So what’s the deal with the virtual GMAT?

Posted by Scott S. on 5/3/21 12:00 PM

For anyone else like me who’s naturally a planner, you’ve probably found yourself particularly frustrated by all the wrenches thrown at you and your MBA decision processes during the pandemic. You may find yourself asking questions like:

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Tags: GMAT

What is demonstrated interest? How do I show it? Why should I care?

Posted by Elise L. on 5/2/21 12:36 PM

Colleges increasingly rely on calculations of a student’s “demonstrated interest” (or "DI") to make decisions about admission and offers for various merit scholarships. It is important that students and families have a true understanding of DI to see how it can support an application.

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Tags: college admissions

Overwhelmed by the graduate school application process? Here are five tips to help you get started.

Posted by Avery W. on 4/30/21 12:00 PM

Applying to graduate school can seem very overwhelming. When I decided to go back to school, I remember feeling slightly paralyzed by all of the work that I needed to do in order to submit a competitive application, and I wondered how I was going to get everything done while working full time. If you find yourself in a similar position, here are five tips to help you get started and set you up for success throughout your graduate school application process. 

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Tags: admissions coaching, graduate admissions

Planning for Medical School Applications: Letters of Recommendation

Posted by Lara E. on 4/28/21 12:00 PM

For me, letters of recommendation were one of the most stressful parts of the application process. I had so many questions. Whom should I ask? When should I ask? Should I provide my recommenders with suggestions about what to include in their letters? Is it awkward for me to nudge letter writers about approaching deadlines? 

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Tags: MD/PhD admissions

5 simple tips to ensure your child succeeds in online learning

Posted by Anna F. on 4/26/21 12:00 PM

Let’s face it, virtual school is difficult for even the most gifted students. Constant distractions, low motivation, and unstructured days provide a unique challenge for at-home learning. Here are 5 simple tips to ensure your child not only stays on-track, but thrives in their online learning.

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Tags: study skills, middle school

Cells and Burning Stones: Robert Hooke’s Contribution to Science

Posted by Jeremy W. on 4/23/21 12:00 PM

The discovery of cells, and the naming of them, is most often credited to Robert Hooke, an enigmatic genius from England in the mid 1600s.  Robert Hooke was born in July of 1635 on the Isle of Wight and was, by many accounts, brilliant when it came to science, architecture, and engineering, but a little rough around the edges socially.

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Tags: biology

Tackling the AP English Language and Composition Essays: Part 3

Posted by Tess M. on 4/21/21 12:00 PM

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I covered the basics of the three AP Lang Essays (Synthesis, Rhetoric, and Argument), how to generally approach them, and the six steps of writing a successful essay on test day, focusing on the Rhetoric Essay. Now, we’ll look at the Synthesis and Argument Essays: how they differ from the Rhetoric Essay and how to apply the “six steps” to succeeding on them. 

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Tags: English, AP exams

4 things to know about applying for an MD-PhD in the social sciences

Posted by Dana V. on 4/19/21 12:00 PM

Albert Einstein once said, “The greatest scientists are artists as well.” Many of these great scientists are “non-traditional” MD-PhDs: doctors who pursued their PhD in the social sciences or the humanities instead of the typical life sciences. If you’re interested in taking this road less traveled, start by asking yourself these four questions: 

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Tags: MD/PhD admissions

What is deadweight loss?

Posted by Pragya K. on 4/16/21 12:00 PM

If you’ve taken economics, you’ve probably heard the term “deadweight loss” thrown around as something that is generally “bad.” But what does deadweight loss even mean, and why do economists try to avoid it? Let’s find out. 

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Tags: economics

How to make an MCAT study plan

Posted by Grant S. on 4/14/21 12:00 PM

When I taught high school science in DC Public Schools, my colleague had a saying whenever he would assign lengthy class projects. “There’s only one way to eat an elephant,” he would say, “one bite at a time.” Although his advice was intended for our class of grumbling adolescents, I found it increasingly applicable to my own extra-curricular project: studying for the MCAT. Breaking the MCAT down into manageable chunks helped me score a 526; here’s how you can make your own plan:

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Tags: MCAT