First Aid equivalent topic summaries.
Forget $400 Q-Banks. Forget archaic review books. Firecracker is the only validated way to improve your board score by 16 points while helping you with courses & clerkships… all in one package.
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As you learn new material in class, you'll mark the related material as learned inside of Firecracker. This allows us to track your progress toward both your courses and boards.
With knowledge of the above, Firecracker assigns you daily and weekly study tasks - prioritizing current class material & any weak areas – to ensure you don't forget anything.
When it’s time, Firecracker will transition your focus from courses to board prep, using diagnostic tests to identify knowledge gaps and a Q-Bank to get you thoroughly prepared.
Whether you want to use it as your only resource or as a complement to others you already own, Firecracker contains all of the content you need to ace your courses, pass your clerkships, and score high on your boards.
First Aid equivalent topic summaries.
Brosencephalon style flashcard questions.
U-World equivalent board exam practice questions.
Pathoma & First Aid book citations.
Full-color medical images & illustrations.
Course, clerkship, & board practice exams
In addition to the premium content above which is manually authored, edited, and curated. Firecracker also dynamically pulls and integrates the most relevant open-source educational resources which students use, including YouTube videos, Wikipedia and PubMed articles, and UpToDate topics. These resources are selected using the US National Library of Medicine's database of official Medical Subject Headings in order to ensure accuracy, and are automatically associated with the relevant Firecracker concepts to masimize convenience. We don't care if we personally author or own it. If you use it, we want to include it in Firecracker.
Have time while waiting on the bus? Want to get in some studying while running around the clinic?
We understand that after lectures, labs, and personal study sessions, you've likely amassed a ton of meticulously (or sloppily) recorded notes. Very few things are as big of a pain as having to continually sort through those notes to find the material which matches what you're studying in one of your other study tools. We solve that issue by allowing you to directly integrate your notes in line with any of the study material you encounter during your Firecracker studies. Whether you're reading a topic summary or answering one of our many thousand review questions, you can select and attach a note (or collection of notes) to any Firecracker concept you want. Even more, when you encounter that concept again in the future, whether it's in a reading or question format, your note will be accessible.
Despite an overwhelming amount of evidence which says it doesn't work, highlighting just feels so damn good. And like you, we've been highlighting those little urgent bits in yellow since grade school. So what the hell? We added it anyway. Whenever you encounter material in Firecracker, whether it's in a reading or question format, you can select the text and highlight it in any of three colors: yellow, orange, and blue. Similar to notes, whenever you encounter that material again in the future, all of your highlights will be saved. And if you ever decide to trust those learning science experts and ditch highlights, you can undo them in the exact same way you added them.
Designed specifically to allow you to work alongside you friends and classmates, Firecracker Study Groups allow you to connect, study, and share motivation with one or a group of peers, all through a single in-app messaging interface. You can join and start your own Study Group (or Groups) at any time, directly within Firecracker, as well as invite fellow Firecracker users or non-users. In addition to allowing for in-app messaging, we'll soon be adding new features to Study Groups, allowing you to share notes, work through questions together, and keep track of one another's progress.
Wouldn’t it be cool if you could set a timer to help pace yourself and keep track of exactly how much time you had spent - or had available - to study that day? What if you could set an amount of time you allot yourself for each individual review question to ensure you're not spending too much time obsessing over any single item? Well with Firecracker you can do both. The amount of time you set – either for a single study session or per question – is entirely up to you. For study sessions, you'll receive a summary of all of the work you completed once the timer runs out. For question timers, you can even choose to have a question automatically shuffled back into the deck if you don't answer it in time!