How to Use Firecracker to Prep for Finals

Posted by Keith Frankel on Dec 8, 2015 10:38:42 AM
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Holidays are right around the corner, but before we can all kick back, stuff our faces, and enjoy a little too much together time with our families, we have to first get through those pesky finals. Many students have asked us how they should go about using Firecracker to prepare, so we decided to quickly share some best practices for using Firecracker for your upcoming finals. To follow this plan you need to be a Firecracker member, if you're not you can join for free here.

1. Mark all of your course or clerkship content as current. 

If you’ve been consistent with your Firecracker marking over the last few months, most of the content being tested should already be marked. If not, now’s the time to go through and do so. The best thing to do is set all of the content you’ll be tested on in your finals as Current, and all other marked content as Past. This will make sure that your daily review prioritizes the correct questions.

2. Reread the topic summaries for any problem areas. 

It’s perfectly normal to have trouble with a few areas leading up to your finals. To address those, you should head over to Study Something Specific, drill down to the problem areas, and reread the associated topic summaries. You can even mark those few areas as Urgent to make sure they’re prioritized above everything else.

3. Do review questions for specific areas.

While your daily review task will show you the relevant material (if you follow the marking recommendation above), you may still want to focus on reviewing specific areas from time to time. You can do that by going to Study Something Specific, highlighting the appropriate area in the content tree on the left, and then selecting the specific questions you want to review on the right.

4. Take a practice exam.

We recently released practice exams for Anatomy & Embryology, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine which you can take by going to Study Something Specific, clicking ‘Take an Exam’, and selecting the appropriate exam. If you aren’t being tested in one of these areas, you can still do test-style questions by instead clicking on ‘Build a Legacy Exam’. This will take you to Firecracker Legacy, from which you can select all of the subject areas for which you’d like to answer test-style questions.

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be well on your way to acing those finals. As always, let us know if there’s anything we can do to make your life easier. We’re here to help. In the meantime, get to studying!

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