The (Potential) Impact of the New Tax Bill on Graduate Students

Posted by Lucas T on 12/13/17 6:09 PM

Dear Reader,

I'm Lucas, a graduate student in the Math Department at MIT and a tutor with Cambridge Coaching. Like most graduate students, I have intently followed the discussions about the new tax bill, thinking how it would affect my finances. As of this writing, only the House of Representatives’ version eliminates a provision that would directly affect graduate students, Section 117(d)(5) of the current code. Currently, Section 117(d)(5) says that “gross income shall not include any qualified tuition reduction;” with the repeal, that means that tuition reductions would count as gross income.

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Tags: graduate school

Is An Online Course Right for Me?

Posted by Pat C. on 11/28/16 10:43 PM

Why should I take an online course?

1. It can be a graduation saver

Taking an online course can be a graduation-saver. Having an illness, a family crisis, an unexpected failure in a course or a mistake made counting credits with one or two courses to go can create a situation where being able to take those last few credits without having to be on campus or pay for a full semester makes completing a degree possible. Taking an online course in the summer session can be a way to get a bit ahead on your coursework in order to graduate early. Some students use summer session as a way to raise their GPAs: take a course online and do very well at it and then also take one less course in the following semester which allows you to do better in all your courses. Because online courses are usually asynchronous, you can take one while you are working. 

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Tags: college, high school, graduate school

Five Different Careers You Can Land as an Electrical Engineer

Posted by Sumit on 11/9/16 6:05 PM

If you think that electrical engineers just work with complicated machinery with wires, look again. A major in electrical engineering is a gateway to jobs spanning the medical profession, the financial industry, the computer and smartphone industry, security industry, and telecommunications industry, to name a few. Let’s find out how this seemingly narrow field opens the doors to a wide world of career opportunities. It all starts with the problem solving abilities you develop in math and physics and how you apply those abilities to real-world problems. If you are not enjoying math and science classes now, the amazing array of career opportunities at the end might give you the motivational boost to pick and stick with the field.

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Tags: college, graduate school

Choosing a Social/Natural Science PhD Program That’s Right for You

Posted by Nora Isacoff on 2/22/16 9:30 AM


If you’re starting to think about applying for a PhD in a social or natural science, you’re probably worried about getting accepted into highly competitive programs. But let’s take a step back! Before you can focus on impressing selection committees, you need to have a clear sense of what YOU want. Outside of the doctoral program bubble, it can be hard to think through what kinds of questions to ask yourself and your potential programs. What criteria will make or break your graduate school experience? How do you start to figure out what you want to focus on? How do you decide where to apply? 

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From Writing MFA Skeptic to the Belly of the Beast

Posted by Sam Ashworth on 5/6/15 11:08 AM

Confused about MFAs? You’re not alone.

I graduated from college in 2009, and immediately set about the business of becoming a writer. I wrote a novel. I rewrote it. I landed an agent. I rewrote the novel two more times. I found consistent work, first as a bartender (every writer needs a trade), then as a college admissions coach and writing tutor in New York and Boston, and lately I’ve moved into editing economic reports and proposals for the World Bank in DC, where I live now. I started reviewing books, at first for the free books, then, thanks to a charitably-minded editor at the TLS, for actual money (not a lot of it, but still money). I became, bit by bit, a working author. I started to feel less obligated to put the word “writer” in air quotes every time someone asked me what I did. And through it all, one question came up over and over. “What about an MFA?” And every time the answer was the same: “Forget it!” I even blogged stridently about it on this site a year and a half ago.

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Tags: creative writing, graduate school

PhD Perspective: Structure from an Academic Tutor

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 2/10/14 8:26 AM

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MBA Admissions: Should You Start a Business While Still in B-School?

Posted by Greg Page on 1/20/14 8:55 AM

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Academic Tutor: Learning in the Scary, Scary Real World

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 1/15/14 8:19 AM

One of the most jarring moments for any college graduate is the day she is thrust out of the comfortable academic environment she has dwelt in for the last 20 years, and suddenly realizes that in the job market, none of the same rules apply.  Today, we present some considered advice on how to prepare for that moment--and not let it derail you one bit.

Being academically successful is, arguably, something we can hone to near-perfection during our tenure in school.  After all, most of us are practicing it for almost two decades of our lives.  We humans are also very good at figuring things out and bettering ourselves when influenced by the right incentives; if you scour the science of learning online, you’ll find out how quickly we respond and adapt to stinging punishments or enticing rewards (yes, even us humans, especially if we are enticed with money).  In school, these incentives take the form of teachers whose wrath we don’t want to feel, letters and numbers in red pen we do or don’t want to see at the top of our returned papers, and leaderboards full of our and our peers’ scores.  We eventually functionalize and operationalize our methods down to an exact science to deftly dispose of syllabus assignments and exams.  We “get” how to do school.  Some of us may do this better than others (of whom the generous become college academic tutors), but nonetheless most of us inevitably improve.  Then, we are finally released into the real world to unleash all our skills and ability.

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Tags: study skills, graduate school

Application Consulting: The Graduate School Countdown

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 12/2/13 12:40 PM

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Career Advice: The Benefits of Networking

Posted by Sarah Woolsey on 10/21/13 9:41 AM


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