Winter break is upon us, and students are asking us how to maximize productivity while balancing leisure time with friends and family. This time of year tends to be one of the most popular times for medical students to diligently dive into Firecracker. Whether you can hardly believe you made it through your first semester of medical school, or you're seeing that board exam date looming on the horizon, there's no better New Year's resolution than a regular review routine:
- Firecracker is not just a flashcard app.
Many first year students ask us why they should buy Firecracker instead of one of many “other” flashcard apps. While we can understand the confusion (after all, Firecracker does believe in the power of active recall questions in ensuring long-term retention), we nevertheless view it akin to comparing apples and oranges. Firecracker contains a Q-Bank of thousands of board-style clinical vignettes, a dozen prebuilt practice exams,daily patient cases, readable summaries of all of the testable topic areas, a substantially more advanced algorithm, special modes for both High Yield-only studying and dedicated board prep period, integrated note taking capabilities, and automated remediation tasks to shore up any weak areas. That said, for those students who find success with straightforward flashcard apps, we recommend Anki as a great choice. But for students looking for a more comprehensive platform that can be used throughout medical school, Firecracker is a better choice.
Hey folks! Just wanted to let you know that as of September 13 this offer is closed. If you really like the idea let us know, we'll bring it back in the future!
We've spent the past year continuing to develop our Q-bank. We now have over 1,500 questions for Step 1/COMLEX exams, and over 1000 questions for the Step 2. We've also used this program to create practice exams for all the boards, and most of the Shelf exams.
"How should I use Firecracker over the summer?"
It's a question we've started receiving quite a bit. Over time, we’ve compiled dozens of in-depth study plans, tens of thousands of verified score reports, and a few hundred million questions completed to provide accurate recommendations for best practices. Still, some of the most illustrative insights into effective study strategies are best directly provided by our valued users. Below are some personal experiences that some of the most successful Firecracker members have shared regarding how to use Firecracker over the summer:
New in Firecracker: A Q-bank of 2,200 Test-Style Clinical Vignettes.
We’re excited to launch the first wave of our new Dedicated Test Prep (DTP) features: Firecracker’s Q-bank of 2,200 test-style clinical vignettes. You can now access these CVs directly from Study Something Specific by going to the subject area of the content tree you’re interested in assessing yourself on, selecting the number and type of CVs you want to attempt, and then working through them in the same exam-taking experience you’ll encounter on the actual board exam.