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    Any new students here with some questions

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    Hey there everyone,

    I'm a first year medical student at spartan, and finally have some time to breath. If you guys have any questions about spartan, feel free to post on this board, private message me, or post on my wall. I will do my best to answer all of your questions

    Good luck everyone

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    How are you paying for it? Do you have any info about federal or private loans? Are any of your classmates taking out any loans? I need to contact a specific lender asap...also, I'm deciding between Spartan and IAU...saw both places this weekend and just got back. Both seriously have their positives, but I can't decide!

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    Hey.. I am thinking about applying to Spartan and was wondering about a few things. What's the classroom teaching like, is is mainly powerpoint based etc. pretty much like college in the States? What's the average class size? Are classes from 8-4 and is it a block schedule that is being used? How equipped is the library with reference materials? How long does the library stay open? What is the living situaiton like, are there any dorms, if not how is the housing availability?

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberryshortcake View Post
    How are you paying for it? Do you have any info about federal or private loans? Are any of your classmates taking out any loans? I need to contact a specific lender asap...also, I'm deciding between Spartan and IAU...saw both places this weekend and just got back. Both seriously have their positives, but I can't decide!
    Hey there,

    Spartan currently don't have any loans or financial aid. Students usually pay by pocket or they enroll in an accredited online MBA program form the US and take financial aid from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anarchy2009 View Post
    Hey.. I am thinking about applying to Spartan and was wondering about a few things. What's the classroom teaching like, is is mainly powerpoint based etc. pretty much like college in the States? What's the average class size? Are classes from 8-4 and is it a block schedule that is being used? How equipped is the library with reference materials? How long does the library stay open? What is the living situaiton like, are there any dorms, if not how is the housing availability?
    You are require to have 80 percent attendance in the class, and your schedule is usually 8-5, but it changes frequently. The lecture quality depends on your professors, but 90 percent of the time is self-studying. I personally find the powerpoints very useful, but there are a couple professors that don't use powerpoints so you will have to read the textbook on your own. My class size was around 30 people, but the professor does a good job helping us individually. Be prepare because they do call on you in class, and if you don't know the answer they will make a fool out of you hahhaha. I learn the hard way
    The library sucks, don't expect much ok. It's small, inadequate, and loud. I don't study there because of the distractions. The library stays open till midnight, and they have a bus that will take you home. The living situation depends on how much you are willing to pay. If you pay 300 dollars, then you live in crap, if you pay 600 dollars, you live in a nice place comparable to the US apartments. As for housing, you can call the school and they will set you up with various landlords to check the place out. If you want my landlord's contact info, let me know and I will private message you

    Let me know if you have any more questions

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    Ok well i figured that i'd have to do a lot of self-studying etc on my own but 90% tho...lol, not even ~75-80%! 30 people is not a lot but it's not small either. But it's good that the professors do a good job of trying to tend to each student's individual needs. How would you rate the professor's availability outside of the classroom? I know i've had professors who utilize online tools to encourage class discussions among students or provide students with their e-mails and/cell numbers in case students have questions. And i've had other professors who are available for office hours and that's just about it; they don't respond to e-mails and don't give students their cell numbers which is personal so that's understandable. OMG, i do NOT like being put on the spot but it's helpful in learning so i guess...lol. Thanks for being honest about the library. That was one of my biggest areas of question not so much because of how equipped they are but more so their hours of operation in case I have to have a roommate and I need a quiet haven to study considering I study late at night in silence. HaHa.. $300=crap.
    Thanks for your honest response. I am looking at Spartan and AIMU, so I'm trying to get feedback from current students because the website can only tell you so much and administrators have to sell their school and paint a pretty picture which is totally understandable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anarchy2009 View Post
    Ok well i figured that i'd have to do a lot of self-studying etc on my own but 90% tho...lol, not even ~75-80%! 30 people is not a lot but it's not small either. But it's good that the professors do a good job of trying to tend to each student's individual needs. How would you rate the professor's availability outside of the classroom? I know i've had professors who utilize online tools to encourage class discussions among students or provide students with their e-mails and/cell numbers in case students have questions. And i've had other professors who are available for office hours and that's just about it; they don't respond to e-mails and don't give students their cell numbers which is personal so that's understandable. OMG, i do NOT like being put on the spot but it's helpful in learning so i guess...lol. Thanks for being honest about the library. That was one of my biggest areas of question not so much because of how equipped they are but more so their hours of operation in case I have to have a roommate and I need a quiet haven to study considering I study late at night in silence. HaHa.. $300=crap.
    Thanks for your honest response. I am looking at Spartan and AIMU, so I'm trying to get feedback from current students because the website can only tell you so much and administrators have to sell their school and paint a pretty picture which is totally understandable.
    If late night and silence is what you want then I suggest you get a more expensive apartment without roommates. Trust me the library ain't gonna help you with much of studying. I study there once and wanna blow my brains out because of the extreme social atmosphere. As for professor availability, it's really unpredictable when they are in their office. However, in lecture if there is something you don't understand, you can raise your hand and the professors will answer all your questions. They are very very happy to help students in class, even though their lectures are not comparable to the US school, but they do care about the students. I hope I didn't scare you on the amount of self-studying you would have to do, but it is the truth. The lectures are not adequate enough to ensure that you grasp the material efficiently. You will have to study first aid, BRS, and other textbooks on your own. In addition to that, I advise you to do questions from BRS, USMLE world, kaplan q-banks, and pre-test because professors do use questions from these sources.

    Any caribbean med school u choose will require that you learn the material on your own. Sometimes I feel like they might as well make it an online school, but there's nothing you can do about it. The exams aren't hard, but the thing that kills people are the 80 percent attendance. Think about the boring hours you spend in class 8-5. You get back, have to eat, shower, and do whatever to get yourself in the study mojo. You end up studying at about 7PM, and you have to sleep early because you have class in the morning. SO that kinda limits you on the amount of studying you can do, and there are alot of material so it's easy to get behind. The weekend helps but not alot . Because of that, a lot of students end up redoing the semester, dropping out, or transferring.

    Spartan in a nutshell is--> too much material to study for a normal med student in a short amount of time. They compensate with easy examination, but it's only easy if you are able to grasp through all that info
    It's so much material to the point where you are even learning new things half an hour before the exam hahah. Then you end up learning things you didn't learn while taking the exam, isn't that spiffy.

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    sorry for all my complaints, I am however thankful despite the fact that we have to learn twice as much as the normal med student in a semester. After the semester was over, I felt confident about the material I have learned, so I guess it's alrite. I guess the moto is suffer like you never suffer and then enjoy a high usmle score

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    No you didn't scare me away, i am grateful for your honesty. Thank you so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutelilMD View Post
    Hey there,

    Spartan currently don't have any loans or financial aid. Students usually pay by pocket or they enroll in an accredited online MBA program form the US and take financial aid from there.
    How are you able to cover the costs of the MBA program as well as med school together? Even with the maximum federal aid taken out that was granted to you, you still would fall short...

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