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My name is Josh, some of you might know me as the guy who started MedHopeful. For those of you who don't know me, I am currently a 3rd year Medical Student at UofT and I have run a blog called MedHopeful for almost 4 years now which provides stories and advice relating to undergrad, scholarships and medical school.
I originally wanted to remain anonymous in this thread because I was working on a few new projects (like a new group blog I had started) with some medical school classmates who wanted to remain anonymous. However, after long discussions and thinking, I decided to go back to primarily posting on MedHopeful. I also figured that I was OK not being anonymous (my friends still want to be, which is fine and I understand why).
In any case, I am happy to answer any questions, and for those of you who didn't know, I started a similar thread like this last year on the old Student Awards forums, which you might also find useful:
I am a 3rd year medical student at a Canadian medical school. My first 2 years were spent mostly in the classroom learning anatomy, physiology, disease, treatments, etc.
I started 3rd year in September 2011, and since then, I have been in "clerkship" - which means I have been working and learning full time in the hospital - seeing real patients everyday, and learning to diagnose/treat their illnesses. I have to say, it's very different from what I imagined. No matter how much you try to learn what it's like to practice medicine (e.g. shadowing), you really don't know what it's like until you do it.
I found these forums very helpful while studying in undergrad and applying to medical school. I'd like to give back by answering questions about medical school if anyone has any.
I'll try to be as honest as possible. I just won't be revealing any personal details as I'd prefer to remain anonymous.
Ask away! :)
P.S. I now blog everyday about med school life, getting in to med school, undergrad tips, etc. (see signature)
I'm a current student at Ryerson entering my 4th year in September, majoring in Professional Communication. I'm currently studying for the LSAT and hoping to go to law school after my undergrad. Aside from holding 2 internships over the last 3 years, I work as a mentor for first year students and in student recruitment for my program faculty. This past summer I worked as a project and communications assistant, and starting September I was hired at the Ontario Energy Board in their Public Affairs department.
I can answer questions about:
- all program requirements and acceptances
- campus life
- internships and co-op opportunities + job search + how I got hired in the government
- 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 email@example.com
I am in grade 12 taking the advanced functions course. So far i have done all of my homework and understand all of the concepts but on the thinking part of every test i do poorly. This is bringing down my mark a lot and i have no clue how to improve my mark in this section. How do you guys study for math? Are thinking questions especially difficult for you as well? How do i improve at Math?
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Hi guys, so I still remember all the anxiety on this site back when I was in grade 11/12, scouring through every post and trying to grapple as much information possible about university. Well I am just about to head back into my second year at University of Toronto Rotman Commerce program and would be more than happy to answer ANY questions you have about UofT/Rotman.
Let me just say somethings, there are MANY misunderstandings about programs out here and don't let the advice of other high school kids be the decision factor for your 2013/2014 year. Let students who have GONE through the system once aid you to make a good choice.
If you have any questions on the University of Waterloo's Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) program this year and are interested in applying, dont hesitate to ask them here! I'll try to answer them as best as I can!
For those of you who dont know what CAP is, it's basically a program designed for students who wish to pursue a field in pharmacy in the future. CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE HERE: https://uwaterloo.ca/pharmacy/future-students/conditional-admission-pharmacy-cap ALSO be sure to check out the FAQ section too because they usually cover a lot of your questions there.
NOTE: Applications will be available starting October 9, 2015
I'm currently in grade 12, expecting an average in the low 90s, and I want to apply (this winter) for engineering (probably civil) at Waterloo and McMaster. How effective would these extra-curricular activities (this is everything I've done/participated in so far) be on the AIF or supplementary application?:
- Health Occupations Students of America
- Math Society
- Math League
- Programming Club
- Environmental Council Executive
- Every single CEMC/Waterloo math contest since grade 7
- Sun Life Open Math Challenge
- Physics@Mac Contest
- Badminton Team
- Founder of Cricket Club
- Student Mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Toronto Hacker Club
- School magazine writer
- Member and Event Organizer of Glen Oaks Co-Op Social Committee
Okay, so I just found out that the program I want to go into takes the average of the four prerequisite courses (chem, advanced functions, english, and bio) along with two other courses (six in total) to calculate the admission average. I want to get a 90 average because I am scared I won't get accepted if I just meet the average cut off and because I want to be able to pick the resident of my choosing. Math isn't my strong suit and my bio teacher is making out bio to sound really hard this year so I'm aiming for an 80 in these courses which means I have to get a get a high mark in english (again not the greatest with in-class essays which usually bring my mark down. I ended with a 78 last year and I had a notoriously hard teacher) and like 97's in two other classes (the only other classes I think I can possibly achieve this are religion, psychology and kinesiology (maybe)) I took chemistry over the summer and got a 95.
