How to Copy-Edit Your Own Admissions Essay or Cover Letter (or Really, Anything)

Posted by Mariam R. on 7/24/20 11:00 AM

So, you’ve slaved over twelve or fifteen copies of your admissions essay or cover letter: it tells your story, and it sounds good, to boot. Big sigh of relief, crack your knuckles, a job well done. Right?

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Tags: expository writing, college admssions

The one major difference between how high scorers and low scorers study

Posted by Dhruv P. on 7/22/20 11:27 AM

There are many differences between high and low scorers on the MCAT. Many of these differences are difficult to address: reading background, experience with experimental design, and test taking abilities to name a few. However, there is one consistent, notable difference in strategy. I call this strategy mistake analysis.

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Embracing the Messiness of Writing This Summer

Posted by Emily K. on 7/21/20 10:13 AM

The dawn of inspiration is such a lovely, romantic concept. Someone says something or a bird chirps in a funny way; you freeze in your tracks; you slowly intone, “…say that again.” You run to the nearest laptop, and you write down your masterpiece in the matter of hours to the sound of a swelling rock anthem.

Alas: if I only wrote my doctoral dissertation when I felt truly inspired to do so, I would probably have about five unrelated pages by now. Writers cannot rely on inspiration to drop in; instead, we have to find it in the messy process that is drafting. Luckily, the summer allows for even more time for writers to get our hands dirty.

Whether you’re working on a personal statement or academic essay, if you care about the end result, it’ll probably take multiple drafts to get it right. The upside of that is that the more drafts you write, the lower the stakes will be for any individual draft. The trick to making the summer work for you is to be diligent about making time for writing but relaxed and experimental with your process. You’ve got time to play around, so use it! It’s less about what you put on the page on any given day and more about keeping your goals in mind.

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Making use of MCAT practice tests: it’s not just about learning content!

Posted by Mandy S. on 7/18/20 10:00 AM

Taking practice tests is a key step in your MCAT preparation, but many students don’t realize everything that goes into preparing to take the test and reviewing the test afterward. Reviewing the test is one of the most essential steps you can take in your MCAT prep work. After sitting through a grueling 7 hours of science and verbal comprehension, it can be tough to imagine doing anything except binge watching Netflix and eating a bowl of ice cream. Although breaks in your study schedule are good to incorporate, it is important to keep in mind that the biggest bang for your buck from practice tests comes from seeing where you went wrong and making a plan for how to avoid those mistakes later on. Follow my guide below for taking and reviewing a practice test!

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Placed on the Medical School Waitlist. Now What?

Posted by Dylan C. on 7/17/20 10:00 AM

Getting waitlisted at one of your top choice medical schools can be disheartening. After making sacrifices as an undergraduate, acing the MCAT, and putting your best foot forward at the interview, a waitlist decision may leave you feeling like you fell just short. But, it is important to recognize that a waitlist is still an open door, and what you do in the days or weeks following your placement on the waitlist can make a major impact on whether you are ultimately admitted at the school of your choice.

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Hindsight in 2020: Four things a Harvard dental student would tell his high school self to get ready for in college and beyond

Posted by Jeremiah K. on 7/16/20 11:17 AM

1. Learn to do laundry

It seems so easy, so it’s embarrassing to admit that I took fresh clothes for granted during my high school years. I was one of many students who came into college who could tell you the intricacies of the Kreb’s cycle but not the length of a washing cycle. Life skills are important - learn to do your laundry!

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Crushing USMLE Step 1: Common Pitfalls and How to Tailor Your Study Plan for Success

Posted by Rocco M. on 7/10/20 10:00 AM

My vision for the most effective, and least stressful, Step 1 study strategy is centered on the principle of balancing new material as you progress through pre-clinical courses while simultaneously maintaining your knowledge of past material in a time-effective way. It sounds simple, but it’s difficult to achieve!

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Practice testing around the 520s? Here’s how to boost your score into the 100 percentile!

Posted by Terrance M. on 7/8/20 10:00 AM

As a person who was practice testing in the 520-521 range with 2-3 weeks left of studying, I was content with my score; however, I had an idea that I could get to the 100 percentile range if I pushed myself and studied smart for the remaining few weeks. With some slight tweaks to my study plan, I was able to comfortably score in the 100th percentile on test day, which exceeded my wildest expectations when I first began studying.

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Applying to medical school as an engineering student

Posted by JC P. on 7/7/20 10:00 AM

You've made it through differential equations and crushed software development methods while taking organic chemistry "on the side.” Now what? If you're an engineering student interested in medicine, chances are you're wondering how to translate your academic experiences into a killer AMCAS application. Here are some ideas to get started:

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8 Steps Toward Writing an Effective Research Paper in Any Discipline

Posted by Kristen S. on 7/6/20 9:18 AM

You have just been assigned a paper, and you don’t know what you want to write about or where to start. We’ve all been there.

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Tags: expository writing