New in Firecracker: Choose your Exam focus, Set your Timezone & more!

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 7:22:34 PM

Greetings Firecrackers!

We are writing to let you know about a few updates.

(1) Choose what exam you are focused on

You can choose from USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2 or both. If you choose only USMLE Step 1, for example, you will only see USMLE Step 1 Topics and Questions and your % flagged and other progress metrics will reflect only Step 1 material.

Since USMLE Step 1 tests your knowledge of basic sciences like anatomy and organ systems like the cardiovascular system, we recommend first and second year medical students choose only USMLE Step 1.

USMLE Step 2CK tests your knowledge of the main clinical clerkships: internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Because most medical students will learn most if not all of this material in their third year, we recommend that third year medical students select only USMLE Step 2CK. But, if you start to have trouble with the material, we suggest you also select USMLE Step 1 so that you can review our Organ Systems material.

Change your exam setting here.

(2) Set your timezone

Your timezone is set to Eastern Standard Time (EST) by default, but we strongly recommend you change it if you are on a different time zone.

Every night at 12am EST, Firecracker considers your prior day's Review questions as having been skipped and puts them into your Catch-up quiz for the next day (study quiz questions stay in Study quiz until you answer them). This can lead to some confusion if you are studying around that time. It can also result in some of your quiz ratings not saving properly. To make sure this doesn't happen, change your timezone here.

(3) Algorithm 2.0 is now live!

Our new adaptive algorithm is a major improvement over 1.0 since it better reflects what our 26 million data points are telling us about how you guys best learn and retain medical knowledge. It also better reflects what you’ve told us you expect when things are scored a certain way. In the coming weeks, we’ll detail the algorithm in a series of blog posts. In fact, the first post is already up.

As always, let us know what you think and how we can improve!

- Firecracker

Topics: New Features, Spaced Learning

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