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

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

How this Firecracker scored a 266 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Sep 7, 2017 4:26:51 PM

Joseph is a student at the University of Arizona-Tucson College of Medicine in the Class of 2018 who was interested in optimizing study efficiency from the beginning of medical school. He began using Firecracker to review basic sciences material during his first year and increased his Firecracker use significantly as he entered his second year in preparation for his Step 1 board exam. Joseph used Firecracker to supplement his coursework and to ensure that he was learning all of the materials necessary for the Step 1, including topics he felt were lacking in some of his classes. He found that Firecracker offered substantial content for the most high yield topics tested on the Step 1, but also improved knowledge of the less high yield topics still required to score very well on the exam. Thanks to his determined effort, belief in the efficacy of spaced repetition (one of Firecracker's core learning principles) and the comprehensive content offered on Firecracker, Joseph was able to achieve a stellar score on his Step 1. We checked in with him to learn a bit about how he utilized Firecracker during his Step 1 preparation process. Here is some of what we learned:

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

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

2016 Firecracker Step 1 Performance Analysis

Posted by Elliott Bartsch on Sep 16, 2016 5:39:25 PM

Since August 2014, we’ve surveyed medical students annually about their Step 1 scores. We've gathered score reports from both Firecracker users and non-Firecracker users and used these reports and our own data to determine if Firecracker usage creates better Step 1 outcomes. Today we’re releasing the updated performance analysis based on this student data. This most recent data set includes 228 Firecracker users and 499 non-Firecracker users. We wanted to focus our analysis on users who have been active on Firecracker in past year because of the significant changes we have made to the platform since summer 2015 - the launch of Firecracker MD and Firecracker DO.  

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Topics: Learning & Memory Science, USMLE Step 1, Research, Data Science

100,000,000 and Growing*

Posted by Emily Baillieul on Feb 12, 2015 12:06:25 PM

5 years. 80,000 students. 100 Million Questions. (*Actually 115,000,000, but who’s counting. ;))

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Topics: Learning & Memory Science, Firecracker

Why Firecracker Works, Part 2: Train your Brain to Remember Anything

Posted by [email protected] on May 2, 2013 4:41:09 PM

Our first post in this series showed the distribution of self-reported recall scores for the first quiz. A lot of folks were surprised -- immediately forgetting 32% of what you just studied was a lot higher than many of you expected. This blog post shows how Firecracker solves the forgetting problem for you.

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Topics: Learning & Memory Science, Spaced Learning

Why Firecracker Works, Part 2: Train your Brain to Remember Anything

Posted by firecrackerinc on May 2, 2013 4:41:09 PM

Our first post in this series showed the distribution of self-reported recall scores for the first quiz. A lot of folks were surprised -- immediately forgetting 32% of what you just studied was a lot higher than many of you expected. This blog post shows how Firecracker solves the forgetting problem for you.

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Topics: Learning & Memory Science, Spaced Learning

Why Firecracker Works, Part 1: Solving the Forgetting Problem

Posted by [email protected] on Apr 16, 2013 5:05:53 PM

"If you can not measure it, you can not improve it." -- Lord Kelvin

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Topics: Learning & Memory Science, Spaced Learning

Why Firecracker Works, Part 1: Solving the Forgetting Problem

Posted by firecrackerinc on Apr 16, 2013 5:05:53 PM

"If you can not measure it, you can not improve it." -- Lord Kelvin

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Topics: Learning & Memory Science, Spaced Learning

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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 [email protected].

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