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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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Team Spotlight: Meet Julia, Client Manager in New York!

Posted by Martha C. on 12/8/17 8:30 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Julia, our newest member of the Cambridge Coaching administrative team!

Let's get started with the basics, Julia.  Where are you from?

I grew up in Beijing. As a kid, I remember lots of bicycles, lots of spitting, and lots of cha siu bao (my all-time favorite pork dumplings).

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Tags: Tutor Spotlights

Tutor Spotlight: Meet Madeline, Boston MCAT Tutor

Posted by Martha C. on 11/10/17 2:23 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Madeline, one of our incredible MCAT tutors in Boston

Madeline is from the coastal town of Brunswick Maine and considers herself a “mainer” through and through.  She attended Middlebury College, majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and graduating magna cum laude. During her time at Middlebury she worked in a Developmental Biology laboratory, examining the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals on fertility. Her undergraduate research inspired her to pursue her current position as a reproductive health researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in partnership with the Boston Center for Endometriosis.

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How to Draft a College Personal Statement in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Martha C. on 10/25/17 5:00 PM

There is no use beating around the bush: drafting your personal statement is one of the most challenging components of the college application.  Even the most confident writers struggle to distill their identity within the bounds of a word count. The personal statement requires serious introspection about your life and long term goals, and thus can be extremely hard to write.  The key to writing a good personal statement is to structure your brainstorming time.  

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Dan, our New York mathematics tutor

Posted by Martha C. on 10/2/17 8:30 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Dan, one of our incredible mathematics tutor in New York.

Dan’s first science experiment involved a blow dryer, a basin of water, and a heat lamp. He was eight years old and thought he could build a miniature storm cloud after learning in school about how the water cycle worked. Though the experiment was not exactly a success, Dan has been trying to understand how things work ever since. He attended the University of Chicago where he received a B.S. in mathematics and B.A. in physics, both with honors. During his time at Chicago, he wrote two expository articles on Noether’s Theorem and the Hawking-Penrose Singularity Theorems, respectively through the UChicago Math REU. He also conducted research in 2D particle dynamics attending the Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium in Spring, 2015 where he presented his research. Currently, Dan is a graduate student at New York University where he is pursuing Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Specifically, he studies modifications of Einstein’s theory of general relativity and sits behind a desk puzzling over the mysteries of the universe.

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How to Choose for your Child: SSAT or ISEE?

Posted by Martha C. on 9/30/17 3:34 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