Test like a champion: game day tips for keeping your energy up during an MCAT exam.

Posted by Maggie on 7/31/19 11:00 AM

Waking up on the day of your exam, hopefully 99% of the work is already done. You’ve studied and all you have to do now is take the test! Treating your test prep like a marathon and planning for every possibility is a way to succeed. Let’s talk about strategies that will help you be ready to rock on “game day.”

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Tips for Studying Effectively for the SAT and ACT

Posted by Marisa on 7/29/19 11:00 AM

It can be overwhelming to think about studying for the SAT or ACT. Where do you even start? In this post, I’ll outline a few key strategies to guide you through your test preparation.

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Tags: test anxiety, ACT, SAT, college, college admssions

Two common mistakes students make about the MCAT, or how to reset your mind for MCAT success

Posted by Weike on 7/26/19 10:00 AM

The MCAT is well-written test. It is thorough, consistent and serves a valuable purpose, which is to assess how qualified you are to begin a career in medicine. It requires that you:
  • Sort through a large volume of information
  • Endure (the test is 8 hours, takes months to study for, and many people have to retake it)
  • Keep calm
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How to Pick a College for the First (or Second) Time: Advice on Selecting a School for First-Time Applicants or Transfers

Posted by Andrew So. on 7/24/19 11:20 AM

Well-meaning parents and older friends will probably tell you that college will be “the time of your life.” “You will find your people,” they might say. As a rising high school senior, I found this exciting and disconcerting: Would my peak be in college? And, how would I find my people anyway? I remember feeling both thrilled to graduate high school and overwhelmed by the college application process. I could not wait to meet new and interesting people and take fascinating courses in English and history, and my expectations for college could not have been higher. But, by the end of my first semester of college, I knew I wanted to transfer.

This blog post will examine how and why you should pick a school (whether as a first-time applicant or transfer) and what makes a school a good fit.

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Tags: college admissions, college

How to begin preparing for the SAT subject test in chemistry

Posted by Marilyn on 7/22/19 3:47 PM

As a high school chemistry teacher myself, I receive an onslaught of questions regarding the SAT subject test.  It is difficult to gauge the best date to take it, how to prepare, and whether or not you're ready.  The first thing you should know: you're not alone!  Many students struggle with how to get started with this test.  The important thing is to make a plan that makes sense for you.  Today is great time to get started on it!

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Tags: chemistry, chemistry SAT subject test

Applying to law school this fall? Here’s your summer task list.

Posted by Becca on 7/19/19 3:20 PM

The law school admissions application cycle doesn’t really start until October, but now is the time to start the process in earnest. Whether you’re applying to a T14 or otherwise, summer is truly the best time to hit the ground running.

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Tags: LSAT, law school admissions

Breaking Down the Writing Process: 5 Tips

Posted by Evan J on 7/17/19 4:14 PM

I was recently helping someone with a comparative essay they had to write for school. This person did not like writing—a common enough state of affairs. They felt that they had no talent for it. The process frustrated them. I could see that they were struggling in part because they were trying to do everything at once (come up with ideas, write grammatically sound sentences, discover their own thinking and opinions on the topic at hand).

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Tags: creative writing, English, expository writing

5 books to keep your reluctant middle schoolers reading all summer long

Posted by Danielle on 7/15/19 11:42 AM

It can be hard to keep your child reading after the school year end. These are five of my favorite books to recommend for any reluctant middle school reader. These stories will keep them engaged and excited to read all summer long!

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Tags: middle school

Our top 10 summer study spaces in NYC (with special love for the outdoor spots!)

Posted by Alanna on 7/12/19 1:38 PM

Whether you’ve got summer classes or are looking to get a jump on course reading for the fall semester, NYC offers some incredible spots for all your studying needs. Here are our top 10 summer study spaces in NYC:

Hungarian Pastry Shop

The Hungarian Pastry Shop has been a popular study spot for Columbia students and uptown residents since the 70s. A cozy atmosphere, affordable and delicious pastries and great coffee selection make this spot a must for students in the area. The absence of Wi-Fi (gasp!) makes it a perfect place to settle in and get some focused studying/writing accomplished. Hungarian Pastry Shop, 1030 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY

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Summer is the time to start your college application process

Posted by Becca on 7/10/19 3:00 PM

In between junior and senior year? Here’s what you need to focus on.

Junior year of high school can be very demanding. Not only are your grades and GPA incredibly important to the college admissions process, but you’re also balancing AP classes, SAT and ACT tests, extracurriculars, a social life, and (for many) part-time jobs. It’s a lot. So naturally, as school is winding down and summer is starting, most rising seniors like to take a bit of a break to catch their breath. That’s totally normal, and we encourage a little bit of downtime at the start of the summer.

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Tags: college admissions