How to Make Baller Flashcards

Posted by Henry on 4/26/17 5:45 PM

There are many different ways to learn information, but among my colleagues in medical school, flashcards are one of the most common ways to study. While making flashcards may seem simple straight forward, I have learned over time that the exact opposite is the case.

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Tags: study skills, homework help

How To Write An Excellent History Paper

Posted by Aki on 4/24/17 9:39 PM

I love the film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and I've seen it more times than I can count. It is about two teenagers on the brink of failing high school, unless they ace their final history exam. The Hollywood twist? The protagonists acquire a time machine that allows them to travel through different eras of history. Throughout the film, Bill and Ted collect famous figures, such as Abraham Lincoln, and together with these historical figures, they're able pass their history final. Unfortunately, time travel is not a viable option for history students. In the real world, we cannot ask President Lincoln about the 13th Amendment, instead, we must read historical works and derive our own analyses and conclusions.

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Four Mathematicians You Should Know

Posted by Meghan on 4/21/17 3:29 PM

Math has changed a lot over the years. When most people think of math, they likely think of someone sitting quietly at a desk with a book or some paper. It’s an unmoving image. When we think of people who are good at math, we conjure up people who blaze through problems quickly and alone. They follow the rules in math and in life.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Law School Recommendations

Posted by Jimmy B. on 4/19/17 1:00 PM

In this blog post, Jimmy (one of our Harvard JDs) answers four frequently asked questions about the process for acquiring your letters of recommendation for a JD application. 

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Tags: law school admissions

The 3 Essential Steps to Finding the Right Graduate School

Posted by Hannah on 4/17/17 6:54 PM

I always knew I wanted to get a graduate degree. At first, I thought I might want to be a lawyer. I studied for the LSAT, applied to Law schools, and got in. After some thinking, I decided I didn’t want to be a lawyer. Then, I thought I might want to be an academic. This was a deeper desire, one I had always considered throughout college. I studied for the GRE, interviewed with schools, and ended up getting acceptances to several Master’s programs. I decided, again, that none of this was for me.  I finally ended up at Wharton, pursuing an MBA.

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Preventing and Repairing DNA Mistakes During the Cell Cycle

Posted by Eden on 4/14/17 9:00 AM

If you are currently studying biology, you have probably learned that mistakes in DNA can create very big problems, including cancer. These DNA errors often (but not always) occur during replication. Whenever they occur, it is very important for the cell to have a set of systems in place to both prevent and repair these errors. In this blog post we will cover some of the common prevention and repair mechanisms built into the cell cycle that might appear in an intro biology course. 

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Tags: biology

Graduate School: How to Get the Best Financial Aid Package Possible

Posted by Andrew S. on 4/12/17 1:52 PM

We’ve all been there. After months of anticipation, we get the letter, either digitally or via “snail mail”, that will dictate the course of our lives for the next 1,2, 4 or in some cases (e.g. doctoral programs) 10 years. Sure, getting through all the applications, soliciting letters of recommendation, and polishing our statements of purpose like our lives depended on them was nerve-wracking enough. And now, everything has come to a head: “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted…” 

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Equations Guide for the MCAT: Your Key to Success

Posted by Farees on 4/10/17 9:00 AM

Equations are a MCAT test taker’s best friend, yet many students are afraid of them. They are powerful tools because they encapsulate a huge amount of information in a tiny package that you can easily memorize. They’re not everything—you still need to learn loads of conceptual information and facts to do well, but understanding how to use them is the most direct way to improving your score on the science section if you’re encountering general problems.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Ashwin, Cambridge Test Prep Tutor

Posted by Martha C. on 4/7/17 6:07 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Ashwin, one of our exceptional test preparation tutors!

Ashwin graduated magna cum laude from New York University in 2011 with a major in Biochemistry and minors in both Mathematics and English. After graduating, he went to one of the poorest and marginalized cities in the East Coast - Camden, NJ - to help failing primary care clinics adjust to the new demands of Obamacare. He then started his MD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and is currently a dual degree student at Harvard Kennedy School studying health delivery systems.

Ashwin has previously worked for two professional tutoring companies totaling over 7 years, specializing in standardized tests (e.g., SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT) as well as admissions coaching to undergraduate & graduate schools. He has instructed close to 150 students one-on-one over his career as a tutor. He specializes in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Critical Thinking, Essay Writing, and general test preparation. Ashwin has also served on the admissions committee at his medical school & has worked with many students on crafting successful applications.

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What is Spectral Geometry?

Posted by Isaac S on 4/5/17 9:00 AM

All shapes, from strings to bridges to carrots, resonate

You’re having breakfast in the kitchen when you start to hear a series of slow and repetitive thuds – someone is coming down the stairs. Without having to ask or look up, you can instinctively guess who it is. That’s because the cadence and volume of one’s footsteps is unique from person to person, depending in a significant way on the geometry of their gait and body structure. Of course, it isn’t too surprising to suggest that geometry and sound are interrelated; you can hear the difference between strings of different thicknesses and drums of different widths. The shapes of these instruments affect the frequencies they resonate at.

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Tags: math