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  1. Just wondering what the Biochem + Micro/Imm program is like. Micro 3100 and 3300 seem doable, and I plan on taking the 3610 Imm lab which sounds great bc you get to work with lab mice! Biochem 3381 and 3382 is what I'm worried about. Any thoughts on these two courses? Also any thoughts on upper year Micro/Imm courses? And also thoughts on Biochem 3385- Human Biochemistry and 3386- Clinical Biochemistry, I've heard these two are easier; and upper year courses (4450 - Genetics of Human Cancer and 4464- Biochemistry of Human Disease sound good). Thanks!
  2. Stats 2244 - Just how hard is it? I've heard that this course is very difficult for the fact that lecture does not completely capture what students are expected to know in order to be successful on exams. After researching online and hearing from students who took it in the most recent school year, it seems that Prof Waugh expects students to do outside reading and that she assigns way too many textbook readings that do not overlap with material from lecture - yet students are still required to know all of it. Not to mention her apparent tricky wording on exams and low 60 exam averages. I have the option to switch this course for Math 1229 by taking Stats next summer before 3rd year. This would decrease my workload significantly this upcoming semester and allow myself to focus more on orgo/biochem/micro/phys. However, this 6 week course would interfere with my MCAT studying. Would studying for Stats in the summer while also MCAT studying be a bad idea? And does anyone have tips for the course besides doing outside readings, staying up to date on homework, and doing practice exams. I really don't want to take a hit to my GPA for one course, but I also want to dedicate time next summer to research and the MCAT. Thanks in advance
  3. How about Methods 2290? Is there any way to have someone like a TA revise your work ex. the poster, essay, etc. Also, can anyone recommend when to take which rotations of methods? The exams for the following classes are usually around these dates; Cell Bio 2382 - January 30th, March 5th Genetics 2581 - February 27th Orgo 2223 - February 27th Physiology 2130 - February 27th I've been told that its tough to have the Gray unit near midterm season, so could anyone recommend which section I should take? From what I see, sections 001,002, and 003 would probably be best because its after midterms, right?
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  5. Ok so I think I'll end up taking Math 1229 and Classics 2300. Does anyone have any advice about how to do well in Genetics 2581? Pretty much everyone I've spoken to says the course was a disaster. Also, is Chem 2223 needed? I don't see it as a requirement for many modules, but is it helpful for the MCAT?
  6. So out of the following which would you recommend the most; Math 1229 & Classics 2200/23000 - (fulfill degree requirement) Math 1229 & Physiology 2130 - (which you did) Micro 2500 & Classics 2200/2300 - (fulfill degree requirement) Micro 2500 & Physiology 2130 - (which would have the greatest workload, but overall the most interesting content) Also, would you recommend Stats 1st semester with Methods 2nd semester, or vice versa? Thanks in advance for your advice
  7. Hey everyone, I was looking for some help with course selection in 2nd year. Does anyone have any recommendations for second year electives? I have 1.0 credits to fulfil and would appreciate any advice Im pretty set on taking Micro & Imm 2500 already (unless many suggest otherwise), I just need another 1.0 credit. Im really interested in Physiology 2130 and I feel if I have the time available I can do well in it, but Im not sure if the course load would be too much as I will be a Bio mentor, try to be on Science Student Council, be a club executive, etc. Im also interested in Psych 2075 (sexual psych) or Classics 2200. These are all 1.0 courses. My schedule would be as follows; 1st Sem: Chemistry 2213 (Orgo I) Biochemistry 2280 Micro & Imm 2500 Stats 2244 Physiology 2130 or Classics 2200 (or 2300) or Psych 2075 2nd Sem: Biology 2282 (Cell bio) Biology 2581 (Genetics) Biology 2290 (Methods) Chemistry 2223 (Orgo II) Physiology 2130 or Classics 2200 (or 2300) or Psych 2075 Classics would be great because I could fulfil my degree requirement as well, and I've heard good things. I've also heard bad things as the 2200 final is a full-year cumulative exam while the 2300 final is not. I've also heard they sometimes ask random questions about irrelevant pictures for example. Psychology would also be interesting as I did really well in first year Psych, and all of the exams are non-cumulative. However, I've also heard that sometimes in this course they ask about random statistics and minor details. I've also heard classes can be boring because the slides are mainly graphs and data. Lastly, I've heard that Math 1229 is ridiculously easy and a likely 90+ but I really do not want to have to deal with matrices and vectors again, as well as having to do those tedious weekly assignments and quizzes that take up so much time. Also, if I were to take this course, I'd need to look for another 0.5 credit. Sorry about the long post, but your advice is GREATLY appreciated!
