Highlighting is Here!

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Apr 18, 2017 12:17:00 PM

On Monday we released highlighting on Firecracker (yaaaaaa)! Now, we offer three different colors that you can use to highlight and organize content. Lots of users have asked us for this feature, and we think it will be a great expansion of our existing notes feature. Use it on any topic content on Firecracker, through either your daily questions or via Study Something Specific.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

2017 First Aid Citations on Firecracker

Posted by Nate Green on Apr 7, 2017 11:20:00 AM

Our editorial team has spent the last few weeks going through First Aid 2017 and mapping its content to Firecracker. Now, our content for Step 1 is cited to the relevant page and page position in First Aid 2017. These citations join previously included citations for First Aid 2015, First Aid 2016, and Pathoma. All are intended to help you connect your Step 1 study materials so that your (limited!) prep time can be as efficient as possible.

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Topics: USMLE Step 1, First Aid

Dedicated Test Prep Mode on Firecracker

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Mar 23, 2017 8:28:09 PM

Dedicated Test Prep mode is the Q-bank based mode that Firecracker recommends for students who are 30 to 90 days away from one of their big board exams. Today David Guertin lead a webinar demonstration and Q&A for Dedicated Test Prep mode:

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, USMLE Step 1, Dedicated Prep

Firecracker Question Design, Development, and Data (part 3)

Posted by Nate Green on Mar 17, 2017 8:02:37 PM

Following last week, this is the last part of our 3-part blog post on Firecracker question creation. It details question curation through big data.

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Dedicated Test Prep Mode on Your iPhone

Posted by David Guertin on Mar 16, 2017 11:39:57 AM

Dedicated Test Prep mode (DTP) is now live in our iOS app for iPad and iPhone users. For anyone who hasn’t heard yet, DTP Mode is designed specifically for use during the final 30 to 90 days before your big board exam. It transitions your studying to better align with how the most successful students spend their final few weeks. In DTP Mode you’ll shift your focus to working through Firecracker’s Q-bank on a subject by subject basis, with follow up remediation tasks to fill in any weak areas. Plus, at the end of each week we’ll assign you a single practice block for your upcoming board exam, which you can take to get comfortable with the exam format and see how prepared you are relative to your peers.

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Topics: Mobile Apps, Dedicated Prep

Firecracker Question Design, Development, and Data (part 2)

Posted by Nate Green on Mar 10, 2017 6:31:25 PM

Following last week, this is the second blog post on Firecracker question creation. It details the question development phase.

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Firecracker Question Design, Development, and Data (part 1)

Posted by Nate Green on Mar 3, 2017 5:32:00 PM

If you’ve ever wondered, there’s a lot that goes on behind making a Firecracker question. Here’s a glance into some of the details that go unnoticed. You’ll see how serious (and picky) we are with the process. Below is the first part of a three-part blog series on Firecracker question development.

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NEW: Exams in Our iOS App

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Mar 3, 2017 2:10:43 PM

Greetings! We've just released version 3.1 of our iOS app. With this release, you can now take exams on your mobile Apple device! Just open up the menu and select take and exam...

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Topics: Practice Exams, Exams, Mobile Apps

More Clerkships from Firecracker: Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN and Surgery

Posted by Nate Green on Feb 21, 2017 11:05:30 AM

As promised, our team of editors has continued work to produce more clerkship modules for Firecracker members. We now offer seven clerkship modules: Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Family Medicine. You can sign up for one at a time - or get all of them with Firecracker MD and Firecracker DO.

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Topics: USMLE Step 2 CK, Clinical Rotations, Clerkships

New Firecracker Products are Here

Posted by Keith Frankel on Feb 10, 2017 12:40:35 PM

Today we’re excited to announce the launch of a new suite of Firecracker products. Until now, all of our features and content were available in two subscriptions: Firecracker MD & DO. These contained everything we’ve ever built: complete topic coverage for Step 1, Step 2, and COMLEX exams, as well Clerkships, Dedicated Test Prep mode, and High Yield mode. Beginning today, though, we’re offering a set of these as standalone products. You can now purchase High Yield only mode as a standalone for Step 1, Step 2, or COMLEX Level 1 exams. These feature a smaller content set and a single board practice exam. In addition, you can also now purchase each of our Clerkships as standalone products, each containing only the relevant topics and a single shelf practice exam to help you as you’re running around the wards.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Clerkships, High Yield

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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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