Summer Hours

Summer is finally here. We've made it. Now it's time to rest, regroup – and get a head start. School may be out, but we'll be here all summer.

 

LogicPrep Armonk

Our Armonk instruction and practice testing schedules will remain the same until we shift to summer hours on Sunday, July 2nd
INSTRUCTION
Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm
Sundays starting July 16th: 10am-6pm
PRACTICE TESTING
We will continue to offer practice tests at 8:45 and 12:45 on Saturdays and Sundays
Please note that LogicPrep will be closed Tuesday, June 27-Thursday, June 29 for our annual retreat as well as Tuesday, July 4.
 

LogicPrep São Paulo

Our São Paulo office will be open Monday-Friday from 10am to 7pm for instruction and practice testing throughout June and July:
INSTRUCTION
All lessons for the remainder of June and July will be held online - students are welcome to do them from home or our office
PRACTICE TESTING
For the remainder of June and through July, we will offer proctored practice exams on Saturdays only at 8:45am. We will resume Sunday practice testing in August. Please be sure to arrive promptly to ensure that we can accommodate you.
LogicPrep office will be closed from Tuesday, June 27th-Thursday, June 29th for our annual retreat.

What you need most in your MBA application

In early June, I attended a multi-school MBA admissions event in NYC that featured Michigan Ross, Berkeley Haas, Cornell Johnson, Virginia Darden, Duke Fuqua, and NYU Stern. It was a great way to learn more about the business school application process and hear how candidates are evaluated.

Similar to college applications, grades, test scores, and extracurriculars are important. What was remarkably similar, though, was the stress that your application needs to show how what you've done points you towards your goal and how you believe this school will help you get there.

If you have any questions about the process or are thinking of applying, don’t hesitate to reach out!

 

-Eli S, Director of Academic Consulting

Stop Second Guessing

There are different schools of thought on whether it serves to second guess multiple choice answers on standardized tests. Each of us has our own rhythm, our own approach, and our own insecurities when it comes to taking these tests; when the gentle balance of this equilibrium is interrupted by a hard question, we can easily find ourselves on the road of self-doubt. Every question thereafter can become a new battle of confidence. We look for reasons why any of the answers might be right, and why our answer might be wrong.

In such moments, take a deep breath, take your eyes off the page, refocus, and remember that in the ACT and SAT, there is de facto only ever one right answer to each question. Once you've found it, you can move on. In this game, confidence is the key to success, and we should not be our own worst enemies in this experience. Each question is its own piece of real estate, so whatever happened on the questions prior, the next one is new and you can trust yourself to tackle it.

When I was taking the standardized tests for college, I read an article stating that women spend more time going back and second guessing than men do, and are more likely to be affected by performance-inhibiting self-doubt in the test environment. Since that moment I made it a point to notice when I was engaging in this behavior negatively, and give myself a shot at shaking it off. I encourage all students to do the same. Be thoughtful, be confident, and you'll own it. 

 

-Elizabeth S, Instructor

How celebrating your quirks can get you into college

Around this time each year, I love reading news articles about standout application essays and students’ admission successes. When I was an admission officer, the personal statements and university-specific supplements were my favorite part of the admission process because they were always a celebration of the quirks each student would bring to campus; their wit, self-aware reflections, sincere passions, and impactful life experiences. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the ones whose applications merited lengthier conversations in committee were the ones we felt we really got to know -- whose personality, perspectives, and potential authentically shone through.

We delighted most in the stories that brought students to life on paper. Here are some excellent examples of students' personal qualities that were displayed in their essay topics:

Intellectual vitality: Reflecting on C.S. Lewis’ writing and how it resonates with his own life and philosophy.
Creativity: A non-native speaker attempting to perfect his language skills by creating his own music videos in Chinese.
Playfulness: Taking her obsession with Harry Potter and making a fun game for children with cancer to find Horcruxes around the hospital. 
Upbringing: Going against the family grain as the only vegetarian in her 50+ person meat-loving Dominican family. 
Drive: Using self-taught coding skills over three years and engaging in the design thinking process to launch apps for social good.
Sense of humor: Detailing his weight loss process through Insanity workouts and personal “fried chicken resistance campaigns.” 
Willingness to explore new challenges: Training to be a “laughter yogi” to lead wellness programs in her community.
Multiple talents: A varsity diver and aspiring physicist’s connecting his two passions in a compelling way.
Joy in everyday activities: Watching TED talks while washing the dishes and describing each video as a “small intellectual oasis."

