Amanda Orbuch

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Guides: How I Got Into Stanford

[fa icon="calendar'] 8/12/20 2:56 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Martha Collins, a Stanford alum, shares her Stanford admissions story. She discusses her tips for best approaching the application process and what she feels made her application stand out.

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How To Prepare For the GMAT Exam

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/2/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

For our older Synocate students who might be taking the GMAT soon, here is an infographic with some tips to help. To get more information, check out "10 Tips to Help You Prepare for the GMAT Exam". With that being said, here are the tips:

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5 Ways STEM Students Can Differentiate Their College Applications

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/14/18 11:43 AM / by Amanda Orbuch

For many STEM students, the college application is an anxiety-producing process. It is often unclear what one can do to differentiate their application from others in their domain. Here is a list of helpful tips to create the strongest possible profile as a STEM student.

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STEM Students: How to Ask to Researcher to Join their Lab for a Summer Research Position (Email)

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/8/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

For many STEM students, getting involved with an existing lab is a primary goal. However, these labs are not always extraordinarily receptive to high school students, as students in this age category often lack the critical “prior experience” to immediately demonstrate their usefulness to the lab.

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AP Scores and What They Mean For Ivy League Admissions

[fa icon="calendar'] 5/6/18 8:14 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

AP season is just around the corner, and for many students, that means the start of intense anxiety. How do I know what a “good” score is for each of the tests? How will this impact my chances of college admissions? Can I get college credit for these tests?

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College Application Timeline: Planning Your Summer and Senior Year

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/25/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

For many students, the sheer volume of work to be done throughout the “college application process” seems incredibly daunting. In this post, we will provide a rough roadmap of when you might want to aim to have certain portions of the applications completed.

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65 Clichés to Avoid Using in Your Common App Essay

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/18/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

For many students, a primary source of stress throughout the college application process is the persistent sense that their applications will not “stand out” to admissions officers.

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When It Feels Like Everyone is a STEM Student, How Can You Make Your Essay Stand Out?

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/10/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Once upon a time, in an era dominated by young people vying to be future lawyers and financiers, the computer scientists and engineers of tomorrow were prized rarities among colleges and universities. Nowadays, however, it can feel like everyone is a STEM student, and moreover, it often seems that the level of competitiveness among STEM students is ever-increasing.

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4 Elite STEM Competitions 2018-2019

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/26/18 8:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

We’ve all heard the story: “Intel ISEF Finalist gets into (insert top choice school here)!” Common-sense wisdom tells us that elite STEM competitions, like Intel ISEF, are “golden tickets” into every student’s top-choice school. While generalizations like this are problematic and often promote unhealthy behavior, there is something worth considering within it.

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Top 5 Buzzwords In College Admissions 2018: What Do They Really Mean?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/22/18 6:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Legacy. Demonstrated interest. Grit. In the process of applying to colleges, you will almost certainly come across one or more of these terms. You might have a sense of the definitions of these words, but, to colleges, they often hold a different or more specific meaning. Keep reading to find out what these words (and others) mean in college admissions!

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College Admissions Tips from Stanford Grads - How to Write a College Admissions Essay

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/13/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Ever wondered what you should put in your essay to get into your dream school? Hear advice from Stanford grads on the 4 key elements of a college admissions essay that will make your essay memorable!

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Guides: 3 Quick Strategies for SAT Success

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/11/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Boost your chances of success on the SAT with these three quick tips.

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Questions to Ask During College Visits

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/9/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Confused about which questions to ask during college visits? Learn about the questions you should and should not ask the various individuals you will encounter during your tour.

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How to Find and Apply for Scholarships

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/7/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Worried about the costs of applying to college? Not sure how to get the most out of your financial aid possibilities? Join Synocate's Financial Aid expert Rashi as she explains how to maximize the number of scholarships you win to reduce the cost of college tuition.

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Guides: What To Do Over the Summer in High School

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/5/18 12:00 PM / by Amanda Orbuch

Ever wondered how you could go about maximizing your summers to enhance your college application? Hear what Synocate, a top online college admissions counseling service, has to say!

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