3 Key Skills You Need to Ace the MCAT

3 Key Skills You Need to Ace the MCAT

As every budding pre-medical student knows, the MCAT covers content learned in four very specific science classes: Physics, General Chemistry, General Biology, and Organic Chemistry. While a mastery of each of these subjects is necessary to excel on the MCAT, there are three key skills that also contribute to success on the exam. These key skills are not particular to any single MCAT section, but rather play a role on the test as a whole. While any good study plan incorporates lengthy content review, developing the following skills through full-length practice exams is just as integral to acing the MCAT. Analytical skills At its core, the M ... Read More About 3 Key Skills You Need to Ace the MCAT

How to Prepare for Your Med School Admissions Interview: Part 4

How to Prepare for Your Med School Admissions Interview: Part 4

By Michelle Finkel, MD Insider Medical Admissions The following piece was written by Dr. Michelle Finkel. Michelle has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former Harvard Medical School faculty member. She is the founder of Insider Medical Admissions.   Success at your medical school interview can hinge on subtle components of the day that you might not even consider to be influential until it's too late for damage control. Several of those points were covered in my last Varsity Tutors’ blog entry, which included two important topics that I called You can check out anytime; but you can never ... Read More About How to Prepare for Your Med School Admissions Interview: Part 4

What is it Like to Attend University of Massachusetts Boston?

What is it Like to Attend University of Massachusetts Boston?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Samantha is a Boston tutor specializing in Elementary and Middle School Math, Biology, Writing, and more. She is a 2013 graduate of University of Massachusetts Boston and holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Biology and in Exercise and Health Sciences. See what she had to say about her alma mater:   VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Samantha: The campus is located on a peninsula in South Boston. ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend University of Massachusetts Boston?

What is it Like to Attend Virginia Tech?

What is it Like to Attend Virginia Tech?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Caroline is a Washington D.C. tutor who specializes in ACT prep and Biology. She is a 2013 graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. See what she had to say about her undergraduate experience:   VT: Describe the campus setting and transportation options. How urban or safe is the campus? Are there buses or do you need a car/bike? Caroline: A lot of the charm of Virginia Tech is its rural campus. The town of Blacksburg is small and friendly, and I have never felt threatened ... Read More About What is it Like to Attend Virginia Tech?

Reasons Not to Apply Early Decision

Reasons Not to Apply Early Decision

The following piece was written by Rachel Korn. Rachel has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer, as well as the founder of her own admissions consulting firm. Most high school students apply to college in Regular Decision (RD) admissions rounds, with deadlines in the winter of their senior years, flexibility to apply to multiple schools, and the ability to attend the college they most prefer among those to which they are admitted; however, there is another popular option: Early Decision (ED). ED is an admissions plan for students who have a far and away #1 choice ... Read More About Reasons Not to Apply Early Decision