Pre Meds: 5 Mistakes to Avoid while studying for the mcat

Pre Meds: 5 Mistakes to Avoid While Studying for the MCAT

1) Not Having a Solid Routine. Scoring in the top percentile on the MCAT requires a rigorous, but dependable routine. The studying involved is not something that occurs over night. You have to do your research well ahead of the test date and plan your studying across several months. This means avoiding the typical trap of boom-or-bust procrastination. Bad students put off studying until the last minute and attempt to make up time by cramming a […]

Where Will Hard Work Take You?

Quick: Would you rather be a genius or a hard worker? Go with whatever first comes to mind, although if you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “work smarter, not harder,” then you probably know where you stand. In this age of striving for success, I frequently here the message to “find your unfair advantage.” Generally this is used when attempting to build a startup or a company that will eventually rival Facebook and Google and earn […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger

14 Lessons on Success from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, while controversial in recent years, has been an inspiration to thousands of people for the last several decades. Born to a poor Austrian family, he came from nothing to become a seven-time world champion in bodybuilding, one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, and governor of California. His commitment to hard work, subverting the system, and discovering how to win makes him a role model for just about anyone trying to find success […]

Apprenticeship

Robert Greene’s Mastery: The Lost Art of Apprenticeship

Robert Greene is the famous author of books that deal with power. His books, The Art of Seduction and The 48 Laws of Power, detail how we can accumulate stature for ourselves while simultaneously being wary of forces that would do us harm. In a modern age this can sound trivial. It’s not like we live the Machiavellian lives of courtiers and nobles. However, there’s a reason that some of the top business schools in America, including Harvard, still have Sun Tzu’s The Art of […]

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Premeds: How to Study for General Chemistry

Getting the Perfect Score  “I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. Not everyone is smart enough to get an A in Chemistry.” How many times have you heard a variation of the above? You can replace Chemistry with any subject or activity you are attempting to master, and you’ll find the same thing: many people limit themselves in what they can accomplish. In academics we have the barrier of intelligence. The worst theory to ever come out […]

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The Book Shelf: The Power of Habit

“When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit—unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically…The problem is that your brain can’t tell the difference between bad and good habits, and so if you have a bad one, it’s always lurking there, waiting for the right cues and rewards.” Reviewing Charles Duhigg’s The […]

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Test Taking Success: 5 Tips for Overcoming Test Anxiety that Don’t Involve Studying

Megan is incredibly smart. She’s a great student. She does all of her assignments on time and aces them. She studies every night for her exams. If you ask her a question about the material she always knows the answer. You’re amazed by her intelligence. But come test day, something happens. She seems stressed. She flounders. When you say Hi to her, she mumbles a couple of words, or nervously laughs. When the exam is […]

Changing Healthcare in America: The Whitehall Studies

With all the talk recently of the Affordable Care Act and the changing state of healthcare in America it’s important that we observe the large number of studies that already exist on different systems of healthcare. While I believe that everyone should have equal access to healthcare, and that it should be affordable, universal coverage will not be the end all be all. Too many people seem to have the misconception that the lack of access […]