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How do you get good at English?
Hi currently I'm in grade 11, my courses for this semester is Chemistry(SCH3U), Functions(MCR3U), Computer Engineering(TEJ3M), and Biology(SBI3U), and I'm doing pretty well in them so far, i have low to high 90s in those classes as of midterm, and expect to get about a 93-96% average by the end of this semester if i can keep it up. However, my main issue here is English which i think will drop my average drastically next semester. I am not good at English, I never have been good at English, and I detest English class. My highest final mark in English throughout my education has been a flat 80 which was last year in Grade 10. I don't understand how I do so poorly in English, yet I see some people on these forums saying they have practically 97s in English. I just don't understand, frankly in the school i go to, if you get an 85+ in English you are automatically deemed a God. So as a result, I'd like to get advice on how to get better at English as I am concerned about universities rejecting me all because English screwed my average over.
English (ENG4U) in night school, e-learning or other??
This will probably be long, so bear with me.

I'm a grade 12 student attending a public semestered high school in Toronto (TDSB), unlike many of my friends/fellow students who took ENG4U (English, Grade 12, Uni Prep) in summer school, that meant that I had to do it in day school. The English department and its teachers are very hard, therefore many people decided to bypass day school and do it in summer school. In grade 11, I got a final mark of 74% in ENG3U, so I felt decent getting into ENG4U. So ENG4U was placed for this semester with a teacher known to be strict and a hard marker, for the first mark update (late October) I was getting a 52% with a class median of 62% and the mark going into the midterms I was at a 50% w/ class median of 64%, worried and confused on my marks, I talked to my teacher on my current progress, seeing what I can do better/improve, what to expect later in the course and general feedback/recommendations. After that, I wisely decided that the teacher was definitely a hard marker and learnt that only 2 students was getting above an 80 in a university-preparation course, many of the students in my class were getting high 50s and 60s, many of the students in the class dropped the course (started with 24 students, probably now at 14) and so I decided to drop the course in order to establish a good average and maintain a stable/consistent mark.

Now I am at a point to decide where to take ENG4U outside of my current school for next semester, so far I have narrowed down doing it in TDSB night school, TDSB e-learning or others such as ILC or private school. What would be the best option?

Many of these options have many downsides to me, however I do understand that I need ENG4U to get into any university program in Ontario. For night school, it would mean that I have to travel to the nearest nigh school location (using transit) which would take about 40 minutes to get there, plus 3 hours of learning and getting back home will take about 4.5 hours and then having to do catch up on my day school homework. For e-learning, having done e-learning before for MDM4U, it is a lot of work, piles and piles of it and very limited to getting help and being in a real educative environment (ie. not knowing your teacher personally, only until the exam), I talked to a friend who did ENG4U in e-Summer School, he had mixed responses saying it was easy, but the workload was insane and many of the students got mixed marks and didn't seem consistent (ie, 50s, 60s, 80's, etc), he ended up with a 91%. My other option would be private school, which many people recommend, though I do not have much money to pay for private school, and many of the credit courses private schools seem shady and there aren't much nearby where I live. The last option is ILC, however the whole ILC process looks quite confusing and I don't know anyone who have token it and get an opinion on it.


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Do you guys think I can get in?
Hi guys, I'm concerned with my current situation because I just applied with around 6 programs ish. 

I'm lapping because I screwed up 1-2 courses last year and ended with an average of 74. Then, I decided to stay an extra semester and did not apply last year at all. The problem is, right now on the transcript does not show my marks for this semester because it's not over until January. But people told me to apply before the Christmas break so that's what I did. 

With this semester, I can at least boost my average up to 83 ish. Just that right now they won't see it because mid-term does not show and so my concern is, will they look at my marks now without this unfinished semester then reject me, or they will wait for a bit until feb because i'm still at school? Also, does early acceptance have anything to do with me anymore since I already finished high school with enough grade 12 credits. 

By the way, all the programs I applied for are york,, uts and trent for Poli Sci, and health  studies at Mcmaster and york. These are all cut off for around 75-80. 

I would love to hear replies, much appreciates. 
$500 "Ultimate Study Tip" Community Contest
Love them or hate them, exams are a part of student life. We want to know what your "ultimate study tip" is that helps you get through (and ace) them! 

