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Study tips
So how do you guys study for adv fund, biology, religion, calcu, chemistry, and English exams ? How long do you guys study for? When did you start studying? What resources did you use? Has anyone got perfect on their exam? These are all grade 12 courses and with first semester finals being important as fuck.. just wondering how much more I can do. Good luck on exams guys, hope you do as well as you want. Hopefully first year students can share their lucky tips. :D
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What are your study tips for a Grade 11 student
In grade 9 and grade 10, I had fairly bad study habits where I would just listen to the teacher in class but still managed to get easy 90's.
I had also switched schools now to a new school, but now its not working out the same for me, I am taking all 3 sciences and with the bad habits, in the beginning of the year I hadn't started off too well, although now I've managed to change my habits up a tad bit.
Now, I go ahead of the class as much as I can and rewrite notes from the textbook, whatever seems important, and focus a lot more rather than waste my time procrastinating.. oh god procrastination will be the end of me.

I want to know what are your personal study tips, and also what would you suggest I start to do?
2nd year UBC student! Ask me anything!
Contact: elizabethsflower@gmail.com 

In second year at UBC as a Health Science (FNH) student from LFS. 

Want to know how I got in? What UBC life is like? General advice about gr. 12/senior year, study tips, and applying to universities? I'll try my best to answer any of your inquiries (:

See you at UBC in September!

I was wondering if the life science programs at uft (st george and scarborough campus), york, ryerson, or the medical or health science at western, or life science at mcmaster will look at my overall average, or seperate marks (ie looking at what i got in chemistry, biology, etc)

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New Ryerson graduate: Ask Me Anything!
I'm a new Ryerson University graduate that majored in Professional Communication and I wrote the LSAT in June 2017. Aside from holding 3 internships over through the last 3 years of my degree, I also worked as a mentor for first year students and in student recruitment for my program faculty. Last summer I worked as a Project and Communications Assistant for the Government of Ontario, and in September 2016 I was hired at the Ontario Energy Board in the Public Affairs department. In my last semester of school I was hired full time as the Marketing Communications Coordinator for the Toronto based architecture firm Sweeny&Co and that is where I'm currently employed.

I can answer questions about:
- all program requirements and acceptances 
- campus life 
- residence 
- internships and co-op opportunities + job search + how I got hired in the government + how I got my full time job
- LSAT studying/writing 
- basically any other questions you might have!

Hope you're all excited about the potential of attending Ryerson! Ask me anything! 

If you're looking to contact me personally, you can reach me at ienoukov@ryerson.ca

University Exams
Hello Yconic!

As a senior in high school, I've been looking into various programs for universities that tailor my interests, specifically business and/or computer science. However, I have a question that I have been wondering about for awhile now...

In comparison to high school, how are university exams usually structured? I know it obviously varies depending what program you are in, but did you have to change your studying habits when going into exams? Did you have to adapt to different ways of thinking on the tests? Do they make you think outside the box, unlike your typical regurgitation of memorized material like in high school?

Any advice would help, thanks!
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How To Overcome Adversity After a Recent Setback?

Back in Grades 9 and 10 I was a very strong student with high 80s/90s, but then I had a huge setback in Grade 11 when, at the beginning of the school year, I went through a traumatic break from reality. I went through psychosis that caused me to miss an entire semester of Grade 11, which I spent in the hospital choking down anti-psychotic medication and believing I had rabies and that I was going to hell. All in all, it was a horrific experience that resulted in me losing who I used to be - I lost the motivation, I didn't know what the point was in even trying anymore. Because I was in the hospital, I failed all my classes except 1, which I was able to complete on my own over the Christmas holidays, and I got a 92 in the class. Though it wasn't a particularly hard course, it was a credit and I'm proud, considering I was having auditory hallucinations constantly at the time. 

The second semester wasn't that great either. The slow steps to recovery made it hard to be successful. I was, however, able to get my English credit with an 88, a health credit and 3M Math, which was a 90.

