Welcome to Your New Daily Review

Posted by Elliott Bartsch on May 5, 2017 11:49:39 AM

Same retention, fewer daily questions.

You know that Firecracker's Daily Review tasks are driven by an algorithm that we relaunched back in July 2015 and have been improving steadily ever since, based on user data and student outcomes.

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Topics: Firecracker MD, Firecracker DO, Firecracker algorithm

About Firecracker

Posted by Keith Frankel on Sep 23, 2016 4:52:00 PM
When we reminded users about our Q-bank a couple weeks ago we discovered that some students  didn't know we had a Q-bank. The platform has changed a lot in the past 12 months, so we put together this refresher about Firecracker.
  1. 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. 

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Topics: How to Use Firecracker, Firecracker algorithm, Q-bank, High Yield

Firecracker's Daily CV Algorithm

Posted by Elliott Bartsch on Mar 24, 2016 10:15:40 AM

You may be wondering, how does Firecracker pick my clinical vignette for the new Daily CV feature?

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Topics: Firecracker algorithm

Firecracker Launches Adaptive Question Recommendations.

Posted by Keith Frankel on Oct 26, 2015 3:38:23 PM

We've been assigning you a fixed number of questions to review each day. This has allowed us to accurately calibrate the system by learning how you are using the new experience. Today, we're ready to release a planned update to our algorithm that will even better maximize the efficiency of your studying going forward.

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Topics: Spaced Learning, Firecracker algorithm

Taking a Look Under the Hood at Firecracker’s Algorithm

Posted by Elliott Bartsch on Oct 26, 2015 12:21:04 PM

Firecracker’s daily recommendations are designed to keep you on top of what you’ve learned by preventing you from forgetting anything.

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Topics: Spaced Learning, Firecracker algorithm

Firecracker's Adaptive Recommendation Algorithm

Posted by Elliott Bartsch on Aug 17, 2015 5:09:00 PM

Whenever you learn something new, you need to refresh your memory at certain points in the future to make sure you don’t forget. For medical students, it’s an impossible task to track how well you know each piece of information you’ve learned and when you need a review. Especially when not all facts are equal - some facts are rapidly forgotten while others can stay in your memory for years.

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Topics: Firecracker algorithm

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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