As you attend information sessions and regional events, you’ll hear this often: more than the topic of an essay, it’s how the story is written and what it reveals about the student that often resonates most with admission officers. The stories that stood out made us feel with the writer; we laughed out loud, shed real tears, felt pangs of pain or swells of joy, and sometimes even had to take a break from reading to recover from the power of an application. It’s those very stories that we oftentimes quoted out loud to convince the committee to make room for the student in the following year’s admitted class, and you can bet that they truly made a difference.

 

-Grace K, College Advisor

Top 10 Commencement Speeches This Year

Congratulations class of 2017! We've made a list of our favorite college commencement speeches this year, and we hope that you gain some inspiration from these wise words. Enjoy!

Mark Zuckerberg - Harvard University

“You are part of something bigger than yourself. Purpose creates true happiness… [We must] redefine our idea of equality so everyone has the freedom to fulfill their purpose...We need a society that is less focused on locking us up and stigmatizing us when we do. We need a society more focused on providing continuous education through our lives.”

Will Ferrell - University of Southern California

“No matter how cliché it may sound you will never truly be successful until you learn to give beyond yourself. Empathy and kindness are the true signs of emotional intelligence...To those of you graduates sitting out there who have a pretty good idea of what you’d like to do with your life, congratulations. For many of you who maybe don’t have it all figured out, it’s okay...Enjoy the process of your search without succumbing to the pressure of the result. Trust your gut, keep throwing darts at the dartboard. Don’t listen to the critics and you will figure it out.”

Oprah Winfrey - Agnes Scott College

“You’re nothing if you’re not the truth...I’ve made a living, I’ve made a life – I’ve made a fortune, really...from being true to myself. If I can leave you with any message today: The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it’s really good, [but]...Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service.”

Sheryl Sandberg - Virginia Tech

"The most important thing I learned is that we are not born with a certain amount of resilience. It is a muscle, and that means we can build it. We build resilience into ourselves. We build resilience into the people we love. And we build it together, as a community. That’s called “collective resilience.” It’s an incredibly powerful force — and it’s one that our country and our world need a lot more of right about now. It is in our relationships with each other that we find our will to live, our capacity to love, and our ability to bring change into this world."

Michael Bloomberg - Villanova University

"Today, patriotism doesn’t require us to endure starvation or extreme deprivation. But it does require us to have the courage to do not what is easy but what is hard. What does that mean? Well, it means having the courage to keep studying new subjects throughout your life, to listen to those on the other side of an argument with an open mind — instead of retreating into safe spaces. It means having the courage to re-examine your beliefs when data and science contradict them."

Helen Mirren - Tulane University

“The trick is to listen to your instinct, grab the opportunity when it presents itself and then give it your all. You will stumble and fall, you will experience both disaster and triumph, sometimes in the same day, but it's really important to remember that like a hangover, neither triumphs nor disasters last forever. They both pass and a new day arrives. Just try to make that new day count.”

Fareed Zakaria - Bucknell University

“When you go on in your lives and you find yourselves in positions of some authority or decision-making, the most dangerous thing you will find is the ability to not imagine that things could go wrong. That your course of action could be the wrong one. And so the most important skill you need is to ask yourself, what am I not seeing?...It is the greatest danger I think you will face over the course of your lives – this ability to close yourselves off into some kind of bubble where you don’t contemplate the possibility that you are wrong.”

Adam Grant - Utah State University

"Grit doesn't mean 'keep doing the thing that's failing.’ It means 'define your dreams broadly enough that you can find new ways to pursue them when your first and second plans fail.'...Sometimes resilience comes from gritting your teeth and packing your bags. Other times it comes from having the courage to admit your flaws.”

