How to revise your work

Posted by Shara F on 12/18/20 12:00 PM

Before anything else, congratulate yourself. You wrote something! That’s huge! Writing is hard. Having something is so much better than having nothing. Something can be revised. And revising can be a lot of fun, as long as you have the right support. Here are some tools to help you navigate the revision process:

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Tags: creative writing, English, expository writing, high school

Up close and personal: how to prepare for a close reading paper

Posted by Sylvie T. on 12/16/20 12:00 PM

Close reading? Shouldn’t we already be reading “closely” for class? Correct! But the term “close reading” also describes a very specific type of literary inquiry in which one pays careful, prolonged attention to a small chunk of text (or art object) in order to produce an argument about that text and how it works. Close reading is the bread-and-butter of many fields in the humanities and beyond. English majors close read poems and novels, art history majors close “read” paintings and sculptures, law majors close read legal documents, history majors close read primary sources, politics majors close read policy briefs—the list goes on!

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Tags: academic tutor, English, college, high school, graduate school

Three essential medical school interview tips

Posted by Stephanie E. on 12/14/20 12:00 PM

1. What do I talk about?

Think through life experiences that have been meaningful to you; think about what emotions you felt during and after those experiences, what you learned, and how it impacted your perspective for the future.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, MD, med

What NOT to do in your personal statement for medical schools

Posted by Vera T. on 12/11/20 12:00 PM

“Millennial.”

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, med

How to “find your voice”

Posted by Alix on 12/9/20 12:00 PM

You will often hear writers talk about “finding their voice.” It sounds like a simple task, but honing one’s voice can take years of practice, study, and trial and error. When you are putting together your applications for college or graduate school, you are likely facing a fast-approaching deadline—so time is a luxury you don’t have.

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Tags: graduate admissions, English, expository writing, college admssions

Statistics is for everyone and it may be a career for you

Posted by Danielle D. on 12/4/20 12:00 PM

“I never understood that.”

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Tags: statistics & probability, college, math

Calculating flood risk using probability and statistics

Posted by Greg E. on 12/2/20 12:00 PM

If at some point you ever want to buy property near water, a variation of this question will undoubtedly pass through your head: what are the chances that my {insert name of your expensive piece of property close to water} floods?

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Tags: math

How to send a cold email for research or shadowing in 5 easy steps

Posted by James Zh. on 11/30/20 1:20 PM

It can be daunting to reach out to a professor or doctor you’ve never met and ask to work with them or shadow them in a clinic. In this post, I’ve outlined how I like to approach cold-emailing research and clinical faculty, usually to great success.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MD/PhD admissions, MCAT, college, college admssions, MD

Mnemonics for memory: your MCAT best friend

Posted by Johnny P. on 11/30/20 12:17 PM

Anyone who has studied for the MCAT will tell you: there is A LOT to learn. At times, learning new information about your own body can feel pretty rewarding. Other times, the sheer magnitude of information you are responsible for can feel quite overwhelming. At its best, conquering content related to the MCAT should feel like an ambitious challenge: something that is definitely possible, but will take hard work.

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Tags: study skills, MCAT, study

Start anywhere: overcoming your fear of beginning to write

Posted by Miles P. on 11/25/20 10:29 AM

I have a friend working in journalism who keeps a Post-it stuck to his laptop that says: “START ANYWHERE.” For him, and for a lot of us who write, the scariest part of writing is staring down the blank page and blinking cursor, wondering how exactly you’re going to get to a finished product. If you’re like me, this is where you slip into procrastination: suddenly I want to do the dishes stacked in the sink, or organize all the sheafs of mail coupons gathering on my coffee table—anything to defer the moment when I have to actually put words on the page. This fear often stems from a flawed idea of what writing should feel like: a glorious and triumphant frenzy of typing, at the end of which you print out your pages, staple them together, and move on, aglow in a sense of accomplishment. If this is how writing goes for you, you have my deepest respect and envy! But for me, writing with this kind of automatic ease and fluidity is more a myth than a reality. Here are three easy tricks to break out of those fearsome shackles and start writing:

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Tags: expository writing