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When should I take my SAT subject tests?

Posted by Martha C. on 7/5/19 5:24 PM

Planning for the SAT subject tests is one piece of the college admissions process that oftentimes goes overlooked.  They are forgotten for good reason: in the midst of planning for your AP and honors coursework, juggling your extracurricular activities, and studying for the SAT or ACT, planning for the subject tests can fall by the wayside.

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Cambridge Coaching Spotlight: Meet Chris, Our New Operations Manager

Posted by Martha C. on 6/28/19 5:58 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Chris, our new Operations Manager! 

Chris is a graduate of CUNY Hunter College, where he completed two bachelor's degrees, one in Economics and one in Computer Science.  He has previously worked in the finance department at Eataly, in QA at startup Zola, and in IT at J. Crew.  His diverse academic and professional experiences make him a dream fit for Cambridge Coaching!

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Preston, Our Amazing LSAT Tutor!

Posted by Martha C. on 5/24/19 3:31 PM


This week, we're spotlighting Preston, one of our Harvard JDs.

Preston is originally from Atlanta, and he really won't shut up about it. Nevertheless, he completed the first two years of his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University in North Carolina and the final two years at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. After one year of working at a law firm in Chicago post-graduation, Preston moved to Boston where he is currently a second-year student at Harvard Law School.

Preston's tutoring specialty is the LSAT. Specifically, he is passionate about helping students break through a plateau where their scores are stagnant. He has helped students achieve scores in the upper bounds of the 99th percentile, and embraces the challenge of taking any student with the willingness to work hard to that level, too.

In his free time, Preston enjoys participating in mock trial and moot court competitions, weight training, and watching reaction videos to the MGK/Eminem rap battles.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Paul, Amazing Harvard PhD!

Posted by Martha C. on 4/22/19 8:37 AM

This week, we're spotlighting Paul, one of our Harvard PhDs.

Paul was born in Evanston, IL and grew up dreaming of being a cowboy. When he was informed the industry wasn’t what it used to be, he decided to change gears and pursue his other love: reading and writing. Paul attended Vassar College where he majored in Political Science and Africana Studies and graduating with honors in 2014. His thesis exploring the role of the gun in the settlement of South Africa and the United States was awarded the Paul Robeson prize. Upon graduating, Paul became a Maguire Fellow, allowing him to continue his interest in South Africa by pursuing a research project in Johannesburg. While in Johannesburg, Paul completed his M.A. in Anthropology with distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand and received the John Blacking prize for his dissertation on the social life of home security technologies. Currently, he is a doctoral student in African and African American Studies at Harvard University with a primary field in Anthropology.

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An Insider's Scoop on the Top 5 Law Schools of 2019

Posted by Martha C. on 4/5/19 5:43 PM

 No two ways about it: getting into one of the top 5 law schools in the United States is extremely challenging.  Your candidacy is a culmination of the hard work you put forward for academics (aka GPA), the hours you dedicated to preparing for the LSAT, and the most salient experiences that pushed you to want to be a lawyer.

Though the top 5 law schools aren't for everyone, if you have your heart set on one of the best, you should know which school or schools make the most sense for your numbers and long term goals as a lawyer. 

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Tags: law school admissions, law school

What is Going on in NY Specialized High Schools? The SHSAT Explained

Posted by Martha C. on 4/3/19 8:25 PM

You may have read in recent news that the stakes for the New York City specialized high school admissions are very high.  At the center of this heated discussion is a little known test named the SHSAT -- a standardized test that is designed to assess middle school curriculum content mastery for students entering these high schools.  Being local to New York and a company that has taught many middle schoolers in this city since 2012, we thought it timely to put out a quick run-down of this test.

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Tutor Spotlight: Meet Mugdha, Amazing Harvard MD!

Posted by Martha C. on 4/1/19 5:44 PM

This week, we're spotlighting Mugdha, one of our Harvard Medical School MDs.

When Mugdha was nine years old, she successfully attempted her first surgery—on a beloved teddy bear who desperately needed a re-stuffing. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. She is an M.D. candidate at Harvard Medical School (Class of 2022) with a passion for public health and women’s health. Mugdha completed both a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience (Science and Technology Honors) and a Masters of Public Health (concentration in Health Behavior) in 2018 with a GPA of 4.0 in both degrees. She was awarded the Outstanding Woman Award, Outstanding Neuroscience Student Award, and Outstanding Student- College of Arts and Sciences Award at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She spent three years working in a behavioral neurobiology lab studying circadian rhythms, but also spent an ample amount of time working in health policy advocacy and student government. Mugdha served as the student body president of her undergraduate institution and developed a passion for campus leadership and service.

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FAQs on the Medical School Admissions Process

Posted by Martha C. on 3/27/19 5:20 PM

So: you’ve decided to apply to medical school.  You’ve completed all of your premedical requirements, prepared for the MCAT, and have slogged back and forth from your research gig.  The application should be easy by comparison, right?

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How to Write A Résumé In High School

Posted by Martha C. on 1/30/19 5:16 PM

This may be the first time you're writing your own résumé, and the task can feel daunting.  You may be asking questions like: how do I write about myself?  How do I highlight my very little experience?  What is the format of a résumé?

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Tags: high school, college admssions

How to Draft an Essay in College in 4 Easy Steps

Posted by Martha C. on 1/23/19 3:28 PM

Making the switch to college-level writing can be tough, and it doesn’t happen overnight. Aside from the fact that papers in college are often long (although the short ones with strict word limits can be tricky, too!), the subject matter is often complicated and requires a good deal of analysis. Professors often expect that you already have a certain level of skill and experience in expository writing, and therefore don’t give you the guidance and structural requirements that you’re probably used to from your high school teachers. Add to that the fact that you don’t know your professor’s style and expectations as well as you did the high school teacher you saw every day, and things really get complicated.

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