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Best business undergraduates programs to apply to in Ontario??
I was wondering what undergrad programs are the best for accounting or finance for 2015 in Ontario? Please list the top 5, and also list the averages. I need an idea for what programs to apply for.
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Opinions on U of Guelph
Any opinions on the University of Guelph, just in general and/or specifically any of the following programs: animal biology, animal science, zoology, wildlife conservation, and equine management. Thanks in advance!
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Will I make it to UofT, Uwaterloo, or Carleton?
I've applied for:

UofT - Engineering Science (I know how it is, I"ve heard pretty much everything about it and I'm still going for it)
Uwaterloo - Computer science
Carleton U - aerospace engineering

and my averages are going to be (at the minimum, I'm predicting):

Physics: 90
Adv. Functions: 95
Chemistry: 90
Religion: 85
Calculus and vectors: 95
English: 82 (it's because I met a horrible teacher in summer school and I'm thinking of re-taking it in night school, which I hope to get around high 80s)

My EC's are: currently bronze cross (lifeguard process), robotics team for 3 years, now a senior member and one of the leaders, and swim team. Back in grade 9, I was in a soccer team. I also was a certified peer tutor for school where I helped out a grade  9 student with math for a full semester. I've taken two math contests (fermat and sunlife open challenge) which I didn't win in neither of them. I'm planning on taking Euclid next year. I'm not sure if it helps but I've also been a honour-roll student for 2 consecutive years, grade 10-11 and most likely for grade 12 as well.

I would really appreciate it if you can tell me what are my chances of getting accepted to these programs and if they are unlikely for some of my choices, please tell me which to improve so I can work on them even harder before it's too late, I just want to have a general idea of what my chances are. 

Secondly, I would love to hear suggestions on alternate options to those programs that I applied since I have very little knowledge about engineering programs and I'm planning on applying for more programs. My major interests are 1. aerospace engineering 2. computer science, specifically information security and then software engineering

Thank you!
How does school calculate midterm grades?
Hi everyone! I'm an international student and currently studying at an Ontario private high school. I've received my midterm grades for 4 courses (MHF4U: 81, MCV4U: 92, SNC4M: 80 and ESLDO: 81). The thing is I always get more than 90% on each test and never get something like 80s. I am a bit confused right now. Can someone tell me the way they calculate midterm grades, please? 

Thank you guys! <3
Application Mistake
Hello ! I recently applied for University of Winnipeg but when I reviewed it after applying and paying the fee it seems like I made a minor mistake. does it affect my application? can I still change it? or do I have  to reapply? Im really scared if I have to reapply
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I'm so sad to leave high school
I'm excited but scared. It hasn't been the best, but its the end of my teen years and comfort of a small school and not having responsibilities... then I have to go to university and study hard and know what I want to be. I know it will be fun but I've become so comfortable and happy with seeing these people everyday and now ill never see them again
Has another else ever felt like this? 
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High School Class of 2016 Offers of Admissions
The Applications thread is pretty cluttered so I was thinking we could start this thread to make it easier to view when others are accepted to programs you've applied to! 

Please include in your post:
- Program
- Date of offer
- Date of application
- Admission average (Grade 11, first semester, second semester midterm - whatever was used in determining admission qualifications)
- Province
- Any supplementary information (Ex. ECs if they're required on application, predictions about quality of essays/responses)
- Any other information you deem appropriate!

