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  1. I'm not sure if this has been mentioned already, but here's another cool online resource that some of you might like to use. http://blossoms.mit.edu/videos/topic
  2. AoPS is hosting some college math jams. These are free on-line meetings. Everyone is welcome. I think they are also available as transcripts in case you can't make it, but I'm not 100% sure. You'd have to check. MIT's math jam is this Thursday. Date: Oct 13 (Thu) Time: 7:30 PM Eastern Instructor: Matt McGann Difficulty Level: 0 Duke and Carnegie Mellon are also in October. More info here: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/School/mathjams.php
  3. My son is an upcoming high school senior. His plan up until last weekend was to finish his associates degree in the Engineering program at our local community college, and then do the guaranteed transfer program into UVA (he needs a certain GPA, which he will have). The last few days, he started talking with a friend about MIT. He is really excited about MIT's program, and is considering applying there for Chemical Engineering. We started letting him take Community College classes in the 9th grade, and he did pretty well for his first 3 semesters (not full time). Mostly As, a couple of Bs. Then he had a semester where he got a C in Spanish and we pulled him out for a semester after that to work on motivation and other character issues. He also went on medication for ADHD, which has made a tremendous difference for him. The following semester he re-took the Spanish class, and got an A. He has gotten straight As since his semester off, including another level of Spanish. His GPA will end up in the 3.8 range, I think. He will have taken (with As) Honors Chem, Organic Chem, and math through Calculus. I think he got a B one semester of Biology (before his semester off), an A the other semester. He is the secretary of the volunteer club at the CC, is involved in a bible study that he started with his friends, and volunteers occasionally at a homeless day shelter for men. He took honors Chem, got an A, and did a project where he attempted to extract biofuel from algae. He is continuing to work on this some with a friend in his free time. He also works almost 40 hours a week during the summer, 20 during the school year at a car wash (not very flashy, but pays the bills). He will probably only work over holidays after this summer, so he can focus on academics. I think that pretty much sums up how he looks on paper. IF he does extremely well on his SATs this fall, does he have a chance of getting into MIT? Not as a transfer, he would not try to transfer all of his credits- maybe just a few of the ones that are not math/science. I just want to prepare him if he is not competitive enough. It seems like a lot of folks I read about with Ivy League-bound kids have a lot more on paper. He does have a real passion for chemistry, and reads books about it for fun. :) If getting in is even a possibility, what can he do to improve his application over the next semester? Thank you!
  4. From old threads I found the MIT link which proposed what is below. "Try to address the following questions in your evaluation: What is the context of your relationship with the applicant? If you do not know the applicant well and are only able to write a brief summary, please acknowledge this. Has the student demonstrated a willingness to take intellectual risks and go beyond the normal classroom experience? Does the applicant have any unusual competence, talent or leadership abilities? What motivates this person? What excites him/her? How does the applicant interact with teachers? With peers? Describe his/her personality and social skills. What will you remember most about this person? If you have knowledge of MIT, what leads you to believe MIT is a good match for this person? How might he/she fit into the MIT community and grow from the MIT experience? Has the applicant ever experienced disappointment or failure? If so, how did he/she react? Are there any unusual family or community circumstances of which we should be aware?"" My question - I'm wondering if anyone has any other handy links with lists of other possibilities? Or does this one pretty much cover it all? Thanks! Joan
  5. Hi! For those of you who were accepted to MIt, could you please share what you did for science and math? My 7th grader wants to go there and I want to get on the right track. What tests did you take, books used, competitions? I figure if we map out a plan now and it looks good for them, then it will probably do just well for our state schools. I know we need to get on some math teams but not sure where to go with that. The area I'm in will involve me doing all the set up for that. But... please share if you don't mind Thanks
  6. I'm trying to fulfill the foreign language req for ds#3. Because of his LD it has been suggested that Chinese is a good option for him. Someone also suggested the MIT course. I have looked at several of these but haven't figured out the practical day to day implementation. I see that there is a text as well as mp3 and YouTube aspects as well. But the syllabus is written for the college course or so it appears. How would one provide testing for these courses? Or is there another way to evaluate the student? What does a day with a MIT course look like? Also, would you transcript these the same as other college level courses such as 1 semester equals a full high school credit?
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