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I'm in a non semester school and I want to know if I can get these grades up to at least to high 80's

Advanced Functions - 72
physics - 63
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Re-taking/Upgrading MCV4U?
So far, I've done 3 unit tests (out of 9?) for MCV4U. First one was alright but the other two were really bad. Last time I checked, my mark was around 68%. As a result, I'm considering whether or not I should re-take or upgrade the course to boost up my marks through Virtual High School. 

Virtual High School says that if you are going to take an upgrading course, your original course has to be finished. I will finish Calculus sometime during June and I'm not sure when universities will accept you.

So should I re-take the course or wait to do the upgrade course version in June?

The ironic part is, this is the same teacher I've had for MHF4U online in summer school. I got the second highest mark in the class (96%) and highest on the exam (93%). Now in his MCV4U class,  I'm probably getting one of the lowest. 
Queen’s Health Science?
So I was on the QueensU website recently and found out that their Health Science program is offered both online and on campus? I thought it was online only so is this a new development from queens? I’m trying to learn more about it but there’s not much online about it (the on campus program), so I’m assuming it’s new. Does anyone know anything about this program? Thank you!
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I need to raise my grades!
I have 91% in english, my goal is a 95%
I have a 93% in science, my goal is a 98%
I have a 95% in math, my goal is a 98%
I'm at midterms now!
These last few percents are really hard to attain. I complete my homework, double check my tests, raise my hand in class... etc. Others in my class are getting these grades.

How do I do better?
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Grade 12 Physics Resources
Hey guys! 

I am in Grade 12 physics right now and was wondering if anyone had any websites/books that they use which help them study and get practice tests (other than the obvious khan and https://www.physicsclassroom.com/). 


If you had tips and tricks that you wanted to post on here about how you study or any comprehension tricks that would probably help everyone!


Thanks :)
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WESTERN SCIENCE
I am applying to western med sci, health sci and science and I was just wondering what the difference was between the three?

Can they lead me to med or dental?

How competitive are each of them?
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Going from 85 to 90 in calculus
Hi, I'm currently taking calculus right now and I'm at an 85 flat right now. My goal for the course is at least a 90, but honestly I'm not sure if I can make it. To anybody who has taken calculus before, what are some tips or advice that you recommend? I understand most of the concepts, but I always run out of time on the tests, especially for the thinking and the communication sections for the test. What can I do to improve?
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WESTERN HEALTH SCIENCE
My average (including the pre-reqs) will be 90% do you think I will get into Western health science? 
I am hoping to get into med or dental however I understand it is very hard to do this so I was wondering what are some options I have as backups with a science degree? 
Also if there is anyone who is currently in health science at Western what do you think about it?
How hard is it to get a good gpa for postgraduate schools?
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MAC LIFE SCI
I am currently in grade 12 and I predict my average (including pre-reqs) will be 90%. I have a few questions regarding life sciences at McMaster. 

Do you think I will get in? 
How hard is it to maintain a good gpa for med, dental, pharm?
How many people from life sci get into med, dental, pharm?
What are jobs I can get with just the degree from this program (if I don't do post grad)? 
What is meant by level I and level II? Do I apply for level II after first year?
Do people generally like it? Is it an extremely competitive environment? 

Thank You
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Self Studying AP Topics
Hi, I'm currently in grade 11 and am interested in doing a couple AP exams. However, my school doesn't offer AP courses and I don't want to spend money on taking AP courses outside of school. For anyone who has done AP exams, do you think I could just self-study from a textbook? I am thinking of taking the Chemistry and Physics 2 exams. My grade 10 average was around 95%.
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Dating: Long Distance
PLEASE READ! Long distance relationships are not what they are portrayed to be. They are not as hard, emotionally draining, or as impossible as people assume. Right now, I am living 3 hours away from my boyfriend (who plays a varsity sport). We see each other once or twice a month. We are both happy, both with room to live our own lives but always being able to catch up at the end of the night. We still love each other, nobody has been unfaithful, and it is relatively easy. The time we spend together is always quality time, and I do not regret staying with him.If you love someone and think you they could be the person for you, go for it. The worst that could happen is that it doesn't work out and you part ways. It is entirely possible, do not give up just because of what you THINK might happen.

Pros of a long distance relationship...
1. The time you spend together is really exciting and precious
2. You have the freedom to be yourself and make friends on your own terms
3. You always have lots to talk about with your S/O because you're apart during the day
4. It tests whether the relationship is really worth it
5. Meeting their new friends means more friends for you!
6. Sex/physical intimacy is so much better when you've been waiting for it
7. It will show you how much your partner really values you
8. You don't need to pick between your friends and partner during the week
9. It helps keep you focused

I hope that this helped anyone that needed to hear it.
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Academic Distinctions/ Honors at York U
How is an Academic Distinction Calculated for Graduation at York Univeristy and does it include marks from First Year to Graduate with Magna or Summa Cum Laude.
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WESTERN HEALTH SCIENCE
I was wondering if the program health science at Western gives you the pre-requisites required for applying to medicine or dentistry?

