Pronunciations and Definitions on Firecracker

Posted by Keith Frankel on Sep 20, 2017 5:52:41 PM

Ever had to pronounce 'choledocolithiasis’ in class? We can guess how that went…

Well kiss all of those embarrassing moments goodbye. Today, we’re excited to announce that we have partnered with Merriam Webster to bring definitions and pronunciations for nearly 60,000 medical terms to Firecracker. 

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

Introducing Firecracker Board Bundles, a better way to UFAP.

Posted by Keith Frankel on Aug 29, 2017 4:30:17 PM

We get it: Sometimes the traditional way just seems easier. Use exactly what students have been using for years, don’t take a risk by trying something cutting edge, and trust the safe path to get you where you want to go. If only that path didn’t cost nearly $1000 each year, am I right? Well now, it doesn’t. Say hello to Firecracker’s new Step 1 & COMLEX L1 Board Bundles, more effective – cost and otherwise – alternatives to the traditional UFAP + Sketchy approach to board preparation. For 75% less than you’ll pay for UFAP + Sketchy, you can get the equivalent content in Firecracker, plus all of the features, functionality, and service that more than 150,000 medical students have trusted to improve their board scores by 16 points.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker

New Today: Videos, Wiki, & PubMed articles in Firecracker!

Posted by Keith Frankel on Aug 24, 2017 7:13:11 PM

Today we are thrilled to announce the launch of a huge new addition to Firecracker: YouTube videos, PubMed articles, and Wikipedia entries, all dynamically pulled and automatically associated with all of the concepts within Firecracker. For every paying Firecracker student (womp - sorry temporary trialers), you can now access these immediately by clicking the new Resource icon (next to citations and notes) whenever you encounter a concept in Firecracker, whether that’s during a review session or while reading through Study Something Specific.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Content

Study Groups are LIVE in Firecracker

Posted by Jason Zopf on Aug 21, 2017 2:06:20 PM

Group study can help students keep themselves on track by limiting procrastination, forcing a schedule and leveraging the perspectives and knowledge of other students. Like maybe Biochemistry isn’t your best subject, but another student may have tips and tactics that shore up your knowledge.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Study Groups

Time is of the essence

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Aug 12, 2017 3:36:57 PM

If you're a medical students your time is valuable, and limited.

Medical students we surveyed last year said they spent 30 hours a week, or more, studying. With classes, labs, and self-directed study all demanding their own time, it makes sense that medical students are at their maximum working capacity for most of medical school.

Firecracker can help you learn more with less studying.

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Evidence-based

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

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

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

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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