Four Tips to Ace Your Next History Term Paper

Posted by Jonathan on 1/22/18 5:20 PM

If you’re taking a history class this semester, then its almost guaranteed that you’ll have to write a history term paper. You may already be a top-notch writer, but your professor might not tell you that history papers are a unique type of essay. The expectations for a history essays are different from most other classes, and professors and teaching assistants are often on the lookout for a few tell-tale signs of a mediocre or bad paper. Whether a short reading response or a long essay based in original research, here are four tips I wish I had known as an undergraduate student who needs to write a history term paper. Some are small, grammatical tips that can make a big stylistic difference. Others are bigger ideas about how a paper should be structured.

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Tags: history

How to Begin Brainstorming For Your Admissions Essays: Start With Narrative

Posted by Nathaniel on 1/19/18 4:54 PM

Humans gravitate towards narrative. We can’t help it—being attuned to changes and working out a theory of what caused them is a pretty good evolutionary trick. But you can use this predilection to your advantage when applying to college or graduate programs—in a sea of expository personal statements, the one with elements of plot will stand out. James Montoya, former Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Stanford, when asked for advice on the personal statement, said, “1. Answer the question...2. Tell a story, 3. Tell a story only you can tell.”

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An Introduction to Proofs: The Structure of Induction

Posted by Jason on 1/17/18 5:50 PM

Induction.  It's a mathematical concept that is no doubt familiar to any student taking an introductory proof class.  It is also a concept which can bring complex feelings---the excitement of learning a new cool proof technique, the fear of being asked to prove something "obvious", or the confusion of where to start.  

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Mindfulness and the MCAT: 3 Steps to Avoiding Burnout

Posted by Connor on 1/12/18 3:41 PM

Pre-Med students are no strangers to stress. From Physics midterms, to O-Chem lab reports, to the inevitable march into finals week, you have plenty of experience juggling assignments and managing that cortical response of your brain saying, Yeah, this is a little too much. Stress itself isn’t the problem. In fact, after a certain point it shows up like an old friend or colleague, one whose company you don’t necessarily look forward to but who helps you focus nonetheless.

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How to Write a Killer Essay in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by Julie on 1/10/18 4:11 PM

We’ve all been there: staring at a blank document, practically able to feel the creeping imminence of our paper’s deadline. For so many of us, it’s really hard to sit down and actually channel our thoughts into a coherent form, let alone one that’s structured and based on an argument worthy of praise.

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The Familiar Key Step at the Heart Of (Almost) All Alcohol Oxidation Reactions

Posted by Daljit on 1/8/18 7:08 PM

When I was learning organic chemistry, I remember the reagents for oxidation reactions completely driving me bonkers!

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My Strategy for a Perfect Score: ACT Reading and MCAT CARS

Posted by Shaq on 1/5/18 6:16 PM

If you’re reading this, I imagine you’re looking to improve your reading score on either the ACT or the MCAT and ideally, you’re in one of two boats:

1) You are consistently a few points shy of that 36 on the ACT Reading or 132 on MCAT CARS and are looking to bridge that last gap

2) Are struggling with the reading section in general, and are looking for a strategy that will give you a clear, structured approach

Both the ACT and MCAT reading sections can be fickle contributors to your composite score—just missing one additional question can bring your score down a whole point. Here’s the portion of the raw score to scale score chart for the ACT on Princeton Review’s website.

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Tags: ACT, MCAT

New Year’s Resolution: Get More Sleep

Posted by Danielle D. on 1/3/18 6:16 PM

If you’re in college or grad school and your New Year’s resolutions include plans like “earn higher grades,” “complete more work on time,” or even just “be more productive,” there’s one more resolution you should add to your list: get more sleep. It might sound counterintuitive—how do you get more done by making a resolution to spend more time doing nothing? But there are solid economic, medical, and social arguments that you’ll do better in school if you commit to eight hours a night, every night. Better yet, a spike in sleep research from all academic disciplines in the past few years means that the best advice for how you should sleep has gotten much better than just telling you to cut out the coffee. 

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Tags: college, high school

Five Elements of a Killer Grad School Essay

Posted by Rahima on 12/29/17 2:14 PM

So you’ve taken the GRE/GMAT/TOEFL, got your recommendations lined up, and picked your list of top schools. Now comes the part some people get really nervous about: translating your story into a really powerful application essay that convinces the admissions committee that they just have to have you. Below are five key elements of a strong graduate school application essay that are universally transferable across all graduate degree programs.

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Three Reasons Why You Should Consider A Philosophy Degree

Posted by Alec on 12/27/17 5:23 PM

In my senior year as a business undergraduate, I stumbled on philosophy. At a used bookstore I’d been going to for years I picked up a philosophy text instead of my usual fiction. The book was Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents, in which he argues that a fundamental source of unhappiness is the tension between innate human desires and essential features of society. Reading it undermined my mode of approaching life.

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Tags: philosophy