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Cut off for General Science ?

I was hoping if anyone could tell me the cutoff was for general science at western university? I know on their site it says low to mid 80s, but I wanted to know from those that got accepted with their averages . 

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Grade 12 current marks :
Chem - 78% 
Advanced functions - 72%
Computer science - 86%
Computer engineering - 85%

Basically what I'm saying is. I wanna go into Mechatroncis engineering , but I'm clearly not passionate about math (I can deal with physics though). Yeah I know these are really bad marks especially because I wanna go into engineering ,  but trust me they could be so much higher if I really put the effort into as I do for computer engineering. 

Yeah my engineering mark is really low, but that's only because we had a teacher who knew nothing about computers , and he was forced to teach it. Still , I went from a 73 to 85 from midterms. 

My chemistry is really low this year as well as I had a 93 last year ... Although it's not good, I forced myself to go from a 65 to a 78 from midterms. 

Math .. I just don't have the motivation for it  , but like I said. If I need to do it then I will. 

Because I wanna go into mechatronics engineering really bad at UWO. Should I re do grade 12 (victory lap) and achieve the 90s in Chem and math I can get ? Or should I just go into general science at UWO, then transfer to engineering after ? 

I want to make a choice where I can go into university really prepared , but I also really hate to come back again haha.

Any opinion helps, thanks!
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When to start applying for post-secondary?

As the title says, when do you guys that have experience think that I should be applying for uni? I wanna go to Waterloo for mechanical and mechatronics engineering.

Yes, I could go online but I could also get a more firm and reliable response from those that have experience. Take me threw your whole process of applying. Important dates etc.

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Missed couple days of grade 12!

I am writing to say that I missed the first 4 days of grade 12, and knowing how uni is right around the corner I don't think I could afford this loss. I took a 3 week vacation and missed 4 days of important school work. I feel like I will be behind and this will just make everything fall apart. 

To be honest I just figured out I have a functions test Thursday and I don't know if I can pull it off. 

Thoughts on helping me out ?
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Mature Student wanting to apply for Physics at UBC
I am 23 years old and I am currently working in the Air Force.

Up to grade 10, I was a good student averaging 95%. Starting in grade 11, for some reason, I started not caring about school as much, and my grades suffered. After high school, I definitely was not ready for university, nor had the required discipline. I went anyway. I got into the U of A for Computer Science. I ended up dropping out after one term without completing any courses. Will this seriously affect my admissibility?

After spending a few years in the military, I have grown up and started caring again. I had also gained a lot of discipline and work experience. I now want to get an honours degree in physics from UBC and possibly pursue graduate school.

Here are some of my Grade 12 grades:
Math A30                       84%
Math B30 (IB)                71%
Math C30                       91%
English A30                   78%
English B30                   76%
Bio 30                             91%
Physics 30                     93%
Chem 30                        77%
Calculus 30                   91%

I am currently taking online french courses from Athabasca University. After that, I plan on either retaking high school courses (Math, Chem, maybe English?) or taking first year courses in my deficient subjects. Is one option better than the other? Or should I do both? What else can I do to help my admission?

Do I meet the requirements for the UBC English Language Admission Requirement? From what I've read, it looks like I need a 70% in the English 12 Provincial Exam. The province where I did high school (Saskatchewan) doesn't have provincial exams. Do the English courses I have qualify?
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A new laptop for university
Hello everyone as the title stated, I would like to have a new laptop for y post secondary education. I have been browsing different models and puzzled by all the options. Right now, I am using ASUS S56C... and it only lasts for 4 hours (without internal browsing) .... 

So here's some specs I would like to have in my future laptop, and hopefully tech gurus can help me  :)

1. Long lasting battery (at least 6 hours, the more the better , if possible)
2. Graphic Card
3. Intel i7
5. DVD drive
6. Window Operation (I still don't know how to use Apple laptops)
7. At least 8 GB memory
8. 3+ USB Ports and 1+ USB-C port(s)
9. 256 GB+ Hard drive
10. 17" screen
11. Bluetooth

May have: 
1. Touchscreen
2. Good sound system
3. Glowing keyboard (cuz I think this is cool but it's not necessary at all)

Major usage:
1. Normal tasks (PowerPoint, Word, Publisher, Excel)
2. Video editing (Premiere Pro - it freezes when I use my current laptop)
3. Photoshop
4. Tons of internet browsing at the same time (can up to 100 pages at the same time)
5. Graphic Design (Inventor and AutoCAD)

