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Meet our Editors - Jan Hallock

Posted by Ben Williams on May 28, 2014 6:58:59 AM

Next up in our series of editor profiles is Jan Hallock, Managing Editor of COMLEX content for Firecracker! Jan graduated from the University of Oregon in 2009 with degrees in linguistics and human physiology and is now in her third year of medical school at Pacific Northwest University. She plans on doing rural family medicine with obstetrics.

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Using spaced repetition to remember just about anything

Posted by Ben Williams on May 22, 2014 10:26:52 AM

Spaced repetition is the fuel that runs Firecracker's engine. Does it work in other fields of education?

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Meet our Editors - Brian Lockhart, MD

Posted by Ben Williams on May 21, 2014 7:08:59 AM

Next up in our series of editor profiles is Brian Lockhart, MD! Brian received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 2013 and is now an anesthesia intern at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. He is a member of Firecracker's editorial review board for USMLE content.

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The M1 Summer Catch-up Plan for Firecracker

Posted by Ben Williams on May 15, 2014 10:38:57 AM

Summer break is here! For M1s wrapping up your inaugural year of medical school, it's a unique opportunity to catch-up on 1st year material before the stress of 2nd year and USMLE Step 1-prep. That's why our accomplished team of content editors has isolated high-yield, 1st year topics on Firecracker to review over the summer. From the basic sciences to organ systems, Firecracker editors have critically selected the most important material for M1s to retain for a stress-free 2nd year!

To begin your M1 summer catch-up plan, sign up for a free trial month of Firecracker at www.firecracker.me. No credit card information is required, and trial accounts receive complete access to Firecracker's comprehensive USMLE review content.

Start your free, 30 day trial of Firecracker today!

Once you're in, just flag our editors' recommended topics and follow your Firecracker study plan to solidify the foundation of knowledge you need to make 2nd year a breeze.

Access the M1 Summer Catch-up Plan for Firecracker!

For medical students who are tired of forgetting what you learn, our product is a web and mobile review app that tracks your progress and makes sure you remember everything. Just as Netflix recommends movies based on your preferences and viewing history, Firecracker structures your review schedule based on your changing strengths and weaknesses. We have combined proven neuroscience, data-driven technology, and world-class content into a fun and motivating user experience to help you ace your 2nd year classes and crush Step 1 of the USMLE.

Crush 2nd year with Firecracker this summer!

- The Firecracker Team

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The Firecracker MCAT Study Plan

Posted by Ben Williams on May 15, 2014 9:20:42 AM

 

MCAT season is here, and Firecracker's got you covered! Our experienced team of content editors has crafted the most efficient MCAT study plan you'll find this summer. From biology to physics, general to organic chemistry, Firecracker editors have critically selected the absolute musts for MCAT-prep. With their valuable suggestions of high-yield topics to review on Firecracker, you won't be waisting a minute in your quest to crush the MCAT!

To begin your Firecracker MCAT study plan, sign up for a free trial month of Firecracker at www.firecracker.me. No credit card information is required, and trial accounts receive complete access to Firecracker's comprehensive MCAT review content.

Start your free, 30 day trial of Firecracker today!

For a limited time, take full advantage of our editors' MCAT study plan with 4-month Firecracker subscriptions for only $49! That's a summer's worth of access to high-yield MCAT review content for less than the price of a single textbook. But hurry - supplies are limited, and the deal expires at 11:59pm EST on May 21st.

Start your 4-month MCAT study plan now!

Once you're in, just flag our editors' recommended topics and follow your Firecracker study plan to solidify the foundation of knowledge you need to get the MCAT score you deserve.

Access the Firecracker MCAT Study Plan!

For pre-medical students who are tired of forgetting what you learn, our product is a web and mobile review app that tracks your progress and makes sure you will remember everything. Just as Netflix recommends movies based on your preferences and viewing history, Firecracker structures your review schedule based on your changing strengths and weaknesses. We have combined proven neuroscience, data-drive technology, and world-class content into a fun and motivating user experience to help you crush the MCAT.

Knock your MCAT out of the park this summer with Firecracker!

- The Firecracker Team

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NEW - Improved Insights Page!

Posted by Ben Williams on May 15, 2014 6:22:07 AM

We've added new features to the Insights page! You can now quickly see how many questions you're averaging per day and what your strongest and weakest subjects are, all in one page.

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Topics: Medical Education

High-yield MCAT Topics to Review on Firecracker!

Posted by Ben Williams on May 14, 2014 6:22:05 AM

For pre-meds taking the MCAT later this summer, our team of editors has assembled a list of high-yield topics to study on Firecracker. Flag and review from the topics listed below, follow your Firecracker study plan, and crush the MCAT this summer!

Biology

Physics

General Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Nate Green, managing editor of Firecracker's Pre-medical content, offers helpful tips for studying for the MCAT:

  1. Study consistently. With larger tasks or goals it is easier to lose the sense of urgency. It is easy to feel urgency knowing we have a test in four days, however, when we have a test in four months it is much easier to be complacent and procrastinate. The key to overcoming this is consistency. One who studies consistently will be much better off than someone who crams. And you can't cram for a big test like the MCAT.
  2. Enjoy studying for the MCAT. Take it just one topic at a time. Don't study hungry or thirsty or tired. Make sure you are in an excellent state of mind and it will be much easier to learn and enjoy learning.
  3. Finally, remember why you are studying. I think reminding yourself of the big picture keeps the mind strong and dedicated. Envision yourself at the first day of medical school or at your white coat ceremony.

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Get crackin on the MCAT!

- The Firecracker Team

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How to Maximize your Summer between 1st and 2nd Year with Firecracker!

Posted by Ben Williams on May 13, 2014 10:43:33 AM

Limited time - Save 35% on Firecracker!

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Win a medical relief trip for you and 4 friends!

Posted by Ben Williams on May 7, 2014 9:30:17 AM

Want to win a medical relief trip for you and 4 friends? Firecracker is giving away 10 week-long Global Health Scholarships through our partnership with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC).

To enter for a chance to win, sign up for a free trial month of Firecracker at www.firecracker.me. No credit card information is required, and trial accounts receive full access to the site. But hurry - Sunday, May 11th is the LAST DAY to get raffle tickets!

Start your free, 30 day trial of Firecracker!

Once you've created a free trial account, start inviting friends to Firecracker to earn raffle tickets! Click the doctor icon located to the right of the top navigation bar to find "Invite a Friend," or use this link: http://med.firecracker.me/referrals/new.

Read here for more contest details. Please direct questions, comments, or concerns to Chris Meenen, Marketing Operations Manager at Firecracker, at chris@firecracker.me.

For more information about FIMRC, visit their webpage at www.fimrc.org.

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Meet our Editors - Morgan Espérance, MD

Posted by Ben Williams on May 6, 2014 6:43:37 AM

Next up in our series of editor profiles is Morgan Espérance, MD! Morgan is our senior author for pediatrics and infectious diseases and a member of our editorial review board.

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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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