Hindsight in 2020: Four things a Harvard dental student would tell his high school self to get ready for in college and beyond

Posted by Jeremiah K. on 7/16/20 11:17 AM

1. Learn to do laundry

It seems so easy, so it’s embarrassing to admit that I took fresh clothes for granted during my high school years. I was one of many students who came into college who could tell you the intricacies of the Kreb’s cycle but not the length of a washing cycle. Life skills are important - learn to do your laundry!

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The Mamba Mentality: The Importance of State of Mind in Academic Success

Posted by Christina S. on 4/17/20 11:00 AM

As someone who has been studying psychology for the past decade, I know one of the key ingredients to academic success is state of mind. I started my undergraduate journey at UCLA, and am ending my residency at University of Pennsylvania – I’ve had my fair share of schooling! Over the years, I have developed a phrase for my positive state of mind; it is called “mamba mentality”, after the late Kobe. Since I’m a native Angelino and grew up in a generation admiring the him, I thought it would be valuable to explain some principles of the “mamba mentality.” This approach – I promise you – will help you become resilient and achieve success. Here are some takeaways:

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Four types of questions and when to ask them

Posted by Cypress Marss on 1/13/16 4:10 PM


source: Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat

When a toddler asks why to an infinite regress, their line of questioning inevitably becomes annoying. The reason is not that their questions individually are inherently uninteresting—or if answered seriously will not illicit fascinating information—but rather that the line of questioning that that toddler embarks on is without end.

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Tags: English, expository writing, college, high school, academic advice

How do you make work more like play again?

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 7/2/14 8:59 AM

 
So maybe this isn't a typical day at the office, but you get the idea...

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From Physics Major to People Major

Posted by Christine Hsieh on 5/14/14 10:13 AM

Choosing a college major shouldn't be a Solomonic decision. But sometimes... 

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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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College Corner: An Academic Tutor's Tips on Course Selection

Posted by Sophie Pauze on 8/26/13 10:16 AM

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