I knew I needed to get all my grade 11 credits if I wanted to take my regular Grade 12 credits, so I took three credits in the summer. I took Grade 11 Functions, with an 80, Grade 11 Chemistry with 64, and World Religion with 89.

I'm not saying that these marks are amazing in any shape or form, but I believe it's better than not getting the credits at all. I needed them if I wanted to take Grade 12 courses this year.

I'm slowly getting better after this major setback, but I'm taking it slow.These are the Grade 12 4U/M class grades I have so far:

Studies in Literature: 97% (I took this course the summer before I got sick)
Right now I have:
English: 90%
Advanced Functions: 76%

Next semester I am taking:
Physics 11
World Cultures

I'm planning to take Data Management in summer school, and I'm going to do a victory lap next year, and plan to take:
Possibly another class (I want to span these over two semesters)

I know this may seem extremely easy going on my part, but I want to make sure that I'm fully recovered and have figured out how to stay healthy while doing school work at the same time before I head off to University.
My goal for the future is to become a Physician Assistant. I want to go to the University of Guelph for Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, or Arts and Science, and then go to McMaster for the PA program. 
If anyone has any suggestions for motivation, tips for my Advanced Functions class (how to get an 80) or other programs/universities I should keep in mind, I would really appreciate it. 

Thanks for reading my excruciatingly boring, tedious post. :)
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Student Success Skills (Part 2)
Short-Term Goals

Thinking about the future can be a stressful thing, and as a result, it may be difficult to act towards the "bigger picture." So, by setting short-term goals accomplishing the larger goal becomes more attainable. These goals include things like: tests, homework or a good attendance. 

Try setting goals at least once every two weeks to meet that long-term goal.

My favorite part of goal setting is the reward. After achieving your goals, think about how you are going to reward yourself so you have an extra incentive to do work. 

Another tip is to write them down (goal description, achievement date, reward), so you can see what you've achieved in the past and what you want to achieve in the future. COntinually ask yourself, during this process, "Are these goals helping me perform better?" and "Will this short-term goal help me reach my long-term goal?"

Letting others know about your personal goals, and educating yourself about what other people are doing to do better can be beneficial. So, what are your short-term goals?  

AMA: Brock BAcc Graduate, Carleton MAcc Graduate, Big 4 Employee
My name is Neal, and I graduated from Brock's Bachelor of Accounting Co-op program in 2016 and Carleton's Master of Accounting program in 2017. I was a yconic Student Ambassador for 2016-17. Although I work full-time at PwC now, I'm still around answering questions about accounting as a career and universities. 

My co-op work experience includes:
-Corporate Accounting, Henkel (Germany)
-Assurance and Tax, Collins Barrow
-Risk Assurance, Ernst and Young

I currently work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Assurance. . 

A snapshot of my time at Brock:  
-Served as an executive for several clubs  
-Participated in numerous internal/external case competitions and conferences  
-Served as a Tutorial Leader for Brock's first-year Macroeconomics course  
-Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma (the top 10% of Goodman get invited)  
-Did co-ops and internships with 3 different companies in corporate accounting, assurance, tax and risk assurance located in Germany and Canada  
-Participated in a short-term exchange to France  
-Volunteered for the business school's Career Services office, where I critiqued students' resumes  
-Lived in residence (first-year) and off campus

A snapshot of my time at Carleton:  
-President of the Sprott MAcc Society  

Feel free to ask me questions below! Or you can add me on LinkedIn if you'd like to send a private message (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nsengupta).
What do Law scholarship distributors look for when accepting applicants.
Hi, I'm a fifteen year old high school student enrolled in grade ten at Charles P. Allen in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am currently taking the Pre-Ib program to try and put myself through rigorous working patterns to prepare me for grade eleven and twelve. Although I am considering the risk and reward of continuing IB in my following years of high school, my real question is what people are looking for when giving scholarships to aspiring law graduates. Currently, my grade average is a 89.5 (we are in mid-terms so my grade will hopefully rise). What I'd love some advice on is what actions I should do to try to maximize my chances of getting a scholarship. I'm interested in law, specifically corporate. Thank you to anyone taking the time to read this and any advice would be helpful. (PS. any thoughts on staying in IB would be greatly appreciated :) )
How do you cope with stress?
All of us get stressed. As students, this is typically caused by assignments, tests, and deadlines.

