Happy Holidays: Books from Firecracker

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Dec 16, 2017 12:12:12 PM

We hope you’re surviving (or have survived) finals season. You’re probably looking ahead to next semester as well. We know from conversations with students that they are using several resources to help them keep up with classes, boards and wards. It's that time of year for us too. Our end of year sale is here! Starting today, through December 24th we're offering the lowest possible rate on Firecracker:$150 for 1 year, $250 for two years.

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Topics: Textbooks

On the first day of winter break, Firecracker gave to me...

Posted by David Guertin on Dec 14, 2017 5:31:50 PM

Vacation study strategies! Over the years, winter break has been one of the most popular times for students to start consistently practicing a daily routine of doing questions. Sticking to a regular review routine during the vacation helps you refresh on materials you've learned this past semester, and/or older content you learned last year. These healthy study habits will carry into the New Year, helping you to cruise right into your coursework, and for second- or third-year medical students, into boards with confidence in your comprehension.

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Topics: Students, Tales from the front line, USMLE Step 2 CK, USMLE Step 1

USMLE Step 1 minimum passing score change

Posted by David Guertin on Dec 7, 2017 10:23:42 AM

As stated in this USMLE announcement, the recommended Step 1 minimum passing score will change from 192 to 194. This change will affect examinees who take a Step 1 examination that begins on or after January 1, 2018.

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Topics: USMLE, USMLE Step 1

Firecracker's November Sale Ends Tomorrow

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Nov 29, 2017 6:10:15 PM

Through tomorrow night you can subscribe to Firecracker MD or Firecracker DO for $180 for 1 year, $300 for 2 years, or $400 for 4 years. This includes, well, everything:

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SketchyMicro and Pathoma Companions

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Nov 19, 2017 12:31:34 PM

This Friday we released two new PDF books to members: SketchyMicro and Pathoma companions. Like our other textbooks, these are complete renderings of Firecracker’s SketchyMicro and Pathoma topic coverage, complete with images, tables and charts. Each chapter links back to the relevant topic inside Firecracker so that you can kick off a flash card or test-question session directly.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Textbooks

Firecracker for your coursework

Posted by David Guertin on Nov 17, 2017 3:28:59 PM

The following is a guest-authored blog post from John, a second-year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, one of Firecracker's more than twenty official partner institutions:

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Topics: USMLE, Tales from the front line, Learning & Memory Science, Spaced Learning, Practice Exams, Course Connect

Update to our Family Medicine Clerkship Product

Posted by Nate Green on Nov 13, 2017 9:35:00 AM

We recently added three additional topics to the Family Medicine Clerkship product:

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, How to Use Firecracker, Family Medicine

New: Re-do questions from your Daily Review

Posted by Keith Frankel on Oct 20, 2017 5:04:13 PM

Wouldn't it be cool if, after the completion of your daily flashcards, you were able to re-do specifics cards again without having to work through the entire task a second time? For example if you wanted to just focus on the cards you rated a 1 or 2, or re-review flashcards from Urgent topics regardless of rating. Well, now you can!

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

How this Firecracker scored a 263 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Oct 13, 2017 2:51:53 PM

With a lot of dedication and the help of Firecracker, a member at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston recently scored a 263 on their USMLE Step 1 exam. The student began using Firecracker as a primary source of flashcard and Q bank-style question review during the beginning of their second year of medical school, and attribute their great score to the detail-oriented nature of Firecracker's content. During their first year, they began their studying by creating personal flashcards from materials found in First Aid and other study resources, but once they stumbled upon Firecracker, they dedicated most of their board preparation to the platform. Check out how this user went about their board preparation:

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Topics: Big Data, Learning & Memory Science, USMLE Step 1, Exams

‘Get Ahead’ on Your Daily Patient Cases

Posted by Keith Frankel on Oct 6, 2017 4:00:58 PM

As you likely know, each day Firecracker assigns you a single Daily Patient Case from our Q-bank which we think you have a 50% chance of answering correctly based on your past progress and performance. The goal of these cases is simple: get you comfortable answering board-style questions as early into your medical education as possible. Well today, we’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a big update: you can now do as many of these cases as you’d like each day via our new Daily Patient Case ‘Get Ahead’ task!

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Q-bank, Daily Patient Cases

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