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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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Tags: Tutor Spotlights

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/PhD admissions, MD

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/PhD admissions, MD

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

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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Tags: Tutor Spotlights