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What’s all that stuff at the bottom of my Flash Facts screen?

This stuff is how we help you tailor your First Aid review, and how you help your fellow med students.

Click the stars to rate the Fact from 1 (low usefulness) to 5 (high-yield).

Click the “Forums” tab to see what other students have commented. If you want to post your own comment for everyone to see, click the “Add Comment” hyperlink and type it, then click “Submit.”

Can I bookmark specific Facts?

Yes. When you see a Fact you want to bookmark, click on the flag in the toolbar at the top of the screen to add it to your “My Favorites” list. Your personal “My Favorites” folder is one of the options on the first pull-down menu to the left, so you can go here at any time.

If later you decide to remove a Fact from your personal folder, simply click the flag and the Fact will be removed from your “My Favorites” list. Isn’t this a great way to keep track of the Facts you need to hit harder?

In Flash Facts mode, how do I view the Facts?

There are three frames on the left. Use the first pull-down menu to select your category (e.g., Microbiology, Endocrine), then use the second pull-down menu to select your subcategory (e.g., virology, physiology). A list of all the Facts in that category and subcategory appears; click on the Fact you want to see, and voilà – First Aid at your fingertips.

If you want to browse the Facts, use the forward and backward arrows in the toolbar at the top to spin through them; or you can go back to the left frame and jump directly to the Fact you want to see.

What’s the difference between the Flash Facts and the Flash Cards?

In Flash Facts mode, you can browse and study the Facts found in First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. In Flash Cards mode, you can quiz yourself with questions and answers that are specific to each Flash Fact. You can toggle between modes, too.

What if my question is still unanswered?

Help is only a click away; use the Contact Us tab to submit a request directly to us. Please be as specific as possible (e.g., include QID for Qmax queries, indicate your browser version, etc.), and we do our best to contact you promptly.

How do I use the workbook?

The workbook is organized the same way as the First Aid book and videos. We suggest you print a copy (sorry, you can’t save it to your hard drive) and answer the relevant questions as you progress through the videos. Studies have shown that testing yourself while trying to learn material has a greater positive effect on test performance than plowing through it non-stop, or trying to memorize it.

How do I get the workbook?

In the “Browse Media” area, at the bottom, select “Workbook” and use the drop-down menu to select the chapter you want to see. Click the round “Go” button and a window for downloading the file will pop up. You can print the workbook, but you cannot save it to your hard drive because of security settings.

How do the Star Ratings work?

Give us your opinion on a video’s quality by highlighting 1 (low) to 5 (high) stars at the bottom right of the video. If you’d like to send us a comment, type it in the white box that appears and click “Submit.”

How does the flag feature work?

When you’ve finished reviewing a video, you can flag it as “difficult” (come back to) or “mastered” (move on to another video). Click the round “Go” button to save your choice.

How do I change the volume of the video?

Use your computer’s volume control, or click on the Volume icon in front of the timer at the lower right of the video player.


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