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  1. Cool! Do you know if you can search across many different "notebooks" or whatever they're called in notability? That might make me use notability instead of onenote. I just found out my school does not accept Surface Pro for test taking, but I really wanted to use OneNote on the surface. I'm trying to find a good solution, and the search feature across all the notes you've ever taken is really important to me! Thank you
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    khan academy for cars ?

    Some videos where they analyze passages are more than an accurate representation. I won't say more.
  3. Well, how confident you feel about your answers can be misleading. To this day, there are still explanations I don't agree with in the practice tests I've taken (very few, but still). In any case, if your confidence somehow reflects how well you did (and that's not a given), you should definitely feel very confident on most passages, and then maybe 1-2 passages where you think you might have made some mistakes. Sometimes I was making only 3 mistakes and getting 129-130. Best of luck!
  4. Voici quelques infos qui me viennent en tête: - UdeM et McGill sont vos deux seuls choix réalistes au Québec. UdeS se rapproche tranquillement, mais ça prend encore un bon 4.15+ pour peut-être décrocher une entrevue (estimation très subjective!) J'ai suivi l'évolution de ma cote calculée sur 3 ans. J'ai eu une entrevue à UdeM avec ~4.0. McGill, c'est possible mais j'ai appliqué dans le contingent NTP (cegep expiré) et là ça prend un CV de béton et je n'ai pas eu d'entrevue. - Les programmes de génie sont un peu traîtres pour ceux qui y mettent leur coeur et leur âme dans les projets de conceptions. On peut facilement mettre 2 ou 3x le temps budgeté par la faculté, et tu te retrouve à faire l'équivalent en temps de 12 crédits juste pour un cours. Ça passe complètement inaperçu dans le relevé de notes. Si vous savez que vous voulez entrer en med, n'ayez pas comme objectif de "faire en sorte que le projet fonctionne à tout prix". Faites ce qu'il faut, soyez surtout un bon joueur d'équipe, mais au final, vos notes dans les autres cours sont aussi importantes. Ces projets prennent une ampleur démesurée, ça n'a pas de sens. - Si vous êtes prêts à aller ailleurs au Canada, ça vous ouvre des portes. Les Uni où vous avez juste à faire la portion CARS du MCAT: McMaster et Calgary (Calgary aiment vraiment les non traditionnels). Où vous aurez à faire le MCAT mais pas de préalables de science: Queens, Western, NOSM, Dalhousie, Sasktoon. Ensuite Vancouver il faut faire 2 cours d'anglais et le mcat, mais pas de cours de science. - Le mcat je ne le vous recommande pas. essayez au Quebec en premier, si c'est pas possible, le reste du canada pourrait vous accueillir. Mais attention, c'est quand même ultra compétitif! Mais les critères sont différents, alors ça vous donne une chance. Si vous décidez de faire le mcat, prévoyez un bon 5 mois temps plein (même temps et demi!). On part de loin en génie. - Une fois une entrevue décrochée, honnêtement, c'est à 75% gagné. Vous avez déjà 2 ans ou plus d'expérience professionnelle et vous avez passé au moins 20-30 entrevues en tout. Bon... c'est pas gagné, mais le plus dur est fait disons. N'hésitez pas si vous avez des questions spécifiques!
  5. Dans le même ordre d'idée, vous savez quels sont les livres pour la premed?
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    Worried About Debt

    30k in a year might be hard to to, even if you live very frugally (with flatmates for instance). I don't know how much tax credit you can get. To be honest, I think it's more realistic to aim for 2 years, In which case you would still have to live pretty frugally.
  7. I would tend to be cautious with such assumptions. For example, it has been shown that the score on the bio section of the MCAT shows a decreasing correlation with performance in med school, whereas performance on CARS shows an increasing correlation. Now I understand this is different than grades IN med school vs. clinical performance and an argument could be made that it needs proper study, but it still basically says: "your prior knowledge of biology doesn't help you perform any better", which most people would assume is not true. Anyways, you can hear Dr. Ian Walker talk about it at around 17:10: YouTube. Very interesting stuff for all.
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    Admissions Médecine 2018