Good luck guys!
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will i get in??
Hi guys,so i just need to know if i have a chance of getting into any of the unis i have applied to. Ive applied to york(shulich bba) , Western(management ivey) , UOFT(rotman) , UBC(sauder) and mcgill(bcom) I also applied to waterloo for afm but got rejected cos i didnt have an A in O level english, which was a prerequisite(i was unaware of this when applying). I have checked the admission sites of the other unis i have applied to and they do not require an A in english. So my question is if my grades and ECs are good enough to get into the remaining unis. My AS level grades are As in accounts,maths and economics and a C in physics(which i have now dropped) My predicted grades are also 3 As
 In O levels i got 3A* 2A 4B 
My ECs are: 60 hours of comm service for a non-profit healthcare organization(SINA)
 60 hours of volunteering at A local hospital 
20 hours of comm service teaching at a school for underprivileged kids
 month long internship at Ernst and Young 
month long internship at NIB bank
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Future UofT Track One Applicant
Hello! I am really hoping to get into track one at u of t next fall. However, i don't know if my marks are good enough. Can anyone tell me what the admission averages are? How heavily does u of t weigh EC's? If anyone is in track one could you tell me what marks you got accepted with? Thanks :)
Ontario Order Choices? Do They Matter
"Order choices" as in the list you put your top choices of schools in on the OUAC site. I've always thought they didn't matter but I've heard from different people and the guidance counselors at my school recently that certain programs do look at it. They said some of the more competitive programs, like engineering at Waterloo and UoT, and health science at Mac, cared a lot about the ranking, but they didn't say how it would affect your chances of getting it. 
One person said they would only consider your rankings if they had to choose between two similarly matched candidates, in which case, of course they'd choose the one with their school as first choice. However, someone else said they would outright not consider you unless you were their first choice??
SO basically TL;DR, if anyone knows if and/or how your order choices would affect your chances of acceptance (for the more competitive programs) I'd be very grateful for any clarifications!! Thank you and good luck to any fellow grade 12s stressing out about uni :''-)
What's the best business school?
What's the best business school overall in terms prestige and job opportunities?
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ok, I understand the fact that UBC Mcgill and U of T are the best schools of Canada...
But why is there so much difference? look at the university rankings(global ones); these three are always getting ranked between 20-50 whereas ALL the other canadian universities are stuck in 100-300 ...is that the reality?
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Data Management
Would taking grade 12 Data Management be useful to me if I am applying to university programs involving law and social work? Are there MANDATORY stats courses? thank you!
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Law School
What can you do to ensure acceptance at law school apart from getting good grades? Do internships and co-op help. And which universities grade adequately for BA's?
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Will I get into UTSG art with a good average but low english mark?
My current average is 89, but my English is 71 and it totally ruins my average mark
I am interested in art programs but unfortunately English is not my first language.
Is there still hope for me? 
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You got nominated for chancellor scholarship but average isnt a 90 throughout HS?
I got nominated by my school for this scholarship and just mailed my application, however i didnt have a 90 average throughout highschool, so will i still get into the commerce program through the chancellor application? and how are my chances of getting in before the new year? EC'S ARE AMAZING. Grade 9 average: 84% grade 10: 85.3% grade 11: 87.3% grade 12: 92.4%

Thanks in advance 
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Engineering Applicants for Fall 2016
Hey guys, so we were given codes to OUAC a couple days ago, so I figured some of you may have already started applying. Just to get a feel of where everyone's looking just post your schools and grades below. Hopefully we all get in where we want!

Waterloo - Mechatronics, Software, Computer
Western - general (looking at software after)
McMaster - general (looking at software after)
U of T - Eng Sci (looking at Electrical and Computer after)

AVG = 94.5%
Adv Func (double weighted) - 97
English - 96
Chem - 90
Physics (gr 11) - 91
Comp Sci (gr 11) - 97

- student council president (once in grade 10 and once again in grade 12)
- Model UN
- Robotics Team lead programmer
- Badminton Team Leader
- Link Crew Commissioner (lead the gr 12's and 11's in link crew themselves)
- Present to many people from around the world on technology and the new generation (includes people from France and Netherlands) and now heading to the EdTech Summit 2016 to present there
- 250 volunteer hours
- student of excellence at my school for 2014/2015 
Is it hard to find a job with a math and stats degree?
Would it be relatively hard to find a job after graduation if i go into the math and statistics co-op program? I feel like there arent that many options with this degree
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Why is everyone on this forum so dead set on telling kids not to go into any given program?
I understand that it's hard to find jobs in some fields. I'm sure almost everyone on here does as well. It seems that every post i see, there's always some anonymous commenter discouraging them and telling them "good luck working at starbucks/mcdonalds/burger king/etc." I just saw something that said the only useful degrees were engineering and computer science. Do you think that Engineers and Comp. Sci majors can do every job that our complex society needs? No, they can't. Yes, it may be hard to find a high paying job with certain degrees but who are you to assume that making money is all someone cares about? Coming from the home of a single mother who makes a little over 50k a year, I can tell you that having an average paying job isn't hell like people on here make it out to be. I would never go against what i aspire to do based on the amount of money I'd start off making.

It just seems that some people are so dead-set on tearing people's goals down on here and I just wanted to let people know that their degree isn't "useless" if it doesn't get them a job paying 100k off the bat.