5 College Dorm Room Must-Haves

5 College Dorm Room Must-Haves

This post is part of our 2017 Back-to-School Series. Throughout the month of August, visit the Varsity Tutors blog for back-to-school advice, tips, and tricks for all ages.  Getting ready for college is an adventure that starts before you ever set foot on campus. With academic challenges, new social situations, and maybe even a new city to explore, the last thing you want to worry about is dorm room essentials. College dorm room must-haves can include an alarm clock, ample storage, and a handy first aid kit. And these materials can make adjusting to dorm life much easier. Looking to feel prepared when dorm living begins? Here are five c ... Read More About 5 College Dorm Room Must-Haves

The Ultimate Guide to Backpack Essentials

The Ultimate Guide to Backpack Essentials

The below post is the first in our 2017 Back-to-School Series. Throughout the month of August, visit the Varsity Tutors blog for back-to-school advice, tips, and tricks for all ages. Buying backpack essentials is a classic back-to-school activity for every grade level. The basic shopping list for all age groups includes items like pencils, pens, erasers, and paper, but students of different ages will also need to fill their backpacks with different items. So what are the backpack essentials that you’ll need to prepare for this school year? Here is our ultimate guide to backpack must-haves, broken down by elementary school, middle schoo ... Read More About The Ultimate Guide to Backpack Essentials

Should I Go To The University of Rochester?

Should I Go To The University of Rochester?

Ian is a current junior at the University of Rochester. He is majoring in chemistry, and specializes in AP Biology tutoring, organic chemistry tutoring, and a number of other subjects. Below, he shares his experience at the University of Rochester: Describe the campus setting and transportation options.  Ian: The University of Rochester is set along the peaceful Genesee River in Rochester, NY. It is about four miles south of the small western New York city center of Rochester, NY. The university campus is flanked by the river on one side, Strong Memorial Hospital and University of Rochester Medical School Campus on another, and Mt. Hope ... Read More About Should I Go To The University of Rochester?

Should I Retake the MCAT?

Should I Retake the MCAT?

You’ve devoted months—and perhaps even quite a bit of money—to preparing for the Medical College Admission Test, and now that you’ve received your score, all you can wonder is, “Should I retake the MCAT?” Ultimately, everyone has their own opinion about whether a retake is necessary. One way to approach this question is to review the data utilized by medical school admissions committees, as well as several applicable studies. So—should I retake the MCAT? Consider this study, which was a meta-analysis of 23 other studies. It examined MCAT scores and their correlation to medical school GPAs and USMLE ... Read More About Should I Retake the MCAT?

What is a College Seminar?

What is a College Seminar?

During college, you may encounter a specific type of course format: the seminar. College seminar courses are typically small, and are generally led by a professor. They are often higher-level classes that focus on a specialized subject area in a given major or minor. Students are expected to participate regularly in college seminars, including giving presentations and participating in discussions. There are many ways that students can succeed in a college seminar course, including emphasizing their participation, remaining distraction-free, and actively listening during class sessions. Keep reading to learn more about college seminars: Which ... Read More About What is a College Seminar?