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    Research Assistant Positions

    The hard part really depends on you experience, skill set and your supervisor. It is possible to become an RA after your first year if you try hard enough and if the supervisor is nice enough to take a chance on you. The pay rate may differ from university to university, and depends on your education level. A 3rd undergrad gets paid more than a 1st year but less than a 4th year. A lot of universities have a fixed "recommended " amount for each level that the supervisors stick to. You should be able to find the pay info on your university's website.
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    How does everyone study?

    I agree with the other posters for the most part. I still rewrite the lectures though because it makes me think about what was going on during class. I don't write it down word for word though, I try to write the concepts in my own words or structure the notes in a different way from the lectures. This helps keep me engaged while doing it and helps me understand the material because I tend to sometimes zone out in class. Writing notes also helps consolidate the extra stuff the prof adds during the lecture that is not necessarily in the ppt. And so far it has worked very well for me. I also 100% recommend quizlet as a study tool (As caramilk suggested). It is very helpful for pharmacology and biochem classes. It helps condense the most important bits of the class in a fun and engaging way.
  3. Hi! I decided to go for Honors because it seemed like a nice way to get the research reference nailed down. Also it means you can take two less classes in your senior year. If you do plan to apply elsewhere, I think there are some schools that require a 4 year honors degree (Western I think) so it definitely opens up your horizons. That said, I am not in med school (yet) most people I know who got into med school don't have honors, so take this with a grain of salt. Best of luck for your pursuits!
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    MCAT in January

    Hello peeps, I decided to write the MCAT in January 2019 which seemed like the only good option given my position in my degree program. However, as Jan 2019 approaches I am feeling more and more apprehensive. I haven't gotten very far with my content review so far and I feel that once classes start in September I will find it harder and harder to keep up with content review along with other extra-curricular stuff I am involved with. I wanted to finish most of the studying this summer, but I wasn't able to manage it with a full time job and a class. A lot of the classes I am taking this semester do cover MCAT topics but I am not sure how far studying for the classes alone will take me. Also I haven't been able to take an OChem class so far due to scheduling difficulties. It doesn't help that I hope to aim high on the MCAT (~520s if possible). I was wondering if anyone here has written their MCAT in Jan and done well on it. What are some tips and tricks you would suggest to help keep up with content review throughout the semester? How did you guys manage to balance MCAT study and your grades during the school year? Any tips and suggestions will be very appreciated Thank you in advance!
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    MCAT in January

    Hello peeps, I was deciding to write the MCAT in January 2019 which seemed like the only good option given my position in my degree program. However, as Jan 2019 approaches I am feeling more and more apprehensive. I haven't gotten very far with my content review so far and I feel that once classes start in September I will find it harder and harder to keep up with content review along with other extra-curricular stuff I am involved with. A lot of the classes I am taking this semester do cover MCAT topics but I am not sure how far studying for the classes alone will take me. Also I haven't been able to take an OChem class so far due to scheduling difficulties. It doesn't help that I hope to aim high on the MCAT (~520s if possible). I was wondering if anyone here has written their MCAT in Jan and done well on it. What are some tips and tricks you would suggest to help keep up with content review throughout the semester? How did you guys manage to balance MCAT study and your grades during the school year? Merci beaucoup!
  6. Summer classes count as credits. So if you need 120 c.u to apply to a med school for instance, and suppose you took 6 c.us during the summer, those 6 c.us will be counted toward the 120 total. It is just the average that isn't counted.
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    Shadowing

    What do you mean by competitive shadowing programs? Are there any such programs in Canada? Could you please share the names of such programs? Thanks!
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    Shadowing

    Hello everyone! I was wondering how much weight does shadowing as a premed have on your application? I understand that it is a good personal reason to do so because it lets you know what life as a physician will be. However, is it even worth mentioning on any of the applications as an activity you were involved with? Is there a certain amount of hours that "makes you look good" per say? Any help will be appreciated!!
  9. If you think about it, the entire human system is just an extremely complex chemical reaction...:blink:

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    Summer courses

    Thank you both! This helped. Yea I was worried as I am currently taking a little intense Biology course. I hope I can maintain my average
  11. Hi! I was wondering... does USask account the average for summer courses? I know U of T doesn't and UBC does, but couldn't find anything about this on the USask website. Thanks!
  12. TRUST To remain understanding solemnly through
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    Third Year PHPY Courses

    Hey Thanks for asking! I would like to know too! I heard from a friend that from the PHPY classes 304 and 305 are the hardest but it is still possible to get above a 90 in those despite the difficulty, so I am guessing the 303 shouldn't be too bad. That being said, I myself am entering 3rd year, so I can't tell you for sure. 308 should be fine too from what I heard, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. See ya in class next term!
  14. U of S doesn't have a defined number of classes that you need to take per semester as long as you complete your degree in a specified amount of time (5 years i think it is). Kinesiology is definitely a good route, make sure to study up on your biochemistry for MCAT though.
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    2018 UofT Interview Video

    Makes me want to go to U of T!
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