Any ideas for motivation, TIME MANAGEMENT, or study skills?
I'm currently in grade 12 and I'm just looking for some suggestions on how to study effectively and how to manage my time (I procrastinate quite a bit) so I can achieve a 90 average. Last year my average was an 80...
I'm taking biology which has a LOT of content, psychology, kinesiology, English, advanced functions, calculus and religion (mandatory). I took chemistry in summer school and got an A.
Keep in mind that math isn't my strong suit and I really have to work hard at it. I find that I'm struggling to balance my courses because I work forever in biology notes each night so I can understand what my teacher is talking about the following day and ask questions (doesn't give us notes/slideshow- just lectures) and then I have to do my math homework. And I'm finding I'm haveing between 2-3 tests per week every couple weeks and assignments in between.
Do you find that the more you study, the more stressed you get? You're not alone!
The pressure of writing a test is real, and many intelligent, prepared people seem to falter under it. It's a case of fear being bigger than the reality.
So how do you handle the stress from exams? Remember - you know your stuff! We spoke with Award winning psychology professor Mike Atkinson who has offered 5 helpful hints for acing exams.
You have plenty of time. Relax. Pace yourself Figure out where you should be in 30 min (e.g., at question 25) and keep track of your pace. Be sure to allow time to read the instructions.
Read each question carefully Good exam questions are not designed to trick you—they are designed to make you think. If it's multiple choice, several options may appear “true.” Your task is to choose the one that best answers the question or statement posed. Try to come up with the answer yourself before you look at the alternatives.
Check answers in reverse After you finish the exam, review your answers, but this time read your answer first and then read the question. If you read the question first, you may not notice an error because of your “mind set”—you’ll be lead to the same answer you choose originally. But reading in reverse breaks the set and you are more likely to notice that you’ve missed something.
Should I change my answer? After checking over your exam, if you think you might have made a mistake the first time, you should change your answer. Research indicates that students change from an incorrect choice to a correct one about 60% of the time. Only about 20% of the time do correct answers get changed to incorrect ones (the other 20% is changing from one incorrect answer to another incorrect answer).
Pay careful attention to items with multiple answers (e.g., 'a and b' or 'all of the above'). You need to consider if each of the indicated alternatives is actually true. If so, then the multiple answer is the correct choice. Note: Typically when “all of the above” appears as a choice, it is the correct answer, BUT be careful to examine each of the alternatives and make sure that they are true.
Professor Mike Atkinson, Psychology Department at the University of Western Ontario; Recipient of the 1998 3M National Teaching Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching and learning at Canadian universities.
I'm currently a student in grade 12. I am looking to apply for life sciences/bio-med/Health Sciences to either Brock (low cut off average just in case) Windsor (close to relatives), McMaster (small) and Laurier (like the small classes). I am just wondering what types of careers there are for these programs to fall back on should the med-school/ postgraduate pathway not workout for me.
Also, I am an 85ish average student who works their behind off and got a tutor for chemistry and grade 11 physics and who needs to work hard in math. I find that the bouts of struggle that I experience in the typically tougher course occur when I'm balancing other difficult courses. Maybe I have poor time management? This has been my life long dream for very personal reasons. I can see my self acheiveing my goal but I just want to make sure I have other plans in place incase I fo fall :( Thanks!
