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 chat@firecracker.me 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 chat@firecracker.me 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

Firecracker uses 20 Proven Principles of Learning & Memory

Posted by firecrackerinc on Mar 26, 2013 9:17:26 PM

Most people know that Firecracker's is a big fan of Spaced Learning, but did you know that our Spaced Training & Adaptive Technology platform (STAT) incorporates 18 other proven principles of learning and memory?!?! We want to share these with you so you can better understand how Firecracker is making all your friends jealous of your uncanny ability to remember everything and crush your tests. :)

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Topics: Learning & Memory Science

Firecracker uses 20 Proven Principles of Learning & Memory

Posted by chat@firecracker.me on Mar 26, 2013 9:17:00 PM

Most people know that Spaced Learning is fundamental to Firecracker's adaptive learning platform, but did you know that Firecracker also utilizes 20 other proven principles of learning and memory? We want to share these with you so you can better understand how Firecracker maximizes the efficiency of your studies and helps you achieve your goals.

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Topics: Learning & Memory Science

Welcome to Firecracker

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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