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  • If you’ve ever been told to “mind your Ps and Qs”, you know that the expression equates to being instructed to mind your manners. That is, of course, unless you’re studying for the LSAT, where Ps and Qs have nothing to do with being polite. In fact, seeing Ps and Qs may inspire some LSAT takers to feel particularly impolite: they generally signify a conditional reasoning problem, which can be s...

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  • Why do many students find physics so boring?  College-level introductory physics courses on Newtonian mechanics can feel quite...mechanical and dry for most students. On the other hand, cutting edge physics research asks and addresses amazingly deep questions like “what is all the stuff in the Universe fundamentally made of?” and “where did all this stuff come from anyway?”. 

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  • Why Bother? Good grammar is a lost art. Even many English teachers give it short shrift these days, and it’s possible to sail through years of schooling without addressing bad habits. But your mistakes add up. Weak writing can lead to lower grades, make a bad first impression with employers, and hold you back from being an effective communicator, in ways you might not even realize.

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  • Welcome back to my SAT/ACT reading section blog. The topic for today: literary devices. These terms come up infrequently but often enough that it’s worth giving them a look over before the test to be sure that you have them down. If they come up, you can get another question right, and if they don’t, you can save what you learned for a future SAT subject test or AP test. Ready? Let’s get start...

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  • Last time we discussed the general approach to preparing for a medical school interview and went over a couple big picture questions. The ultimate goals are to, one, let the interviewer know how you are different than every other person they spoke to and, two, why you would be a good fit for this program. You want to convey these points in a memorable way, so we discussed how to answer these qu...

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  • SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, GRE. What do these acronyms all have in common? Well, they’re all standardized tests, but more importantly, they all have multiple-choice math test sections. Despite whether or not they’re accurate indicators of student performance in the classroom, lab, or office, they are all essential for entry into some educational career path. So whether you want to be a lawyer or you...

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  • The September LSAT is less than 6 months away, and I just watched Miracle for the first time. That happy confluence of events produced this: a roughly 6-month study plan for the LSAT that mirrors the approach Team USA took in preparing to face the reigning 4-time Olympic hockey champions. I want you to study smarter—adopting only the best strategies that will get you the most gain—and harder: p...

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  • Many of the freshmen I instruct at CUNY enter the first few sessions of my Expository Writing class wearing metaphorical top hats and monocles, armed with—and comforted by—the five-paragraph essay structure and other basic compositional building blocks. College-level essay writing, in their understanding, requires a stuffy, exacting formality—a holding in of one’s breath. By sublimating their i...

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  • Essays Without Concrete Information Are Quickly Forgotten As I regularly tell students in my AP English classes, essays full of generalizations aren’t worth the paper they are written on.  An essay that fails to include concrete examples of the concept under discussion is forgotten the moment the reader reaches the end—if, indeed, the reader gets that far. 

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  • So far in our series of Casing 101 blogs, we have reviewed structuring the problem via an initial framework and navigating case math. In this edition, we will cover another problem-solving exercise that is common in case interviews: market sizing. At first, market sizing may seem daunting – how can we possibly estimate the number of televisions sold annually in Boston, for example? But once you...

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  • If you are a student of economics, one of the first axioms you are instructed to adapt is that everyone should be considered a “rational actor.” What this means is that all people who take part in economic decisions and transactions are informed by self-interest and do so in a manner that maximizes their potential self-benefit.  This is essential to understanding choice theory.

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  • Studying for Step 1 can easily become all-consuming.  A seductive pitfall is to see every moment not spent studying as time wasted.  The purpose of this post, however, is to hopefully convince you that the opposite is, in fact, true.  Time spent away from overt Step 1 studying actually enhances one’s ability to efficiently prepare for this important part of our medical licensing exams.  The key...

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  • I've heard it all before.  GMAT test takers tell a variety of lies to themselves: “I’m just a bad test taker.” “You’re either good at these tests, or you’re not.” False and false. “Easy for you to say! My roommate barely did any practice tests and she got a 750!” You guessed it, false. None of us came into this world knowing critical reasoning and sentence structure. While intelligence pl...

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  • Many students either don’t get the scores that they are hoping for on the reading section or feel like they aren’t reading accurately enough or quickly enough. But how do you improve your reading? Let’s go through some strategies that can help you improve your reading speed and accuracy.

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  • When we last left off in this series of Casing 101 blogs, we had structured a detailed framework that broke the problem into its unit-level variables and presented it to the interviewer (see link here). But this is just the beginning. From here the interview will move into a series of problem solving exercises including math problems, interpretation of complicated charts and exhibits, and brain...

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  • Whether you are a high school senior trying to decide whether to play sports in college, or a collegiate athlete beginning to fill out your medical school application, this post is for you.  When it comes down to it, admissions committees make their selections based off traits that they recognize tend to help students thrive through school and beyond. From the perspective of a four-year colleg...

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  • In the year 1202, Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci published Liber Abaci (Book of Calculations). Though its most significant contribution was to bring to Europe the Hindu-Arabic number system that we all use today, it also contained a curious thought experiment about the reproductive patterns of rabbits, which gave rise to one of the most famous sequences in math that would entertain an...

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  • The way I teach standardized tests has been changed by a book I recently read: “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. Ask any of my students over the past three months and they will be quick to tell you of my incessant and often repeated reminders of System 1 and System 2. So much so, that I’ve decided to write about it.

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  • So you're thinking about taking the LSAT, but you're scared of reading comprehension.  There's been a lot of talk about RC on the LSAT: “I already read as well as I’m going to read so there’s nothing more I can really do.” “I don’t have time to actually READ all of the passages, so I just skim.” “I already do pretty well on this section, it’s the other sections I need to focus on.” 

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  • In this blog post, our college coach Zuzanna reviews tips for tackling your college essay. For a good college essay topic, you don’t have to think big! There are so many misconceptions about the college essay floating around – especially among international students. To tackle them all would require writing a book. But the one I encounter most often is the matter of the topic of the essay, th...

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  • As many older siblings can tell you, sometimes your younger siblings would rather go hiking in Antarctica before they ask for the tiniest bit of help or advice. So you can imagine my surprise when I got this message from my youngest sister a few months ago:  Sis : i’m finally kinda trying to maybe somewhat get more serious about gre prep Sis : i’ve avoided it for a while Sis : any helpful ti...

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  • Have you ever opened a middle schooler’s backpack to find a mess of papers, crushed pencils, and uneaten snacks? That emoji-themed folder that your child was so excited to pick out in the beginning of the year torn to shreds? The ‘Math’ section mysteriously also being the go-to folder for notices about PTA potlucks, field trip reminders, and returned quizzes from history class?

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  • After all your preparation, it’s all come down to this moment. For months you have networked, practiced your “fit” stories, and done countless mock case interviews with friends. You sit down at the table with your interviewer and exchange introductions. Before you know it she says “let’s start the case” and proceeds to read you the interview prompt. What do you do next?

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  • The hardest part of studying for the MCAT isn’t the studying itself. Given enough time, most people could study enough to do reasonably well. The problem is, most of us don’t have all that time: the majority of MCAT preppers are in college or work full time jobs. Both of these commitments are enough on their own, so trying to stack studying for the hardest graduate school entrance test in the c...

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