Pituitary Gland Hormones Made Simple!

Posted by Elizabeth R. on 9/18/20 8:37 AM

What is the pituitary gland?

Even though the pituitary gland is about the size of a pea, it plays a very important role in regulating a lot of our body’s endocrine functions. Located in an area known as the sella turcica at the base of the brain and suspended from the hypothalamus by a stalk, the pituitary gland consists of two parts: the anterior/front lobe (which accounts for the majority of the pituitary gland’s weight), and the posterior/back lobe.

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Tags: biology, medical school admissions, MCAT

How to Study Efficiently for Hours On End (With the Help of a Tomato)

Posted by Jeremy G. on 9/17/20 8:21 AM

If you’re like me, the long open days of the weekend, summer vacation, or Covid-19-induced lockdown can seem to stretch forever. These days or long afternoons are great opportunities to nail down some studying. Yet, all too often I catch myself having wasted hours of my study time reading the New York Times, falling down a YouTube hole, or sending unimportant emails.

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Tags: study skills, homework help

A Short Guide To Using The GRE’s On-Screen Calculator

Posted by Charles P. on 9/16/20 9:43 AM

The Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE is unique in that it provides a tool that sections on similar standardized exams lack: an on-screen calculator. Though this distinction may relieve those who feel intimidated by math or by standardized exams in general, it also challenges those trying to determine the best strategy for employing its use. One can imagine two extremes while taking the exam: one where time is wasted by using the device too often and the other where time is wasted by abstaining from using it all together. Both cases highlight test-taking habits that are not easily broken. However, to help, here are a few quick rules for when to use a calculator on the GRE exam.

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Tags: graduate admissions, GRE

My experience with the “GRE at Home” remote exam

Posted by Brendon F. on 9/11/20 8:05 AM

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, ETS has been offering the option to take the GRE at home (right now, through September 2020) instead of the traditional in-person format. Several months ago, I took the GRE in this format, and share some of my experience and advice below.

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Tags: GRE, covid-19

Beginning at the End: Strategies for (Calmly) Translating Latin

Posted by Keating M. on 9/10/20 9:00 AM

Many of us have been there. Learning a new, unfamiliar language, but feeling confident in our progress—until confronted with a solid block of text on a homework assignment or course assessment. Several things then tend to occur: first, icy terror, followed hard by an urge to start writing, leading ultimately to a wild race through the text and the attempted definition of every single word on the page. Because, of course, if the words are not all defined in the first thirty seconds of an exam, their meanings will be forgotten…

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Tags: study skills, Latin

When are you really ready to take the LSAT? I’ll tell you…

Posted by Preston M. on 9/9/20 1:39 PM

I am a golf nut, and without a doubt the greatest golfer of modern time (perhaps ever) is Tiger Woods.

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Tags: LSAT, law school admissions

The Middle School Writers’ Workshop: 3 Steps to a Great Literary Essay Outline

Posted by Tess H. on 9/4/20 12:46 PM

Writing literary essays can be scary. Learning how to analyze texts through writing is one of the most challenging but fundamental skills that you’ll need in your academic career. Particularly for younger students, this task can be daunting. However, if you follow a few simple steps, it doesn’t have to be!

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Tags: English, expository writing, middle school

Breaking down the Texas medical school admissions process

Posted by Raj D. on 9/2/20 8:54 AM

The medical school admissions process is long, confusing, and stressful. Having just finished my own cycle in which I applied to schools on both AMCAS and TMDSAS, I’m creating this post in the hopes that it could provide useful insights to current and future medical school applicants.

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Tags: medical school admissions

Remote vs. Online Learning

Posted by John D. on 8/31/20 8:48 AM

With students unable to currently attend school in person, students, teachers, and staff are working to improve education at all levels. Some universities now find the need to articulate the difference between Remote classes and Online classes. This distinction allows us to think through some important issues in distance learning that can help us enrich virtual learning both during and after the pandemic.

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Tags: study skills, covid-19

How to memorize the amino acids (and not have your brain explode while doing it)

Posted by Tania F. on 8/30/20 11:26 AM

There comes a time in the life of any pre-med when they realize that, yes, they will actually have to memorize all 20 amino acids. Whether it’s for your biochemistry course or the MCAT (absolutely mandatory for the MCAT!), memorizing the amino acids can seem like an impossible task.

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Tags: medical school admissions, MCAT