That said, how do you cope with it? What do you do to lower your stress levels? 

It'd be nice to hear from you!

yconic Student Ambassador
I'm in grade 10 and have one low grade???
Hi! I'm currently in my second month of grade 10, which is the first year of highschool where I live. Currently, all my grades are above 90 except for math which is exactly 61 percent :( the teacher that I'm sadly in the class of simply doesn't teach, and when I go in for extra help it does no good! Will this mark affect me at all? I'm planning to go to med school, and need to get into a science program or whatever. I'm so stressed :(((
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UofT Life Science
I was wondering if the life science program at University of Toronto (Scarborough campus) looks at you overall grade 12 average or the individual marks. And, do they take into account your semester 1 midterms?
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Smartness level has gone down?
Hey, guys. So I just finished grade 11 and super pumped for grade 12. But report cards came out and it was the worst report card I have ever gotten in my life! I feel like my intelligence level has gone down. For instance, I had chem 20. I studied so, so hard for that final. When I did the final it was soo easy and I felt like I did really well. Turns out I did not and it brought my final mark down by 6 percent I was just wondering why, after all of the hard studying I did, my mark didn't reflect it. Now it has got me worried. Like if I am not doing well in my 20 classes, how the hell will I get a 90% average in the courses I am applying with. It has also gotten me stressed about uni too. Like, will I even get in and how will I cope for 4 years and the next two because I want to do my masters. So if you guys have nay tips to study better or anything that will help in my later years, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!
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Bad transition to uni, any advice? (pre-med)
Hi everyone!

So I'm currently in my first year of uni and I have taken 2 midterms so far. I'm not doing as well as I thought, considering my grades have dropped by at least 10%  (teachers are right when they say your average may drop by that much!). I averaged in the 90s as a high school student and now I'm in the low 80s. I am planning on changing my study habits, but I'm not sure on how to do so.

I'm wondering if there's anyone who had a successful first year in university, and would like to give tips and advice not just to me, but to others who are also poorly transitioning into post secondary. :)

Thank you in advance!

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How do university exams differ from high school?
Since it's prime midterms season in university, I'm wondering as a high school student, what are the biggest differences between taking an exam in high school versus in university, in your experience. Every professor will have a different way of administering tests, of course, but what can one expect? Is there much difference between the two?
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Commuting to School?
Hey there fellow Yconic members,

For those in University or College and that happen to commute from home, how long does it take for you to commute to school? Also, how do you spend that time efficiently while commuting? 

Kind regards,
Will I be able to do well in grade 12 chem?
I fast tracked grade 11 chem in grade 10 and ended up with a 75%. I was wondering if it is possible to still get 85+ in grade 12 chem then? I'm already working in fixing my study habits but does anyone have any tips for chemistry
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Grade 12 Finals
Hey yconic,

I live in BC and my high school finals are typically at the end of January when the semester ends. The weeks go by fast and exam time will soon be right around the corner. Here is how I prepare for my exams:

1. Study over a long period of time

Since my exams are in January, I start preparing during Christmas break, 3-4 weeks in advance. I start with a little each day, organizing my notes and assessing what chapters are my strengths and weaknesses.

2. Prioritize Subjects

When I  start studying, I first narrow down the load. I would go crazy if I tried to study every line in the textbook, so I focus on the important topics by referring to the study guide or ask a classmate/teacher. After I've covered the major sections, then I fine tune with details. Also, it is important to identify which subjects I need more help on. Because I normally have more than one exam occurring, I see which subjects I'm struggling with and commit more time to it. For example, I know my lowest test mark was on trigonometry in math, but I did well on logs. I'd study trigonometry first and make sure I grasp what I did wrong and fix it. 

