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I am quite scared......I need advice!!!

A photo of theshiningstar88 theshiningstar88
I am a gr.11 student going to school in BC. This year has been very difficult for me due to emotional and social(friends and family) problems, and these problems have had a very negative impact on my academic performance. I have just finished my first semester, and these were my grades:

Chemistry 11 = 75%
Math 11 = (either in the high 70's or low 80's)
Biology 11= 90%
Science Humaines 11 (Social Studies 11) = 90% - I am in French Immersion.

I have always been a straight A student, but ever since grade the end of grade 9 I have found it more difficult to maintain that status. In grade 10, I started noticing these difficulties, but I managed to get through the year with a 93-94% average and rank among the top 15 students in my grade. I know that I could have at least gotten an A in both chemistry and math (the curriculum wasn't that hard), but I was too busy dealing with all my other problems to focus on my school work. I know that I still have second semester to bring up my mark, but I am worried about my first semester and how that will impact my chances of getting in to a good university. I would like to become a doctor, and from what I know already, potential medical students need to have extremely good grades. So my question is if I should be worried about these marks, and if so, whether I should retake the courses during summer school. I would like to be eligible for entrance scholarships, but I'm not sure if my grades are high enough. Also, do universities like UBC and U of T mind retakes that occurred in gr. 11, or do they generally dislike that sort of thing?

Thanks.
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A photo of cyynthiia cyynthiia
Your first semester grade 11 marks won't mean anything to universities when they look at your grades for acceptance decision.
If you're thinking of early acceptance into BC schools like SFU and UVic, they will only look at your FINAL grade 11 marks.. so your second semester, as well as your first semester grade 12 marks.

So, as long as you can work hard to bring it back up next semester, you should be okay.
Just make sure it doesn't impact you in grade 12 next year, as that's when marks will become important all year round.
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A photo of Bethany Bethany
Hi!

So you mentioned that you wanted to go to medical school? A lot of med schools now are looking for more well-rounded applicants as opposed to the uber maths-and-sciences oriented types. Not to say that these are necessarily bad things, but a little versatility goes a long way when applying for a university. What I am trying to say is that if you really want to appeal to the schools you are applying to, try dabbling in the arts a bit. (A musical background is always a big plus.) It's not absolutely necessary (obviously), just a piece of advice.

And don't stress yourself out too much. You're in grade eleven now. You have plenty of time to get your grades up. Plus, if you're on here, it means you have a least SOME motivation to succeed. After all, you're actively seeking help now. Most people wait until grade twelve, then panic. (procrastinators. tsk tsk.)

Good luck, you can do it! :)
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A photo of theshiningstar88 theshiningstar88
Thanks for the great advice!! =)
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A photo of ksamograd ksamograd
ALso to get your MD most people tend to get a Bachelors degree frist so I would imagine that would help you get into med school. And you have to remember, universities are businesses and they want people to attend their school. Every year the average needed to enter a school changes based on the averages of the last year applicants.
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A photo of Mary8280 Mary8280
Don't worry about what has happened, just focus on the present and working hard towards the future. Remember to not overwork yourself though. You should work on time management. You can only work well if you remember to take breaks as well.
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A photo of Socialism Socialism
Don't stress about your Grade 11 marks, they're not in the 60s. If I were you I wouldn't upgrade any of my Grade 11 marks, but instead concentrate on trying to stay ahead in Grade 12.
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I know your problem. I go to an online school so I really have to learn everything on my own, by myself, i have teachers to help me out through email or Intanst message or phone but its not the same, I too am in grade 11 and my first semester kind of sucks :S In grade 10 I got over 80% on my Math, I was soo happy! the first semester in grade 11 I got a 74% I was soo upset but then I realized Hey wait a minute, I did 10 courses (Yeah I know, its kind of confusing to explain this) but I DID great :D I proved the world I did I could take on 10 courses and still get good grades, I got all A's B's and only 1 C (bio)
I know its stressful seeing that you aren't in the high A's anymore but you need to think, and research a lot to see if the college will be okay. But the grades you need to keep up is those in Grade 12 (at least that is what Ive been told here in Calgary Alberta)
Just remember youa re doing your best :) GOOD LUCK!
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A photo of theshiningstar88 theshiningstar88
Once again, I have to thank you guys for all of the great advice. You have truly helped to lift a burden off my shoulders! =)
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Yeah universities do look at your grade 11 marks,however they only refer to those marks for early acceptances. I don't think you should worry too much because it's your grade 12 year that matters the most and you should definitely focus on that instead of worrying about last year. Just study and make sure you pull off a 90+ average for grade 12! good luck!
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A photo of soulsaber soulsaber
Relax and be calm. You still got another semester you could do well in
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A photo of sophiekirk sophiekirk
I know from experience that social and emotional conflicts aren't just painful on your mind, but on your grades as well. Those grades you've posted are really not so bad! If you keep working hard and focusing where you feel is important you will do even better. And like someone said above, med schools are not going to look so much at your grade 11 marks as opposed to your previous university marks, courses, and your well-roundedness. I know you can keep getting good grades, I can tell you're driven as a student. Best of luck to you! :)
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I get how your feeling, it was in grade 11 that my math type marks started to fall, but if you get some extra help its always possible to bring them up.
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A photo of cdyer14 cdyer14
You really need to just worry about your grade 12 marks and your final grades, as long as you work hard maybe get peer-tutroing if you need to you'll be able to bring those up in time for finals. As well as grades schools also look at how well-rounded your application is if you're involved in sports, volunteering, school clubs or a part-time job if your grades are ok but you have no extra-curriculars that doesn't reflect as well as ok grades and a few extra-curriculars or interests.
Good luck!
:)
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A photo of jiira jiira
your marks are pretty amazing, i think. as mentioned before, focus on your grade twelve marks because it's highly unlikely to get early acceptance due to the competitiveness of your undergrad program. don't worry too much. as long as your friend and family issues are resolved by the time you get into grade 12, i'm sure you'll be able to fully focus on academics. good luck! and don't sweat it.
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A photo of FerdyYam FerdyYam
Hi :)

My advice is to try not to be distracted by things that do not matter like Tv or computer and really focus for your grade 12 year.
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A photo of DrMusic DrMusic
Hello. First of all you are very smart. And don't ever think you aren't I am a grade 10 student and when I first started high school last year in grade 9, I found it very hard to maintain that A+ average I have in elementary. I still have A's but they aren't always in the 90 rage. Anyways what I would is , if you have a close friend or family member or even your gguidance teacher, talk to them it would help alot.And try not to stress. Sress can lead to many things and your grades could drop. Keep your head held high and think positive. YOU CAN DO IT!
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A photo of saber33 saber33
Even if you get early acceptance based on Grade 11 they look at your Grade 12 marks to determine whether or not you get an entrance scholarship. Now if you want a major scholarship, that's a different story.
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