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NEW - Upgraded Step 2 Topics (Week of August 25)

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 10:03:01 AM

Hey there Firecrackers!

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How this Firecracker “breezed” to a score of 268 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 8:23:01 AM

Using Firecracker alongside your classes (and starting as soon as possible) are strong predictors of success on standardized exams like the MCAT and USMLE.

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Topics: Medical Education

New! Interact with fellow Firecrackers using comments

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014 9:17:56 AM

We've launched a new way of interacting with your fellow Firecrackers. You can now easily add and see comments from students just like you.

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Topics: Medical Education

How to use Firecracker

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 8:00:44 PM

3 Steps to Effective Learning

1. Choose a Topic
Firecracker has thousands of topics that cover the key facts pre-medical and medical students need to know. These subjects are grouped by categories and subjects. Keep clicking on categories and subjects until you find a topic you want to study.
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Topics: USMLE, Pre-Medical Education, Medical Education, User Interface, MCAT

Firecracker Price Increase & Fall Savings Offer

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 11:15:26 AM

In Firecracker's four-year history we've helped tens of thousands of students benefit from more efficient, effective and personalized learning. Our rapid growth is driven first and foremost by your personal commitment to becoming a world-class physician, and we are honored to play a role in your success.

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Topics: Medical Education

How Your Feedback Helps Us Improve Our Content

Posted by on Nov 10, 2013 10:33:19 AM

Hi Firecrackers,

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Topics: Medical Education

How this Firecracker scored a 266 on USMLE Step 1

Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 5:09:36 PM

Firecrackers report "ridiculously high" USMLE scores all the time, but most don't share exactly what resources they used, how they used them, when the started using them, or what their NBME practice test scores were leading up to the big day. One Firecracker did all this and more! You can read about his experience preparing for USMLE Step 1 below.

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Topics: Tales from the front line, USMLE Step 1

Announcing Firecracker's Pre-Med (MCAT) Program

Posted by on May 21, 2013 1:00:31 PM

“Firecracker has become pretty popular at Harvard. Most of my friends who did ridiculously well used Firecracker.” ~ Harvard Medical Student

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Topics: Special Deals, Pre-Medical Education, MCAT

New in Firecracker: Mobile-Optimized Website

Posted by on May 11, 2013 4:59:31 PM


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Topics: User Interface, New Features

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

Posted by 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

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