MCAT score plateaus: why they happen, and what to do about them

Posted by Katelyn on 10/21/19 11:00 AM

One of the most common frustrations that I’ve seen students run into during their MCAT studying is the dreaded score plateau. A student’s studying is going well, they are improving on their practice exam scores and feel confident in their content mastery, but then several exams in a row show the same score. It can feel demoralizing, but remember, it happens to nearly all students, even students who end up with 520+ scores, and it is a normal part of the MCAT studying process.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

Law School Admissions: Deciding whether to retake the LSAT

Posted by Jimmy B. on 10/19/19 12:44 PM

Ah, the LSAT. That dreaded rite of passage. The most important piece in the law school puzzle. And those Logic Games! Who cares if Train C pulled in at 1pm before Train D! But, alas, it is the kicker for securing top law school admissions, so it must be taken seriously. Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to retake:

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Tags: LSAT, law school admissions, law school

Top 5 pitfalls to avoid when writing the supplemental “Why College X?” essay

Posted by Fatima B. on 10/16/19 11:00 AM

Many colleges require students to write school-specific supplemental essays. These are usually some variation of what I call the “Why Us?” prompt. For instance, Yale asks, “What is it about Yale that has led you to apply?” and Columbia requires 300 words on, “Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why.”

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Tags: admissions coaching, college, college admssions

Preparing for the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

Posted by Chris K. on 10/14/19 12:05 PM

Here are some helpful tips that can make you stand out from other interviewing applicants:

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Tags: admissions coaching, medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, MD

Law School Admissions: Deciding on the diversity statement

Posted by Jimmy B. on 10/11/19 11:00 AM

Law school applicants typically see an opportunity for more – another essay, another letter of recommendation, a supplemental report – and jump at it. The more the better, right? Another opportunity to show off writing skill, or have a professor brag about your Greek mythology paper from junior year.

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Tags: law school admissions, law school

4 ways to beat writing anxiety

Posted by Emma H. on 10/9/19 11:00 AM

Writing is a daunting task. To transform your nebulous thoughts into a linear string of words requires a special kind of concentration. And when it comes to writing personal essays, like those required for most undergraduate and graduate applications, you are asked to not only concentrate but also be introspective. It’s no wonder that many of us dread the blank page and find ourselves procrastinating in order to avoid it. However, in my experience, the hardest part is getting into the “writing zone”—sitting down, avoiding distraction, and beginning to really think. Once you’re in it, it doesn’t seem so daunting.

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Tags: creative writing, expository writing

5 Ways To Improve Your MCAT Studying Without Studying For The MCAT

Posted by Elizabeth B. on 10/7/19 11:00 AM

OK, let’s state the obvious – the MCAT is daunting. Just take a look at the MCAT topic list PDF provided by the AAMC. It is one-hundred and twenty-five pages of topics alone. And while there is no substitute for good old-fashioned content studying, there are strategies to improve your studying that have nothing to do with studying itself.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT

How to maximize your chances of an excellent law school recommendation letter

Posted by Radhe on 10/4/19 11:00 AM

So you’ve asked your professors and supervisors to write you a letter of recommendation for law school. Your work is done, right? Not quite!

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Tags: law school admissions, law school

Don’t forget: the LSAT is a performance-driven test

Posted by Patrick M. on 10/2/19 11:00 AM

If you’re reading this blog post, chances are you’ve already begun studying for the LSAT or at the very least you’re thinking hard about it. For those of you in the first category, this post is for you. For those in the second, congratulations! You’re about to be let in on a very open secret about the LSAT that will set you up for success right out of the gate.

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Tags: LSAT, law school admissions, law school

Is Law School Right for Me?

Posted by Neil on 9/30/19 11:00 AM

Perhaps the most common question I am asked these days is, “Is law school right for me?” While I would love to be able to provide an earnest yes or a definitive no to all those who ask, the reality is that there is seldom a quick or easy answer. But, above all, it is a question to which each of us has to come to our own answer. What I and other law school admissions consultants can do, though, is make sure you are coming to an answer from an informed perspective and are thinking about the right things. And, of course, if the informed answer is yes, then we can help you get into the best possible law school!

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Tags: law school admissions, law school