The LSAT: Cracking Sufficient Assumption Questions

Posted by Jimmy B. on 7/20/18 6:14 PM

Many students find Sufficient Assumption questions to be among the most difficult on the LSAT. They are relatively with common, and students should expect 2-4 per exam. While they are not the most frequent question type, they tend to eat up a large amount of students’ time. However, with the right strategies, they become much easier to solve. Here are three examples, all from LSAT 70.

Read More

Tags: LSAT

A Brief History of Neuroscience and the Field Today

Posted by Anita on 7/16/18 5:41 PM

The discoveries about the brain over the past hundred years have only spurred more questions about how the brain works. These questions have captivated scientists, the public and policymakers alike. In the past 30 years, two Presidents of the United States have introduced large scale initiatives to study the brain. In 1990, President Bush declared the 90s as the “decade of the brain” to increase brain research awareness, and then again in 2013, President Barack Obama announced the Brain Initiative, which increased research funding to create new tools for improving our understanding of the brain. So what have we learned about the brain in the last few decades, and what are scientists currently trying to figure out?

Read More

Tags: biology

What No One Told Me About Grad School Programs: Long Distance Means Far Away

Posted by Kristin on 7/13/18 6:48 PM

To say that I underestimated moving across the United States is an understatement.

I grew up in a small-ish town in Southern California and went to college a short 50-minute drive away. I thought this meant that I had “moved out,” like a real adult. But I would soon learn that going to your childhood home every other weekend to do laundry doesn’t count.

Like most Californians, I was certain that I was never leaving California. I planned to go to grad school programs somewhere close, but not too close, like San Diego or Los Angeles. I wasn’t even letting my imagination venture as far as Davis or Berkeley. It’s almost endearing to look back at how naïve I was.

Read More

Tags: graduate admissions, graduate school

The Changing Landscape of the SAT

Posted by Katherine H. on 7/11/18 4:45 PM

This week, our SAT prep tutor Katherine writes on her opinions of the changing landscape of the SAT. 

In the past week, I have been forwarded articles regarding the University of Chicago’s decision to no longer require standardized test scores for admission. The accompanying messages ranged from “Have you seen this? Thoughts?!” to “What are YOU going to do?” I am an SAT prep tutor. My bookshelves are lined with every SAT prep book you can imagine, some dog-eared and filled with my own marginal notes: read the questions trickery AGAIN! I have worked with dozens of students on the SAT and more on the ACT. I’ve built a career that at least on the surface focuses on demystifying multiple choice questions for sixteen-year-olds who are sure that they’ll never see anything like this again. What’s the point? University of Chicago agrees with them. However, from my perspective as a tutor, the student’s score on the ACT/SAT —the number that colleges will see— has only ever been the short game; the long game is teaching students how to find patterns and manage time, skills that will put them at a huge advantage once they're in college.

Read More

Tags: SAT

How To Strengthen Your Writing In One Easy Step

Posted by Susan on 7/9/18 5:42 PM

Very few rules of good writing are without exceptions, and this one is no exception, but I think it might be close: 

You can always — or nearly always — make your writing stronger, clearer, and sharper if you follow the word “this” with a noun.*

Read More

Tags: English, expository writing

Structuring and Strategizing your MCAT Studying: Phase 3

Posted by Cole on 7/6/18 3:55 PM

You made it to Phase 3 and you are still alive, so congratulations! At this point, we are now in ‘Period B’ studying (if that makes no sense, refer back to the Phase 1 article). By now we have successfully reviewed all of the content in our books and have taken a few MCAT practice exams. Things should be starting to feel a little more comfortable, but I wouldn’t expect you to have the exact pathway and effects of adrenocorticotropic hormone memorized right now. However, Phase 3 is where we change that! The primary purpose of this article is to help provide tips for internalizing material. I purposefully use the word ‘internalize’ rather than ‘memorize’ because the goal is to create a massive web of interconnected details rather than memorize isolated facts.

Read More

Tags: MCAT

How to Write a Diversity Essay for Law School

Posted by Sabrina on 7/2/18 5:54 PM

In addition to a personal statement, many law schools also encourage applicants to submit a supplementary “diversity” statement. Applicants are often confused about how to approach a diversity essay, as law schools provide significantly more leeway and less guidelines in terms of the type of content they are looking for. Often, applicants forgo writing a diversity statement altogether, out of the fear of not being “diverse enough” or feeling as if they do not have a unique enough experience to merit a separate essay.

Read More

How to Choose DAT Study Resources

Posted by Grace on 6/29/18 5:15 PM

The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a standardized examination required for admission into dental school comprised of four sections: survey of the natural sciences, perceptual ability, reading comprehension and quantitative reasoning. Although it can be a daunting test to master, choosing the appropriate resources to maximize efficiency and comprehension while studying can greatly alleviate the stress that naturally comes with standardized test taking. Some programs such as Kaplan and Princeton Review offer an online course with live review and feedback sessions from certified instructors. If you prefer to self-study like me, however, there are multiple other resources out there to cover the material necessary to ace the DAT. In this blog post, I will be detailing my personal study resources for the DAT and how I used a combination of resources to emphasize their respective strengths.

Read More

Tags: DAT

Structuring and Strategizing your MCAT Studying: Phase 2

Posted by Cole on 6/27/18 6:26 PM

Phase 2: Reviewing Content While Staying Sane

Welcome back! Having learned about Period A and Period B from the Phase 1 article (see link), we will delve deeper into the structure of Period A. As mentioned, the major focus of Period A is content review (fun!). While the structure offered by online prep courses can help (again, I took the Princeton Review course and liked it), it is by no means necessary for proper review. The major obstacle during Period A studying is breaking all the material you have into small chunks that you can digest daily. So, what does that mean?

Read More

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Secondary Essay Pre-Writing Strategies

Posted by Emma ZC on 6/25/18 7:22 PM

Let’s be frank: completing the primary application component of the AMCAS or the AACOMAS requires a big initial push. While everyone deserves a moment to breathe and collect themselves after this first major hurdle, it would be a mistake to let the impending flood of secondaries surprise you. In fact, there is no reason not to be prepared for the eventual arrival of essay prompts.

Read More

Tags: MD