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iWizard

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  1. Thank you for the advice. If you don't mind me asking, what do you mean by a "deep approach." The current method I have is trying to understand a pathway/concept, trying to recall it and then hoping I'll remember it on the exam. I'm a visual learner as well, so I'll draw pictures to symbolize concepts and try and recall that on a test.
  2. Thank you all for your help! MDHopefullyMe, it isn't the lack of time, but using it effectively. I had no ECs in my 1st year, and that was the year I had my lowest GPA. I just don't know how to study, so I get anxious and then don't until the day before an exam (obviously a good way to get mediocre grades). I'm confident that I'm smart, I just never really learnt how to study effectively. What did you do to learn how to study the "right" way and how would you recommend getting better at time management? I'm really willing to learn.
  3. I understand what you're both saying...I can justify dropping everything, even my job, to get the good grades.. Do you think I'll need the 2nd undergrad or would two years of a 3.9+ GPA be sufficient?
  4. Thanks, Sunny. I was planning on getting a work study position, so that's probably not possible, eh? I think I could stop doing the tutoring - I'm not going to be getting a reference letter from my supervisors and the work isn't as fulfilling as it used to be. Do you think that's enough? I need my job and the Syrian refugee volunteering is important to me..
  5. Hi everyone, I'm looking for some advice about what to do to improve my chances to get into med school in Canada. My OMSAS GPA for my first three undergrad years are as follows: Year 1: 3.40 Year 2: 3.52 (I only took 7 instead of 10 courses because of a health issue) Year 3: 3.60 I've been struggling with time management and test anxiety issues, which is partially what I attribute my low grades to. I know that I am capable of getting better grades, I just have to develop better study skills. I'm finally starting to get treated for the anxiety (I was blanking on tests), but I'm still trying to get better about using my time more effectively. My ECs: -1.5 years as a volunteer writing tutor (5hrs/wk) -2 going on 3 years as a Residence Assistant (~15 hrs/wk) -Will have 1 semester of research experience next year -Recipient of a humanitarian scholarship -Next year, volunteering to support Syrian refugees (5hrs/wk) -Next year, an executive of a campus club, planning volunteer activities in the community (5hrs/wk) I'm obviously not applying for medical school this year because of the low GPA, but I was wondering what advice you guys might have for me for after I finish my undergrad in a year? I can't afford to apply to international med schools, the Caribbean or the U.S., so Canada is pretty much my only option.
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