Price: As long as it is under $3000

Thank you very much :)
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Probably heard these questions before, but when do you apply for university (regular acceptance)?  When are people excepted? What do universities see? Lastly, when do most people apply?
Anything helps!
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I'm currently heading into grade 12 and was wondering what to study after highschool to become a pilot? going to university is a must for me but I just don't know what to study to do what I want when I'm older.
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Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering @ Waterloo
Hello folks,

As the title says, I'm going to do my best to make it into this program. Before this though, I need basic fundamentals/tips on how to achieve this. So I ask of you guys; before I head into grade 12 (3 months). I need to know what I should be doing in order to do my very best in school. For people who finished grade 12, what did you guys do to pull of those high mid-high 90's? Should I be reading books about the courses during my summer break?

I took Calculus, Advanced Functions, Physics, Chemistry, Computer science and Engineering. 

As for those who may already be doing what I plan to do, how is work/school load? Is it hard trying to keep up high marks? I hear that you guys travel places around the world, build robots etc as co-op. Sounds like something I love to do!

Thank you,
How is SCH4U?

I was wondering how Grade. 12 chemistry is in terms of difficulty? I have a 93% in SCH3U right now for midterms and theres nothing challenging about this course. Now I'm probably just sounding cocky, or maybe I just understand the concepts.

This is funny because I know I can end up higher, but don't want to if Grade 12 is really hard because then I won't be able to beat my grade 11 mark haha.

Disclaimer: Obviously grade 12 will be harder, but specifically, how much "harder"?
Tips on what I should become ?
Hello all yconic members,

I am currently in grade 11 and will soon be entering grade 12. I know grade 12 is "the" biggest year of your whole high school life as your marks reflect your chances of getting into a Uni/College. Now what I am asking you guys is, where should I student like me be? Uni or college, and for what program?

I am hands on learner, that loves to build and program what I have built. I ended my Computer Engineering course with a 91% after my final project (100%). Our task was to create something that was in our reach using the knowledge we have learnt throughout the course. Now, being the student I am, I intended on building a remote controlled car through a PS3 controller, using arduino software. I obviously got it to work, and from then I want to build more and more, but that course is over and im now doing computer science.

its not going too good right now, I have a 77% while someone with literal aids who has no appreciation for this stuff has an 82%... Now I kind of dont mid this mark because I missed a couple days do to the Fist Robotics Competition this year. I also haven't been motivated by this course yet as it's only the beginning and its so boring.

I have stated what I can do, now I would love to hear your responses!

Thank you,
Mechanical or Mechatronics engineering ?
Which is better, study mechanical engineering or mechatronics engineering? I hear some say that transitioning from mechatronics to mechanical is way smoother in terms of having a major advantage in already knowing the concept. Is that true?

Electroemchanical Engineering technician?

I am currently in grade 11 and wanted to understand something, so:
For those who are at uni for Electromechanical Engineering technician, or somewhat relative to it. Please tell me what the work load is like, how time management is, classes+students are, and how the environment of the school is.

Feel free to add anymore you'd like!

Thank you,

When Is it too late to start trying ?
As the title says, "when is it too late to start trying, for something you want to be depends on it ? "

I always have this thought in my head when I run across my grades, and remember that I want to go to uni. But how is that possible with grades so low in 11th year of Highschool?

It's never come across me that from grade 9, I should've had a clear idea of where I want to head and what I needed to do. When I came into Highschool I had no idea how getting a job worked, or how to get into university. Because of this I never put any dedication into my education. 

I've gotten really crap marks, and now that I'm in grade 11 with 2 moths till summer. I ask myself, what do you want when you're older ? Do you even want a beautiful wife, family and a job?

For some reason, I fail to acknowledge what needs to be done and hope that I can change it next year. So then I ask again. "when is it too late to start trying?"

Thank you
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Funding For Working Mature Students
I have been researching and planning my preferred course and narrowed down the schools of choice, but what I seem to have the most trouble with is funding. There are so many countless awards, bursaries and scholarship for high school students, unemployed and people currently enrolled in programs full time, but for an adult working 40 hours a week looking to study part-time it's bleak. 
With the economic down turn out west it is the right time to return to school , try and get out of the oilfield,  because you don't know if you will have a job tomorrow.
I want to get a certificate in human resource management part-time and then move onto a diploma and take it step by step as that's all I can fit with my work schedule but without aid available for people like this we have to take a second job which are far and few between out here and loans to pay for our schooling which wouldn't leave us the time to go to school or study.
I understand youth are our future, but the working age people are the ones currently running things and if the help isn't available to them to better themselves in turn bettering our economy, the future we are preparing our kids for won't be promising it will be higher unemployment rates an d more people on social assistance than we have seen since the last down turn.
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Paramedic AMA, Ask Me Anything!
Ever seen someone having a medical emergency, and everybody's looking at each other with no idea what to do? Or even worse, you're having a medical emergency and nobody knows what to do. This is what inspired me to become a paramedic.

