving me so much time,
Instead of calculating my grades, with academics I’m keeping in line.
It takes a village. I would not be able to get through the rigors of medical school without the support of family, friends, and academic technology platforms such as ProgressIQ. The ability to quickly pull up my Student Snapshot whether I’m on my laptop at school, or on my cell phone on route to the hospital is invaluable. The snapshot page is incredibly efficient. The streamlined interface provides only the most relevant information I need regarding my grades and overall academic standing. If I want to know more, I can click on my grade for all the information I could ever want all the way down to the standard deviation of my grade compared to the class. For data driven individuals like me, this information is crucial to ensuring I become the best physician possible.
In addition to its ease of use, ProgressIQ stands out to me as a welcoming platform for all students. As someone who identifies themselves as multiracial, it is incredibly important to me to have the ability to properly express my identity. ProgressIQ is one of few programs that have allowed me the ability to identify myself as belonging to more than one race. To me, the fact that ProgressIQ had the foresight to include this option means everything. It is a testament to its progressiveness and innovativeness as a program, and shows that it looks at students as individuals, not as customers. I look forward to using ProgressIQ in my medical education!
ProgressIQ was implemented in my institution during my 2nd year of medical school and it was an addition that immensely impacted both students and staff. Of its many attributes, ProgressIQ’s largest contribution was streamlining the academic advising process for students by providing an organized location to analyze and pinpoint areas of achievement as well as areas for improvement.
Personally, this made a significant difference between my 1st and 2nd year of medical school. During my first year, the majority of academic advising sessions were spent searching through different course websites to gather exam scores, class average, and test dates. This left minimal time for quality advising sessions and less focus was placed on identifying areas for improvement and strategies to achieve it. With the addition of ProgressIQ during my second year, all exam scores (including MCAT scores) are centrally located and easy to navigate. Therefore, advising sessions were focused on identifying areas of weak performance and formulating a strategy to tackle those areas. Additionally, it monitored my progress in real-time which allowed me to track my performance and adjust strategies accordingly. ProgressIQ directly elevated my potential and played a large role in my academic achievements in medical school.
Ever since I started my journey as a pharmacy student at Western University of Health Sciences, Progress IQ has been a helpful daily tool for me to keep track of my academia. One aspect I really enjoy is that Progress IQ breaks down each assignment and exam in comparison to the class average, helping me see where I stand among my colleagues and encouraging me to work harder. In addition, ProgressIQ has other innovative features, such as the comment section for my Objective Structured Clinical examination (OSCE); I personally benefited from this because I was having a hard time finding out what I needed to improve for my communication skills. After reading the thorough comments entered by the facilitators, I was able to pinpoint exactly where I needed improvement, and my next OSCE assessment grade increased drastically. Besides, I also find the personal rank section helpful, as it serves as a big motivation for me to constantly be better. Recently, the program also has a new feature which sends notifications when there is a low grade updated, and it suggests the students talk to the facilitators as soon as possible. I find it helpful especially when the program is highly impacted, hence can lead to students being lost easily. It helps students connect to their academic advisors in the most efficient way as well. I strongly believe ProgressIQ will continue to grow and be implemented by more institutions, due to its various benefits to student’s academic life.