Stephanie Ruhle - Lehigh University

“We’ve become really attached to these big ideas and labels — Republican, Democrat, feminist, Alpha Chi Omega, mountain hawk, engineer. We use these labels to find our tribes, get comfortable, and stick with them, and it is suffocating. Open your mind...Open your hearts, even just a little. Just because something doesn’t confirm your existing beliefs does not mean it’s a hoax. The smartest and most successful people I know are constantly evolving, always learning. It does not end with school.”

Octavia Spencer - Kent State University

“Remember, no one came here the same way, and you won’t all achieve success the same way...don’t let yourself get caught up in the trap of comparison. You know what I’m talking about. Ignore the stilly 30-Under-30 list that the internet throws at you before you’ve even had your morning cup of coffee. Those will be the bane of your existence post-graduation, trust me. Trust me. Comparing yourself to other’s success only slows you down from finding your own.”

How to Stay Sharp Over the Summer

As the school year winds down, students are understandably looking ahead eagerly to the summer break. Regardless of where you are in your high school career, keeping your mind sharp over the summer is essential.

For freshmen, your sophomore year will offer a more challenging course load, sometimes featuring your first AP classes. It is crucial to build on the success you established your first year or turn the page and start anew if you struggled.

For sophomores, junior year will be seen as the doorway to college acceptance since you will likely be taking ACTs and SATs for the first time, along with juggling your busiest course load of high school.

Juniors who have finished with the SAT or ACT still have the rigors of college applications and a challenging fall semester to look forward to, while those who have not finished with the tests will have to gear up again for the fall exams.

And even for the seniors who are already accepted into college, I would remind you that the level of comprehension necessary for college courses far surpasses that of high school classes.

With all this in mind, I recommend that students do their best to avoid the trap of summer complacency, which can make starting the new school year all that much more painful. You should all pursue intriguing, unique experiences over the summer, but there are simple steps you can take to keep your mind functioning at a high level.

For most students, the most important step is to read consistently at a high level. Some of you are ambitious enough readers to tackle full novels, in which case you should check out our summer reading list here.  For those of you who feel overwhelmed by the commitment of a novel, challenge yourself to read one article each day in a publication such as The Atlantic, Popular Science, Scientific American, The New York Times, or The Wall Street Journal. These publications are written at a level similar to or above that which you will usually find on the SAT or ACT.

For those of you trying to get ahead on your SAT or ACT prep or make a strong final push for the fall exams, I would strongly recommend a consistent review of the English rules and math equations, as well as steady practice with your past mistakes. Even 10 to 15 minutes of work each day can make a significant impact on your readiness at the start of the next school year.

So challenge yourself to stay sharp and keep yourself ahead of the curve this summer!

 

-Jamie K, Test Prep Advisor & Instructor

Testing Tip: Relax & Pamper Yourself

Who's ready for the ACT tomorrow? Today's testing tip:

Take the day to relax & pamper yourself

You've been preparing for the ACT for weeks, so there's no need to stress out just before the test. Enjoy a relaxing night in, eat a good dinner, and treat yourself to something special! Then, get to bed early so you can wake up refreshed and energized for test day. Use today to reflect on your journey but don't worry about cramming more information into your brain. Going into the test with a clear head will keep you focused and motivated. Good luck!

 

For more testing tips, click here.

College Tour: Brown University

WHY IS THIS SCHOOL AWESOME?

The vibrant artistic, political, and cultural scenes of historic Providence, Rhode Island provide the perfect setting for the cutting-edge curriculum of one of the nation’s oldest universities. Brown’s open curriculum places an enormous amount of trust in students to shape their own education, eschewing general education requirements to pave the way for opportunities to pursue any and all interests. Appealing to students’ desires to explore academically, Brown’s encouragement of interdisciplinary work allows students to discover and delve into particular passions in a concentration, from Modern Culture and Media to Egyptology and Assyriology. And if the nearly 80 options don’t encompass students’ passions, they can devise their own independent concentrations. The initiative of Brown’s undergraduates has resulted in 300-plus student groups, ranging from student-produced plays and musicals to daily and weekly independent newspapers. Brown’s Division I, Ivy-League athletics program is the nation’s largest for female athletes, with 20 varsity teams for women and 17 for men, alongside intramural and club sports. The community-oriented university allows students to take innovative, service-based classes, volunteer downtown, or even enroll in classes at the Rhode Island School of Design. Reconciling exciting innovation in student-initiated research and longstanding traditions like Spring Weekend Concerts, Brown sets the stage for the complete, individualized college experience.

