VARSITY ADMISSIONS AN EDUCATION BLOG

What is a MOOC?

April 08, 2014
What is a MOOC?

A MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is a free, virtual college class available either through a university’s own website or an external website like Coursera or edX. The goal of these courses is to offer the material typically found only in college classrooms to anyone with an internet connection. While no actual college credit is typically awarded for completing one of these courses, many parent institutions provide a certificate of completion (for a fee) and a final grade to their online students. With upwards of 10,000 students per class and little—if any—contact with your professor, why should you enroll in a MOOC? Re ... Read More About What is a MOOC?

Should I Go To University of Miami?

April 06, 2014
Should I Go To University of Miami?

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Aaron is a Miami tutor specializing in Spanish, Essay Editing, Literature, and more. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Check out his review of his 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? Aaron: The campus is very safe, and the security guards / police force have a strong presence to make the students feel protected. That being said, the surroun ... Read More About Should I Go To University of Miami?

A Day in the Life at The Ohio State University

April 05, 2014
A Day in the Life at The Ohio State University

The tutors behind Varsity Tutors are not just here to teach – they’re sharing their college experiences as well. Danielle is a Denver tutor specializing in Algebra, ACT prep, all levels of German, and more. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. 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? Danielle: I went to The Ohio State University and I was a commuter. I drove every day, but that meant leaving my car on a lot a few mi ... Read More About A Day in the Life at The Ohio State University

3 Tips to Succeed in Medical School

April 04, 2014
3 Tips to Succeed in Medical School

The following piece was written by Dr. Sahil Mehta. Sahil has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former admissions interviewer for Columbia University. He is the founder of MedSchoolCoach. So, you’ve gone through the application process. You’ve written your personal statement, put on your best suit, shared your personal stories at your medical school interview, and just got that email or phone call saying you are in! Congratulations! That is an amazing accomplishment – getting into medical school is probably the hardest part of your journey. But there are plenty of trials and tribulations that lay ah ... Read More About 3 Tips to Succeed in Medical School

Writing a Statement of Purpose

April 03, 2014
Writing a Statement of Purpose

Graduate school applications require a statement of purpose. A statement of purpose is similar to an undergraduate personal statement, but it is typically more succinct and specific in its focus. Each university maintains its own format. However, in all cases, the statement of purpose is an applicant’s opportunity to detail his or her case for admission. Prospective schools seek a narrative that explains how your experiences shaped your motivation for pursuing this degree and program, how those experiences prepared you for success, and what your long-term goals are both within the program and after graduation. The key to this process is ... Read More About Writing a Statement of Purpose