How to approach the NBME shelf examinations

Posted by Amar S. on 10/16/20 9:16 AM

The NBME shelf examinations are certainly daunting: 110 complex questions in 165 minutes is a grueling test of your knowledge. But it’s not without significant benefits! These exams can actually be a fun challenge, allowing you to apply concepts you have mastered in novel ways. Here are some tips and tricks I used as a third-year medical student to maximize my success on these exams:

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Tags: medical school admissions, study skills

How to make sure you don’t fall behind during distance learning

Posted by Brian J. on 10/9/20 8:44 AM

Let’s be real, it’s hard to focus on school at home. And as COVID-19 cases persist and schools remain online, it is important to not fall behind. Here are some tips to help you stay on top of your work while learning from home:

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Tags: study skills, homework help, covid-19

How to study for standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, and SSAT

Posted by Brian J. on 10/8/20 9:05 AM

Study actively, not passively.

In order for your brain to truly remember something, you must make your brain work. Reading your textbook or class notes is a good start, but studying actively will always improve your memory (and your scores). Try answering questions out loud or writing down answers as you go along to make your studying a more active process.

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Tags: study skills, SSAT, ACT, SAT

How to think like an AP Rater/Reader on the AP English Language “Synthesis” Free Response Question 1

Posted by Cassandra M. on 10/7/20 9:28 AM

As someone who tutors AP English Language and Composition (lovingly referred to as AP Lang) and as someone who struggled with timed writing herself, I know how daunting a task it can be to score a 5. Luckily for you, I’ve also served as an AP Rater/Reader and can offer some additional insight into what we are told to look for while scoring a student Free Response Question 1 Synthesis essay on the AP Lang exam.

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Tags: study skills, test anxiety, English, expository writing, AP exams

Start by learning how you learn…and then tackle the sciences

Posted by Casey L. on 10/6/20 9:57 AM

When I was an undergraduate, I had a wonderful research mentor in a neuroendocrinology lab, and it was this research experience that led me to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. My research mentor was deeply interested in the process of learning. In my time as his advisee, he taught me how to study efficiently, how to really remember something in the long run, and how to make the most of a busy schedule. The principles he taught me not only made me a better student of biology, but a better student period. Learning about how you learn is applicable to any discipline. Here are my tips for getting started:

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Tags: biology, study skills

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

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

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

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Posted by Patrick M. on 8/21/20 9:08 AM

One of the basic tenets of my coaching philosophy is to teach a student to teach themselves. The vast majority of the learning process should take place solo. Learning the LSAT or the GMAT is more like learning a language than it is like learning a subject, and there is just no way—no matter how long you stick with it—that you’re going to learn that language in 90 minutes a week. My goal as a tutor is to shape the way that the student thinks, ideally bending it toward the way that the test-makers think.

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Tags: study skills, LSAT, test anxiety, GMAT

Working from home is hard.

Posted by King F. on 3/26/20 4:18 PM

Aside from the technical difficulties in accessing zoom lectures and online videos, it is incredibly hard to stay motivated while working from home. Home has always been the place where we come back to rest, unwind, and forget about daily troubles. Therefore, it’s easy to see how our daily moods, traditions, and routines suggest that home isn’t the best place to get work done.

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Tags: study skills, homework help