    Je vais le prendre moi! Ah non... c'est eux qui me veulent pas ... Je me demande si je pourrais échanger ma place à Montréal avec quelqu'un
  9. Honestly, look into Calgary if you're ready to move. You might have a really good chance there, just need 128 CARS. Plus, it's a 3 years program, which is nice when you're 30. I just got into a 5 years one...
  10. Keep in mind that my comments above may be wrong, I tend to forget things when they're not important to me anymore... You have a great profile! Also, make sure to dig into your other life experiences. Research, clinical experience and publications are not what's most important for many schools, they're just the most common ones! Have you travelled? Volunteered? Do you have hobbies and things you're passionate about? Awards and Scholarships? Any illness or hardship you've gone through? Anything else that you're proud of? No need to answer, but think about it ;-)
  11. Simon Poudrier. Do you have someone else to recommend? I haven't signed with anyone yet.
  12. So you got the iPad? My rep in Montreal told me he can't combine the waived fees on the VIP banking and the iPad...
  13. Bonjour, J'aimerais avoir l'avis de ceux qui ont déjà fait l'année préparatoire. Croyez-vous que c'est raisonnable de s'inscrire à un cours de 3 heures d'espagnol les mardi soirs en plus de tout le cheminement obligatoire? Ça me semble déjà assez chargé, mais en même temps c'est pas la première fois que je fais du ~20 crédits. Merci!
  14. I've been in the same boat! Mechanical engineering, then a masters degree while also being a research associate. Studied for my MCAT while writing my thesis (well to be fair, I did most of my studying after my thesis was done and waiting for my director to send me comments). It can be done, but I found it much easier to focus 100% on the MCAT than to try to also fix my solution to the minority-carrier diffusion equation of solar cells at the same time. My masters was taking so much cognitive energy that I couldn't focus properly on the MCAT for which, let's be honest, you will have a lot of studying to do. Best of luck!
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    I'm done

    That was hard to even read, I can't imagine how you're feeling right now. It feels like you very recently got some form of confirmation that you failed a block. Is that right? There's nothing I can realistically write that would help you right now, other than this: deal with the actual facts later, they may or may not be as bad as you see them right now. The fact that this is your first post on this forum tells me that your emotions must be very strong, and that is therefore your priority right now. Do you have summer off at your school? If so, take a couple of weeks to do something completely different, away from all of this. Travel the country, canoe on a lake, surfing in Costa RIca, whatever. This will help you to deal with things without staying stuck in a deep hole. Being down a hole, or feeling "in prison" is not the place to be, and if you have the opportunity, get out of it. This can make all the difference it takes to get back on your feet. If you don't have summer off, try to see if you can take some time off, many schools allow that for health reasons. Second, maybe a school counsellor who knows more about your school, community, etc. would be better placed to help you than us. As I said, things may or may not be as bad as you see them right now, and the recency of what happened makes it hard to have a clear head about this. Finally, you mentioned a language barrier. If you'd like to talk to someone in French (I have no idea what kind of barrier you're talking about!), send me a PM, I'll give you a call. Sincerely wishing you the best! Others will chime in soon, I'm sure.
  16. SEISMOSCOPE Some Extravagant Islander Saw Many Ostracods Sitting Calmly On Pretty Eels.
  17. Everything is simpler when everyone involved is aware of the situation. Just tell your supervisor than you are trying to get into med school and that, if it woks, you will have to leave halfway through. Admission is, as you said, very competitive, and admission in a year does not mean you will be admitted in the following year. I had the same dilemma for a PhD I was offered, and I've been very upfront about it, and he was more than understanding and genuinely thanked me for telling him. I ended up travelling instead though (quite different, I know, but that's not the point). Just make sure that you would wrap things up as much as possible before you quit if you're accepted in order to leave a project that someone could easily pick back up.
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    It would make a very good practice though.
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    Repris des prereqs

    Way to go, je fais pareil mais avec bio en plus! Ça avance bien tes devoirs?
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    Repris des prereqs

    UdeM requiert spécifiquement chimie organique, alors tu ne seras pas couvert à ce niveau là.
  21. Could you expand on that? Is it good at recognizing less than stellar handwriting? Can you easily search through years of notes like OneNote, or is somewhat more restricted? Thank you!
  22. Some food for thought: How to Make Hard Choices.
  23. Thanks. How and when do you actually find those things out? Also, that person who makes 80k, what kind of specialty does he/she works in? I can see that medicine can somewhat be tailored to your needs, but it's very unclear to me what are the barriers that you have to work around to make it work. You can't just read a book about it!