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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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An Inside Look Into Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Posted by Martha C. on 11/26/18 4:31 PM


Today, we'll be exploring behind the scenes at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with one of our incredible MD coaches, Dan.

Dan is currently a first-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Bachelor of Science in Economics. After college, he worked for two years as a strategy consultant to healthcare companies. He then pursued a postbacc and spent a year conducting clinical research before starting medical school.

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Tags: MD, MD/PhD admissions

7 Test Day Tips for the SAT

Posted by Martha C. on 11/23/18 3:48 PM

You've been studying for months, and now the day is finally here.  The day of your SAT.  Instead of switching to panic, just remember these 7 essential tips to keep your head cool and be successful.

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Tags: SAT

Tips for Writing an Exam Essay in 80 minutes

Posted by Martha C. on 11/14/18 4:30 PM

We've all been there.  The teacher is at the front of the classroom with a pile a blue books.  She begins handing them out.  You scrawl the name and date on the front, and wait for her to start the timer.  As you open the first page, an overwhelming white page stares back at you.  And you panic.

Luckily, there are ways to prepare for essay exams that make this moment easier. Believe it or not, is a matter of remembering steps -- simply master the approach and practice it, and you will do better.  Promise.

So what are the steps?

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Tags: English, expository writing

The Top 3 Medical Schools in the US for Research

Posted by Martha C. on 10/29/18 4:02 PM

So you're beginning work on your MD applications, and you're trying to bucket your school list.  If you have competitive numbers, you've probably set your sights on the top three medical schools for research (according to US News).  If you're wondering about what it entails to commit to one of these institutions, read this 2018 at-a-glance guide.

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Tags: MD, MD/PhD admissions

Writing a Thesis and Topic Sentences in your Personal Statement

Posted by Martha C. on 10/10/18 5:51 PM

Every applicant who needs to write a personal statement for their high school, college, or graduate admissions struggles with structuring their personal statement.  It is hard enough to muster the courage to brainstorm your most salient life experiences on paper; now, the most important part is structuring your personal statement with your thesis and topic sentences.

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Tags: graduate admissions, medical school admissions, college admssions, high school, MBA admissions, law school admissions

Cambridge Coaching Spotlight: Meet Danielle, Our New Client Manager!

Posted by Martha C. on 10/5/18 6:16 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Danielle, our newest client manager! 

Danielle graduated from Rutgers with a BA in English, a program very near and dear to my heart.  Fresh out of college, Danielle transitioned into the world of publishing, where she put her assisting skills to the test at Random House and Penguin.  She became a social media and marketing maven at Simon and Schuster before joining us at CC.  We feel deeply grateful to have her.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Héctor, MIT Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted by Martha C. on 9/5/18 8:02 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Héctor, one of our incredible postdoctoral fellows at MIT.

Héctor pursued a bachelor’s degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Puerto Rico where he was honored with the best undergraduate researcher award in biology for his research in a neuroscience lab. For his graduate studies, Héctor’s research focused on neuropharmacology; specifically, he studied a compound capable of protecting neurons from dying. He was awarded a PhD in 2015 from the University of Texas-Southwestern. Héctor is now a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, where he is trying to facilitate neuronal strengthening in the brain, with the ultimate goal of enhancing learning and memory.

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How to Begin Planning for Secondaries Now

Posted by Martha C. on 6/13/18 5:10 PM

So you submitted your primary application at the beginning of the month, and you’re now stuck waiting for June 30th to begin the task of answering secondary prompts.  Though you should give yourself a big round of applause for submitting your AMCAS on time (hooray!), the work on your MD applications is far from over.  You should be using this down time to begin prepping for your secondary applications and make sure you’re organized and strategic about the next step in your admissions journey.

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Tags: MD

Tutor Spotlight: Meet Latoya, New York MD

Posted by Martha C. on 6/6/18 4:57 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Latoya, one of our incredible MDs from Columbia.

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