How this Firecracker scored a 253 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by David Guertin on Mar 6, 2015 11:09:36 AM

Happy Friday, Firecrackers! We've recently posted a few testimonials from students at Caribbean medical schools who crushed USMLE Step 1 using Firecracker. Our membership at Caribbean medical schools has skyrocketed recently, in large part because Firecracker has proven so effective as a resource for exam preparation. Below are links to our recent Caribbean Firecracker guest-authored blog posts:

Ross University 246

Saint George's University 265

Ross University 257

I think you'll find this post relatable for second-year medical students who are gearing up for the exam in the next few months, and anyone who wants to succeed in medical school. Alex, a third-year medical student at Saint George's University who used Firecracker in preparation for Step 1 of the USMLE, shares his approach with you here:

SGU 253

"I began using Firecracker at the end of my second year, just as I began to prep for Step 1.

I picked Firecracker because it was a great trial deal, and seemed like a novel way to study. My goals were the same as anyone prepping for Step 1: study in the most efficient way to get the highest score that I can.

I used Firecracker for Step 1 prep and basic science classes, mainly Pathophysiology. However, I didn’t know how useful Firecracker would be for my Shelf exams during my third year. Currently, I’m planning on using Firecracker for my upcoming Shelf exams and Step 2 CK.

Firecracker was one of the most helpful tools I encountered to review high-yield information in an extremely quick fashion. The daily question sets are great if used properly. I would encourage a new user to be honest in scoring their answers, and make sure to log on and review those questions every. single. day. The process does take commitment, but it will DEFINITELY pay off in the long run."

Many students start off by using Firecracker for just a few classes, like Alex did for Pathophysiology. As you approach Shelfs and other standardized exams such as the USMLE, Firecracker's vast breadth of content will serve to prepare you with everything you may possibly need to get the score of your dreams. Using this program consistently has paid off for tens of thousands of Firecracker members, and we anticipate better results than ever before in 2015! Enjoy your weekend, everybody!

Topics: Medical Education

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