  8. Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone could give me advice about ECs. Currently about to finish my first year in Med Sci at UWO. This school year: Really have not done much, mainly planned out my summer and applied for 2nd year positions This summer: SickKids research/volunteering with an international MD/PhD, 6 hrs/week, 96 hrs/summer Osler hospital(s) volunteer, 4 hrs/week, 64 hrs/summer Soup kitchen volunteer, 2 hrs/week, 36 hrs/summer Probably working, really flexible schedule for whenever I'm available (less stress) Next school year: Faculty sophing (mainly first week of year, not as much throughout year) Trying out for SERT (1 shift/week commitment) Trying out for science student council (maybe) 1st year Biology mentoring (5 hrs/week, sometimes less) Rerun as Exec for MSF (doctors w/o borders club) Run for Exec for Chemistry Club (3 hrs every so often, various events) Run for Upper Year position BUGS (Bio UG Society) (various events) Rotholme/Ronald McDonald women and children's shelter (combined 4 hrs/2 weeks) Next summer: Possible volunteering at Mount Sinai, Manhattan (family connection) What other clubs would current/past UWO students recommend? Any volunteering near campus? BIG QUESTION: Research around campus. Where to even begin? Profs? Hospital?
  9. Thank you so much, this is probably the best advice I've heard all year - I feel like everything you've said applies to me. I definitely can see a pattern in my calculus-based class marks such as physics and applied math.. I generally tend to do better in courses such as bio, chem, psych, etc which is why I likely will not take any core math/physics courses in 2nd year. And I have scheduled to view my exam with a TA so I can see where my problems lie, even if they are flukes. Also, I do understand that this might have been an off day.. I could have gotten a bit more sleep considering it was a morning exam. Your last point is also REALLY encouraging, as I know some content in first year courses is similar to that of high school courses which allows some students to do well with raw ability/luck. Once again, thanks so much for the advice.. I had no idea how knowledgeable users on this forum are as this was my first post. I really appreciate the advice.
  10. Hi, I am currently a first year student enrolled in Medical Sciences at UWO. The midterm season recently passed, and I am just so confused as to how I performed so poorly... I would really appreciate any advice.. For my applied math/biocalculus class, I went to every class I took excellent notes every class I kept up with ALL of the homework, did every question, even made small summary sheets for each textbook section I kept a notebook with all of the hard questions I had gotten wrong initially, and redid them at the end of each week I went to the help centre when I did not understand a question, and made sure I understood it afterwards I did all of the online assignments, and got 100% on all of them When it came to the week before the test, I redid all of the hard questions. Reread every chapter. Read over all of my notes and summaries. Did 2 practice exams from the two previous years and did well on them. YET, I got an 82% on the exam... I know to some people this is a good mark, and I agree, but to study so diligently and keep up so well during the year and STILL not get the mark I feel I should have gotten .. its discouraging What makes it worse is that my buddy, a guy who is generally really smart, got a 96% on the exam. He did not do ANY of the homework for the ENTIRE course, did not look at the textbook (which I might add is essential as it has questions that directly pertain to the topics we learn). He only read his notes. What is even worse is that he would miss class and then copy his own notes from MY class notes.. yet 96%. On top of this, the class average for the test was a 77%!! The entire class did well indicating it was a good exam. Yet, my grade was only slightly above this average ... yet I feel like I knew the material so well. I understood the material so well that I could teach other people it, including my friend who got 96%. And i know it was not a fluke for my friend, he consistently obtains grades similar to this. My question is, what am I doing wrong? I just have absolutely no clue.. and to see others do much better without nearly as much effort, and to see that the exam was considered "easy" compared to previous years .. I just don't get it. Any advice?
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