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An Insider's Scoop on the Top 5 Law Schools of 2019

Posted by Martha C. on 4/5/19 5:43 PM

 No two ways about it: getting into one of the top 5 law schools in the United States is extremely challenging.  Your candidacy is a culmination of the hard work you put forward for academics (aka GPA), the hours you dedicated to preparing for the LSAT, and the most salient experiences that pushed you to want to be a lawyer.

Though the top 5 law schools aren't for everyone, if you have your heart set on one of the best, you should know which school or schools make the most sense for your numbers and long term goals as a lawyer. 

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Tags: law school admissions, law school

What is Going on in NY Specialized High Schools? The SHSAT Explained

Posted by Martha C. on 4/3/19 8:25 PM

You may have read in recent news that the stakes for the New York City specialized high school admissions are very high.  At the center of this heated discussion is a little known test named the SHSAT -- a standardized test that is designed to assess middle school curriculum content mastery for students entering these high schools.  Being local to New York and a company that has taught many middle schoolers in this city since 2012, we thought it timely to put out a quick run-down of this test.

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Tags: middle school

Tutor Spotlight: Meet Mugdha, Amazing Harvard MD!

Posted by Martha C. on 4/1/19 5:44 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Mugdha, one of our Harvard Medical School MDs.

When Mugdha was nine years old, she successfully attempted her first surgery—on a beloved teddy bear who desperately needed a re-stuffing. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. She is an M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School (Class of 2022) with a passion for public health and women’s health. Mugdha completed both a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (Science and Technology Honors) and a Masters of Public Health (concentration in Health Behavior) in 2018 with a GPA of 4.0 in both degrees. She was awarded the Outstanding Woman Award, Outstanding Neuroscience Student Award, and Outstanding Student- College of Arts and Sciences Award at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She spent three years working in a behavioral neurobiology lab studying circadian rhythms, but also spent an ample amount of time working in health policy advocacy and student government. Mugdha served as the student body president of her undergraduate institution and developed a passion for campus leadership and service.

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FAQs on the Medical School Admissions Process

Posted by Martha C. on 3/27/19 5:20 PM

So: you’ve decided to apply to medical school.  You’ve completed all of your premedical requirements, prepared for the MCAT, and have slogged back and forth from your research gig.  The application should be easy by comparison, right?

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Tags: medical school admissions

How to Write A Résumé In High School

Posted by Martha C. on 1/30/19 5:16 PM

This may be the first time you're writing your own résumé, and the task can feel daunting.  You may be asking questions like: how do I write about myself?  How do I highlight my very little experience?  What is the format of a résumé?

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Tags: high school, college admssions

How to Draft an Essay in College in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Martha C. on 1/23/19 3:28 PM

Making the switch to college-level writing can be tough, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Aside from the fact that papers in college are often long (although the short ones with strict word limits can be tricky, too!), the subject matter is often complicated and requires a good deal of analysis. Professors often expect that you already have a certain level of skill and experience in expository writing, and therefore don’t give you the guidance and structural requirements that you’re probably used to from your high school teachers. Add to that the fact that you don’t know your professor’s style and expectations as well as you did the high school teacher you saw every day, and things really get complicated.

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Tags: college

Your Medical School Timeline Checklist - Planning Ahead

Posted by Martha C. on 1/21/19 5:48 PM

So you've decided to apply to medical school this June -- congratulations!  You should take a moment and pat yourself on the back for getting this far.  It's no small feat to find yourself in the applicant pool this year!

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT, DO

How to Choose for your Child: SSAT or ISEE?

Posted by Martha C. on 1/9/19 4:14 PM

Applying to a private high school is similar in many ways to applying to a college, especially with college preparatory schools.  One thing is for sure: the process can be extremely daunting. The high school admissions process includes the application form, recommendation letters, a transcript, a tour of the school, an interview, a day of classes, and (perhaps most terrifying of all) several standardized tests.

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Tags: SSAT, ISEE

College Interviews: Dos, Don'ts, and Common Questions

Posted by Martha C. on 12/21/18 3:40 PM

Remember that the college interview is as much an opportunity for the school to learn about you as if is for you to learn about the school.  There is no right answer during an interview (it should be thought of more as a conversation); though there are some helpful things to remember when you step into your first interview.

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Tags: college admssions

Tutor Spotlight: Meet Jon, American Historian!

Posted by Martha C. on 12/5/18 5:05 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Jon, one of our American historians!

Since starring as “Congressional Delegate #4” in his high school’s production of 1776, Jon has been passionate about all things American history. After hiding in the library for four years to avoid Montreal winters, Jon graduated with a First-Class Honors Degree in History from McGill University. His research won two undergraduate awards and he received an additional prize for having the highest GPA of graduating History Department students. He is now a Ph.D. Candidate in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia and a Visiting Fellow in the History Department at Harvard University where is a writing a dissertation on the history of American state lotteries.

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