Five Dos and Don'ts of LSAT Test Day

Posted by Caitlin on 3/5/18 5:11 PM

So LSAT test day is finally here. You’ve studied hard, you’ve taken practice tests, and now you are at the mercy of the test itself. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts (several of which I made myself!) to consider for test day:

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Four ways for athletes to substantiate their candidacy in their medical school applications

Posted by Logan on 3/2/18 1:45 PM

Whether you are a high school senior trying to decide whether to play sports in college, or a collegiate athlete beginning to fill out your medical school application, this post is for you. 

When it comes down to it, admissions committees make their selections based off traits that they recognize tend to help students thrive through school and beyond. From the perspective of a four-year collegiate athlete, there are four big ways in which your athletic career will simultaneously help you get into and thrive in medical school, and four ways to apply them to your application. Read More

Tags: MD/PhD admissions

An Introduction To Enumeration Using Generating Functions

Posted by Yehonatan on 2/28/18 6:03 PM

In the year 1202, Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci published Liber Abaci (Book of Calculations). Though its most significant contribution was to bring to Europe the Hindu-Arabic number system that we all use today, it also contained a curious thought experiment about the reproductive patterns of rabbits, which gave rise to one of the most famous sequences in math that would entertain and tantalize generations of mathematicians to come.

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My essential strategy checklist on standardized tests

Posted by Ashwin on 2/26/18 7:00 PM

The way I teach standardized tests has been changed by a book I recently read: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. Ask any of my students over the past three months and they will be quick to tell you of my incessant and often repeated reminders of System 1 and System 2. So much so, that I’ve decided to write about it.

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3 Steps to Getting A Perfect Score on the LSAT's Reading Comprehension

Posted by Leonarda on 2/23/18 5:40 PM

So you're thinking about taking the LSAT, but you're scared of reading comprehension.  There's been a lot of talk about RC on the LSAT:

  • “I already read as well as I’m going to read so there’s nothing more I can really do.”
  • “I don’t have time to actually READ all of the passages, so I just skim.”
  • “I already do pretty well on this section, it’s the other sections I need to focus on.” 
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What should I write about? 3 rules to follow when coming up with a college essay topic

Posted by Zuzanna Fuchs on 2/21/18 5:49 PM

In this blog post, our college coach Zuzanna reviews tips for tackling your college essay.

For a good college essay topic, you don’t have to think big!

There are so many misconceptions about the college essay floating around – especially among international students. To tackle them all would require writing a book. But the one I encounter most often is the matter of the topic of the essay, the answer to the question “What should I write about?”

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What I Told My Sister About Studying for the GRE

Posted by Sarah B on 2/14/18 6:34 PM

As many older siblings can tell you, sometimes your younger siblings would rather go hiking in Antarctica before they ask for the tiniest bit of help or advice. So you can imagine my surprise when I got this message from my youngest sister a few months ago: 

Sis : i’m finally kinda trying to maybe somewhat get more serious about gre prep

Sis : i’ve avoided it for a while

Sis : any helpful tips you’ve gained from tutoring? aside from like practicing and getting more familiar? any strategies you've figured out or resources that were surprisingly useful, xyz?

Me (replying within 5 seconds): OMG YES I’VE GOT THIS

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How To Keep Your Middle Schooler's Backpack Organized In 8 Easy Steps

Posted by Becca on 2/12/18 6:18 PM

Have you ever opened a middle schooler’s backpack to find a mess of papers, crushed pencils, and uneaten snacks? That emoji-themed folder that your child was so excited to pick out in the beginning of the year torn to shreds? The ‘Math’ section mysteriously also being the go-to folder for notices about PTA potlucks, field trip reminders, and returned quizzes from history class?

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How to Prepare for Case Interviews: Part 1

Posted by Ryan Ripp on 2/9/18 3:47 PM

After all your preparation, it’s all come down to this moment. For months you have networked, practiced your “fit” stories, and done countless mock case interviews with friends. You sit down at the table with your interviewer and exchange introductions. Before you know it she says “let’s start the case” and proceeds to read you the interview prompt. What do you do next?

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How To Prep For the MCAT As A Full Time Student

Posted by Connor on 2/7/18 5:38 PM

The hardest part of studying for the MCAT isn’t the studying itself. Given enough time, most people could study enough to do reasonably well. The problem is, most of us don’t have all that time: the majority of MCAT preppers are in college or work full time jobs. Both of these commitments are enough on their own, so trying to stack studying for the hardest graduate school entrance test in the country on top of that is a tall order. It’s not something one can head into blindly. Thankfully, there are several organizational strategies that can help the full time student or professional study for the MCAT in their off time.

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