3. Identify your preferred study methods

There is no one way to study effectively. People understand concepts better using different methods. Even for various subjects I use different methods. For example, in biology which requires memorization, I use flashcards to quiz myself, color code my notes to focus on important terms and read it out loud to listen to my notes. However, in chemistry, I practice old tests and find ones online to get a grasp of the concepts. Other methods that you can try include: watching related youtube videos by vlogs like crash course and khan academy, make a mnemonic device, debate topics with a friend, write a song or funny story or create a visual web.

4. Relax

When its finally the night before the exam, I take down the intensity of studying and even take a break. It's difficult at first because instinct tells me to keep cramming but in the end, it stresses me out even more. So I review some notes, watch a related ted talk, or review my flashcards if I want some last minute practice. Still, my main focus is to give my brain a breather because I want it fresh for the exam. On that note, I try to get a good night's rest, even though I may be tempted to stay up and cram. Yet, to write an exam, we need the energy to focus and read questions thoroughly. On the day of the exam, I try to keep my mind focused on other topics and do some mild activity like going for a walk. When I get stressed, I remind myself that I've written exams before so I must trust myself and what I've studied, and breathe. All will be well.

How do you de-stress?
When it comes to tests and exams, I easily get stressed out. So I try to calm myself to refresh my brain and think clearly by working out, drinking some tea and watching a funny movie (anyone Monty Python fans?) or taking a warm bath. Everyone has different ways that work for them to get rid of stress. What are some of your ways to de-stress?
Approach to schoolwork in high school vs university
So this topic I think is pretty relevant to many people on yconic. For many of you in high school, you always hear that university is this massive jump from high school because there is a ton of work and it's easy to fall behind. It been almost two months of university for me now and I notice that I've changed A LOT in terms of how I approached schoolwork. So I wanna share some reflections I have of my work ethic now (in first year) vs my work ethic back in high school. 

-Work in university in much faster than in high school. Most of your work is done outside of lecture so doing readings prior to class is super important. Unlike in high school, consistency is key. If you are consistent in keeping up to speed with readings, you will have an easier time understand what is being discussed in class. 

-Making notes is key. In high school, I never made a single page of notes. I would just binge the chapters in the textbook that were being tested on the night before the test. However, in university, I find that there is so much being tested on at once that reading the textbook the night before is just ineffective. Rather, making precise and accurate notes is more effective as a test preparation strategy than binge reading. 

-Coming to class is less important. In high school, class was from 8-4 every day and it was hard to legitimately explain why you missed a class. However, in university, no one cares if you show up. I've skipped class to finish work in other classes. Not only that, you spend on average 4-5hrs a week on a class so skipping one class isn't a big deal. In university, you find that even if you skip a lecture, you can easily catch up by reviewing the lecture slides/presentation posted in class and reading the textbook. 

If you're in high school, do you often hear that university is a big jump? Have you developed a good work ethic already or are you still kind of slacking? If you're in university, have you had the same experience as me? Do you agree/disagree with me?
75 before midterm
I want to apply to a psychology program and the average cutoffs this year are high 70's to low 80's in my classes i have been able to stay in the 80's and I want to continue, I dont want to be at the minimum cutoff I want to do as best as I can, I have been able to keep up so far its only been two months but I have a 75 in this business class and I really want to do better but the content is so hard to understand and my teacher does not explain them in depth even when I ask questions, I hand in everything and they get 90's but on my test I got a 70 ,does anyone have any helpful study tips for classes like this?
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BBTM question
Hey there guys, I was wondering what you can do with a BBTM. I am interested in this degree as it has automatic co op at Laurier and was wondering what you'd do with this. Thanks!
Moving away or staying close to home?

Where are you studying at university? Close to home or did you move? I'm thinking about two universities right now: one 15 minutes away and one across the country. 
What made you choose where you are studying right now? Would it be better to study at my local university or take the other option?