And if you are in the program how do you like it? How are the profs? 
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So how do y’all motivate yourselves to.. work
I know this sounds weird or like I’m trolling, I swear I’m not. I’m in grade 11 now and I’ve always been more or less a straight A student, with a 94% average grade 10. However I’ve never really had to study hard for my marks, and I’ve felt like they came pretty easily for me. BUT I’ve heard a lot of stuff on how grade 11 is really hard, and obviously it only gets harder from here. My English teacher even told my class that putting in the same amount of work and effort in our assignments this year as we did last year could result in an up to 10% decrease in marks. I obviously don’t want that, but at the same time I really don’t have great study habits or skills. Ive tried searching this up but I keep getting things like “focus more” or “organize yourself” which obviously I’m trying to do, but are there any specific tips that've worked on you or any skills I should focus more on? Thanks.
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QuARMS Admissions
Hi!
I'm applying to the Queens Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) this year, and I had some questions about the admissions process. Does QuARMs look at your high school midterm marks? To be eligible, do you need to have an overall grade average over 90%? or all of the individual courses you are taking to be over 90%. I currently have a 94% grade average but an 89% in one of my classes. Am I still eligible to apply?
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Is SHAD worth it?
Hi all,
 
So SHAD application is rolling around and I was wondering if it is worth it. Like do Universites actually like this or is it fun at least? Also, do you have to live on campus for SHAD or can you commute there? 

Basically, can anyone tell me is SHAD worth it? That is my main question.
CAREER FOCUSED SCHOOLS
I was wondering what are some universities that are more career focused. What I mean by this is schools that are interested in helping you find a good job and they don't just focus on you having a good undergraduate experience. Some of the schools I am looking at are:
- University of Western
- University of Ottawa
- University of Guelph 
- York University 
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Is it still possible to get from an 81-85 in Biology?
I got my first unit test back today and I failed terribly. I got around a 46%. However, I did get an 81% and an 86% on my first two quizzes... I'm aiming for an 85 in the course. Is it still possible to do so? If so, what would I need to get on the next tests?
1st Year McMaster Health Science Student. Ask me Questions!!!!!
Hey, everyone! I am in first year and attending McMaster University for their Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours program! I remember using yconic a lot while I was in high school, so I thought it would only be fair to help incoming freshmen out, just like how I was!

Feel free to ask me any questions that pertain to McMaster’s Health Sciences program of course, as well as another other burning questions you may have!!

 Below, I am just going to list some general information that would probably be asked:

 Programs I applied to: (accepted to all)
 • McMaster Health Science
 • McMaster Life Science
 • McMaster Integrated Science
 • Western Medical Science
 • Guelph Biomedical Science
 • Queens Science

 Grade 12 marks: (classical, academic courses. Not AP or IB)
 • Biology: 99%
 • Advanced Functions: 99%
 • Calculus: 97%
 • Chemistry: 95%
 • English: 95%
 • World Issues Geography: 98%
 Average ~ 97%

 Extra Curriculars: (as an aside, I really encourage doing extra curriculars if you can handle it without them affecting your grades! looks great on scholarship applications!)
 • President of Student Council
 • President of Best Buddies program
 • President of Band Council
 • Captain of Badminton Team
 • Leader of Freshmen Orientation

 Scholarships:
 Many of the scholarships I won were for personal activism, student leadership, and academics. Totalling around $90,000. If you have any questions on filling out applications, please let me know!

 Please, ask me anything that I have not gone over! You guys got this, you’re going to succeed and get into whatever program your heart desires! I know it can be a struggle, but don’t be afraid to show this world what you’re made of! 

Good luck to you all, much love!
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First Year Western Med Sci and Scholar’s Elective Student: AMA :)
I’m a first year Western Med Sci student in scholars electives too, ask me anything and I will try to answer! 

I used this site like crazy last year, time to give back :)

Programs accepted to:
- Western Med Sci + SE
- Mac Life Sci
- University of Toronto Life Sci + Trinity College
- Queens Science

Rejected from:
- Mac Health Sci
- QuARMS

ECs: 
- Research 
- Exec positions for a few clubs 

Scholarships:
- UofT: C. David Naylor University Scholarship ($20,000) --> I didn't accept it sadly :(
- All entrance scholarships based on average (no apps necessary)
- Rejected from: Loran
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Will I get into uofa with a 80% Average?
I applied at the faculty of arts and sciences in psychology a week ago almost. the competitive admission average for arts stated low 70s to low 80s but I still did not get accepted into arts with early admission. My friends have already received their offers. Also, does the admission average go down after early admission, is there a chance I can still get into arts or sciences in psychology?
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ADVANCED FUNCTIONS IS DRAGGING ME DOWN
Out of the 3 courses I have this semester, advanced functions is by the far the worst. Even when I study, and makes notes I still do terrible. Mainly its that I always feel like I don't have enough time on tests, which makes me unable to finish questions. I really don't want to use this mark in my Top 6. On Uni websites I looked at, for life sciences, it usually says English, bio, chem, and calculus,  or sometimes (one of advanced functions and calculus) but not just advanced functions. So is there a chance they won't include this mark?
what I'm worried about is that midterms for second semester come out in like April, so I'm confused as to how they would calculate my top 6 before then.

Thanks!
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4 vs 4+
What's the difference on a rubric. The method for tests and exams are straightforward but I'm wondering just for projects and assignments.