Study Guides: How to Craft the Best Test-Prep Tool

Posted by Sofía on 12/17/18 2:39 PM

Does this sound familiar?

The final exam date has been announced, and you learn what’s going to be on the test: everything. Frozen with dread at the thought of starting on such a huge task, you focus your attention first on some final projects or essays for another class. Those are due sooner, and with weeks to go before the final, you still have plenty of time to study. Unsure how best to start anyway, you put off studying for your finals.

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Tags: homework help, study skills

Dimensional Analysis: Why the Factor Label Method is a Life Saver

Posted by Viemma on 12/14/18 2:22 PM

Ever lost points on a test because you forgot to write the units?

Rightfully so! Numbers have no meaning without its unit of measurement. Two can be greater the 12. Three can equal one. This is all dependent on the unit of measurement being used. In your general chemistry class, you will encounter measurements of all sorts. These measurements include time, length, mass, volume, and many more. Units of measurement are used to conceptualize the magnitude of these measurements. Gram, kilogram, pound, ounce, metric ton, stone, slug, microgram, atomic mass unit, carat… these are all units of measurement for mass alone. Why so many? Some units of measurement are more appropriate depending on what thing is being measured. Using an inappropriate unit of measurement may result in a number value that is too large or too small. When this happens, it becomes very difficult to wrap your head around the magnitude of the measurement. 

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Tags: chemistry

Electron Configurations: A Must Know Hack

Posted by Viemma on 12/12/18 3:15 PM

Imagine this…

You’re taking your general chemistry midterm and you’ve decided to shuffle through the exam and complete all the hard things first. You’ve totally underestimated how much time those problems were going to take you and now you have three minutes left to write the electron configuration of 10 elements. Untimed, this would be easy to do. It’s systematic and straightforward but still requires a decent amount of thought based on how you were taught to do it. Your palms get sweaty. These are supposed to be easy points and there’s a possibility that you won’t complete it. If you do complete it, there’s a possibility that you’ll get them wrong because you were rushed. Your throat is getting tight at this point. You’re trying to recall if you were confident about the other questions you have already done, wondering if you can afford to lose these easy points in front of you. Your teacher announces that there are two more minutes before he starts collecting exams.

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Tags: chemistry

3 Ways to Empathize with the Writers of Standardized Tests for Exam Day Success

Posted by Zack G. on 12/7/18 6:00 PM

Hey everyone -- I'm Zack, an experienced GMAT and SAT tutor at Cambridge Coaching.  I'm excited to use it to share some key tips with you about making the most of your standardized testing experience. Here are 3 key tips that I have for you that apply for almost any standardized exam, whether it's SAT, GMAT, or whatever else you might be studying. 

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Tags: GMAT, SAT, PSAT

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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Formal Charge: What They Didn’t Tell You in your General Chemistry Class

Posted by Viemma on 12/3/18 10:14 PM

Formal charge is the charge that a bonded atom would have if its bonding electrons were shared equally

  • It is not an actual charge but rather a form electron book-keeping
  • The sum of formal charges should equal the compound’s actual charge
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Tags: chemistry

Data Analytics And Other Topics To Review For The GRE

Posted by Weike Wang on 11/28/18 5:31 PM

Basic Data Analysis Topics

Do not underestimate the data analysis section of the GRE. It covers a lot of material, one of which is probability (which is an advanced topic) and that isn't taught very well in school. But probability is also a very small percentage of the test, so think hard about whether or not you want to spend time on it if you have limited time to study. A lot of my students come to me and say straight off the bat that they want to start with probability. They know they are weak in it and want to attack it right away. But 100 percent of the time, I find that it is not the probability that is costing them valuable points, but basic arithmetic, word problems, or table reading. So don’t underestimate the basic topics!

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Tags: GRE

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, MD/PhD admissions

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

Why Understanding Statistics Matters More Than Ever

Posted by Arian on 11/19/18 1:15 PM

We see numbers all around us. Whether it’s on TV, online, or in the newspaper, our society has been flooded with random numbers and math-facts trying to prove a narrative. On any given TV channel, the commentators throw facts that try and catch your attention. “In games where Tom Brady has thrown 4 or more Touchdowns, the patriots have a worse winning percentage than when he throws less than 4!”. Or in the polls - “Donald Trump has been given a less than 20% chance of winning the election, it’s over!”.

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Tags: statistics & probability