2017 Family Medicine Shelf Analysis

Posted by Elliott Bartsch on Aug 9, 2017 11:59:39 AM

We've made an analysis of Firecracker's effect on Family Medicine NBME shelf scores.1 We compared the Family Medicine NBME shelf scores of these Firecracker users against the nation average and found Firecracker users score an average of 7 points higher.

Distribution of Scores:

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Topics: Clinical Rotations, Clerkships, Family Medicine, Data Science

Deals and Discounts this Season

Posted by David Guertin on Aug 7, 2017 7:40:26 PM

This year, we’re taking two approaches to offering Firecracker to students. First - the individual discounts. Second - the group discount. They can be used together. Here’s how it works.

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Topics: Firecracker

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Posted by Keith Frankel on Aug 4, 2017 5:22:50 PM

1 year of Firecracker for $180 through August.

At Firecracker, one of the goals of our product team is to release improvements to the platform as frequently as possible, with our ideal release cadence being every week or two. And rather than charge our users an additional fee for access to each new feature we improve or launch, we automatically grandfather all existing users into all new features. We figure since you committed to us, it’s the least we could do. So with that said, we’re excited to preview a few upcoming features which we’ll be launching this month.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Firecracker

How this D.O. student used Firecracker en route to board scores of 252 on Step 1 and 800 on COMLEX!

Posted by David Guertin on Jul 21, 2017 10:57:43 AM

Ed: We're having one last sale on Firecracker before Back to School season starts in earnest. 1 year for $150, 2 years for $250. We hope you'll join us. Subscribe.

Firecracker D.O. is built for osteopathic medical students who want to kill two birds with one stone and crush every major challenge in sight; COMLEX and USMLE, COMATs, classes, and clinical Clerkships. We've recently rebuilt our osteopathy materials to address the most up to date COMLEX standards with comprehensive OMM content for the Shelf, and tons of newly published questions. More D.O. students than ever before are now taking USMLE as well, and balancing both board exams is easier than ever in Firecracker. Matthew, a third-year at PCOM, describes here how he was able to leverage the Firecracker D.O. platform in preparation for some stupendous success:

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Topics: Students, Tales from the front line, USMLE Step 1, COMLEX

Daily Study Times in Firecracker (Coming Soon)

Posted by Keith Frankel on Jun 28, 2017 1:22:27 PM

Wouldn’t it be cool if every time you came into Firecracker you could set a timer to help pace yourself and keep track of exactly how much time you had available to study that day? Well soon, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do. In early July, we’ll be launching Daily Study Timers, allowing you to set a daily timer directly from your task list on Today’s To-Dos (video demo below!) Not to be confused with our single review session Shot Clock, the Study Timer will countdown while you’re working through any Firecracker material, as well as pause whenever it notices a period of inactivity. Best yet, whenever you turn off the timer or it naturally comes to an end, you will immediately receive a pop up which gives you a summary of what you completed during the allotted time, such as number of questions answered, topics marked, and notes added.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

Enhancing your Efficiency to Ramp up Retention

Posted by David Guertin on Jun 23, 2017 4:52:45 PM

Although Firecracker is a very comprehensive resource offering thousands of all-original board-style practice clinical vignettes, tens of thousands of direct recall questions and in-depth topics with citations for everything you need to know, most students actually report saving time when they use Firecracker for their studies. We've optimized our mobile app for speed, and recently implemented some new features on the web, including the ever-popular Shot Clock, to help you crush questions quickly. Here, we'll break down best practices for studying efficiently with Firecracker, which is available at an excellent sale price this month:

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Topics: USMLE, Big Data, How to Use Firecracker, Clinical Rotations, Mobile Apps, Customer Support, Content

COMLEX L2 on Firecracker

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Jun 14, 2017 3:46:17 PM

Following our release of the new COMLEX L1 product on Firecracker, the Firecracker content and engineering team has released COMLEX L2. If you're an existing Firecracker DO user you'll find it under your content drop down on Study Something Specific:

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, COMLEX

New: COMLEX L1 2017 on Firecracker

Posted by Scott Greenman on May 25, 2017 2:03:25 PM

The Firecracker Osteopathic Medicine team is excited to announce the launch of our new product, COMLEX L1 2017, covering all of the osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) content. We set out to create the product that we wished we had when we were studying for our COMLEX exams. We wanted something that covered all of the important OMM material and only the important OMM material. If you’re looking for a thick osteopathic textbook that goes into every painful detail about theoretical benefits and mechanisms of OMM, you may want to look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for something that will prepare you to confidently answer every OMM question on your COMLEX exam in the shortest amount of time, we are confident you will be very happy with the new OMM content. 

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How this Firecracker member scored a 526 on MCAT

Posted by David Guertin on May 23, 2017 12:45:31 PM

Firecracker has quickly become one of the most popular resources for medical students to use alongside coursework and to prepare for their major exams, and we've built out comprehensive content for Premedical years and MCAT into the same proven software. Not only do premedical students get full access to Firecracker via the mobile app and website to supplement their studies, the MCAT program is entirely free! When premedical students find out about this, they often respond by telling us we're "the best-kept secret in the test prep world." Oliver, whose voice is here in italics, is a premed at Baylor who wanted to crush his MCAT, and found Firecracker useful in achieving a near perfect score:

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Topics: Tales from the front line, MCAT, Firecracker, Testimonial

Summer Study Plans on Firecracker

Posted by Emily Baillieul on May 20, 2017 10:27:53 AM

Through May 31st we're having a specific Summer Study Sale: 2 months free for Firecracker this summer.

Many medical students, including incoming medical students, will begin classes in late July or early August. Meaning there are roughly 8 weeks in the summer to use to catch up, or get ahead on the next school year.

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Topics: Summer Study Plan

Welcome to Firecracker

Firecracker is an adaptive learning platform that uses amazing content coupled with spaced repetition to help medical students crush their exams. We offer programs for both individual students, and entire medical schools. If you'd like to learn more contact us at chat@firecracker.me.

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