I drove past an SUV that was stopped at a pedestrian crossing. In front of that car, a young woman lay on the pavement. She wasn't moving. A small crowd had gathered. The faint sound of sirens echoed in the distance. Well, at least somebody called for help. If only someone knew what to do in these crucial first few minutes.

In another instance, an elderly woman carrying a small bag of groceries felt dizzy and collapsed to the floor at the sky train station. Someone had knelt down to talk to her, and asked me to call 9-1-1. It was my first time dialing 9-1-1. A pretty nifty experience, although I was terrified at the time.

Anything can happen at any given time. I felt that it was so dumb that nobody knew what to do. 'Well maybe I can make a difference. Maybe next time, I'll know what to do' I thought.

I started with a 3-week advanced first aid course. I didn't plan on becoming a professional, I just wanted to know what to do if something happened. I discovered that I loved the course, so I decided to go through paramedic school.

If you're curious about becoming a paramedic, I would suggest taking an advanced first-aid course to try it out and see how you like it. The best thing is, even if you decide not to take it further, there are plenty of jobs out there as first aid attendants. I worked an entire summer earning $17/hr (Canadian dollars!) doing first aid for warehouses, construction sites, and manufacturing facilities. You can even volunteer at rock concerts, raves, marathons and sporting events, and see all kinds of fascinating emergency medicine scenarios behind-the-scenes.

Read about the most compelling and deeply moving experience that I've had as a paramedic on my blog: http://wayneskickasswebsite.com/

I hope you've found this interesting, but perhaps you have more questions? Go ahead! Ask me anything!
So I am in a hard situation because my parents aren't letting me go away for university. I live in the GTA so I could commute to UofT, Ryerson, York, ect. With UofT st.g being my first choice I know driving everyday could be lengthy because of traffic and such. I want to get a Bsc in Human Bio and Psychology with the end goal of med school (I aleady know i could get a much higher GPA at york or ryerson but I do not want to hear that please help me with this issue of residence).  I am going to write this long essay and do thing huge presentation to my parents to try and convince them that living on residence could give me more opportunity and better grades. While I am at UofT I want to volunteer at a hospital, get a work study job, do research, maybe join a club on top of all my very hard classes. Commuting 2-4  even 5 hours depending on traffic every day could be very detrimental to my education not to mention how annoying driving home would be after a late night in the library. Could you guys please help me with some suggestions on why residence is an experience they should invest in! And if you live on residence could you tell me the positives you've had with your education. If you have a long commute to a school could you tell me some of the negatives that come with it? Thank you very much in advance.
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The Official Canadian Occupation Social Pyramid (COSP)

The Official Canadian Occupation Social Pyramid (COSP)

Royal Class/Elites/Master Race

-Investment Bankers, Consultant, Venture Capitalists, Politician

Noble Class

 - Doctors, Lawyer, Dentist, Pharmacists, Optometrists

Upper Class

-Chartered Accountants, Chartered Financial Analysts, Marketing Managers, Actuaries


Middle Class

-The rest

2nd Class citizens/Alien Race

-Engineers, Computer Scientist, Architects, Nurse

3rd Class citizens /Peasants

- Chemist, Biologist, Technician, Electrician, Plumber,


- Artist, Economists, Writers, Historian, Women’s Activist, Photographer and every other arts major who couldn’t get into law school

-Customer Service, Bank Teller, Bookkeeper, Cashier, and any other Labor job

Animal Kingdom/Pests

- The unemployed

High school and University majors choose your fate wisely!

