How this Firecracker scored a 247 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by David Guertin on May 10, 2017 4:21:37 PM

Lee is a medical student at Florida State University in the class of 2019 who was interested in optimizing study efficiency from the beginning of medical school. To stay on top of coursework through his preclinical years, Lee found Firecracker's content, questions, and related context links to be helpful in pushing him towards relevant materials for learning. Balancing coursework and developing a consistent routine of reviewing content from day one of medical school all the way through dedicated board prep, Lee leveraged Firecracker's spaced repetition-rooted recommendations and USMLE-style practice case questions en route to a stellar Step 1 score:

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

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

How to Use Firecracker to Prep for Finals

Posted by Keith Frankel on Dec 8, 2015 10:38:42 AM

Holidays are right around the corner, but before we can all kick back, stuff our faces, and enjoy a little too much together time with our families, we have to first get through those pesky finals. Many students have asked us how they should go about using Firecracker to prepare, so we decided to quickly share some best practices for using Firecracker for your upcoming finals. To follow this plan you need to be a Firecracker member, if you're not you can join for free here.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Practice Exams, Exams

Testing your mastery in Firecracker - today & in the future.

Posted by Keith Frankel on Nov 24, 2015 9:25:11 AM

Today we’re excited to announce the release of the first of many significant updates to Firecracker MD and Firecracker DO centered around testing your mastery. Now, you can take one of several carefully created standardized exams to help prepare you for your classes, wards, and boards.

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Topics: USMLE, New Features, Clerkships, Practice Exams, Exams

Clinical Vignettes: Powering Firecracker Exams

Posted by Trevor Rosenlof on Nov 23, 2015 9:27:44 PM

If you're not yet a Firecracker member you can sign up for free - instant access to over 2000 clinical vignettes to help you practice and prepare for USMLE Step 1. 

The team here at Firecracker is super excited to announce the introduction practice exams as part of our core product!  And as part of this introduction, I’d like to explain a bit about our clinical vignettes (CVs), including the history of our CVs, how many we have, where they came from, who writes and edits them, what makes a good CV, how to integrate them into your studies, and much more.  There is an insane amount that can be said about CVs, way more than can be written in a single post.  So this is the first of many to come.

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Topics: USMLE, Practice Exams, Exams

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