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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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A Guide to Your Teacher's Feedback: Common Abbreviations Defined

Posted by Martha C. on 6/7/17 7:59 PM

If you are a student, you have probably seen a fair share of markings on your papers to indicate errors or ideas for improvement. If you are a teacher, you have made many of these markings and know how important it is to streamline the correcting process. While individual teachers or editors may have their own systems of signaling suggestions in writing, the language of editing and proofreading comprises many abbreviations that generally convey a universal meaning.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Ashwin, Cambridge Test Prep Tutor

Posted by Martha C. on 4/7/17 6:07 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Ashwin, one of our exceptional test preparation tutors!

Ashwin graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 2011 with a major in Biochemistry and minors in both Mathematics and English. After graduating, he went to one of the poorest and marginalized cities in the East Coast - Camden, NJ - to help failing primary care clinics adjust to the new demands of Obamacare. He then started his MD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and is currently a dual degree student at Harvard Kennedy School studying health delivery systems.

Ashwin has previously worked for two professional tutoring companies totaling over 7 years, specializing in standardized tests (e.g., SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT) as well as admissions coaching to undergraduate & graduate schools. He has instructed close to 150 students one-on-one over his career as a tutor. He specializes in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Critical Thinking, Essay Writing, and general test preparation. Ashwin has also served on the admissions committee at his medical school & has worked with many students on crafting successful applications.

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Early Decision Schools: Everything you Need to Know

Posted by Martha C. on 3/24/17 5:00 PM

Many sophomores and juniors—along with their parents—are thinking about college right now.  Though so many have whittled down a balanced list of schools, many applicants and their families have difficulty deciding when to apply.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Max, Biology and MCAT Tutor!

Posted by Martha C. on 3/20/17 5:43 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Max, one of our exceptional biology and MCAT tutors!

Max was born down the street from the National Institutes of Health, outside of Washington, D.C., and has been a lab rat ever since. He graduated from Yale Phi Beta Kappa with both a B.S. and M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry while announcing hockey games as a TV broadcaster. As an undergrad, he achieved a 4.0 GPA in all graduate coursework and his lab work earned the departmental prize for excellence in research and scholarship. After graduating, Max completed a research fellowship at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. He is an author on multiple scientific papers and is currently pursuing a M.D. and a Ph.D. through the combined Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Lucas, Mathematics Tutor

Posted by Martha C. on 3/6/17 5:52 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Lucas, one of our incredible mathematics tutors!

Lucas attended MIT as an undergraduate, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Physics, and a minor in Management Science. He decided to remain at MIT to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics, where he is currently in his fourth year.

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Your College Admissions Timeline

Posted by Martha C. on 2/20/17 9:00 AM

Looking ahead to the college application process, it is imperative to have a roadmap to follow.  The most successful applicants begin to plan for their college application during the sophomore year of high school. By beginning to plan for the college admissions process early, applicants can better position themselves and significantly reduce the stress.  

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Caroline, Economics and GMAT Tutor

Posted by Martha C. on 2/15/17 4:53 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Caroline, one of our exceptional economics tutors!

Caroline graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy. While at Brown, she was involved in club field hockey, Women in Business, and Kappa Alpha Theta. She also interned in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in 2011, and in the United States Senate in 2010. At Cambridge Coaching, she has experience tutoring financial modeling and the GMAT. 

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