5 WORDS TO DESCRIBE CAMPUS?

DIVERSE, HISTORIC, METROPOLITAN, OPEN, & BUSTLING.

THE "TYPICAL STUDENT" IS...

Self-motivated, curious, and actively engaged in the community.

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE?

Last year, over 475 students studied abroad, and more than 2,000 students engaged in foreign language study. 1,450 international students studied at Brown this year, signifying the university’s encouragement of expanding academic and personal perspectives through diverse cultural experiences.

TIPS FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Brown’s supplements ask you to expand on why you’re drawn to a particular area of study at Brown University, as well as where you’ve lived and an activity that you’ve done. Use these prompts to show how you’ve embodied the Brown spirit of responsibility, open-mindedness, and agency in education, which opportunities at the school most excite you, and what you can bring to the campus, be it a refreshing perspective or a great sense of humor. 

FUN FACTS?

Brown is home to the Ivy League’s first pole dancing troupe: the Poler Bears.

 

Check back soon for more college tours!

The books you really need to read this summer

Summer is finally here, and that means it's time to relax with a good book. But what book should you read? Well, that's where we come in. We've compiled the top picks from LP (even Francois, our four-legged team member!) for you to dive into as soon as school is out. Ready, set, READ!

Duckworth was awarded the MacArthur "genius" grant for her work on the study of grit -- that quality of relentless stick-to-itiveness that predicts success better than talent, intelligence, and just about any other characteristic. What is it, and how can we develop it? I think there's no better time to come across this book than your school years, when you are discovering the passions that will coalesce into a lifelong sense of purpose, and when you are looking into a future full of the time and potential to fulfill that purpose.


A sports writer and economist team up to write a "moneyball" approach to why some teams fail and others succeed in soccer. They do a great job delving into the sometime conservative and close minded word of soccer and showing how the game is poised to change with the introduction of "big data". They also pepper the book with great soccer anecdotes. A must for any soccer fan!


The misadventures of a brilliant but deeply flawed protagonist set in New Orleans. John Kennedy Toole's sole literary effort is picaresque charmer that is full of laughs.


A wonderful exploration about how the language you’re born into at times shapes – and at times doesn’t shape – how you see the world. Also there’s a long form exploration about how humans across cultures and eras have divided the visible spectrum into different discrete colors. If you love language and ideas this book is for you   


The story of one lawyer, Ken Rose, and his team as they represent inmates on death row. The author follows one inmate's story in particular as Ken and his team tries to save him from execution. 


This book is charming and a lovely read. In this novel we experience 20th century Russia through the eyes of an aristocrat under house arrest in the high-end Hotel Metropol. I found this book to offer a refreshing and gently humorous perspective on daily life for the fallen aristocracy, through a period of political tumult and change. 


If there's one thing I know, it's that being a gentleman is important. This guide can teach even a complete dog everything he needs to know, from how to dress to how to write the best handwritten note. Two paws way up!


I first found out about this book through the New Yorker article written by the same author. The shorter snippet was a beautifully-written and completely heartbreaking precursor to an equally honest, tragic memoir of a neurosurgeon battling stage IV lung cancer. Definitely made me cry. Highly recommend it.


Through a family's story that is utterly unusual and at the same time surprisingly relatable, Karen Joy Fowler's We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves made me reflect a lot about the experience of growing up, trust, and family relationships. This book is rich but doesn't take itself too seriously -- I found it entertaining and touching (and a good vocab-builder to boot!).  A word to those who hate spoilers, if you read this book, do NOT read the back cover first!


