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McMaster vs UTM Difficulty

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Can anyone tell me the difficulty of McMaster and UTM? I'm applying to Life Science on both of these universities.
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My friend goes to UTM for Life Sciences (Biology Specialist), In his first year he kind of slacked during his 1st semester and didn't do too well. For his second semester he had to work much harder, by that I mean he had to get a tutor for Calculus and study a lot just to finish off with a 70% average for that 1st year. On the other hand he had friends who got GPA's in the 80s range. It really truly does come down to hard work, your performance in high school doesn't really justify how well you'll do in University. Now he's in second year and doing really well actually because he knows that he needs to have high marks in order to get into Optometry. Don't have the typical high school "over-confident" attitude like some students do coming into University. Seriously stay on top of all your readings, do the recommended practice questions within the textbook, try getting a hold of last years exams or tests and do them at home after you've studied.

Bottom line is, no matter what University you go to, none of them will be an easy ride. People say "oh U of T is much more difficult than Brock" that's not necessarily true. If you work hard, and by that I mean study until you understand the concepts and material covered with a high level of comprehension. You'll be successful in any school!

I don't know about McMaster because personally I have never spoken to anyone who went there or that is currently attending so I can't provide you with any insight. I'll find out for myself if I get accepted and decide to go there.
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My friend goes to UTM for Life Sciences (Biology Specialist), In his first year he kind of slacked during his 1st semester and didn't do too well. For his second semester he had to work much harder, by that I mean he had to get a tutor for Calculus and study a lot just to finish off with a 70% average for that 1st year. On the other hand he had friends who got GPA's in the 80s range. It really truly does come down to hard work, your performance in high school doesn't really justify how well you'll do in University. Now he's in second year and doing really well actually because he knows that he needs to have high marks in order to get into Optometry. Don't have the typical high school "over-confident" attitude like some students do coming into University. Seriously stay on top of all your readings, do the recommended practice questions within the textbook, try getting a hold of last years exams or tests and do them at home after you've studied.

Bottom line is, no matter what University you go to, none of them will be an easy ride. People say "oh U of T is much more difficult than Brock" that's not necessarily true. If you work hard, and by that I mean study until you understand the concepts and material covered with a high level of comprehension. You'll be successful in any school!

I don't know about McMaster because personally I have never spoken to anyone who went there or that is currently attending so I can't provide you with any insight. I'll find out for myself if I get accepted and decide to go there.




What are his marks in both first and second year? I don't know the lowest grade or mark that is acceptable, meaning that I won't get kicked out of the program. Do you know what I mean? I know that hard work and skillfulness are the keys that can make me become successful in universities. Thank you.
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First year he had from what I remember him telling me a 67% in Chemistry, 64% in Physics, 71% in Calculus, 84% in Biology, and 77% in Psychology. Now remember, he was a typical honour roll student from a peel region secondary school, just like the majority of students entering life sciences. He told me straight up that he kind of screwed around in first semester, so in second he had to work extra hard and with a tutor in order to just be eligible into the Biology Specialist degree within the Life Sciences program. Pretty much you have to obtain a certain average to be competitive to get into a certain specialization or you'll be stuck with doing a general Major (which isn't always bad).

Any University or College, you need to have a 60% average in each year to stay in the school. If your average falls below 60%, it doesn't mean you're doomed but you'll need to have an over 60% average the proceeding semester to get your overall GPA above 60%. The technical term for which if your average falls below 60% is Academic Probation.

In response to your question about his second year marks, he's actually doing really well and likes his classes more. He's like me, I like certain subjects like Biology, Psychology, etc more than say Physics by preference and interest. First year isn't always fun because you are required to take classes you may not like (not always the case because some students love every class lol).

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