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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

First Look Into the New Firecracker: Firecracker MD Demonstration

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Aug 12, 2015 11:01:00 AM
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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Firecracker MD

Residency Matching: What You Need to Know (and Score)

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Aug 7, 2015 1:04:00 PM

Matching to the residency program of one’s choice is a high priority for medical students because it paves the road toward one's preferred career path. Understanding how the matching process works and what scores are necessary to match into specific specialties is important for any medical students preparing for a residency. 

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Topics: USMLE, USMLE Step 1, Matching

Learn about the Firecracker Referrals Program

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Jul 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Interested in a way to get as many free months on Firecracker as you'd like all while helping your friends prepare for their MCAT or board exams? Well, you can do just that with Firecracker referrals! To take advantage of this program you must:

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Last Chance for End of June Flash Sale!

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Jun 30, 2015 11:13:00 AM

Today is your last day to take advantage of our end of June flash sale. Take advantage of the long weekend and these special prices to get ahead in your summer study plan! All you need is a Firecracker account (for those who don’t have one already), which can be created here: https://med.firecracker.me/signup. The discount is additive, so any purchase will simply extend your existing subscription (or trial period). Follow the link below to get crackin’! 

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Topics: Promotions

In Support of Marriage Equality

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Jun 26, 2015 3:15:19 PM

 In honor of the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, we are proud to voice our support with the Firecracker "Pride" logo! At Firecracker we support the right for all couples to marry regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 


Special thanks to Keith Frankel, Chief Experience Officer, and Jonah Stuart, our Senior UX Designer, for their timely response to this occasion.  

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Topics: Life Outside Medicine

What Does Your Pee Say About You?

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Jun 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM


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Topics: For Fun

Preparing for the Step 2 CK with Firecracker

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Jun 19, 2015 4:23:00 PM

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Topics: Webinars

Using Firecracker Over the Summer

Posted by Yonas Dinkneh on Jun 15, 2015 3:41:00 PM
Check out our latest webinar recording where our team explains how to best utilize Firecracker over the summer! Also, this blog lists the most relevant, high yield topics to cover over the summer leading up to your second year of medical school.
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Topics: Summer Study Plan, Webinars

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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 chat@firecracker.me.

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