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Introducing Firecracker’s all-in-one

Learning Optimization System

Firecracker is all you need to assess your students, benchmark their progress, remediate their weaknesses, and determine their preparedness for finals, boards, and wards.

Empower your faculty. Prepare your students.

Evaluate Your Curriculum

Firecracker believes that the number one indicator of clinical success is classroom success, and that starts with the quality of your curriculum. Whether you want to monitor your students' curricular performance in real-time, view gaps between what is taught in lectures and tested on board exams, produce a competency-aligned report of an old or revised curriculum for the accrediting bodies, or compare the quality of different curricula over subsequent years, Firecracker’s Learning Optimization System will let you do so with a high-degree of granularity.

Assess Your Students

While assessments of learning are important, it's assessments for learning that ultimately bring about the best student outcomes. To that end, Firecracker provides Faculty with a Qbank and a collection of prebuilt practice exams, allowing them to assess their students with a blend of formative, summative, and diagnostic board exams. In addition to our questions, Faculty can also upload their own, sequestered just for the students in their courses or made available to a national student population, allowing Firecracker to use performance data to determine their quality.

Benchmark Their Progress

Firecracker takes Faculty curriculum and presents it to students so they can follow along with their course material chronologically in app. Firecracker’s algorithm then assigns each student a set of daily study tasks, prioritizing current class material and weak areas, in order to ensure students retain what they’ve learned in lectures. Coupled with their performance on formative and summative assessments, all of this data is used to model each student’s mastery in comparison to his or her peers, allowing Firecracker determine each students' preparedness for exams and clinic.

Remediate Their Weaknesses

Firecracker was designed to close the loop between objective assessment of a student's knowledge and immediate remediation of the foundational areas being tested. Whenever students complete assessments – whether that's in the form of an end of week formative quiz or an end of block summative exam – they are assigned remediation activities which specifically focus on the areas in which each student struggled. Fireracker tracks this assessment performance, list of at-risk topic areas, and progress in these remediation tasks and reports them to Faculty in real time.

A Customizable, all in one solution.

Firecracker contains three core components that arm your faculty and students with all of the tools they need to succeed, each customizable to address your specific pains.

Student Access

The foundation of Firecracker’s platform is our Access & Analytics component. This provides your students with full access to our extensive review and assessment content and an algorithm that has recommended over 280M questions over the years. Faculty and staff receive a high-resolution dashboard that allows them to track student progress, identify at-risk students, and see how their students compare to their peers across the country.

Student Access 

+ Curriculum Alignment

Many schools ask Firecracker to deeply integrate with their curriculum. Alignment provides three benefits. For students: a clear list of topics that are being taught in their lectures chronologically. For faculty: in depth reporting on student performance across each of their courses and clerkships. For both: the ability for faculty to focus on teaching only what they feel is important in class while showing students that what they're learning is relevant to the boards.

Student Access 

+ Curriculum Alignment

+ Integrated Assessments

Firecracker can assess student performance through a series of formative quizzes, summative exams, or board diagnostic exams. Each day, 3,000+ board-style questions and 200,000+ single-order questions are answered on Firecracker, allowing us to ensure item difficulty and discrimination. Any of these can be used by Faculty, in addition to mixing in their own sets of questions, which can be sequestered by course or class year.

Validated outcomes year after year.

Not only do our students perform better than non-Firecracker students on board exams, but those who are part of one of our institutional partnerships perform even better than those who purchase us individually on other tests, as well.

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Why we want to partner with you.

Our vision with Firecracker is to design a platform that can be used by students throughout each stage of their learning experience, starting with the initial exposure of content in their lectures and courses, continuing with ongoing review of learned material over time in order to ensure long-term retention, and culminating in the assessment of a student's ability to apply learned material to increasingly complex clinical scenarios. That said, we view students' Faculty as ultimately being best equipped to handle the first phase of this process – i.e. the initial teaching of material in lectures and courses. From there, Firecracker acts as an adaptive retention and application platform, picking up where Faculty left off by assigning students daily review of their current course material and weak areas, and assessing them at the appropriate intervals to determine their preparedness for finals, boards, and the clinic.

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