As a student in medical school or a PA program, you’re tasked with learning and retaining massive amounts of information.

We know that that varied repetition over an extended period of time is the most efficient way to study. As medical and PA students aren’t exactly paragons of leisure, Firecracker helps you make the most of the time you do have. Our system works like a digital tutor, offering educational content structured using memory learning science principles to create a review schedule that adapts to your changing strengths and weaknesses.

Calling studying “fun” may be a stretch, but we do our best to give you a motivating experience that will have you ready to ace your classes and crush the USMLE Step 1, USMLE Step 2, COMLEX Level 1, COMLEX Level 2 and PANCE exams.

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How long do I need to prepare for USMLE Step 1?

Students preparing to take the USMLE exam need to find a study method that works best for them and can anticipate about six months as the standard study time needed to prepare. Firecracker, a personalized learning experience that takes students through the USMLE Steps 1 and 2, is a way to master the information needed based upon students’ learning style and pace. As an online study partner, Firecracker delivers USMLE practice questions whenever students want study time to begin, right up to the exam.

Test prep for medical students

There are several tests that incoming medical students need to know about ahead of time, and planning a study strategy is critical to success. Preparing for the USMLE exam Steps 1 and 2 is a three-part process that mirrors how your memory’s organizational function works. First, you must learn:

  • Basic terms and definitions/core vocabulary
  • Central concepts for seven subject areas
  • Application of concepts

Medical student study tips

Your study schedule and method should be structured so you can master each stage in order. Here are study tips that you should keep in mind:

  • Organization is key: plan your study time
  • Find your weakest links through practice questions and tests
  • Devote less time to your areas of competency
  • Review subjects in parallel and/or by organ system
  • Use review books versus rereading textbooks
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