I first heard Bryan Stevenson when I caught an interview with him on the radio in the UK. I was very struck by his story, how as a student at Harvard law he did an internship in Georgia and met a prisoner on death row for the first time, the journey he took to becoming a lawyer and then setting up the Equal Justice Initiative to challenge the bias against the poor and against black people. After hearing the outline of his life, I just had to buy his book to fill in all the details. And it was worth it to read what an amazing difference this man has made to so many people’s lives. An inspiration.


As a huge sci-fi and fantasy geek, I loved these books as a high-school student. The story is captivating and R.A. Salvatore creates a world that's rich with lore and wonderment. 


Though Rudyard Kipling is a controversial author today for his views on race expressed in the famous "White Man's Burden" poem, Kim is a beautifully crafted tale of an orphan's coming-of-age. Kipling demonstrates a deep sense of compassion for India's people, a surprising contrast with his image today.


George Saunders' most recent book combines the true story of Abraham Linclon's son's death with the Buddhist concept of the "bardo," a transitional state between death and the afterlife. Narrated by a cast of ghosts watching the events from the bardo, this novel is too weird for words, in the best way. 


This book was assigned as required reading during one of my high-school summers. I forget which summer it was, but I do remember dutifully buying the paperback in June and then proceeding to ignore it all summer long. When September rolled around, my teacher somehow forgot to give us a reading quiz about it, and so the book stayed on my shelf, unread, a testament to my lazy summer. A couple of years ago, I was visiting my parents' house, and, looking for something to read, I picked up that old, reprimanding paperback. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down: it was so wise, and moving, and strangely relevant to my own life. 
Once you reach your late teens, novels that cover the whole span of a career or a life suddenly become a lot more interesting. This is one of the best such novels, I think.


This book explores the difference between good companies and those that become great!  Concepts in this book have helped me understand how to place our team members in positions that they will both thrive in and enjoy.  Great book for many of our students that want to study business.


A memoir of the author's childhood growing up in impoverished Ireland, the book is certainly sad, but no one ever mentions how funny it is, which is what makes it so uplifting. Humor carried this guy through some real tragedy.


This is a particularly relevant time in our country's history to read this beautiful novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which details individual and immigrant experiences that collide head-on with the "American dream" our history teachers tell us is ubiquitous and universally accessible. It also highlights aspects of American culture that we as readers may be blind too -- or perhaps intentionally overlooking -- through the lens of characters so relatable, you feel by the end that their stories are your own.


I can't get enough of Liane Moriarty these days, and this book might just be my favorite written by her. Life for Alice as a 29 year-old is beautiful: married to the love of her life, remodeling their first home together, and expecting their first child. After a bad accident at her Friday spin class, she wakes up after being knocked unconscious on the gym floor and learns she's actually 39, has 3 children, is in the midst of a bad divorce, and doesn't remember the last 10 years of her life. 


A blend of memoir and sociological study, this book offers unique and important perspective into the state of the working class and social mobility in America today.


Part memoir, travelogue, literary study, and stream-of-consciousness monologue, Out of Sheer Rage is undoubtedly the funniest and most profound book ever written about failing to write a book. Read this if you're someone who, like Dyer, struggles with procrastination, perfectionism, laziness, or any of the other excuses people invent to prevent themselves from doing whatever it is they want to do.


A page turner about a slave on the run. A must read for anyone interested in American History.


This book skillfully touches on the the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, the tangled ties between generations. The author reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, come to define ourselves. I could identify so much with this novel, coming from an immigrant family, myself.


Kurt Vonnegut is a master of crafting pulsating empathy that makes complex contemporary social discussions immediate and accessible, and Cat’s Cradle is a prime example of his singular ability. This 1963 novel is a brilliant satirical and insightful exploration of the dual-edged sword that is technological progression in our increasingly interconnected, globalized world — and it contains one of my favorite chapters of writing that I’ve ever read in my 23 years, Chapter 99.


For a long time, I judged The Bell Jar based on its melodramatic reputation and cover. One day last summer I opened the book out of curiosity, expecting a sappy, overdramatic story, and instead found a humorous story of a girl with a keen wit who works as an intern at a fashion magazine one summer in the 1950's. Of course she eventually descends into madness, but it's a madness where she never stops making fun of other people. The clear prose kept me hooked, and I was able to finish it in a day.