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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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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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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Ethan, our MD strategy and writing coach!

Posted by Martha C. on 9/22/17 5:10 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Ethan, one of our incredible MD strategy and writing coaches!

Ethan tells people he grew up in Portland, OR, but recently passed the tipping point of having spent the majority of his life in Massachusetts. He attended Amherst College, where he majored in anthropology and biology and graduated summa cum laude in 2012. His research on dementia and caregiving received the Donald S. Pitkin Prize for best thesis in anthropology. He is now an MD/PhD student in anthropology at Harvard. 

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6 Ways to Manage Your Time During your Senior Year

Posted by Martha C. on 9/15/17 5:46 PM

Applying to college in the fall of your senior year of high school is like adding on an extra class: between the Common App, secondary applications, and any remaining test prep, your college application doesn’t just reflect your academic abilities—it requires you to really show them off. However, along with demonstrating your writing and test-taking skills, college application season is also a great time to improve your time management practices. If you start the fall semester off with a clear plan for organizing your time to include your college apps, you can feel calm and collected—rather than panicked—as deadlines approach.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Caroline, Standardized Test Extraordinaire!

Posted by Martha C. on 9/1/17 3:48 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Caroline, one of our wonderful test preparation tutors!

Caroline grew up in London and moved to Connecticut for high school. Although she’s lived in the US for close to 14 years now, people still question her unique transatlantic accent. Caroline attended Washington University in St. Louis and graduated Magna Cum Laude with her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Somehow she managed to get through engineering coursework (with a 3.93/4.0 GPA!) while being a four year Varsity Swimmer and Senior Year Captain. After college, Caroline moved to Houston, Texas to work for ExxonMobil at a refinery. There she donned attractive coveralls and steel toed boots, and spent her days solving mechanical engineering problems in the field. After four years working for ExxonMobil, Caroline decided to take a change in her life course and embarked on a journey of a lifetime backpacking through Asia. She is now pursuing her MBA at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Henry, New York MCAT Tutor

Posted by Martha C. on 8/4/17 5:27 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Henry, one of our wonderful test preparation tutors!

Henry grew up in Portland, Oregon playing, soccer, baseball, and basketball before defecting to performing arts and becoming a professional classical ballet dancer. He danced in both Pennsylvania and Utah before leaving the dance world to attend college at Columbia University. Henry graduated with a B.A. in biology with Latin honors and performed wet lab neuroendocrinology research and clinical neurosurgery research. During college, Henry rekindled his love of sports as the first male synchronized swimmer in the Ivy League. Henry also became interested in health policy during college and volunteered doing tobacco control political advocacy. After graduating, Henry continued to work in politics as the western region director of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation supervising the foundation’s interests in all the states west of Colorado. 

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Jimmy, Cambridge LSAT Tutor

Posted by Martha C. on 6/12/17 5:27 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Jimmy, one of our wonderful test preparation and admissions coaches!

Jimmy Biblarz is a doctoral student in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University. Originally from Los Angeles, Jimmy is a 2014 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College (Social Studies and English) and the resident LGBTQ tutor in Eliot House. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Inequality and Wealth Concentration Scholarship. Jimmy is interested in links between equity-focused public policies, features of neighborhoods and schools, and children’s chances of upward intergenerational mobility. His current project traces the rise and fall of racial integration as the ideological focus of social policy, and the subsequent emergence of competing ideologies. More generally, he is interested in stratification and inequality including discrimination processes, urban poverty, race, immigration, social networks, and continuity and change in values and attitudes.

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