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MEDHOPEFULS--mega thread
1) What grade are you in currently (if in high school) or what school are you attending, what year, in what program (if in university)?
2) What was/is/you think will be your top 6 (or 4/5 if you're from a province other than Ontario--please state) in high school?
3) What was/is your top 3 school & program choices for undergraduate studies before pursuing medicine ('premed')? Why?
4) Many on here seem to believe that Mac's health sci is the best, then Western's med sci, and then students should just apply to a school where attaining a high GPA is easier. Do you agree?
Thank you so much for your input! Hopefully we'll get some meaningful discussions started! Good luck to all of you! :)
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OSAP question
I went on my OSAP login and it says my school hasn't sent them my course info yet; I have paid the deposit on time and sent the needed documents, both OSAP and my college have received them. What's the hold up?
If you guys haven't heard, teachers in Ontario are going to go on strike starting July 20th meaning no extra curriculars starting this fall unless a settlement is reached. Fuk
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How I Score Straight A's with Minimal Effort
Don’t get me wrong, it takes effort. Knowledge doesn’t magically enter the brain. Whether you’re a straight A student looking to free up more time, or someone who hates studying and wants to scrape by with minimal effort, an organized approach can get you more for less.

Visit my blog for the most reader-friendly version: http://wayneskickasswebsite.com/

1. Prepare Early

Early preparation is the bomb. I love early preparation. Avoid the huge stress of midterm week by studying a little bit every day, starting from day 1 of the semester. By the time exam week rolls around, you’ll already know most of the material.

You don’t have to go all out. If you just read one chapter, or even half a chapter of a textbook per day, you’d be surprised how much you already know (and therefore don’t need to study) by exam week.

2. Flashcards

Oh god, do I love flashcards. It makes memorization sooooo easy. Do you ever feel like there’s so much stuff to memorize, that there’s no possible way you could do it? Try flashcards.

The hardest part of using flashcards is making them. You can buy packs of blank cardboard flashcards, or you use my personal favorite, on-line flashcards. The best part of on-line flashcards is that once you make a set, you can easily send them to all your friends. Even better, they can send their on-line flashcards to you.

I personally use http://www.flashcardmachine.com/ . If the ads get annoying, just install an ad-blocker.

3. Exam Period organization

2 weeks before exam week, I print a calendar for the month. First, I mark off which days my exams are on, then I mark off what I am going to study on each day leading up to the exams. This ensures I don’t miss anything, and that I don’t over-commit to just one course.

I look at all the chapters that are covered in the upcoming exam. I decide how much time I have (or am willing to spend on) each chapter, and I write it on my calendar.

I use the printable calendars here: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/create.html

4. Practice Problems

Some courses require a lot of practice problems. The best use of your time is to do practice problems that you have an answer key to. Doing practice problems without being able to quickly check your answers is a huge time waste.

Bundle up all the practice problems and answer keys and set them aside. Do this before you do any of the problems. Place your practice problem bundles in the order that you plan to do them.

Desk organizers are fantastic. It works like a to-do list. Put things in order of priority, left to right or top to bottom. That way, you don’t have to worry about the 500 things you need to do, you just worry about the 1 thing you need to do next.

5. Study Groups

I don’t use study groups because it just doesn’t work for me. I know other top students who are very successful with study groups. Different people learn best in different ways. Study groups are definitely something you can try, and it might make a big difference. If it doesn’t work for you, hey, no sweat. If you find that study groups work for you, you can start a Facebook group for your class to help coordinate study group times.

6. Textbooks

It pains me to see dirt poor students spending $200 on a beautiful brand new textbook (that they probably won’t read). Unless you have a few hundred dollars to throw around, don’t buy new textbooks! I get straight A’s using textbooks that are up to 7 years old. Older versions are just as good as the shiny new one.

I actually get some of my textbooks FREE, with minimal effort. I don’t want to publicize this method widely, so if you want to know, send me an e-mail at WayneINTJ@gmail.com .

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questions about a job interview???? (kumon)
ok, so I have a interview at Kumon in a few weeks (long time i know). Anyways, the lady didnt email me any specifics about the interview other than date and time. So, should i bring my REPORT CARD? my grades arent stellar, i only got a 86 in math, 79 in french, 80 in history and 81 in gym. PLUS my french teacher decided to give me a few "s" in the behavior section, probably because i didnt participate enough in class. 

SO I FEEL BRINGING MY REPORT WILL HURT ME IN THE INTERVIEW RATHER THAN GIVE ME AN ADVANTAGE. i WOULD HAVE BROUGHT MY HONOR ROLL CERTIFICATE, BUT I LOST IT. Anyways, I am pretty good at math and english and i really want this job! should i just NOT bring my report card? I like my math mark, i just feel its not enough.I ALSO HEARD YOU HAVE TO TAKE A TEST?? before your hired. IS THIS TRUE AND WHAT IS ON IT?
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