How Sherlock helped me ace my MCAT!

Posted by Calvin C. on 1/8/21 12:00 PM

If you’re a fan of BBC’s Sherlock or have devoured Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels, you’re probably wishing you had the memory prowess of Holmes, and not Watson. At least I sure did when I began my MCAT journey. Sherlock’s seemingly inhuman ability to recall even the most obscure details derives from a Roman legend about the poet Simonides of Ceos, who retraced his steps through a collapsed dining hall to identify unrecognizable guests who had been crushed during the incident. 

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What to do if you’re a non-traditional medical school applicant

Posted by Phoebe M. on 1/5/21 10:30 AM

Let’s face it: applying to medical school is grueling. 

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Three tips to make you a “prepared” medical school interviewee

Posted by Joseph P. on 12/30/20 12:00 PM

Applying to medical school can be stressful, and many pre-med students worry about interview day in particular. But one of the most common interview mistakes occurs well before the questioning begins: a lack of preparation. Here are some tips to help you hone the content and message that you want to communicate on your interview day so that you are ready for anything!

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Three essential medical school interview tips

Posted by Stephanie E. on 12/14/20 12:00 PM

1. What do I talk about?

Think through life experiences that have been meaningful to you; think about what emotions you felt during and after those experiences, what you learned, and how it impacted your perspective for the future.

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What NOT to do in your personal statement for medical schools

Posted by Vera T. on 12/11/20 12:00 PM

“Millennial.”

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How to send a cold email for research or shadowing in 5 easy steps

Posted by James Zh. on 11/30/20 1:20 PM

It can be daunting to reach out to a professor or doctor you’ve never met and ask to work with them or shadow them in a clinic. In this post, I’ve outlined how I like to approach cold-emailing research and clinical faculty, usually to great success.

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Tips for crushing your MD/PhD interviews (written by an actual student interviewer!)

Posted by Alice CL on 11/6/20 8:52 AM

First, congratulations if you have received MD/PhD interview invitations! That’s huge. Be proud of yourself and get excited to visit your potential future school and colleagues. As a student interviewer of prospective applicants, here are my suggestions for acing your interviews:

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How to write the statement of purpose for PhD programs in the humanities and social sciences

Posted by Angela P. on 10/26/20 8:57 AM

Sometimes also referred to as a personal statement or statement of objectives, this 1,000-2,000-word document is a key part of your application to PhD programs. The faculty reads hundreds of these essays, so, for their benefit and yours, keep your statement clear and simple. There are three essential questions that need to be answered in this essay. Answering them in order as follows makes for a tight and comprehensive statement:

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MD/PhD interview tips: 3 essential questions to nail down before you walk into an interview

Posted by Joan on 10/30/19 11:00 AM

Congrats on making it to interview season! It’s been a long journey with the pre-med courses, long hours in the lab, grueling MCAT prep, and seemingly endless AMCAS and supplemental essays. You’re almost there. I found the interview portion really fun - I traveled to places I’d never been, got wined and dined by students and faculty, and talked about research with people who were equally passionate about it!

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Don’t make the MCAT CARS section harder than it needs to be! Build on your existing reading skills.

Posted by Tyler S. on 10/28/19 10:24 AM

As an MCAT tutor and former test taker, I have often encountered a subset of students who struggle with the Critical Analysis and Reasoning section (CARS) of the test. It can become a significant source of frustration during studying, and there are many students who may even have to re-take as a result of a poor CARS performance.

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