So I was thinking of taking university level English as an e learning course 2nd semester instead. I was wondering how long (# of months) we have to complete the course, how big the work load is on a daily basis, the difficulty level of the work, and if you can add some advice to a grade 12 student that would great too. :)
I suck at math. I've done the homework, gotten a tutor, done multiple previous year tests, but my actual test results have been less than awful. It's like the lessons and the homework are never relevant when it comes to the test problems. So here I am wanting to pursue Comsci. I know you need a good foundation of math, and that's something I don't have. My parents want me to go to uni, but I know I won't have a chance with this math grade. Should I do a victory lap and apply again next year for a uni, or should I just settle for college? I could also do private school and get that 90 in math, but that's not going to do anything for me when it comes to surviving uni... I don't know anymore, I'm so frustrated with myself.
Hi, I'm a highschool student from Alberta, and have questions concerning which universities I can make within Canada with my grades and which programs I qualify for. I play competitive soccer outside of school and volunteer. If that matters. Thanks for your response.
I'm going to the Ontario University Fair tomorrow. I'm in grade 12 and I want to go into either Engineering or Sciences and the universities that I plan to go to are: Waterloo, Macmaster, UofT or Western. Any good questions I can ask them?
I am an interventional cardiologist that works in a hospital in the province of Ontario. I am doing this Q & A in which you can ask me questions that are relevant to medical school and medicine. I am doing this as a favour for my son who is in his last year of high school.
Characteristics of myself:
- I attended medical school at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario.
- For my undergraduate program, I completed an honours degree (Hons. BSc) in biochemistry at McMaster University.
- I did my interventional cardiology fellowship through the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
Please be respectful when asking or answering any of the posts.
Note: I apologize in advance for answering late as my schedule is mostly filled with work and spending time with my family.
I'm not intentionally wanting to get into uni for early acceptance based on my grade 11 marks, I want it to be based on my grade 12 marks. People have told me that it's better to have my 1st semester easier, is this true? or is it better to have my second semester easier? I want to go into either engineering at Waterloo or life science at McMaster. I normally do really well in math and bio because those two are my faviroute.
One thing I hear often is, "But Nikki, I apply to scholarships and never get any!" Have you checked your SAS (Scholarship Application Strategy)? Following this list to ensure you have crossed your t's and will increase your chances of qualifying for much needed scholarships.
There’s no time like the present. Don’t wait until the last minute to begin – only to find that you’ve missed half the deadlines! Scholarships aren’t just for Grade 12s. There are plenty of scholarships available for students of any age from Kindergarten to even after you’ve enrolled in university. Look on bulletin boards, meet with guidance counselors, your financial aid office, etc
2. Use Technology
Look everywhere! Register on sites like yconic.com, and let the technology do the work for you. As new scholarships become available, you will be matched to money you are eligible for.
Update your matching profile as life changes happen.
3. Do all you can.
Put in the effort. What does the scholarship look for? Cater your application to the requirements. Apply to every scholarship you are eligible for, even if they have small rewards. The scholarship game is very much a numbers game – the more you apply, the more chances you have to receive the scholarship. Every little bit counts to relieve the stress of paying for school.
4. Passion points
When writing your application, write about something you genuinely care about. If you are writing about something that doesn’t matter to you, it will read that way. Being true to yourself, showing interest and passion will make your application stand out in the crowd.
5. Proofread, proofread, proofread. Review your application for any spelling or grammatical errors. The irony of “attention to detail” is something that a reviewer will not miss.
6. Check yourself out.
How do you look online? If someone searches your name, what would they find? Is it reflective of how you want to appear when being considered for scholarships? First impressions matter, so be smart. Use a professional email, and remove any inappropriate or immature material from your social media accounts.
7. Don’t be late.
This one is self-explanatory – be organized, and get your applications in on time. You can’t receive a scholarship if your application never makes it to the reviewer.
8. Be Cautious.
As part of your research, make sure you are sharing your information with a credible organization, and be wise. Do not share personal information about your finances or Social Insurance Number. If it is asked of you, be sure you know why it is necessary.