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How to be Accepted to MIT

By James H. Choi
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Many mathematically and scientifically interested students want to go to MIT.

And yet, most of them end up preparing for it as an ordinary student — volunteer for disadvantaged people here, club activity there — without showing any special sign that they are interested in science and mathematics.

But how do you show such an interest, and possibly talent, in those areas?  Of course, you can win Math Competitions and Science Competitions.  But what if you didn’t get a chance because your school didn’t participate in those, or if your science project was too advanced to be understood by a judges at your regional science fair?  There are countless ways and regions you may not win any prizes even though you have the drive and the talent to succeed in the field.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6378458/Column/Info/English/SpecialEvents.gifThere is a way.  Listen carefully and follow because this piece of advice comes straight from MIT’s admissions officer for my question: “What if a talented student never had a chance to win any prizes?”

Start your science/math research blog.  The earlier you start, the better it is because most fakes start in their high school senior year when they finally realize that they don’t have anything to show for it.  A science/math research blog that was started in 6th grade and kept up to date can only be come from a truly motivated student.

Here is an example of what MIT is looking for created by my student William Kim.  He ended up going to Standford and he didn’t apply to MIT. http://sciencegardenlog.blogspot.com/

The research reports on your blog don’t have to be advanced, they don’t have to be successful.  For those who are studying in my SR classes should post your homework result up on your research blog.  Explain the algorithm you used but do not post the code because new students might copy them.  In fact, some of the research items you see in William’s blog are homework assignments from my class.  Of course, he added more of his own research as well.

Have at least one new research topic, progress and result posted every month.  Continuous, sustained interest speaks volumes about your true interest in the field, a level that a college application essay cannot match no matter how eloquently it is written because essays are just words, whereas what you have is deeds your track record that others cannot hope to match in their high school senior year.

So, start yours today.  There are many free blog services to choose from.  I have been using WordPress and I am happy with it.

For those who are looking for a way to get started, I recommend my SR 90 for 5th grader to 8th grader, and SR 100 Science Research courses for those who have finished pre-algebra at least.


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  1. Kwang nam
    November 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    저희 아이가 지금 sc100 을 듣고 있는데 이숙제도 blog 에 올려야 할까요 ?

    • November 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Yes, he/she should create a blog and post all the research he/she is doing. But don’t make it sound like it is doing homework that someone else gave. 예 올려야 합니다. 단 숙제처럼 하지 말고 자신이 궁금했던 것을 연구해 본 것으로 올리도록 하세요.

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